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Binary Dinosaurs
Thu May 26 16:31:11
@DosFox1 Could be that too of course :)
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Binary Dinosaurs
Thu May 26 16:28:49
@DosFox1 Strange. I always thought my ringtone was a GPO 709 but it doesn't sound like that. The wav is called '700series1'
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Binary Dinosaurs
Thu May 26 10:52:34
@JonnBlanchard Yikes! I hope something else comes along quickly so you don't have to do that.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 21:12:30
@MackJsy @RetroBC_Pete (I’m now pondering the reasons as to why I have a bagful)
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 21:11:02
@MackJsy @RetroBC_Pete I’ll bring a bagful and you can rub them on your tshirt 😆
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 21:10:17
@rupertg @PeterOnion Not for PSUs, no.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 21:09:31
@PeterOnion I can’t help but think they’d go SQUEEE rather than pop. But yes, those are meaty rails.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 20:24:52
@RetroBC_Pete 3COM power supplies used to be particularly good at this, people would ring up saying 'my switch is whistling' and I knew instantly what had happened.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 20:15:53
@ukscone @ryanteck Before you go spare.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 20:13:44
@thomasfuchs Nope 😄 Too many common components that can go bang. Identify capacitor type maybe - RIFA, electrolytic and tantalums all have a fairly recognisable smell. And different noise too.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 20:06:30
Interesting. Working on the Sirius tonight and there was a BANG and a fishy smell. Electrolytic gone pop? That doesn’t happen very often. To me, anyway. I knew the main 0.22uF RIFA had gone already because I could smell it on Sunday. 💥💨
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JamHamster (Retweet)
Wed May 25 16:59:57
A quick video of my FatScreen CRT emulator build in action with a cheeky look at the interior at the end. I'm very, very pleased with it and the novelty still hasn't worn off. 😊
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 08:46:14
@Devilish_Design @timbucus @jonveal 😍
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 07:40:25
@kiwapebretech The OA isn't starting and I can't for the life of me remember what the minimum fan count is for a Shorty. The fact that the fan lights are flashing shows that it's not happy though.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Wed May 25 07:39:00
@kiwapebretech You'd need to find the fibre connected server with CommandView on it to even think about booting that up, it's not worth the effort. Pity, the batteries are useful to keep others alive.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 20:31:13
Back on the Sirius repair after the weekend’s japes in Cambridge. This is one of @computermuseum’s machines that refuses to boot and gives an odd LED pattern at power up. CRT is good and it prompts for a disk so the fault(s) are on the floppy controller. Going IN!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 13:30:28
@hqqns @0xDEADBEEFCAFE I've not attempted it because I have two other working units. I've seen that the results can be pretty sweet though, but it's a lot of effort with heat guns and hot wire etc.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 11:52:50
@hqqns @0xDEADBEEFCAFE Dust, that one. There’s one off-camera that DOES have cataracts and it almost looks sci-fi when it’s displaying.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 11:30:45
@0xDEADBEEFCAFE This was my currently not well Rainbow a couple of weeks ago.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 10:46:35
@RC2014Towers This is why I had to get someone to build mine, and I still wish I hadn't.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Tue May 24 10:18:15
@0xDEADBEEFCAFE You’ve seen the video of it scrolling a directory on an amber screen?
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Rob Taylor (Retweet)
Tue May 24 07:12:59
It is done. BBC B Issue 7 PCB replica.
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FlashFloppy (Retweet)
Mon May 23 18:04:35
FF Release 3.31 Fix Gotek drive detection w/Amiga KS ROM v3.2.1 QD: FF.CFG "interface=ibmpc" alternative to JC jumper (no JC on SFRKC30.AT2 model) OLED: New "-slow" modifier to slow down I2C bus for glitchy displays AUTOBOOT: Disallow writes to MBR, which can trash the USB drive
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 16:14:39
@RetroBC_Pete @quangdx @JonnBlanchard @computermuseum @jcrowly @HereBeDragons3 @Devilish_Design @loudscotsbloke @6502nerd As opposed to me who currently resembles Mr Bibendum thanks to my little fluid retention issue 🥸
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 11:54:13
@6502nerd That's my hope too. After years of being in a cold storage room it then ran for 8 hours so some solder joints may have 'relaxed' a bit. I've got the full schematics here so it's all good.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 11:52:32
@0xDEADBEEFCAFE It's 'mostly' VT220 compatible so it may do, have a look at the Technical Manual on Bitsavers as it explains everything in detail there.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 11:36:26
Those of you at the museum yesterday will know that my DEC Rainbow expired after running all day Saturday. I couldn't find the LED codes in the technical manuals, largely because they're in the User's Service Guide. Looks like I've got some desoldering to do soon...
