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  1. Microsoft reeeeaaaallly wants to stamp out local user accounts

    Just clean installed Win 10 1909 and, yup, they yanked the Local Account option. Knew this was coming, of course. Microsoft seems to have a pattern - first they introduce something that benefits...
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    That's kind of funny, in a way, that the owners...

    That's kind of funny, in a way, that the owners (taxpayers) of a public broadcaster (BBC) have to fear copyright lawsuits for using material they paid to produce. At least, if BBC is funded the same...
  3. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    Nevermind.. just got a note back from the seller....

    Nevermind.. just got a note back from the seller. I had asked them about that plug attached to the keyboard and apparently that *is* for composite video out, not tape. So scratch that.
  4. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    In one of my photos on google drive there is what...

    In one of my photos on google drive there is what looks like an earphone plug. It is attached to the keyboard cable. I thought it was for video.. maybe that is what it is for?
  5. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    Question - this Microkit has DIN ports on the...

    Question - this Microkit has DIN ports on the back for connecting the tape drives... were these connections for tape recorders standardized way back when? Or am I gonna have to figure out which pin...
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    Audio is not a problem.. nothing I do would...

    Audio is not a problem.. nothing I do would require anything but the royalty free kind, and I've found YouTube's own selection to be adequate, although I do wonder why the people producing it often...
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    Thanks NEXT! The fair use (or fair dealing up...

    Thanks NEXT!

    The fair use (or fair dealing up here in Canada) is a bit intimidating. I've watched a lot of videos with newspaper or magazine clippings or even short snippets of TV ads and the...
  8. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    I tried another experiment - removing the...

    I tried another experiment - removing the bootstrap ROM entirely. The first time I powered up, I got ? marks, and on reset got random stuff being automagically 'typed' onscreen. Second and third...
  9. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    With all cards out, I get a screen full of...

    With all cards out, I get a screen full of question marks. The enabled button still turns off on reset, but there's no action on the screen. I added in the RAM cards one by one, same thing, until I...
  10. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    Hi Dave, I actually posted a youtube video...

    Hi Dave,

    I actually posted a youtube video showing everything but what happens if the memory boards are removed in a previous post.. hopefully it is easy enough to follow. On power up, there is a...
  11. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    Thanks Dave. I'll check those pins out.. when...

    Thanks Dave. I'll check those pins out.. when you say 'boot' are you referring to the load switch?

    I wonder if this bootstrap leader is just like my digital group 8080 loader... minus the...
  12. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    There's a schematic of the CPU board here...

    There's a schematic of the CPU board here... unfortunately this is after the Genrad/futuredata takeover and the board is being used in some other device. No mention of the 8/16 or boot or anything...
  13. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    I'm also curious why all the memory boards except...

    I'm also curious why all the memory boards except one have one jumper strap? The last one has two. I'm assuming that's nothing nefarious - just some method for telling the computer that's the last...
  14. Thread: Microkit 8/16

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    I've posted the CRT board now. Under the...

    I've posted the CRT board now. Under the original google drive link I posted.

    As far as I can tell, the voltages are all there and well within spec. I'll check out those memory refresh pins...
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    Here is a video of what it does (or doesn't): ...

    Here is a video of what it does (or doesn't):

    https://youtu.be/ISTLA7eNhKw

    It seems to power up with random characters, and then if you hit Reset, you get those 9090909090 patterns. My Sol...
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    Thank you! I don't see any evidence of a power...

    Thank you!

    I don't see any evidence of a power supply ever having been there - what I see is a standard 4 pin power supply cable that is branched into a Y. It sort of looks like the intent was to...
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    PC Enterprises 3.5" PCjr drive

    Picked this up recently:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KUJ-C-CKiIoVkB_sOPNOhzp_6cfDtTZ9/view?usp=sharing
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KZD6U3Tyt5-f3O3_c6Uw_oXStxzcpKcW/view?usp=sharing...
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    I once had a KIM-1 in a nice custom made case. ...

    I once had a KIM-1 in a nice custom made case. It had been set up for some sort of industrial use and had all kinds of notations on it for different functions. The base of the case was some kind of...
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    It is here! I'm posting some pics in my Google...

    It is here! I'm posting some pics in my Google Drive because now the forum doesn't accept anything larger than 256kb?
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    Yeah I suppose it depends what you're looking for...

    Yeah I suppose it depends what you're looking for as a viewer. For me, because I collect machines, I was always looking for videos that showed off the machine and how it operated. I was overjoyed...
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    Well I definitely don't think I'll be in Oscar...

    Well I definitely don't think I'll be in Oscar contention Dave, regrettably! But I agree.. the whole cutting and editing process gets old fast. I've spent more than a few hours playing it through,...
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    Hasn't been posted yet. :) Still finding little...

    Hasn't been posted yet. :) Still finding little mistakes and things to edit. It'll be up on my channel BradH probably before the weekend is up. I don't like promoting and going on forums and being...
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    First YouTube video experience

    So I just finished my first YouTube video. Well, not literally the first video ever.. I use YouTube all the time to post short clips to show off machines or request help on repairs. This was the...
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    Teleguide Terminal Pic

    The Google gods finally gave a few up after much searching:

    57688

    I *think* this is essentially the same kiosk design as the one I played with at the mall as a kid. I remember the wide...
  25. Thread: UPS Brokerage

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    UPS Brokerage

    So I bought that Microkit thing, and the seller preferred using UPS. I'm not a fan of UPS for international shipments because they like charging a 'brokerage fee', which is basically just a means of...
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