A nice surprise in the post yesterday that I'd completely forgotten I was expecting!

This is mildly interesting - STM did a portable IBM PC compatible system, in what looks like the same case as the Pied Piper Communicator, with a few modifications.

Also interesting I guess is that it's one of the extremely few systems I've heard of that used an 80186 CPU.

I have some PDFs of scanned source listings for my Pied Piper Communicator's bootstrap and CP/M BIOS ROMs.

The question is, am I dedicated enough to to transcribe/OCR/edit this stuff back into a machine-readable form and then try to compile them, write fresh ROMs and disks and see if I can get the machine to boot from them?

I think I might be.

Highly relevant to my interests, an Alpha emulator:

Must try to boot the old Alpha Core distro on it.

Saddens me to tag an AXP architecture post with but I guess that's the world we ended up in, right?

I was gifted some neat old books today. Should keep me occupied for a few years. At this rate my understanding of computers might make it to the 1990s before I'm 100 years old.

I haven't done much posting lately, mainly been doing car stuff, but that's about to change as I got some stuff in the post recently and the next project is ready to kick off.

I'm going to be doing some work on this "Archives PC" - which is an Australian company's rebadged version of the Pied Piper Communicator.

(Silicon Valley fans are already having a great time in this thread.)

It's a Z80 based CP/M machine and there's some info here: oldcomputers.net/pied-piper.ht

I was beginning to feel like my operating system choices just had too damn much support.

Oh good score, just found a bunch of old driver disks at the bottom of a box of various old driver CDs!

I'm really low on blanks, and these are probably mostly unused. Should be able to repurpose them quite easily.

Probably should make images of them first just in case there's something obscure on one of them.

Odd hardware of the day, an extra hard drive for your laptop from the quite small period of time when a) PCMCIA was a thing; and b) 131 megabytes was significant enough to bother with.

Manufacturing date on the underside is 1994, if you were trying to guess from that info.

Just had a quick look, and it seems Amiga Addict magazine only needs 30 more orders to hit their preorder target, and the whole thing happens.


If you've been waiting to order, head on over and take a look. Looks like things are going to go ahead, and I'm pretty happy about the idea of having a new, physical magazine to flip through.

:amigacheck: :awesome:

Time to start cleaning up my preciouses, I think. I have not been storing them well.

OK I'm feeling somewhat good about having accomplished things today.

I managed to create disk images of an obscure CP/M system's floppies on an MS-DOS machine, and I also tracked down the documentation for said obscure disk format and managed to get cpmtools to read the fucking images under Linux.

So now I've got a good backup path for those old floppies, and tomorrow I might see if I can write a whole new disk and add stuff to it.

Oh shit it's 1am, how did that happen?

Here's something slightly further retro than my usual output. This is an ethernet card for a PDP-11. A nice feature is the big Motorola ceramic and gold 68000 CPU in the middle of it.

This is the only PDP-11 thing I have, I don't have parts to build up a whole on kicking around in boxes anywhere or anything.

A whole new Amiga magazine could be happening! If they hit 500 pre-orders, it goes ahead.


I really like the amount of stuff out on the fediverse, and the net in general, but I have a huge nostalgic soft spot for old computing magazines. If this gets off the ground I'll be very happy. If about 380 more of you people could also put in an order that'd be awesome. :awesome:

I wish I still had an ISA NE2000 or 3c509 card kicking around. Seems ludicrously expensive to get one off eBay and shipped to Australia and I don't want one THAT much.

I've been through my old networking gear and every card I have is PCI, looks like I dumped my 90s-era stuff a long time ago.

If we ever develop the technology to reach back in time and slap people over the back of the head, Past Mike is going to have a really bad time.

There was no shortage of fucking around to get to this point, but I've now transferred the contents of both hard drives to a CF card and we have had a distinct reduction in whirring and the occasional worrying CLONK noise.

Also I can now get data on and off the PC easily which means I've actually achieved what I wanted from this. I now have a way to get data off a 5.25" floppy disk and onto a modern computer.

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