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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.

Main areas of work

  • Developer of AOSC OS, and maintainer of the PowerPC and MIPS ports.
  • 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 T61 SXGA+.
  • Main desktop: Apple PowerMac G5 Quad.
  • Personal server/asset generator: HP MicroServer Gen8.
  • Gaming: Alienware Alpha Steam Machine R2.
  • Portable vintage station: Toshiba Libretto 50CT with Roland SC-88vl.
  • Main vintage station: IBM NetVista A40p with AMD Athlon XP (shoe-horn'd).

Development related:

  • AMD64 packaging/testing: Lenovo ThinkPad W541.
  • ARM(v7|v8) packaging/testing: NVIDIA Jetson TX1 Development Kit.
  • PowerPC(32|64) packaging/testing: Apple PowerMac G5 Quad.
  • PowerPC32 testing: Apple iBook G4 (late 2004).
  • BayTrail testing: Dell Venue Pro 8.

Hobby projects:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 Mid-2012 repair for friend.
  • IBM NetVista A40p "AuthenticAMD".
  • IBM ThinkPad 340 "The Silent Box".
  • 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 X24/5/60 "FrankenPad" (decommissioned, ULV sucks).
  • Toshiba Libretto 50CT "Mini Multimedia Station".