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.

Finally happy now that my newest computer can run software from my oldest one.

Rescued this from the dumpster at my old job. Going to make some fully sick 68k Mac OS and Windows 98 apps with it one day. Even comes with Internet Explorer for free! What a deal!

Still on the "one of these days" pile is finding out if this collection of bits will fire up. It's a Pentium 3, with a TNT2 video card, 3c905 ethernet and Sound Blaster AWE64 in it.

I don't have a spare case or power supply to get any further right now though, and it's not actually old enough to be super interesting. I can't think of anything it'd be suitable for that I couldn't do better in emulation.

Something that caught my eye when I saw F9 in the cinema was a fraction of a second of what I thought was a Commodore 64, or at least its keyboard.

Finally got a screenshot of it to post! I thought it might not be one for a second, but it looks like a 64C case with the keyboard detached and pulled forward.

Late model machine with the keycaps printed only on top. This thing is on screen for less than 4 seconds.

No YOU'RE a nerd.

Does anyone out there in land happen to have a copy of Final Cut Pro 4 from around 2003 sitting on a shelf somewhere? Hit me up.

Playing with emulated CP/M on an ESP32 microcontroller. Tested to make sure it runs Zork and Wordstar. What else do you need from a computer, really?

Knocked up a quick cartridge today on one of the PCBs I had hanging around and remembered I'd impulse purchases a heap of coloured pin headers and jumpers last year, so I busted those out and made it as fabulous as possible.

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:
github.com/lenticularis39/axpb

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.

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