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    Just starting my Alpha adventure (thanks to PG31)...

    Just starting my Alpha adventure (thanks to PG31)

    All machines were diskless so I have replaced the drives, now need to install an operating system.

    First one I am thinking of Unix and have an...
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    And now onto the monitor. Noticed that the...

    And now onto the monitor.

    Noticed that the monitor case once cleaned is the same colour as the paint I used on the case. Can't quite remember in 'the day' if they were meant to be ?

    Anyway,...
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    aaaannnd lets keep this friendly Don't want a...

    aaaannnd lets keep this friendly

    Don't want a post on a ham radio site about 'considering leaving vintage computer hobbies' :)
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    We used Barco industrial long persistence...

    We used Barco industrial long persistence monitors at work (ten per control desk).
    Very easy on the eyes with no flicker at all, even at the low refresh rates of the Sigma display drivers.
    ...
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    Try a DLT projector on call of duty with life...

    Try a DLT projector on call of duty with life size graphics.

    In a dark room with a white wall, its quite something.
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    Must be just the UK then ...

    Must be just the UK then

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sinclair-ZX80-Computer-16K-Memory-ZX81-Chip-Outstanding-Example-Boxed/383724172999?hash=item5957be36c7:g:lwkAAOSwNcBfYu~l...
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    Excellent work. Those clips on top of the IBM...

    Excellent work. Those clips on top of the IBM monitor are impossible to get out without damaging their aged and brittle plastic.

    Just need a 3D printer !
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    We used to have a DEC catalogue with the Cray MPP...

    We used to have a DEC catalogue with the Cray MPP in it. As I remember its power requirements were quoted in MW rather than W or KW :)
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    About 500 on a I5 laptop after getting fed up...

    About 500 on a I5 laptop after getting fed up with Apple for slowing down and making my iPad redundant. I have never really had a cutting edge system, even when I built my own.

    We did effectively...
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    64142 btw, not a serious offer !

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    btw, not a serious offer !
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    You will need it ! They go for really daft...

    You will need it !

    They go for really daft prices (as I'm sure you know)
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    Got the keycap size right, but need to lighten...

    Got the keycap size right, but need to lighten the contrast slightly as the white is a little dull.

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    But it looks ok.
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    Found a box to put the Gotek in. Its a spare...

    Found a box to put the Gotek in. Its a spare Amiga external drive case which has the advantage of already using the main cable to carry the power.

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    So its about done.

    64097

    Shame I...
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    Just a quick note of thanks to Nama for the...

    Just a quick note of thanks to Nama for the programs

    Sat on a day off loading in wav's and writing them to native .dsk files directly to the Gotek.

    Working wonderfully.
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    I have now powered the Gotek via the ribbon cable...

    I have now powered the Gotek via the ribbon cable by jumpering the 5V from the interface card to the unused pin 4 then at the gotek with jumper J5 removed and a header pin installed in the adjacent...
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    Certainly worth Ebaying, but would be even better...

    Certainly worth Ebaying, but would be even better if you could strike an acceptable deal here to prevent it being split up and sold piecemeal.

    I suppose you could ask for Private Messages with...
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    Had to do a timing chain on one of the children's...

    Had to do a timing chain on one of the children's polo. Two day job to strip down the front of the engine, replace the crank & camshaft pulleys plus the oil pump drive, then all the guides and the...
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    At least I should be able to work on the 8 bit...

    At least I should be able to work on the 8 bit Motronic ECU if it ever causes problems.
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    Was the board as advertised ?

    Was the board as advertised ?
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    Well 2k all in :( Ah well, no other...

    Well

    2k all in :(

    Ah well, no other expenses on this car, no loan etc and only had to have a few jobs done in the last 13 years of ownership so can't complain.

    What niggled was the...
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    No absolute legal maximum, but these were 13...

    No absolute legal maximum, but these were 13 years old and had started to degrade a bit and with a 3.2 litre flat six stuck out the back end its worth having some grip, Half spun the car last summer...
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    Tyres had lots of tread left on them, they just...

    Tyres had lots of tread left on them, they just were out of date.
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    Car is worth far more than I paid for it...

    Car is worth far more than I paid for it including what I have spent on it, and its a hobby as much as my vintage computers are.

    Still, I know what you mean. Sometimes I think about selling it and...
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    Damn, needs two new calipers/pistons. ...

    Damn, needs two new calipers/pistons.

    Apparently 'pitted' too badly. Now thats probably by Porsche standards and I might have accepted them.

    Hey ho. find out the bill in the morning for...
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    :) Never tried that. But I am bracing...

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    Never tried that.

    But I am bracing myself for Porsche dealership hourly rates
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