Today I received.....

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by sbadger » Wed May 24, 2017 10:57 am

ABUG in cambs turned out to be expensive...

Seemed my soldering iron was woeful after using a "proper one" (dave h's fault!! :wink: ).
Now got a daddy one to last...
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my wire stippers were bobbins (Jason F's fault :wink: ) and a nice sucker!
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oh.. and what's this....
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inside...
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nice.
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now just need someway of loading stuff #-o
So many projects, so little time...

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Post by tricky » Thu May 25, 2017 8:04 pm

Well, it didn't arrive today, but I finally got around to seeing if it worked and forgot that I hadn't recapped it, so after the smoke cleared, I could see a few unofficial mods!
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And yes, half of S21 is connected by having a small piece of wire wrapped around its legs!
The resistor looks familiar, but the cut off screws don't look original, nor did the red 5v line poked through a hole where the tag should be.
Also arrived without any case screws or a keyboard cable (good job I bought some of those 34 way IDC connectors from RS).

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Re: Today I received.....

Post by sbadger » Fri May 26, 2017 5:59 pm

Some bedtime reading...
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an attempt to recover some brain cells lost from knowing 6502 25 years ago and in the meantime discovering beer...
So many projects, so little time...

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Post by Elminster » Fri May 26, 2017 6:06 pm

sbadger wrote:Some bedtime reading...


an attempt to recover some brain cells lost from knowing 6502 25 years ago and in the meantime discovering beer...
It is a good book, I read that one, and then got the much more rare orange (2ed) version. Not read the orange version yet. But hopefully that will cause me to be an instant expert

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Post by flaxcottage » Fri May 26, 2017 8:42 pm

sbadger wrote:... and in the meantime discovering beer...
Have you tried Acorn brewery? :D
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Post by 1024MAK » Wed May 31, 2017 10:14 pm

Today:
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Atom RAM/ROM board from Phill
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ZXpand+ from Charlie
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ZXpand+ from Charlie
And now that I have found time to take some pictures, from a couple of weeks ago...
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Gaggle of ZX Spectrum cases from ZX Renew
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Clear ZX Spectrum case from ZX Renew
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Smoke / silver ZX Spectrum case from ZX Renew
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Red / copper ZX Spectrum case from ZX Renew
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White ZX Spectrum case from ZX Renew
That's the trouble with too much choice...! :roll: :lol:

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Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:08 pm

I love those speccy cases!! 8)

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Post by Zarchos » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:00 pm

Seconded !
And I didn't know there was a '+' to the ZXpand ... Google is my friend !

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Post by jonb » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:39 am

One of these...
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Music 5000 synthesiser.
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Clean as a whistle inside..
Now, what's the quickest way to test it? Is there something on the STH archive that can put it through its paces? I had no manual or software with it, just the unit.

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Post by Andy1979 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:41 am

A Psion 3Fax modem (boxed), and the extremely rare PC Card modem adaptor for the Psion 3A. The PC Card adaptor also contained an unbranded PCMCIA CD-ROM interface, with what looks like a small SCSI connector. Will have to dig out my old Compaq laptop and see what Windows 2000 thinks it is.
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Only a fiver plus postage for the lot on eBay. I'm pondering hiding either a Pi Zero W or an ESP8266 inside one of them to provide internet access, depending on whether there are any accessible serial connections inside - may be slightly beyond my abilities!

As specified the 3Fax modem works at a blistering 2400 (V22.bis) for data, or 9600 for fax. Can't find much information about the PC Card adaptor - only what's in the appendices to this old programming manual: http://www.primrosebank.net/computers/p ... 0Guide.pdf

Seems to contain it's own 16-bit micro-controller. Believe it could also be used with a GSM modem.

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:20 pm

Today I received nothing!

Having previously tried to deliver to completely the wrong address I rearranged ParcelForce to deliver today. They didn't. Unless of course they went to the wrong address again...

