Author Archives: dillera

1088XEL The Missing Manual

I’ve been diving deeper into the 1088XEL and the U1MB Firmware that drives all it’s pieces and it’s a fascinating system. It’s primarily three parts: the 1088 itself, which collects all the new hardware bits (CF drives, PS/2 keyboard, DVI out, stereo sound) into one platform, the U1MB BIOS which drives, configures and boots the…

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Atari 1088XEL

The Atari 1088XEL is an amazing beast which truly brings your Atari 8bit into the modern world. Using the actual, original 8bit chips it provides a modern hardware platform to not only run Atari without emulation but connect and enjoy modern peripherals and upgrades which can transform the 8bit use into a entirely different experience…

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Syncing Apple Archaeology

The first post to my Syncing Apple blog was 14 years ago. It was about my G5 desktop rebooting on me. Not incredibly long ago for many people, but looking back at many of my postings the time from 2004-2010 was filled with many exciting advances in both OS and device introductions. A lot happened…

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GamePad fail on MacOS

Update: May 2nd – I’m happy to say that a super cheap pair (you get two) of USB gamepads from Amazon did the trick. $ ./start-old.sh DonkeyKong.v2.atr Using Atari800 config file: atari800-80.cfg Created by Atari 800 Emulator, Version 3.1.0 joystick 0 found! joystick 1 not found Now I can enjoy games with sound and joystick…

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Atari 8bit on OSX

atari800 – emulator of Atari 8-bit computers and the 5200 console That’s the tag line for the man page for the atari800 emulator. It’s maintained by a group of contributors on Github – specifically Mark Grebe has done the work for OSX. The emulator is based on the seminal work done by David Firth in…

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Amiga Uplift 1.1 – HC508 Case

A quick update- I found a great case on Ebay from finchball. The original creators of the HC508 don’t yet have one available so I purchased this one. It fits perfectly and makes the HC508 look much nicer on the side of the A500. The construction is good, with 4 screws on the bottom holding…

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Amiga Uplift Part 1: Accelerator

Looking around today in 2018 there are many choices for accelerating your Amiga 500. At one point in the far past the A500 was my primary computer and I had purchased the GVP A530 in order to run programs like NewTek’s Lightwave on the A500. The A530 was marvelous piece of kit for the Amiga…

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Macbook Air 11 – The Last Ones

I’ve had a MBA 11″ since 2011 (MacBookAir4,1) and I’ve never been able to find any other laptop that had such an unbeatable combination of size, speed, flexibility, and utility. My 11 has been amazing and my go-to mac (I also have a 13 and 15 MBPs between work and home) for most things, but…

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WOMBAT

I spent some good money and time getting my SE/30 uplifted and retrofitted for modern use. Both the motherboard, analog board and power-supply have been recapped, it has 32M RAM installed and a SCSI to CF adapter to ensure quiet operation and no surprise disk failures. The one failure I encountered was the keyboard and…

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Lost and Found Again: VT102

No good retro setup involving Unix can be legit without one. I had actually found a new-in-the-box VT102 once back in the 90s in Maryland at some recycling center. I used it for years but lost in moves around MD NJ and PA. I’ve been watching eBay for years trying to justify getting one again…

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Lenovo Cheap Laptops for fun

I can’t pass up an interesting, cheap and small laptop. I’ll always have a use for them somewhere. Recently I’ve managed to pick up two Lenovos, and it’s interesting to see how varied and strange the laptops are from one another. They are both from the same manufacture, yet might as well be from completely…

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Macbook

The MacBook is an incredible piece of engineering technology. This one is sitting on the MacBook Pro it’s replacing- after three years. 13” vs 12” and it’s more powerful and has more storage. The same amount of ram however. The size difference is astonishing…

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PDP-11/70 CPU core and SoC :: Overview :: OpenCores

Fig D-1: A PDP-11/70 Console. These display and switch consoles were the hallmark of the PDP-11 computers in the 70ties. Picture courtesy of Henk Gooijen, see also Henk’s PDP-11 collection. The project contains a complete DEC PDP-11 system: a PDP-11/70 CPU with memory management unit, but without floating pointunit, a complete set of mass storage…

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Amazon.com : Aspire Switch Laptop $139

Amazon.com : Acer 10.1″ Aspire Switch Laptop 2GB 32GB | SW5-012-192E (Certified Refurbished) : Computers & Accessories Amazon has a refurb 32GiB Switch 10 for just $139: Source: Amazon.com : Acer 10.1″ Aspire Switch Laptop 2GB 32GB | SW5-012-192E (Certified Refurbished) : Computers & Accessories And the 64GiB is $199…

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Mac ADSL OmniGraffle Stencil

I’ve always loved OmniGraffle, and I’ve always loved the simple lines of the Mac ADSL Stencil. I don’t like Graffletopia and paying for free stencils. I finally found the original location for the MacADSL stencil…. it’s here:   http://www.macadsl.com/actu/network-stencil-omnigraffle-macadsl   It’s so old it’s still a .sit file, so I’m attaching a .zip here so…

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