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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 23, 2007 01:49PM Reply Quote
I know I'm not the only one here to dabble in old toys and technology. What retro entertainment do other people enjoy?

Commodore
Atari
Coleco
Intellivison
Pong
Merlin
Simon
Betamax
LaserDisc
CD-i
8 Track
Windows XP
Etc.

El Jeffe – April 29, 2008 04:30AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Tim Curry? That looks like Oracle's Ellison.

Madaracs – May 19, 2008 02:00PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I don't think this is kosher.

WGWJP

What game would Jesus play?

Cloudscout – May 19, 2008 02:13PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
They just want to bring religion to those godless Comm[ie | odore]s.

Cloudscout – June 02, 2008 09:44PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
For me, this is the holy grail of retro computing. The Mimic Spartan. If anybody here ever finds one of these things, I will pay handsomely. I have had an eBay search set up for several years now hoping that someone would sell one but no luck yet.

tliet – June 03, 2008 12:05AM Reply Quote
Link pointed to a Canon MSX computer, I take it that you mean this thing: http://www.applefritter.com/node/229.

I remember the advertisements with the clown in the 80s in Nibble. Nostalgia...

Cloudscout – June 03, 2008 12:09AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Odd that the link would take you to that. I have tried the link on a couple of different machines here at home and they all go to the Mimic Spartan page. Weird.

That AppleFritter story has good background info. The HCM site has better pictures of the device itself, though. I remember those ads from my RUN magazines back in the old days.

tliet – June 03, 2008 12:13AM Reply Quote
Hmm, I see what's wrong. I browse with Noscript and the page with Javascript turned on first shows the Canon V-10 briefly before switching to the Spartan page, odd...

Cloudscout – June 03, 2008 12:33AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!

Madaracs – June 03, 2008 10:16AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I see a canon V-10 when I click that link, CS.

Madaracs – June 03, 2008 10:19AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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Cloudscout

That's the opening music from "Goonies" in that video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifRPsd6rwoQ&feature=related

Which someone points out sounds a lot like:



Personally, I don't think it sounds like Rachmaninoff. But it's interesting nonetheless.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2008 10:27AM by Madaracs.

Cloudscout – June 04, 2008 10:12PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
This sucks. I was finally going to hook up the Amiga 500 tonight but now I can't find the hard drive for it. I'm beginning to fear it may have disappeared along with the VPN router I can't find. I could have sworn the hard drive was sitting in my office downstairs with the mouse and power supply but it wasn't there.

tomierna (Admin) – June 04, 2008 11:24PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
My Amiga 500 didn't have a hard drive. I booted from floppy and I liked it.

Cloudscout – June 05, 2008 12:46AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I'm able to boot to floppy but I think there may be a problem with the video cable I have for this thing to connect to my Commodore 1902 monitor. It doesn't want to display anything unless I connect it with the composite cable which, of course, limits me to monochrome video.

I found a schematic for an Analog RGB->YPrPb converter that doesn't look too hard to build. I may have to make one so I can plug it into my HDTV and play Lemmings in full color. Heh.

El Jeffe – June 05, 2008 11:05AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
how long do floppies last?

Cloudscout – June 05, 2008 11:12AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Well, I have some that are 25 years old that still work.

John Willoughby – June 05, 2008 11:13AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
My floppies work until 30 seconds before I need them for something vital.

tomierna (Admin) – June 05, 2008 11:23AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
The Amiga's video output was higher-scanrate than the 1902 will support. The 1902 is just NTSC RGB. The Amiga is VGA. It's also SOG (Sync on Green) so that might complicate your conversion board.

rino – June 05, 2008 11:54AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
> how long do floppies last?

About 1/2 an hour or so?



I mean how long could this conversation go without someone butting in?

Cloudscout – June 05, 2008 12:31PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Everything I've read says that the Amiga is NTSC RGB (or PAL RGB) and not VGA and that you have to use a scan doubler in order to output to a VGA monitor. That's why Europeans could use a simple cable to plug it into a SCART connector.

tomierna (Admin) – June 05, 2008 05:07PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
oh, you know what, i'm thinking of the Amiga 3000T we had. it had a switch to change it to a 31.5khz scan rate.

dammit - twice i've been wrong today!

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