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gerrydoire
November 20th, 2013, 01:59 PM
Today I licked two stamps valued at $20.00 each (50c) and (10c)
made bout 80 years ago and stuck them to a unused post card made
100 years ago, later I installed a 33 meg RLL Seagate Hard Drive
into a IBM 5150, formatted it..........

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

mikey99
November 20th, 2013, 02:59 PM
Today I powered on my 54 year old Scott 222B vacuum tube stereo amplifier....
dropped a 44 year old copy of the Beatles Abbey Road vinyl....
on my 40 year old Technics turntable...
and enjoyed some sweet music :-)

Then I replaced another bad 4116 RAM chip in my IBM 5150 16-64KB motherboard.

SomeGuy
November 20th, 2013, 03:20 PM
I'M RUNNING WINDOWS 95!!!! :jumping1:

(Hey, it's better than that abomination Windows 8!)

falter
November 20th, 2013, 03:48 PM
Today I tried to fire up my PC10-II, but its PSU developed a smoking habit!

CommodoreKid
November 20th, 2013, 05:18 PM
Today I:

Listened to music over a 40 year old amplifier and 30+ year old speakers hooked up to my 10 year old laptop
Ignored a call that I identified with my authentic Bell Atlantic caller ID
Briefly put my feet up on my nearly 70 year old footlocker, in which I have stored about 99% of my video game cartridge collection.
Checked my email on my week old cellphone...

Wait, ignore that last one. I feel myself becoming exactly what I didn't want to: glued to my phone. I can't even get it to play Silpheed for more than 45 seconds...

Cloudschatze
November 20th, 2013, 05:41 PM
I like Microsoft Bob.

k2x4b524[
November 20th, 2013, 05:53 PM
You are sick :P


I like Microsoft Bob.

Now if you'l excuse me i'm going to turn on my IBM PC/AT NAS Device that gives me a whopping 80mb of attached storage, connected through my PC/XT Firewall :)

Chuck(G)
November 20th, 2013, 06:21 PM
I shave every day with a double-edged razor that I bought in 1967. I recommend Feather brand blades.

It seems that they're coming back into fashion.

gerrydoire
November 20th, 2013, 07:09 PM
You are sick :P



Now if you'l excuse me i'm going to turn on my IBM PC/AT NAS Device that gives me a whopping 80mb of attached storage, connected through my PC/XT Firewall :)


Explain this PC/XT firewall..................

jharre
November 20th, 2013, 08:17 PM
I helped a user today that still has "Clippy" enabled on her Office 2002 package. Aaack!!

Mr.Amiga500
November 20th, 2013, 08:44 PM
Today I:

Posted on the internet using an Amiga 500
Shaved using a double edged flat razor (1920 style)
Listened to Baroque concerti grossi c. 1720
Transferred data to my 1983 TRS-80 Model 100 (NADSbox)
Typed on my 1977 IBM beam spring terminal keyboard
Answered phone calls on my 1953 WE 500 Bakelite-handset phone
Cooked supper in vintage copper pots
Ate supper by candle light with beeswax candles

Beat that!

CommodoreKid
November 20th, 2013, 09:02 PM
I took a photograph of the 4.527~ billion year old moon at about 5AM
16052
*goofy face* Game over!

Mr.Amiga500
November 20th, 2013, 09:13 PM
I must admit - I didn't take a photo of that 4.527~ billion year old moon today, but I did view it in extreme detail in Celestia (high res addons) and zoom around it in Digital Universe. But I did look at a 3 billion year old rock formation on the Canada shield a few months ago.... so that must count for something. ;)

Ole Juul
November 21st, 2013, 01:56 AM
I bought my sweetie a brandy at the century old saloon (http://coalmonthotel.com/) across the street. Then we came home and I stuffed the stove with vintage wood.

Stone
November 21st, 2013, 03:23 AM
Toyed with the goodies:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zxagyabjzk6w3q7/3AL--zqZD1/Antique%20Cars

geoffm3
November 21st, 2013, 06:53 AM
Played Jumpman on my PCjr

mikey99
November 21st, 2013, 08:54 AM
Today I opened my mailbox.......
to find a 100 year old postcard.......
with two 80 year old stamps.......
which I carefully removed and added to my stamp collection.....

Then I powered on my 5150 with 16-64KB motherboard and did not get any parity errors :-)

Caluser2000
November 21st, 2013, 09:34 AM
Just about to ride off to work on my 1978 motorcycle like I do every work day. Oil comsumption is about 1300 miles but don't tell the greenies ah.

Compgeke
November 21st, 2013, 11:34 AM
Today I came on this website and read about the statements in a fairly old modern language.

I also moved my PS/2 P70 door lock that keeps the cat out of my room.

