Got communications between computers today!
So, I haven't transfered files like this in 30 years, and there was no reason to do it today, but back in the day, I had a NEC Multispeed with 2 3.5 floppy drives, and a Tandy 1000 with 2 5.25" floppy drives. Luckily my Tandy had a serial card installed. So I used a program called PC-Hooker to transfer files between the 2. And the disks still work (Thank God because I didn't want to Google that trying to find a copy.)
Also today, since the screen is dead on my NEC Multispeed, I pulled out what I thought was an amber display to connect to it. Guess what, after it was running for several hours, slowly, it became colorful. It was sold to me as an amber display. I only turned it on once years ago to see that it did turn on and sure enough, it was all amber. But apparently the tube and caps just hasn't been completely warmed up for a few decades. This is the clearest display I think I've ever seen. Just need to adjust the size and position.
And last, looking for the right serial cable, I found a serial mouse ina box I had forgotten about. So used Deskmate with a mouse for the first time ever today! (Terrible experience, keyboard is so much easier. But hey, I was still thrilled to try it out.)
Notice the difference between CGA on the NEC vs TGA on the Tandy. Thats a remarkable improvement. No wonder PC Jr and Tandy were so praised for thier graphics and sounds.
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Well that didn't work well! lol! My data connection took a nose dive! I'll get it sorted and we'll tru this again tomorrow. :)
A casual "May the Fourth" live video
How I described this interview back when I first released it in 2019:
“I get to hang out with the papa of Nerdcore, MC Frontalot, to talk about his new album, Net Split, his break-up album (sorta) with the Internet. We then talk about 300 baud modems on C64's and other things that prove how old we are. In other news: I love my job.”
Worth noting: I still love my job.
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Went to my dad's house and picked up some more stuff. (A lot more. But y'all probably don't care about most of it.)
On the left, my Tandy monitor from my 1000. Now, if I can only find the keyboard.
On the right, the SVGA monitor we upgraded to when we upgraded to a 486x66 DX2. I really wish I could find that computer
This is really astonishing to me that both of these survived. My parents had a flood back in 2010 and I thought all of this was in the basement. But my dad found these, and a few more monitors, stacked up in my brother's closet. I have to go back tomorrow for the remaining monitors.
Just ordered these boards. This is my proof-of-concept for resistive touch-sensitive buttons on a PCB, like that thing @Sohl found on Hackaday.
Mostly what I'm doing is torturing the board house here:
My prediction is that all the individual buttons will work (except the two-half-circle one), the LED on L1 will work but not L2, the small buttons will be too small to press just one, and the matrix will work but ghosting will be a problem.
Just got the email that the fab accepted my ...
Should I be excited about RISC-V?
RISC-V based products are starting to hit the market, as reported by the Lunduke Journal and others. Certainly any new instruction set is a little exciting, and the open licensing might be nice for manufacturers who won't have to pay ARM's fees anymore. But I'm not sure that openness will trickle down to people like me. I'm not going to build my own chip factory any time soon. I'm going to buy chips like the Allwinner D1, which seem as proprietary as ever. And just like their ARM-based cousins, they require operating systems to ship nonstandard bootloader blobs in order to run.
As a consumer, if my favorite Chinese SoC vendor offers an ARM chip and a similarly specced RISC-V chip, is there a good reason to pick the RISC-V one? Or does it boil down to marginal licensing cost-savings and minor performance benefits?
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