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[#] Tue Dec 01 2015 16:37:36 EST from "John Goerzen" <jgoerzen@uncensored.citadel.org>

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Oh my, this will be scary.  It spans 30 years.

First: TRS-80 CoCo II.  Still a fond spot in my heart for it.  Wrote about it at http://changelog.complete.org/archives/9269-my-boys-love-1986-computing  I still have it.

Second: A PC/XT clone, one of those 4.77/7.16MHz jobs with a "turbo" button.  640K RAM, dual 360K drives, later upgraded with a 30MB HDD.

A 486SX/25.  Not bad.  I still have it.  It ran Windows, then OS/2, then Linux, and still boots.

A 486DX2/66.  Running FreeBSD, then Debian.

An old Thinkpad, unknown model, running FreeBSD.

An Alpha LX164 running Debian.  Purchased roughly 1998.

A Dell Inspiron 7K.  Heaviest laptop I ever owned.

Bought a Titanium Apple laptop at some point.   Ran Debian.  Didn't last all that long.

Got an iMac around 2002.

Then various permutations of x86_64 workstations, store-bought or home-built, all running Debian.

A Thinkpad model or two, running Debian.

An EeePC.  I donated it to the local Amateur Radio Club and it is now the APRS digipeater W0BZN.

Several Raspberry Pi devices.

Miscellaneous: Bought a LaserJet 6MP in 1997.  Stopped using it last week, due to the failure of the Ethernet-Parallel interface box I was using.  Printer was still working fine.



On 02/04/2015 12:01 AM, ax25 wrote:

Warning, TLDR and all that:  more boring stuff to come (and I hope from you, the reader as well).

Apple II - 4th grade (school owned) - it lived on a cart and was wheeled from room to room in the school back then.

Some sort of teletype in the middle school days (school owned).  I was allowed to be around when someone had it print snoopy in ascii.  Not impressed at all :-)

Older brother aquires a TS-1000 on closeout at Montgomery Wards for around $30.  He gives up on it and gives it to me.  Score!
.. - long bit of learning to code / hack it (db9 for joystick), expansion bus projects...   Much fun to be had there.  Still have that artifact and the shoe goo carved in to it db9 connector for a joystick port.

Apple II+ / IIe - High School (school owned).  Did some interesting programming on them with sprites and basic.  Was more fun, but not quite as fun as the TS-1000 as you only had so much time to hack away at them.

Heathkit ET-3400 trainer - High School electronics class (school owned)
http://retro-treasures.blogspot.com/2011/05/heathkit-et-3400-microprocessor-trainer.html

Later, a TI-99/4a  - later high school (given by my grandfather).  Grandpa had moved on to an IBM PC and gave me his TI-99/4A.  Liked that thing for the extra bits that I could not buy (color, sound, etc)... Did some fine video and sound work on that thing.  Fun, but slow machine.

An Amstrad PC-20 (8086 Amiga A500 looking thing) - it did run an emulators well and got me through college.  An internal 3 1/2 720 and external 5 1/4 floppy.  Word processor with spell check on the other disk was quite nice.  It played Dead Smurf and Castle Wolfenstein quite well as I remember.  Quite a change in my computing world.  It became a workhorse, instead of an inspiration to do new stuff.  Kinda sucked the life out of me :-(

Mostly boring stuff from there (apart from the can it run Linux purchases) which are now ancient history.

 




[#] Tue Dec 01 2015 22:23:59 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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You sound like a pretty cool dad John.  My son is 13 and has a Raspberry Pi, but only digs it out on occasion.  The Minecraft server interested him for a bit, and he stacked blocks in a spiral, but soon lost interest.



[#] Tue Dec 01 2015 23:44:26 EST from jgoerzen @ Uncensored

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Thanks! My boys go in phases. Right now we're in a "fun with the printer" phase. Sometimes they enjoy model trains or other things...

My raspberry pis are a cheap whole-house music system, described here: http://changelog.complete.org/archives/9280-sound-players-adventures-with-ampache-mpd-pulseaudio-raspberry-pi-and-l ogitech-media-server

Incidentally, I'm going to guess from your nick that you're a ham. KR0L here, and I run an APRS digi/i-gate from an old Linux notebook. Used to run an AX.25 node+BBS but discontinued it due to lack of interest.

[#] Wed Dec 02 2015 01:16:14 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Tue Dec 01 2015 11:44:26 PM EST from jgoerzen @ Uncensored Subject: Re: List of computers you have owned or used.
Thanks! My boys go in phases. Right now we're in a "fun with the printer" phase. Sometimes they enjoy model trains or other things...

