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January 2019

Archaic Computer

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Brian Crosthwaite

Happy New Year!

STARDATE:2019.01.25:

Wow! I got behind on writing, thinking I had January posted already. Crud.

Moving right along.

I have been inspired a lot from an Amiga forum over on Facebook. So the A1200 is now RAM max, and I have finally pulled out the CDTV.

Despite inspiration, time is still snug. The CDTV is sitting where the R50p goes. I am looking at a sloution the will allow the KB, mouse, and 3 drives to be setup as well. What I really need to do is completely pull out the C128D and rearrange that to get the drive cable to reach and hopefully open up the space for easier overall access to the periferals and computer ports. A bigger project than it sounds.

STARDATE:2019.02.07:

Now I'm seeing the piles that are in the way.

I had a photodigitizing project sitting in a box by the PET 4032. This led to at least one slideshow on YouTube. There was a series of slides I digitized that told the story of Mr. X (from The Mystery of Mr. X a Super 8 animation I made in Jr. High). Those scans got deleted. Feeling discouraged, I moved onto another project, leaving the box there to "get back to later." I hove a suitecase full of redline Hot Wheels I was eBaying, laying on top. The X41 woundup being stode there to charge. The backup DVD project kinda filled in the space beteen the A21p and the box of pictures.

That mountain of crap needs a new home, and unfortunately, it has been so long the abandoned homes of all that stuff have long since be occupided or simply removed from existance be moving other things (like furnature) around. Crap.

More as the story developes.

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February 2019

Archaic Computer

by

Brian Crosthwaite

Another Amiga 1000 boot sequence video!


March 2019

Archaic Computer

by

Brian Crosthwaite

Let's start with some Amiga 1000 fun! The MegaBeanch Disk was made to get everything possible or at least a ton of libs and other dependencies in SYS: Enjoy!

STARDATE:2019.02.22:

So... crazy stuff. Getting a Zosi wireless security camera system up and running. The easy part. Plug it in and all the cams auto connect and go live. More challenging and certainly more time consuming: Getting the camersa mounted. The hardest part: Getting flashplayer to work on that messed up installation on Lucutus. :/

I found an older player and installed it and the NVR's builtin software serves up a web page and I can view all 8 wireless cams at once. Meanwhile on the other screen I have Video View 4 running the USB cam, the analog cam and the two wireless IP cams. All at once! Pretty nice.

The cams work on just about any browser with Adobe Flashplayer. So I have them on my remote computer (deBarry) as well as the Windows 2000 workstation (Dampier). Pretty sure I will not be able to do anything on the Amiga. I can see one of the IP cams on Voyager.

Stand Still.

That's where I'm at, a stand still. I have the CDTV occupying the R50p's space, the 9100 in the R50's space and the C128D still basically disassembled. I am however, going through a box that was on the floor in front of the 1200 AG. This stand still if one of confusion, and lack of focus. I think it might be just major indecision coming from the constant "on" you experience with having kids that lead you to buy surveillance cameras and alarms.

It is really hard to make some decisions, it would seem that all the decision making beans are used up by more important decisions. Perhaps I should make a spreadsheet of location ideas and other possible "deciding factors" and slowly, over a period of weeks do the pros and cons of each, letting logic dictate the final out-come.

eBay.

I have some systems I'd like to liquidate via eBay. The advantage in doing so would be possibly getting back an original investment. It gets a system that is just sitting into the hands of a user who might get things going with it again. It would allow me to get parts I need, but reluctant to purchase.

On the other hand, I could just donate the items. They might get into the right hands. It is iffy, but it is a fast way to dispose of a thing I do not want. I really don't want to send the systems off to getting recycled since that would be the end of the machine.

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April 2019

Archaic Computer

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Brian Crosthwaite

Ok, more A1000 boot fun! This is simply the system booting to it's harddrive:

STARDATE:2019.03.15:

Remembering When.

I was sitting here at the keys this morning at Bruneau Dunes, remembering updating my AC. The parks in Idaho used to have functional WiFi. I finished up my article, opened Firefox, logged into Angelfire and updated the article. Thinking back on it, I might have been on the 770z, running UAE with AIAB, so that would have been iBrowse. Those were the days!

