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    Restore an IBM PS/ValuePoint P60/D. Update: en route. Update: received: in great shape: needs DS12887 replacement. Update: DS12887 shipped from CN. Update: waiting: early/mid-March probably. Update: still waiting. Update: still waiting. Update: still waiting. Update: ordered USA based DS12887As today. Update: had to order a replacement PSU: put it in a generic 486DX2 66 where I plugged in the IBM PS/ValuePoint P60Ds PSU. Update: received the DS12887As from CN. Update: on hold. Update: still on hold. Took the RAM out and put in my Dictaphone Pentium 133. Update: not sure what to do with this machine next so on hold.

    Have a DS12887 socket installed on my Philips P 3238 MOBO. Update: on hold until late February / sometime in March. Update: April or May. Update: Q3. Update: on the way to OR tomorrow! Exciting! Thank you Chuck!

    Part out a Trion 386 DX 33 (has a 486 DX 33 MOBO). BIOS chip found a new home. Once I take the MOBO out of the case I am curious to learn whether battery acid ate through traces on the bottom.

    Setup a LAN with four NE2000s with Pentiums/Celerons to play C&C Generals, WarCraft, Duke 3D, Doom and Doom 2. Any maybe other LAN games. NE2000s on the way from SI.

    Source one more white LCD locally. Already sourced three.

    Finish all episodes of Wolfenstein 3D. Update: played a few levels of episode 1 yesterday. Update: played a few more levels yesterday. Update: episode 1 completed. Update: making some progress in episode 2. Update: episode 2 complete. Update: episode 3 in progress. Update: on hold. Put my Argent Technologies 486 DX 33 away. Playing games on null modem right now. Update: on hold.

    Finish a couple of Pirates! Gold games. Update: on hold.

    Finish Syndicate: progressing. On hold. Same reason as Wolfenstein 3D. Update: on hold.

    Finish Doom: episode 1 completed. On hold. Same reason as Wolfenstein 3D. Update: on hold.

    Find a website where I can download FLIs. Update: no idea where to find those. Update: in progress. Update: on hold.

    Install Word for Windows 6.0 on my Argent 486 DX 33. Update: first attempt failed yesterday (bad diskette). Update: on hold.

    Check out a Dictaphone system. Shipped today from GA. Update: received it. Very clean. CR2032 installed. 3.5" DS/HD FDD works great. 16MB RAM installed. Has Vibra 16 on MOBO which also works. Popped in an IDE HDD which works and boots MS-DOS. Keyboard PS/2 port works great. Need to test mouse PS/2 port. LPT port works great: used it to pump data from my Argent Technologies 486 DX 33 to this machine. COMPLETED

    Test a NEC MultiSpin 3Xi with a caddy: three caddies en route from eBay. Update: caddies arrived today. Will try to test it all sometime this week. Update: wrong caddies received: do not fit. On hold for now. Update: caddie is loaded automatically when CD-ROM is powered on. CD-ROM throws back an E on the LCD when an audio or factory data CD is loaded. Unit has been recycled. COMPLETED

    Test a MPU-401 with a MIF-IPC-B. Update: appears to work: awaiting MIDI cable to confirm 100%. Update: put a back plate on the ISA PCB. Took it from a parallel ISA PCB I got cheap on eBay. COMPLETED

    Test whether 2X 4MB 72PIN FPM work in my Argent 486 DX 33. Update: en route. Update: works great! COMPLETED

    Source AVGA2 DOS utilities. Update: in progress through proxy in SE. Update: received & works great! COMPLETED

    Test a CT1770. Update: en route. Update: received: works great! COMPLETED

    Install AVGA Windows 3.1 drivers on my Argent 486 DX 33. Update: needs Windows 3.0 installation diskettes. Need to create those. Update: files were in WINDOWS directory rather than WIN31. Go figure. COMPLETED

    Test an IDE HDD & RLL/MFM HDD. Part of the IBM PS/ValuePoint P60/D lot. Probably dead but want to check anyway. Update: MFK/RLL is dead: already in recycling. IDE: will try tomorrow. Update: IDE also dead: recycled. COMPLETED

