Author Archives: dillera

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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DEC Professional 350: Booting

I found the DEC Professional 350 in Ebay for just $150 and I considered a nice way to get a PDP-11 system that could at the very least run BSD— for a decent price. PDP-11s are not only expense but the peripherals are also expensive prone to issues and it’s difficult system to bootstrap let…

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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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More Equipment

It’s been a while since I last posted and I’ve gotten some new things to work on. I’ll be documenting some of them here soon.  …

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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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Switch 10 CPU

The Switch 10 uses the  Intel® Atomâ„¢ Processor Z3735F  which has 4 cores, is 64 bit and and can burst up to 1.8Ghz. It’s part of the Silvemont family.        …

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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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Mac OSX 10.10 and SCSI

Update 2017: 10.12 – Sierra broke the SCSI drivers and so ends the tales of SCSI and Atto on my Mac. Nothing I could do could get them to load. At some point I’ll revert the Mac back to 10.11 and use the SCSI if I ever need to read any of my tapes. Update:…

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Apple Mini Yosemite Super Laggy – Fix

My mini is a 2011 i5 with Radeon graphics. Most of my work is on an external rail via thunderbolt, but the system has always been a little laggy to me. I work on Macbook pros and MacBook Airs (new, with flash drives) at work, and the mini has never been as quick and responsive…

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Broadwell 2-in-1

Liliputing has a nice review of a bunch of 2-in-1 Broadwell (Core M) powered systems. All seem to be the 2-in-1 factor, as this new chip can be run in a fanless (i.e. tablet) form. Goodbye Atom. The Dell Latitude 13 looks nice, with backlit keys on the keyboard- but it’s bluetooth and at 13″…

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