Strider was the out and about computer. It had two large capacity batteries, so when we went camping without hookup, there was plenty of power for several days of early morning writing. And it was on an Amiga!

One utility the UAE world needs is a little ditty that would display a laptop's battery on the Amiga screen. Since full screen is the way to go in UAE, it would be nice to have that information available.

Since I have refired the fuel that gets the 1200 running regularly and more often, I have been working on the images on the dot org NC site. I have managed to revise a few. I do need to get in a re-code some pages, since the frames are hard coded for dimensions, some of the pictures look distorted. :/

Photos.

Well I went to the Boise Roadster Show this year. This time Victoria came along again, along with Anastasia and Xaby. It was a blast and Xaby (11 year old aspy) loved it as well. Real life Hot Wheels!

I, of course, forgot I was going to flash everything to avoid grain. Maybe next year I'll remember.

I use GIMP as my darkroom on the X41t. I love it, and have customized many things in it. But I really miss the way somethings are done in ImageFX. I have ImageFX 3.3 on the 700z, perhaps I can try that. Worth a shot.

The Amiga has the speed and the RAM to handle the huge pictures, but the software insists on using chip RAM rather than fast RAM. Chip maxes out at 2megs and the system uses lots of it from the git-go. Leaving most of the 196megs of fast RAM wide open. I'll have to see if I can force the use of virtual RAM. I kinda think I can. The RAMdrive is in fast RAM so if I force the use of virtual mem I should be able to get the pictures to load. I can pull the WiFi nic and put in the 16gig card.

The 16gig card is partitioned into 4 4gig partitions. I can only access the first one, however, it'll work for this experiment. I need to find out more about getting access to all four partitions. That would be great.

I have my next few weekends planned.

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May 2019

Archaic Computer

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Brian Crosthwaite

Let's do at least one more system boot. This time it's booting the CDTV with the CDPD:

STARDATE:2019.03.16:

Music Port.

Long ago I longed to get access to the SID chip via a real keyboard. We're talking a musical keyboard here. I have hours of music I have written and performed using various keyboards and other equipment. I have a Colortone Keyboard that does access the SID but it is a very specialized and limited device.

Enter Euphony.

Euphony was discovered in a typewriter written ad in the back of one of the many commodore related publications I subscribed to in the 80s. A midi based system that boasted seemingly too good to be true qualities and abilities.

I asked my folks about what they thought. In the end we sent off for the Euphony Player. It was everything thing the ad said it was. It was astounding!

They had a system that I didn't get allowing you to enter your music to be played on your external keyboard. (What I got played music via midi as well as SID at the same time, while showing the notes in real time.) My plan was to program my drums for the commodore to play for me while I played the other instruments, since drums were the weakest part of my music.

That was a plan that over time faded as a pipe dream.

I had seen some nice keyboards with full size keys from Sequential, Music Port and one other that is alluding me at present. They either plugged into the joystick port (like the Colortone) or the user port. I wonder if I could use the Colortone software with the ones that plug into the joystick port. Hmm.

Anyway, as time would have it, I have been looking for those missed opportunities, a nice C64 music keyboard being one of them. Iy's a bit of a challenge since I'm apparently not the only person looking for one. However, I did manage to procure one. A Music Port. It appears to be in overall good condition. These three keyboards must be made by the same manufacturer as they all look the same. They have a round white thing in the top of the keyboard, that the seller refereed to as a missing button.

The button looks to be just a plastic plug for something that never got implemented in the design and they didn't want to have a whole on the unit. That is my hypothesis at present. I could be dead wrong there. I have nothing to test the keyboard with since the software is not on the iNet (as far as I have searched), and I have yet to find it for sale anywhere.

When we lived in Crosthwaite Manor, now known as the Amber House, I knew where every piece of hardware, every piece of software and every cable was. With the exception of two things -- the Plasma Screen Toshiba and the IBM Portable. I now know the location of those two items, but little else. More to the point, I do not know what has happened to my commodore music software. Yea, that's a big OMG.

So I have yet another new quest before me.

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This is for the upcoming June posting:

Last year's photographic adventure:

There is a huge adventure in photography before the above, however I haven't even started going through the pictures. :/

Meantime, here is the photographic adventure before that:

Just a side posting. TTFN!

noesis0

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