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    So what do you suggest then? Buy an iPhone and...

    So what do you suggest then? Buy an iPhone and only send "text" messages like every other teenage girl on the planet? :p
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    Very nice. I didn't know the Mac and Compaq CRTs...

    Very nice. I didn't know the Mac and Compaq CRTs were interchangeable.

    I also like that trick with the memory card, I've been thinking about doing something similar with my Eagle PC that has only...
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    A lot of things are different in DOS 5. Are...

    A lot of things are different in DOS 5.

    Are you absolutely sure DOS 5 is actually still running, and not hung? Perhaps put the command "CTTY COM1" at the end of you autoexec.bat and see if you...
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    Supposedly one of the UMB management tools can...

    Supposedly one of the UMB management tools can load DOS in to a UMB block instead of 286 "high" memory, and do so on an 8088 as long as a UMB RAM block exists. Never tried it myself, but it was...
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    Right, Compaqs of this era did not have a BIOS...

    Right, Compaqs of this era did not have a BIOS setup program in ROM like normal clones. Instead they ran a software based BIOS setup program from a hidden partition on the hard drive. This partition...
  6. How about those USPS padded bags that use finely...

    How about those USPS padded bags that use finely shredded paper as a layer of padding? If you cut or tear anywhere except a specific spot designated for opening, crap will get everywhere and make a...
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    If I am seeing the motherboard dip switches...

    If I am seeing the motherboard dip switches correctly, it is set to start up with CGA. That means you will need to connect some other monitor to the composite/RGB output, or change the DIP switch...
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    No, it won't work with a light pen. It uses its...

    No, it won't work with a light pen. It uses its own built-in mouser driver. You can install it on your Compaq Portable, but you will need a Mouse Systems compatible mouse (and a FAT12 hard disk...
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    Weird thing is, I can't even think of a reason...

    Weird thing is, I can't even think of a reason why I should ever get a smart phone. I'd happily get one if I had some need that justified the expense (including having to replace it every couple...
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    I'm not aware that anyone has uncovered either...

    I'm not aware that anyone has uncovered either the development environment or the source. There were even supposed to be a few more applications for it (some database, as I recall), but nothing...
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    The SuperCard Pro has a low-level media testing...

    The SuperCard Pro has a low-level media testing program that tests the entire track, including areas that can randomly be "gap" when formatted. Although the latest software has issues with at least...
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    You are sure it will stay disabled? I've heard of...

    You are sure it will stay disabled? I've heard of updates magically re-enabling it, but I've never messed with it myself.

    In my opinion, any software that attempts to make a remote connection...
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    The cards that required jumpers to set the drive...

    The cards that required jumpers to set the drive type are a pain, and are very limited in what they support. Unless you were going for some level of authenticity, you are absolutely better off with...
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    Very nice! I love how those Otronas look like...

    Very nice! I love how those Otronas look like something off the set of Space 1999.

    How much of the software is Otrona Attache specific?
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    "Extremely Rare Mini-Micro MM-500 286 Vintage...

    "Extremely Rare Mini-Micro MM-500 286 Vintage Computer possibly one of a kind"
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/283654445691?nordt=true
    No, somewhere there is a junk yard filled with these... and it looks...
  16. Also, BTW, a common workaround in this vintage of...

    Also, BTW, a common workaround in this vintage of machine for this kind of problem was to either change the drive from a master device on a secondary IDE channel to a slave device on the primary...
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    To some extent, sure. But as I tell some "kids...

    To some extent, sure. But as I tell some "kids these days", when they are old and gray they will be clutching their "old obsolete" and heavily marketing-stigmatized cell phones for dear life to avoid...
  18. Try a different CD-ROM driver. DOS CD drivers...

    Try a different CD-ROM driver. DOS CD drivers were notorious for failing if the machine happened to be something it did not expect. It wasn't really until about 97 or 98 that one could confidently...
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    I don't know about that. I had to take my car in...

    I don't know about that. I had to take my car in for some service and the place I took it kept badgering me about giving them a "cell phone" number just so they could "text" me some stupid...
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    Some people seem to think I'm obsessed with the...

    Some people seem to think I'm obsessed with the past, but that is not at all correct. I'm obsessed with things that WORK and WORK WELL. Which most "modern" stuff does not.

    I don't see the point...
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    8" drives and disks were fairly reliable, as long...

    8" drives and disks were fairly reliable, as long as one stayed away from Wabash brand disks. Although later 8" drives with direct drive spindle motors and that did not constantly spin, would...
  22. I was messing around with capturing and replaying...

    I was messing around with capturing and replaying cassette data on a 5150 motherboard a few months back, and I found the bigger problem was not recording it, but playing it back. Some computer audio...
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    Would that other machine happen to have a 1.2mb...

    Would that other machine happen to have a 1.2mb drive? 360k (low density) disks tend to become unreadable in genuine 360k drives after they have been written to by a 1.2mb drive.


    Could you...
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    Could you link to some higher resolution images?...

    Could you link to some higher resolution images? Note that this forum software recompresses all JPG files so they are 99k or less in size.
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    Very nice system. That is what we generally call...

    Very nice system. That is what we generally call a "no name clone". These would have been put together by small local companies or individuals, often in small numbers, usually with cheap generic...
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