    Source Philips MS-DOS 4.01. Update: in progress through seller in SK. Update: waiting to leave SK. Update: is in the US & en route. Update: reached FL but keeps bouncing around. Hopefully Tuesday. Update: arrived finally. Package was lost for a day or two. P 3238 system manual was still shrink wrapped and has system utilities disk in pristine condition. Cool story: seller found it an abandoned SK government building on top of library bookshelves. COMPLETED

    Test the 5.25" FDDs I got with the IBM PS/ValuePoint & TURBO 55 286: in progress: waiting for DS/HD 5.25" diskettes I bought on eBay: en route. Update: still en route. Update: IBM 5.25 FDD dead: in recycling. TURBO 55 5.25 FDD works. Still waiting for 10 pack to arrive. Update: pack arrived. Need to create boot disk. Will be a bit of an operation: need to hook up Pentium MOBO to an AT PSU and then attach an ISA VGA and PCI SCSI + FDD & HDD to create boot disk. Update: works great. Managed to get the ST-01 to work great with the ST-157N on the TURBO 55 (really a Samsung 550). COMPLETED

    Wait for a MIF-IPC-B replacement: the one I bought two weeks ago died. Update: mailed back #1: waiting for #2 to be shipped. Update: return package was lost. Called the USPS hotline: case created. Postmaster of the destination post office responded. Called them: package found and should be delivered tomorrow. Update: wrong package identified yesterdY. Package still MIA. Seller sent replacement anyway (very courteous). Update: received. COMPLETED

    Restore a NCR 3227. Update: en route. Update: still en route. Update: waiting: maybe tomorrow: probably next week. Update: DOA: mailing it back Tuesday. Update: en route back to TX. Update: refund received. COMPLETED

    Decide whether or not to acquire a ST-296N for the Samsung S550. On hold. Update: decided against it. COMPLETED

    Source a Philips serial mouse: in progress: need to pay seller in NL. Update: seller paid: waiting for shipping. Update: shipped. Update: received it yesterday: dead. Will have it repaired (when possible) when I get around to having the DS12887 socket installed on my Philips P 3238 MOBO. On hold. Update: works fine on a ISA 16BIT I/O PCB I plugged in to my Pentium MOBO. Weird! COMPLETED

    Restore a NEC PowerMate SX/20: in progress: en route. Update: should arrive today. Update: needs DS1287 replacement. Update: still waiting on two from CN for the Digital Starion 200i & IBM PS/ValuePoint P60/D. Update: still waiting. Update: machine going to new home tomorrow. COMPLETED

    Clean a generic 486 DX2 66 VLB case, test the FDD / HDD / CD-ROM / CT2800 and install a Pentium 100 MOBO. Update: works great! Had to toss the PSU and CD-ROM. Popped in a different PSU & CD-ROM. COMPLETED

    Restore a Digital Starion 200i. Update: waiting for shipping. Update: en route. Update: received: in great shape: flawed CD-ROM, IDE does not boot & needs DS12887 replacement. Update: DS12887 shipped from CN. Update: waiting: early/mid-March probably. Update: still waiting. Update: still waiting. Update: still waiting. Update: ordered USA based DS12887As today. Update: DS12887As arrived today. Popped one in the Starion: works like a champ! COMPLETED

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterNC View Post
    Finish all episodes of Wolfenstein 3D. Update: played a few levels of episode 1 yesterday. Update: played a few more levels yesterday. Update: episode 1 completed. Update: making some progress in episode 2. Update: episode 2 complete. Update: episode 3 in progress. Update: on hold. Put my Argent Technologies 486 DX 33 away. Playing games on null modem right now. Update: on hold.

    Finish a couple of Pirates! Gold games. Update: on hold.

    Finish Syndicate: progressing. On hold. Same reason as Wolfenstein 3D. Update: on hold.

