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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.
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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Another Amiga 1000 boot sequence video!
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!
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.
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.
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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Ok, more A1000 boot fun! This is simply the system booting to it's harddrive:
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. :/
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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Let's do at least one more system boot. This time it's booting the CDTV with the CDPD:
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.
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!
I am awaiting the arrival of spring (I'm writing this in March). There are lots of extra things to deal with. The garden being the biggest. We did go camping a couple of days ago. It was nice, but still a bit cold.
We got a pleasant surprise while at Bruneau Dunes. The observatory opened that day for the few people who just happened to be there for what they called the soft opening. Official is next week.
A bit of writing has ensured and seems to be continuing at home! Kinda nice.
Noesis Creation has been an amazing thing for me. When it all started, the C64 had retired from production and the company CBM had closed it's doors. At least the CBM facilities I knew about. Ensuring the commodore 64 a space in obscurity. However, scour the iNet or browse eBay and you will find things like WiFi NICs for the c64, JiffyDOS for the plus/4 and many other amazing things. There are hobbyists making Amiga PC boards. What once was leaving or fading, never left and is as bright as ever.
It does seem as if this is the place for fading tech. The Amazon Kindle Fire does not get along in the modern world when it comes to iNet browsing. Apple does not support the iPod Touch 4. The Razr phone from Motorola is just a curio. These things were all State of the art at one time, and not that long ago. In human-memory-time that is. In the tech world they are all ancient and simplistic.
We were taught by marketing that you have to have the latest and the greatest. I resisted this. Apple lived and breathed it. I dug in -- and got buried.
It would seem that as time marches on, our tech slips into obsoleteness faster and faster. But does it have to?
I see flat screens all the time being used on C64s and Amiga 500s. I really wanted to move to that camp. I saw so many there. Now, in the past few weeks I see more and more people from that camp, looking for a composite monitor. Talk of how it's just not the same. There are devices to insert scan lines to make an LCD look more like a CRT, but they fall short. It would seem commodore engineers made the equipment fit the existing technology so well, replacing those screens is not really an option.
Interesting turn of events.
Back in March, Twinnies and I took Xaby to see his very first Boise Roadster Show (it was also Anastasia's first).
I made the mistake of using automode with no flash. So the ISO got thrown up to the max and all the pictures came out grainy. I was planning to use the flash and do manual mode, or at least flash mode with auto. But as it was, I was tired and didn't really think things out there :/
So I started with a Nikon 3400 DSLR using a DX 18-55mm lens. I used Gwenview and GIMP to bump-up lighting, crop, etc.
Then I updated my IBM X41 Tablet ThinkPad Linux box to Kubuntu 18 and everything slowed way down, plus I lost some applications. I got on the MacBook with Kubuntu 16 and found Openshot -- it was the older version -- yay! However, it was older than the one I'm used to. So back to the IBM.
On the IBM I opened up KSysGuard and found the CPU- hog- system- drain; Baloo File Indexing! Just like back on Kubuntu 14! So, using KSysGuard from sudo, I killed it, but have left it installed. Wow! My computer is mega fast!
Openshot is slow and the ability to load picture sequences appears to no longer function. I never got it working. Kdenlive has extremely limited transitions for slides. Thus, I installed Imagination and off I went!
Imagination has all the really great transitions I'm used to and all I have to do is select all and hit random for the transaction and it's done! Now, 110 pictures in the slide show takes close to 8 minutes to load, maybe more. Also, I unchecked resize to fit format. It would overshoot the boarder in the resize mode, thus cropping many of the pictures -- not good.
Openshot, is more stable, but does not work well now. Please give me the random crash with functionality if that is my only choice. So instead I mixed everything with Kdenlive. Works well.
The CDTV has video running directly to the IBM A21p ThinkPad as well as the audio running to the mixer that runs to the same ThinkPad. I simply grabbed a waycool MOD from the CDPD public domain software for the CDTV and recorded it in DAK's Wave/MP3 Editor. I like this software because it uses little resources and gets awesome results. This was the quickest, easiest part of the whole process.
I added titles to the mixed (created and edited in Kdenlive) and rendered a .vob file and all was well. Until viewing. The images were scrunched up; the cars were all taller and thinner. Crap.
Ok, you knew it was coming. Avidemux (2.6qt) to the rescue! I did an auto to DVD with a start ratio of 1:1 converted to 4:3 and now it looks fab!
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Dilemma vs Procrastination. The dilemma is what to do about the CDTV and the R50p. OK, there is another dilemma, and that is what to do about the 9100 and the R50. Perhaps I am procrastinating here. But I really don't seem to getting any solutions. I haven't torn down the C128D and reassembled it. So there really is a strong procrastination going on here.
I had a great bike ride yesterday (I'm typing this in March). So maybe a few more of those will shake off the winter blues and reboot the brain. Doing the self care thing takes so planning and effort. It is so easy to just sit when the RAD/FAS kids are gone and stare at the wall. But that only helps at first. You really have to make a plan.
This week's plan was:
JAVA II !!! -- OK, this was actually a home made coffee milkshake yesterday and today! (Check!) *UAE on 770z and or X41t -- (Check!) Imagefx Nikon big ass pix In box -- (Check!) "~really" list cdtv: drives and R50p *9100 n R50 drone outside port placement setup slides cannerDidn't get to the CDTV (once again), nor the 9100 n R50, no drone, no Port and no scanner. But! I did have an extra long bike ride that was not planned. It was fun, so it counts!
Worked in AIAB on the 770z. Personal Paint and ImageFX both recognized the Nikon's newer jpeg type, but not enough memory. I found a really slick install of the WinUAE as AIAB10.2, and I was able to configure the system with lots of available RAM, however none of the software I needed to test was installed. :/
It was a walk down memory lane. Kinda ironic since it was an emulator I was reminiscing about and not the actual Amiga -- I use the Amiga fairly regularly. ;)
The True Test.
I FTPed one of those enormous pictures from the Nikon onto the Escom Amiga 1200 AG. I opened it in ImageFX and was able to process it! Holy cow did it take a long time! I kept coming back during the processing (a watercolor filter) expecting to see the desktop or an error message after a crash. But it never happened. It probably took five minutes to process -- but it did it!
Still before me is the CDTV. I don't really want to tear it down, but I need to get the R50p back up and running as well as the R50. Crud. Perhaps I'll put figuring it out off for at least an other day...
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Crazy CDTV A21p Stuff.
I recently opened a cam capture software on the A21p. One of the devices said PhilipsPhilVid or some such thing. I thought, "hmm, I wonder if that is the built in s-video. Well, I Googled it. and yes it is. I got a couple of s-video cables, a 4 pin to composite and a 7 pin to component.
The port is apparently non-standard. Cables plug in but don't necessarily pin out the same. The component cable's blue line goes to the line that IBM chose for composite. I got it plugged in and volla! CDTV displayed on the A21p! How cool is that!, plus I still have the flat screen monitor goin' on so I have two displays. And the flat screen wins on quality. You have to admit, it's just too cool!
With the added bonus that the Studio's Audio IN goes straight to this computer, the CDTV's stereo audio can be easily directed to the same capture software, giving total AV to the ThinkPad simply plugging it in -- no adapters or external digitizers. 2cool.
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