Mr.Amiga500
November 21st, 2013, 11:55 AM
Today I pumped air into the tires of my 1958 VW Bug using a foot pump. I also played The Settlers on my Amiga 500.

barythrin
November 21st, 2013, 12:30 PM
Today I looked at a few vintage computers I need to work on and said .. "meh.. I'll wait till later".


10 day$ = 1
20 print "Day " & day$ & " ..meh. I'll wait till later. "
30 day$=day$+1
40 goto 20


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Procrastinators unite tomorrow!

k2x4b524[
November 21st, 2013, 12:41 PM
It's the only computer connected to the router when it's turned on :)


Explain this PC/XT firewall..................

TomFCS
November 21st, 2013, 06:04 PM
Took the 1978 Honda Express out for one last ride before draining the gas and putting it away for the winter.


Also, I repaired the power cord on a really old Landers, Frary & Clark toaster.

gerrydoire
November 21st, 2013, 07:10 PM
today i opened my mailbox.......
To find a 100 year old postcard.......
With two 80 year old stamps.......
Which i carefully removed and added to my stamp collection.....

Then i powered on my 5150 with 16-64kb motherboard and did not get any parity errors :-)

no way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

k2x4b524[
November 21st, 2013, 07:58 PM
people still collect stamps? XD

barythrin
November 22nd, 2013, 09:26 AM
people still collect stamps? XD

Well apparently not if they keep on licking them.

PCFreek
November 23rd, 2013, 09:52 AM
....then we came home and I "stuffed the stove with vintage wood".

Today I LOL'd at the above euphemism... and yes, today I also used LOL... an overused worn out acronym.

Trixter
November 24th, 2013, 10:56 AM
Language lacked an ABS() so I coded it using SQRT(SQR())!

(Not sure if I get the point of this thread, but thought that was funny)

CommodoreKid
November 24th, 2013, 10:22 PM
Language lacked an ABS() so I coded it using SQRT(SQR())!
What language? And that's an elegant solution. I seem to remember (however, file corruption in my brain is rampant) doing a left shift followed by a right shift to get rid of the sign bit.

gerrydoire
November 25th, 2013, 12:41 AM
people still collect stamps? XD

Some people lick them on their backside :p

Unknown_K
November 25th, 2013, 08:24 AM
Well apparently not if they keep on licking them.

I remember back when you used to had to lick stamps and tear them apart, now they are pre cut and self stick.

RizThomas
November 25th, 2013, 08:25 AM
A couple of months ago, I repaired my IBM5150 from PARITY ERROR problems....

Nice to find out somewhere here at VCF about "jumpering" some pins on a 41256 RAM as a replacement for the bad , older '64 chips.

Mad-Mike
November 25th, 2013, 11:29 AM
Had a huge Vintage Computer weekend clearing out parts I don't need, keeping a few spares, and reconfiguring my machines a little bit. I'm seriously thinking about attaching one of the vintage computers to the TV in the livingroom though for Turkey Day......maybe the 286. More than half my game controllers were bad, I had a monopoly of PCI NICs (all 10/100), and I forgot how many cool old graphics cards I have for spares. I'm also thinking I should get an XT case and build another PC/XT once I move to a new place....I have 2 boards for the job, and enough cards for the job, just no cases/PSU.

gerrydoire
November 25th, 2013, 06:33 PM
I was wondering if anyone else does this:

One of my IBM 5150's has TI 200ns memory soldered to the motherboard.

I replaced the perfectly working memory in the sockets to the same
chips that are soldered to the board.

I replaced all the memory on the AST 6 Pack with identical make of
memory chips - in this case, Fujitsu. In a perfect world of madness
all the chips on this AST Card would be the same as the ones
on the motherboard (TI).

Total Madness? or just too damn Neat ;)

SpidersWeb
November 25th, 2013, 07:30 PM
I'm holding some C64/Amiga software (two boxes worth) for another collector. To photograph what had been collected for him, I decided to use the dining room table which worked well.
Well, it worked well after I'd removed the Commodore 64, Amiga 500, 1084S display, Toshiba T3200SX parts unit, and the internals of a T5200/100.

Now the kitchen table is empty, perhaps I should do the battery replacement on my A2000HD.

(I have a tolerant girlfriend)

Also, unrelated, I have a 286 portable which smells like pee whenever it's turned on. I can't get rid of the odour :huh:

Ole Juul
November 25th, 2013, 08:00 PM
Check the local government weather station readout on my always-on DOS machine. It's just so much easier than in my modern desktop system. Two taps and I'm in - two taps and I'm out. None of this mousing around.