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 10:33:35
@RetroBC_Pete @EricaTheatre @jcrowly @JAMOGRAD @LOOKMUMNOCMPUTR @LeadedSolder @JonnBlanchard @Devilish_Design @loudscotsbloke @johnnewcombeuk @6502nerd I'm pleased you took a pic of Tony's table because I completely forgot!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Mon May 23 07:40:38
@LockFarm @computermuseum And, I'm not sure about now, but at least until a couple of years ago you could still buy MPF-1s from Flite Electronics for the eye-watering price of £399.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 20:08:54
😍
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 19:11:02
@asobitech @AfRetro Good old So-crates!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 18:24:46
Also thanks to everyone who stopped to chat and have me go on at length about the Positron 9000 and the Microbee. Sadly the Rainbow expired this morn so the only pic I took all day was of its diagnostic LEDs… hello to @jcrowly too 😄 /fin
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 18:21:35
Day 2 of #82fest done and dusted so I’m now collapsed on my pit with a 🍻. Thanks to @computermuseum for hosting, and the scamp list: @HereBeDragons3, @loudscotsbloke, @JonnBlanchard, @Devilish_Design, @RetroBC_Pete, @WiFiSheep. Cheers to @AfRetro for the CD-ROM drive! /1
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 17:23:32
@zx81adventures @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @therealjpster @MarquisdeGeek @6502nerd @johnnewcombeuk @Nbarnes70 @timbucus After it had warmed up, yes. Took around half an hour before it would load games, but once it had - rock solid 😃
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 17:20:52
@mjtech01 @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @therealjpster @MarquisdeGeek @6502nerd @johnnewcombeuk @Nbarnes70 @timbucus Aw boo. Next event will be later in the year I hope.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 17:19:49
@daveshevett @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @therealjpster @MarquisdeGeek @6502nerd @johnnewcombeuk @Nbarnes70 @timbucus My company at the time sold that particular ‘bow, it never had a drive cover. I also used it every time I visited the customer to alter our programs on their uPDP, so when the system fell out of use they asked me if I wanted it. Yes please!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sun May 22 07:57:20
@SWRetroComp @ColonelFalcon @RetroGamersClub @retrokatg @HereBeDragons3 @Devilish_Design Ooo a pair of Interton VC4000 clones and a Fairchild Channel F-II. Keep the Database because it was designed and made in the UK (software was licenced from Radofin) Gift Grandsand and its bonkers 8-way controllers, Put Rowtron behind the bin for later retrieval.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 20:49:43
I forgot @timcwilcox, literally the first visitor I spoke to this morning, hello!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 19:12:14
Special mention to @6502nerd for digitising a pic of the Positron for his carousel of exhibits shown on his homebrew 6502 machine 👍🏻
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 19:11:00
Plenty of hardware highlights for me too, the main one being the Torch c-series that @RetroBC_Pete brought in. What an absolute beast. Also the Gemini kit brought in by @johnnewcombeuk, lovely stuff.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 19:08:35
@ianparr @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @therealjpster @MarquisdeGeek @6502nerd @johnnewcombeuk @Nbarnes70 @timbucus I spent a lot of time explaining the Posi to people, plenty of questions not least ‘why haven’t I heard of it’. Tim probs arrived lunchtime-ish? As usual in these events I lose all track of time then all of a sudden it’s time to go home.
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 18:49:10
@SharpworksMZ @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @therealjpster @MarquisdeGeek @6502nerd @johnnewcombeuk @Nbarnes70 @timbucus Yep! And I need to apologise for keeping him chatting when he should’ve been off home, sorry mate! Hope you didn’t get in trouble 😀
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 18:35:20
@RetroBC_Pete @AfRetro @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @JonnBlanchard @JAMOGRAD @HereBeDragons3 Bay? I didn’t type ‘bay’. Bloody autocarrot. I meant bah!
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 18:34:22
Excellent day 1 at @computermuseum for #82Fest. Absolutely splendid to see the usual scamps plus @KimxxxJustice, @therealjpster, @MarquisdeGeek, @6502nerd, @johnnewcombeuk, @Nbarnes70 and loads of folk who stopped by to chat. Highlight for me was chatting with @timbucus 👍🏻
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Binary Dinosaurs
Sat May 21 18:20:52
@RetroBC_Pete @AfRetro @computermuseum @KimxxxJustice @JonnBlanchard @JAMOGRAD @HereBeDragons3 I saw Snorkers around plenty but our paths never crossed, bay. Next time!
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