My raspberry pis are a cheap whole-house music system, described here: http://changelog.complete.org/archives/9280-sound-players-adventures-with-ampache-mpd-pulseaudio-raspberry-pi-and-l ogitech-media-server

Incidentally, I'm going to guess from your nick that you're a ham. KR0L here, and I run an APRS digi/i-gate from an old Linux notebook. Used to run an AX.25 node+BBS but discontinued it due to lack of interest.

Right there with you John.  I run a discontinued squezebox :

   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox_(network_music_player)#Squeezebox_Radio_.28September_2009.29

My call is KB0GBJ.  Good to meet you KR0L (John).  I am getting back in to doing some i-gate stuff and APRS soon, just need some down time this winter to solder up some kits and have some fun with that.

 



[#] Wed Dec 02 2015 08:26:47 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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they recently found out not many people were moving to the UE-Radio, therefore they started to continue the logitech media server...

So, I upgraded mine once more. One raspi with squeezeplug attached to the hifi, and a Squeezebox Radio.

 



[#] Wed Dec 02 2015 10:21:59 EST from "John Goerzen" <jgoerzen@uncensored.citadel.org> to ax25 <ax25@uncensored.citadel.org>

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Sweet.  My winter is probably going to be taken up with rebuilding my HF antennas.  I had a fan dipole setup in the treetops.  Dirt cheap, but when we had an ice storm last weekend, it was pretty badly decimated.  Ah well, I'm only out about $20 so I guess I shouldn't complain too much.

73 de KR0L


[#] Thu Dec 03 2015 01:55:57 EST from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Heh.
Winter here is "collecting bits and scraps" so when Spring arrives here on the mountain we will start assembling the 6 meter array - pair of 4-el TriYagis at about 25 ft. Elevation here is 2,675 ft ASL so I really don't need to do the "giant tower" thing the way I did back in NJ.

Oh well. Fun !!

73
--Vince, K2NE

[#] Fri Dec 04 2015 00:20:28 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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I should probably dust off the TS-1000 and have my son compare it to the RPi for ease of use :-)  Good luck on the antenna farm rebuilds (both of you).



[#] Fri Dec 04 2015 00:25:59 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Wed Dec 02 2015 08:26:47 AM EST from dothebart @ Uncensored Subject: Re: List of computers you have owned or used.

they recently found out not many people were moving to the UE-Radio, therefore they started to continue the logitech media server...

So, I upgraded mine once more. One raspi with squeezeplug attached to the hifi, and a Squeezebox Radio.

 



Probably not ancient computing, but the Squeezebox Radio I have from 2009 is a bit long in the tooth.  I wondered why the radio lists were still updated when I did searches.  Thanks for the heads up dothebart.



[#] Tue Dec 29 2015 09:48:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's pretty sad that Squeezebox is already considered an "old" device. I suppose the arrival of Chromecasts and Rokus and Amazon-whatevers at cheap prices have made Squeezebox the ancient prototype at this point.

[#] Tue Dec 29 2015 11:43:28 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Well, at least they can play _local_ mp3's instead of just insisting that your private music has to be stored on s.b. elses computer aka cloud.



[#] Tue Dec 29 2015 12:45:10 EST from vince-q @ Uncensored

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My ROKU box has an USB slot allowing me to play mp3, wav, and a whole host of video formats quite nicely from my flash-drive.

[#] Tue Dec 29 2015 13:53:36 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Smart TVs...

[#] Fri Jan 01 2016 02:18:06 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Most home streaming devices have USB slots for local storage, and many can connect to a DNLA server if you have one.

[#] Fri Jan 08 2016 08:19:52 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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the screen we have (it's not a tv since my husband actually screwed up the receiver so you can't connect it to cable/satellite/whatever) has a USB input.

 



[#] Mon Jan 11 2016 16:34:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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They really ought to stop putting tuners into televisions. They might also consider offering them without speakers.

[#] Mon Jan 11 2016 17:05:19 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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definitely!



[#] Tue Jan 19 2016 11:21:00 EST from hubertus @ Uncensored

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isn't using Citadel itself ancient computing  ?



[#] Tue Jan 19 2016 11:27:13 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Isn't Tesla using ancient electric car technology?



[#] Tue Jan 19 2016 17:33:18 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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isn't using Citadel itself ancient computing  ?

I would guess that a technology that continues to be maintained and updated doesn't count as ancient computing.

Using the text client sure is "old-skool" though!

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