Today I received.....

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robheaton
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby robheaton » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:05 pm

RobC wrote:If you've got an IDE/CF interface, I have a hard drive image that has DOS, GEM and Panos installed.


That would be really handy! I've been talking to Mark @ RetroClinic about getting a DataCentre, that could be the perfect companion!

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby RobC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:15 pm

robheaton wrote:That would be really handy! I've been talking to Mark @ RetroClinic about getting a DataCentre, that could be the perfect companion!

Just give me a shout when you want it and we can sort it out.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Wouter Scholten » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:32 pm

cmorley wrote:The newish cheaper flukes which were originally destined for the Asian market are pretty good value. I bought a Fluke 17B+ for around £90 IIRC and I've been very pleased with it.


Yes but the AN8008 is really nice, small and accurate, and unbeatable for the price. I have a Voltcraft meter that I never liked and last year bought a fluke 289 so I have all I need I suppose but 2 meters is better than 1 and I want to get rid of the voltcraft. So I was thinking about the 17B+ but I will likely order the AN8008 as a 2nd meter and give the voltcraft to a family member.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby topcat96 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:00 pm

A Turbografx 16 console and Everdrive SD interface. As I have no TV's in the house that uses the old UK rooftop aerial connectors, a conversion to scart was in order.

A well cared for Sega Dreamcast console which now has had both the tri-LED and region free mod's done on it. Also replaced the soldered in place coin battery with a rechargeable Lir2032 coin battery and new holder

Not my link but here's the end result of the LED mod if you've never seen it before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdRobQ6J3ak

For a limited experience solder butcher such as myself, they were relatively easy things to achieve =D>
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flaxcottage » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:15 pm

Two new Texas calculators for my collection. :D

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The SR-51A is a non-programmable scientific calculator that can do some quite sophisticated statistics. It is like new and fully working. I had to get this from a great vendor in Germany.

The TI-85 was a UK acquisition from Amazon no less. It came as a classroom pack, which must have cost hundreds BITD. Along with the calculator and manual came an OHP screen, data cable and PSU. Amazingly this was the cheapest way I could find to get one. It works very differently from by other TI and HP calculators but has the facility of working in binary or hexadecimal. It can also be programmed in TI-BASIC and has 32K of RAM - the same as a beeb!
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Lardo Boffin » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:37 pm

Some light bed time reading and a copy of S-Pascal thanks to Paul. :D
Interesting to see that it compiles to machine code rather than p-code. From what I can see on line it is about three times faster than BASIC (the machine code must be fairly inefficient I guess) which puts it on par with Forth.
Does anyone have a copy of the disc image? Not sure I have the patience to load anything from tape on a regular basis!

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby z0m8ied0g » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:32 pm

Finally got an acoustic modem, came with the cable for the beeb as well.
Now just need to find my old phone and give it a go.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Commie_User » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:48 pm

Oooooooooooooooo, whoa.

Is there anywhere still for that to connect to?

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby crj » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:52 pm

Buy a retro handset for a smartphone. Run Zoiper to make a call via VoIP. Run an Asterisk phone exchange on a Linux server with a softmodem in it.

Then figure out what you actually want to access via the modem. I was about to say you should bolt pppd into the back of the softmodem to provide dial-up IP over your software private branch exchange. But then I remembered there's no IP stack for the Beeb and what you actually need is a bulletin board.

Now I'm wondering if anybody's got a runnable snapshot of Gnome at Home or similar. It feels like a category of historical artefact that's somewhat overlooked.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flibble » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:56 pm

I lucked out on a local pick-up-only auction for one of the Dell LCD monitors that allegedly does 15KHz modes over the VGA connector. In theory it's the perfect monitor for archimedes and beebs ... I'll let you know :D

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby z0m8ied0g » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:44 pm

crj wrote:Now I'm wondering if anybody's got a runnable snapshot of Gnome at Home or similar. It feels like a category of historical artefact that's somewhat overlooked.


Been working on this. When its fully complete I intend to load as many original Prestel / Micronet or other ViewData BBS screens onto it as I can.

https://youtu.be/wAzVxaad8Xs
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby trixster » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:20 am

flibble wrote:I lucked out on a local pick-up-only auction for one of the Dell LCD monitors that allegedly does 15KHz modes over the VGA connector. In theory it's the perfect monitor for archimedes and beebs ... I'll let you know :D


I have a bunch of those - the 2001fp. If I recall correctly you need one with a date of July 2007 and earlier. They do work with 15khz but you have to use the controls to adjust the picture back to centre each time you turn the machine on. Not ideal but not a show stopper. It does have s video as well though which is great for c64's and cpc6128's!
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flibble » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:55 pm

trixster wrote:I have a bunch of those - the 2001fp. If I recall correctly you need one with a date of July 2007 and earlier. They do work with 15khz but you have to use the controls to adjust the picture back to centre each time you turn the machine on. Not ideal but not a show stopper. It does have s video as well though which is great for c64's and cpc6128's!


