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Heck, what have I started?

Formerly known as Jeff Bai (before I decided to go with my real name). ThinkPad and vintage computer enthusiast. Photography hobbist. Software localization volunteer. "World beyond x86" advocate. Maintainer of AOSC OS package updates, and various ports.

Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program. – Linus Torvalds

POWER to the People.

Who am I?

  • Mingcong Bai(白铭骢).
  • Undergraduate History and Russian student at University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Main areas of work

  • Developer of AOSC OS, and maintainer of the PowerPC 32/64-bit Big Endian ports for PowerPC Macintosh.
  • Long-term localization volunteer for FreeDesktop.org, GNOME, MATE, and WineHQ.
  • Historical and linguistic research (on my free time, if any).

Off-time interests

  • Cooking.
  • Euro Truck Simulator.
  • Pen sketches of urban views.
  • Photography.
  • Vintage computer collection and restoration.

My devices

Daily usage:

  • Class/travel laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad W530.
  • Main desktop: IBM NetVista A40p - with Ryzen 7 2700.
  • Personal server/asset generator: HP MicroServer Gen8.

Development related:

  • AMD64 packaging/testing: Custom Ryzen 1800X Workstation.
  • ARM(v7|v8) packaging/testing: NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Development Kit.
  • AArch64 desktop experience testing: PineBook 14".
  • PowerPC(32|64) packaging/testing: Apple PowerMac G5 Quad (2).
  • PowerPC 32-bit desktop experience testing: Apple PowerBook G4 12" (early 2005).

Hobby projects:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 Mid-2012 repair for a friend.
  • IBM NetVista A40p "AuthenticAMD", recommissioned as main desktop.
  • IBM ThinkPad 340 "The Silent Box".
  • IBM ThinkPad 701C.
  • IBM ThinkPad X20 "Y2K Multimedia Station".
  • IBM ThinkPad A31/p "Y2K Multimedia Station v2".
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T420, built from scratch for future classmate.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad T430, built and sold.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X24/5/60 "FrankenPad" (decommissioned, ULV sucks).
  • Toshiba Libretto 50CT "Mini Multimedia Station".