The other parcel I was expecting appears to merely be running late. :cry:
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Post by Multiwizard » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:25 pm

Hi,

today I bought this for 2 Euros... :-D

https://www.amazon.com/Play-TV-Golf-74037/dp/B0007YF6L2

Edit: Ok, I did found this link too... LOL

http://www.ebay.fr/itm/TV-Golf-Jeu-Vide ... 1547632728

Now I can play golf indoors... 8)


Greetings, Wim... :-)
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Post by Elminster » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:39 pm

To keep ear and nose hair under control
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Post by Zarchos » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:01 pm

Multiwizard wrote:Hi,

today I bought this for 2 Euros... :-D

https://www.amazon.com/Play-TV-Golf-74037/dp/B0007YF6L2

Edit: Ok, I did found this link too... LOL

http://www.ebay.fr/itm/TV-Golf-Jeu-Vide ... 1547632728

Now I can play golf indoors... 8)


Greetings, Wim... :-)
Will you buy the stand alone system to master playing bridge.
It appeared recently on Ebay and it made me smile ...

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Post by Lardo Boffin » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:12 pm

Finally stuff arrived!
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Two very nice condition ZX81s with RAM packs. The one on the right is a 'kludge fix' model as can be seen by the little PCB on the Z80.
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Nice!
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Post by sbadger » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Not acorn- but certainly retrotech
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Never had one of my own, only remember playing a friends on the last day of term at school
So many projects, so little time...

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Post by danielj » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:49 pm

Awesome! :D


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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:19 am

This came from a UK seller on eBay:-
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I had always wanted one of these BITD. :D Nowadays they are as scarce as hen's teeth and when they do come up for sale in a working condition they can be very expensive.

The printer works and powers the calculator. It is a bit dingy but a good clean will have it sparkling. The only problem I could see is one of the contacts for charging the battery pack in the printer has disappeared.

The battery pack is toast, though. They are quite easy to repair although low self-discharge AA NiMH cells are expensive in the higher capacities.

The calculator came with its standard module and passed its self-test program with flying colours. I shall need to source some magnetic cards and a cleaner to test the card reader to see if it suffers from the gungy wheel syndrome.
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Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:58 am

Are you going to play shops? :lol:

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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:16 am

vanpeebles wrote:Are you going to play shops? :lol:
Looks like a till does it not? :D It was actually advertised as such in the eBay listing.
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Post by CMcDougall » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:41 am

well last night my mate Hoggy appeared again & this time smiled for a pic :D
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Post by vanpeebles » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:58 am

flaxcottage wrote:
vanpeebles wrote:Are you going to play shops? :lol:
Looks like a till does it not? :D It was actually advertised as such in the eBay listing.
It does! I keep being tempted to buy the printer thing for the Psion II.

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Post by geraldholdsworth » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:36 pm

CMcDougall wrote:well last night my mate Hoggy appeared again & this time smiled for a pic :D
We need a 'like' button on this forum!! :-D
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Post by jonb » Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:09 pm

I saw a documentary the other night with Steve Bagshall all about hedgehogs and the people who look after them.

"Hedgies" do rock. They eat all the nasty slugs and snails from your garden. Such a pity they are getting rare round there. I have not seen one in years - the last one was over 15 years ago and he was missing a back leg. Watching him hopping along the garden path was really charming.

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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:40 pm

^watched that also on demand5, 40 mins with no adverts :mrgreen:
always liked hoggies when a lad walking my grans dog through the golf course, loads of them after dark 8)

I've left 2 saucers of water in my back garden for them, think mine sleeps behind neighbours old shed, as he only goes to hide behind my beer barrel when wife goes out, then I go out & he appears :)
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Post by trixster » Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:10 pm

A 3DO to go in retroconsolecorner!
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Post by geraldholdsworth » Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:12 pm

Well, I received them yesterday actually (and two have now been drunk)...and not really anything to do with computing - well, not directly anyway!
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It's what happens when you get a £10 off voucher for a pub chain where the closest is over 200 miles away, and you complain on Twitter to the company!!!
Sent the voucher to a mate in Brighton for him to use.
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Post by vanpeebles » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:14 pm

Did you know that the old speckled hen was an mgb car?

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:01 pm

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A skanky old ISA sound card. But it has the Yamaha OPL3 chipset on it.

I have still not managed to get OPL3 working properly. I have harvested the chips and now know that I am using known working genuine Yamaha parts. Still have exactly the same problems. So at least I have ruled out problems with the chips.
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