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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 18:48:35
@Devilish_Design @ianparr
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 15:48:33
@RetroResolution @zxkim811 Oh bloody hell :/ Tough Yorkshire lad though, hopefully he’ll be reet.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 14:37:48
@geoff_suniga Hehe, like me when I went over there to collect a DEC MINC and DECwriter IV printer. Saw a Hurricane (or Spit) flying up a valley :D
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 14:31:06
@geoff_suniga Nice! Your first task on returning is to dismantle it and check the C9 capacitor, make sure it’s the right way round.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 10:48:34
@AnnieRat1 That would be nice :) There’s enough space in the case to fit a butler.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed Mar 03 10:33:54
Today’s random pic is the Videotronic II pong from 1976-ish. A strange beast, massive case like a bit of test equipment but tiny circuitboard literally stuck to the front panel.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 17:42:34
@bulletford Hehehe! 💥
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 15:09:28
@geoff_suniga You have my sympathies! On the down side having all this stuff floating around since 1998 has cost me a fortune in storage and transport costs.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 14:46:52
@geoff_suniga I’m really pleased I started collecting 23 years ago when all this stuff was being thrown out. Aside from the occasional ebargain all my Elks came from boot sales in the early noughties. Dunston rugby club FTW.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 14:36:48
@geoff_suniga Annoyingly I’ve got 2 plus-3’s and no PSUs.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 14:11:45
@PeterGordon68K @Lord_Arse Most, er, useful.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 12:45:09
@Lord_Arse I assume some kind of RAM based slideshow but who knows? *scratches teeth*
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 12:43:22
@Lord_Arse Hahaha, “flattened by a pile of radioactive beans, Paul was forever cursed to have bean pictures RT’d at him”
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 12:39:04
@6502nerd @AfRetro Rumour has it that the cancellation of another project led to a surfeit of keyswitches kicking around, hence the redesign.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 12:29:32
@AfRetro Say what you like about OPI, they got the styling and presentation of the Atmos absolutely spot on apart from the cursor keys and that it was a still an Oric-1 under the hood 😆
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 12:06:21
@Lord_Arse “BBC Pikchachanja” is making my teeth itch.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 09:31:09
Random pic of the day: some of my Elks, earlier. (like 4 years earlier, in a different house)
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue Mar 02 08:12:53
@bobbybalmoral Welcome to the world of HPE and Cisco technical exams where you’re expected to know all the sales and warranty stuff too. Well done on passing!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 23:29:46
@Devilish_Design @kenshirriff @397turbo @bwack77 @HereBeDragons3 Oh wow, that’s definitely it. Nice one! Good to see I was close with heading down the word processor route 😄
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 22:47:47
@GeekScurvy TBF when they were making these things they probably had a projected shelf life of 20 years or something, certainly wouldn't have been expecting geeks to still be keeping these things alive and swearing most foul at the company 30-40 years later.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 22:23:49
@GeekScurvy It's why I'm currently home to 5 dead Executels, the biscuit for battery destruction has to be my brand new one where the battery leak ran down the back of the board and ruined every single RAM chip. The machine was never used because its PSU was thieved.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 22:18:26
@GeekScurvy Hehehe I know exactly what you mean. This board also had a couple of leaked caps in the power circuit but the smell had long gone. This led to the discovery that all my replacements are only JUST within tolerance despite being Nichicons and brand new. Sigh.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 22:02:55
@GeekScurvy Good job I didn't photograph the CPU socket then, it was FAR worse than that.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 22:02:03
@kenshirriff @397turbo @bwack77 @HereBeDragons3 Good grief that video is awful. The props are interesting though, the vertical drives look like BASF push-to-open types as seen in the Otrona Attache, so if they ARE props then a lot of thought has gone into them.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 21:58:38
@PeterGordon68K @djh0ffman Pretty sure it’s been fully emulated by now?
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 15:59:30
@Devilish_Design @geoff_suniga @loudscotsbloke Hehehe I was just about to say the very same thing. My Sirius is on The List after it unceremoniously died on me a few years ago, 1st thing I’ll have to do is ask TexElec for a new keytronic kit.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 13:49:35
@HereBeDragons3 @bwack77 @397turbo @kenshirriff Keyboard is reminiscent of the CPT 8100 but...
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 13:35:45
@HereBeDragons3 @bwack77 @397turbo @kenshirriff Look at you lot, having fun while I swear at application gateways and SSL 😃
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 12:58:33
@forelioned @loudscotsbloke Is yours a German machine too?
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 12:00:07
@loudscotsbloke Interesting. I wonder if they used different plastics to make the actual keyboard. I used to have the bones of a case inc keyboard module, wonder where it went...
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 11:57:32
@PeterGordon68K @djh0ffman It’s not something I’d be prepared to loan out unfortunately, to get full use of one you either need an SDcard reader or the complete EXDOS system with floppy drives. Dave Woodford did a great job with the sound chip though, pity it was hardly used.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 11:44:28
@loudscotsbloke Interesting, the same bother I have with Memotechs. Where was yours made?
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon Mar 01 11:34:22
@loudscotsbloke You must have a bad EP, all of mine have lovely keyboards. Dodgy membrane?
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 16:29:47
@48kRAM I should’ve photo’d the CPU socket too, it was FAR worse. CPU gets worryingly hot too, removing that socket is going to require destruction because there’s no way it’ll come off just by desoldering from underneath.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 12:07:32
*cuss* VARTA *swear*-ing batteries. Also something is pulling the 12v rail down to 10v so the RAM isn’t playing. Just in case the regulation in the PSU wasn’t enough there’s further 12v shenanigans on the board so that’s the first place to look.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 10:55:23
@SWRetroComp @Retro_Computers @apple2europlus @Mac84tv @spectrum48k @ColonelFalcon @retrokatg @Withnailmarwood @HereBeDragons3 @Devilish_Design Top row today I think, ta.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 10:17:18
@SWRetroComp Poor ol’ blue key is going to get it in the shorts today.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 08:47:34
@CommodoreLad Yup, Astec AC8151 as used in the Osborne 1, Trs80 model 3, Memotech FDX and loads of others. Not designed to be mounted upside down in a thick metal enclosure so it effectively bakes itself.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun Feb 28 08:43:31
@KimxxxJustice I absolutely bloody love OTH and have not been able to take radio news seriously since it was first broadcast. Have you heard ‘it’s a painful business’, the OTH documentary?
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 22:51:57
@billdeg I have that noise running through my head now 😃
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 19:55:17
@eruptionchaser Oh yes 😃
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 19:54:58
@eruptionchaser @anachrocomputer The primary 0.1uF one looks ripe for asploding so if the weather’s equally nice tomorrow I’ll wire it up and take it outside. 💥
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 19:32:10
@jagfumes Holy shit mcdougall!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 17:08:20
@mrbiffo I’m really pleased I’ve never heard that... THING.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat Feb 27 17:05:55
@kamielStraatman Same transport, different machine.
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