Well I got the 2007fp and it appears to not support 15KHz over VGA, boo. But it's not all bad, it's a great 1600x1200 monitor that only cost me £3.20, so I'm not going to complain too much :D

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jgharston » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:15 pm

A keyboard for my Android tablet:
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Now I can actually *USE* it! :D :D instead of fighting the finger-paint user interface. Hard to tell, but that's a quick bit of BBC BASIC Hello World code.

Code: Select all

$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby RobC » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:05 pm

trixster wrote:I have a bunch of those - the 2001fp. If I recall correctly you need one with a date of July 2007 and earlier.

I have a 2001fp marked March 2006 but it doesn't seem to like my A3000's output unless I use the VGA modes :(

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby flaxcottage » Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:16 pm

Nice looking keyboard.

Mine is more utilitarian. A keyboard makes programming, using spreadsheets and word processors very much easier. :D
- John

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby trixster » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:30 am

RobC wrote:
trixster wrote:I have a bunch of those - the 2001fp. If I recall correctly you need one with a date of July 2007 and earlier.

I have a 2001fp marked March 2006 but it doesn't seem to like my A3000's output unless I use the VGA modes :(


Yeah, I got my dates wrong! It's July 2005 and earlier. I've just checked the three panels I have and all are late 2004/early 2005.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Pablos544 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:17 am

VincentVega wrote:An Amiga 1200, plus various games and software:

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I think you've got a good machine there I'm quite jealous :twisted:

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby VincentVega » Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:19 pm

Pablos544 wrote:
VincentVega wrote:An Amiga 1200, plus various games and software:

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I think you've got a good machine there I'm quite jealous :twisted:


Yes, it was in a lovely condition. The only issue I found was that some of the pins on the IDE socket were bent, but I managed to fix those. Since I got it, the machine has been stripped down and cleaned inside and out (including taking the keyboard apart) - it came up a treat.

Today I got the motherboard back from having the potentially-leaky capacitors replaced.. I'm just waiting for an accelerator card (ACA 1233n) to arrive.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby sweh » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:37 pm

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Now to work out how to use the thing... the instructions that came with it aren't the best in the world!
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby Pablos544 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:40 pm

VincentVega wrote:...Today I got the motherboard back from having the potentially-leaky capacitors replaced.. I'm just waiting for an accelerator card (ACA 1233n) to arrive.


capacitors go on Amigas too??? :shock:

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby trixster » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:31 pm

A Prisma Megamix MP3/FLAC decoder card to go in my Amiga 4000
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby VincentVega » Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:14 am

Pablos544 wrote:
VincentVega wrote:...Today I got the motherboard back from having the potentially-leaky capacitors replaced.. I'm just waiting for an accelerator card (ACA 1233n) to arrive.


capacitors go on Amigas too??? :shock:


Apparently anything after the A500 series. My board looked fine but I thought I'd get it done anyway.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby javierglez » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:44 pm

A Fujitsu ft8520 terminal. I intend to connect it to a Rasp Pi, although I've never done anything alike before. I was offered to take a DEC VT220 when the Civ Eng School I studied in tossed them. I had left aside the hobby at the time.
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby sweh » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:58 pm

That looks a lot like the Wyse 60. I wonder if Fujitsu rebranded them...
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Re: Today I received.....

Postby VincentVega » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:51 am

Some Amiga odds and sods:

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From top: ACA 1233n accelerator card (40Mhz 68030 CPU, 128MB RAM); real-time clock add-on; AGA MK2cr scan doubler with DVI interface.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jonb » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:21 pm

@VincentVega: Sweet!

I have an accelerator on mine but no special video output. Means I get a fuzzy screen all the time, so I don't use the thing. Shame really, because it is proper mint.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby jonb » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:36 pm

Exidy Sorcerer... with disk drive and CP/M, plus schematics and all other documentation. On loan from a friend until we work out what to do with it / whether it works.

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Mmmm.. 70s brown....

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby javierglez » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:55 pm

sweh wrote:That looks a lot like the Wyse 60. I wonder if Fujitsu rebranded them...

Thanks Stephen, the oddly shaped back of the monitor case certainly looks the same.

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Re: Today I received.....

Postby paulv » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:38 pm

My two year all clear :D

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