I have connected an Atari ST to a Commodore monitor and I feel like I am breaking some kind of law.

This little job has been on the to-do list for ages. I have a single consolidated ROM for my that just needed a switch on one pin so in one little click I can swap from standard to JiffyDOS in both 128 and modes.

The switch is just hanging out the back right now, when I remove the RF modulator, I'll use the hole in the case there to mount it properly.

There's no way I'm putting any extra holes in this thing!

Found a photo of a storage room at an old workplace, taken around 2007.

Look at that SGI monitor just sitting there. If we could just reach in somehow ...

If you have 6.5 minutes of your life that you can't think of a better use for, here's the boot video.


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It's a bit hilarious how much faster an emulated SPARCstation 5 just running on my laptop is, compared to the real hardware.

I should have switched to building things on this ages ago.

There have been a lot of hacks and late nights and 24+ hour compilation runs, but I now have a SPARCstation 5 running 2.4.0 on 9.3 - so like, pretty current versions of everything.

Hey folks, what are we replacing old SCSI drives with these days? Is there a cheap, generic option for dropping a CF or SD card into? A search turned up a lot of things that look currently unavailable or discontinued.

Since we have a lot of new and folks here, it's probably time for me to float again that I own the domain yellowplastic.club and I'm not sure what I want to do with it long term.

I threw postmill up on it to just give me somewhere to collect links but I'm not really committed to it.

I've toyed with the idea of trying out Friendica on there. I don't think we need another retro Mastodon or anything do we?

I'm definitely adding a BBS though.

Other ideas?

I have to say, my surprise level at finding this on the back of an old computer instead of some weird connector that needs both +15 and -8.5 volts and fits in with three possible orientations, one of which makes your house explode, is pretty high.

I can't believe how much grief I'm having trying to get a reliable serial connection between my desktop PC and my old 486 for file transfers.

Adding to the frustration is the knowledge that I've got a good quality null modem cable around here somewhere but it's not where I thought it was, and trying to find one specific black cable in amongst all the other black cables is proving ... tricky.

I might just go find an old DOS game or something and stop poking it for a bit.

Something that's been on my to-do list since the 1990s is to play with TSX-32.


I first downloaded it from a BBS waaay back in the day and was fascinated, but I was lacking the documentation needed to really get my head around it.

Thought I'd take another crack now, but after 3 decades the company seems to have folded and the old web site is down.

Anyone got copies of the full TSX-32 (6.xx)? I only have TSX-Lite 4.20. There's at least a 4.26 of that.

Here's a job I've been putting off for a while. The case is in really bad shape. Not daring to power it up until I've at least done some basic checks. At least the boards all look clean! Why didn't I take the rustproofing option?

It's baby steps but I got my old AlphaStation 200 to go from "I can't find any RAM" to "I can't find a hard drive" this morning. I hope I still have a working SCSI drive around somewhere.

Finished installing sockets for the lower RAM bank in the Spectrum. Had to reconstruct a couple of traces on the back due to some lifting a bit during desoldering, there's really not much holding things down on this board, it's shockingly delicate.

Anyway, diagnostics should be a great deal easier now. 😁

Please welcome @declan an old, IRL friend of mine to this little network. He has a sweet little collection I'm hoping he'll post about.

Also it appears that @ThePingMachine has arrived. You may know him from such Backyard Quiz shows as "Damo and Mick's Backyard Quiz" and ... well actually I think that's it.

Follow the hell out of them please. 😁

Finally got around to taking a look into my ZX Spectrum's stability issues and one of the RAM chips is getting red hot in a textbook failure kind of way. Unfortunately I don't have any appropriate spares so everything is on hold while I wait for some stuff to be shipped here from overseas.

How long could that possibly take? :awesome:

Had a ticket opened yesterday by someone whose phone extension ends in 6502 and now I'm wondering if I can hijack that somehow.

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