CommodoreKid
November 25th, 2013, 08:27 PM
Check the local government weather station readout on my always-on DOS machine. It's just so much easier than in my modern desktop system. Two taps and I'm in - two taps and I'm out. None of this mousing around.
That sounds AWESOME. I had a boss a few years back who had a machine that did that same job. His had an older dot-matrix tractor feed printer (probably the last functional one in the school system) just for printing off weather stuff when it was important enough to him. I never had time to look at it for more than a minute.

Care to divulge some specs or even post a picture of the readout it provides?

fatwizard
November 25th, 2013, 08:46 PM
I couldn't get smooth action from my old Gravis joystick playing the original Privateer on the DTK 386/33 I bought in 1989. I realized I needed more horsepower, so I pulled out my 32 year old Dremel and trimmed an old AT desktop case a little so my Micronics 486/33 motherboard would fit. This board came to me already outfitted with an Intel 486DX22/66 overdrive CPU upgrade.

I then pulled out a 345 meg Maxtor IDE drive to use in my new/old Frankenstein 486, and found it was infected by a vintage computer virus (Stoned) which I removed using a vintage copy of McAfee for DOS from 1997. I retrieved a 30X IDE cdrom drive from the stack and combined it with an Opti MAD16 sound card, generic multi I/O card, and a nice Orchid Fahrenheit 1280 graphics card, 8 meg of 30 pin simms, and a 3.5" HD floppy drive to complete the build.

The infected hard drive and the case mods are just two examples of the kind of pushback I got trying to put this old girl together. It fought me the whole way. Never had so much fun!

So once it is finally working properly I hook it up with my IBM XT on an old KV switch I found at Goodwill, and using my XT/AT switchable DTK Grafika keyboard, I can play with either machine easily. Now it can be maintained and operated by the biggest antique in the room. ME! :D

DOS lives on!!
November 26th, 2013, 06:34 AM
Well, I.....

-insisted on typing a research paper on my 1942 Royal typewriter.
-Hooked my CD player up to a radio transmitter so I could listen to my CDs on my Westinghouse 780 radio.
-Removed the CD player in my truck in favor of it's original cassette player.
-Went to a junkyard and got two courtesy light bulbs with a date stamp of "GM 1988" for my truck just so they would keep my truck an authentic vintage.
-Found a Victrola record player to play my Edison records.
-Restored a 1959 RCA TV to watch Abbott and Costello VHS tapes.

Stone
November 26th, 2013, 06:41 AM
Hey, DLO, where ya' been?

Who's on first? :-) :-)

DOS lives on!!
November 26th, 2013, 06:58 AM
Hey, DLO, where ya' been?

Who's on first? :-) :-)
My new (to me, at least) truck has been taking up my time. It's a 1990 GMC Sierra. I've been working on that along with my networking class studies.

Mad-Mike
November 27th, 2013, 11:12 AM
Spent awhile last-night using Access Menu to create some easy-to-use menus for the 80 or so DOS games I have on my 486's 2nd partition + various DOS apps for my custom DOS Modes. It's kind of a good thing for me as well considering I can't possibly remember all the paths - particularly with the entire Ultima Collection + Underworld + WoU, all the Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts SCUMM titles, and the Al Lowe Anthology installed.

SpidersWeb
November 27th, 2013, 12:36 PM
Finally replaced the battery in my Amiga 2000HD last night.
Just as well, almost eaten through the lacquer, nice pool of blue goo on the board.

Also fixed the second floppy drive, but I'm not sure how, I just opened it up and it started behaving 100%. Maybe I scared it.

Stone
November 28th, 2013, 04:51 AM
Spent awhile last-night using Access Menu to create some easy-to-use menus for the 80 or so DOS games I have on my 486's 2nd partition + various DOS apps for my custom DOS Modes. It's kind of a good thing for me as well considering I can't possibly remember all the paths - particularly with the entire Ultima Collection + Underworld + WoU, all the Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts SCUMM titles, and the Al Lowe Anthology installed.I use a program that doesn't require any time whatsoever to create a simple menu. It's called AMENU and it generates on-the-fly menus. Here's its description:

The AMENU utility (Automatic MENU) is a simple yet very functional ALTERNATIVE
menu utility. It was not designed to replace a "standard" menu program. Its
purpose is to give you an uncomplicated means of viewing every executable file
within a directory.

AMENU scans the current directory and builds a menu for all .BAS, .BAT, .COM,
and .EXE files. It also displays all subdirectories as well as the "parent"
directory. All that is left for you to do is highlight the program that you
want to run and press [ENTER/RETURN] or click a mouse button. It's that easy.

AMENU also has a companion program called AMENUED.EXE. AMENUED allows you to
customize AMENU to suit your tastes. All colors can be changed. Your own
title can be displayed. Extension groups can be enabled and disabled. Various
features used within AMENU can be enabled and disabled. Even the background
pattern can be changed.