    Finish Doom: episode 1 completed. On hold. Same reason as Wolfenstein 3D. Update: on hold.
    I love how you put finishing playing games on your 'to do list'.
    -- Brian

    Retro PC's: Apple IIe/II+, Atari 800, Atari 520STFM, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga 3000, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA, Kaypro 2/84 (Not working )

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    Yep. Otherwise I get distracted.

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    Here's my "to do list" for 2018:

    1. Make a "to do list" for 2018.

    I'm already 10 months behind. My "to do list" for 2019 will be much easier:

    1. Do nothing listed on the "to do list" from 2018. (if completed)

    I've got a near infinite number of things to do, but I don't feel like doing any of them. Each computer system added to a collection exponentially increases the number of things that need fixing/optimizing/perfecting - especially when they randomly start breaking down.

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    I'm my own boss and therefore have lots of latitude and freedom in setting my calendar.

    I don't and won't follow a rigid (or otherwise) schedule for activities like this.

    While I really like all the old equipment, software, etc., I'm not about to let anything like this take control of my time and other valuable resources.

    So there's no list, catalogue or anything of that nature that I keep, set or refer to for these particular activities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    So there's no list, catalogue or anything of that nature that I keep, set or refer to for these particular activities.
    I get that, i'm a project manager so it's my nature to keep track of tasks, even silly personal ones (but, don't try to get me to plan a vacation, because apparently I can't manage that..haha)

    That said, just tracking your 'todo list' isn't super helpful in of itself, what is helpful is to track where are with your task. For instance, some tasks i'm in the middle of have required me to order some parts from china (well, not required, but they're not a priority so i got all the time in the world). By the time the chips come, I can't remember what they were for. So I actually keep details in my tasks of where i am, what i've done, and what i need to do next. It's actually because I don't want to waste my time that I take notes, so I don't have to try to figure out where I am on something every time I revisit it...

    But yeah, in my case, i don't have a 'todo list for 2018', it's just a list of what things i want to do and where i am with them.. if they never get done, it's a hobby, so no loss.
    -- Brian

    Retro PC's: Apple IIe/II+, Atari 800, Atari 520STFM, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga 3000, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, TI-99/4A, TRS-80 Model 4 GA, Kaypro 2/84 (Not working )

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    I need lists so I do not forget to do things.

    Got the NE2000s in today. Forgot to buy an ethernet switch so ordered one online. Need to play around with NE2000, LSL and IPX(ODI). Should be fun.
    Last edited by PeterNC; October 9th, 2018 at 05:43 PM.

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    Took a bit of time to find the DOS configuration tools for two of the four NE2000 clones. Connected both with ethernet to my WIFI router. Ethernet frame 802_3 @ 10MBPS. The PCs do not see each other. Could be the firewall on the WIFI router and/or one ethernet cable (have not checked whether it is a regular cable on one). Ordered a cheap ethernet switch but that may be a while yet.

    My IBM Network Printer 12 no longer works. Donation time.

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    Getting dangerously close to 2019
    ..

    Well, I've been digging out a bunch of stuff, my Northstar Dimension a couple hours ago. Need to get that running (Ha! probably w/o official software), and along with that my:

    5170
    Mac IIx
    Mac IIcx
    Atari 1040stf
    Atari 520stfm (it's twin actually works beggorah)
    Atari TT030 main board (HAHAHAHAHA it's pretty bare)
    Tektronix TC-2000
    Taxan 635 monitor + gold card
    HP 98788a monitor (a weird weird 19" monochrome monitor that takes a signal resembling NTSC but with 1024 lines)
    Canon VP-3000
    2x battle scarred Mindsets
    2x Tandy 2000s
    NEC APC III
    Advanced Micro Technologies ATjr
    TI Pro PC
    Tecmar 5160 clone
    HP 54120t & 54111d oscopes
    IBM 5175 + PGC (card should work, monitor don't)
    Ampro LittleBoard/PC
    NCR PC4
    Lisa

    Probably a dozen other jobs. Sorry you asked? I'm sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2icebitn View Post
    Getting dangerously close to 2019
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    Yes. We have to do something about that. I suggest we all delay the coming of 2019 - at least for a couple years until we get everything sorted out.

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