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[#] Thu Jul 28 2016 10:59:41 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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And you haven't even gone through the interior defenses yet....

[#] Thu Jul 28 2016 21:01:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I have one of those. You may NOT disassmble it.

NO DISASSEMBLE! NO DISASSEMBLE!!

I wouldn't tear down a working Apple II anyway.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2016 07:29:06 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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And I forgot the pit traps.

[#] Fri Aug 05 2016 17:05:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If I somehow made it past the defenses at Ragnar's house, and was willing to gut a vintage computer, I'd probably go for the PET. I might even keep its original screen and wire it down to the composite video output of the Pi.

No go on any early Mac, though; there's just not enough room inside.

[#] Mon Aug 08 2016 01:51:36 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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No fishbowl for the Mac?  I suppose you can still boot Linux, so you should not do it.



[#] Tue Aug 09 2016 19:43:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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When a $30 RPi can run Linux just as well (or better) as an old computer, the whole "Linux giving old hardware new life" routine becomes a bit less valuable. It's probably better at this point to have classic computers set up with the operating systems they shipped with and some software that was popular at the time.

Or gut it and go with the fishbowl. But I don't know how to safely discharge a CRT.

[#] Thu Sep 01 2016 00:32:50 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Big screwdriver.  Just hold on to the insulated end.



[#] Thu Sep 01 2016 08:34:41 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Damn it, is that what I have been doing wrong?



[#] Fri Sep 02 2016 09:42:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well yes, but I don't know where to find the chargey part of the CRT to touch the screwdriver.

[#] Wed Sep 07 2016 00:58:51 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Here is a decent article on the flyback discharge via the anode on a CRT (using the screwdriver method):

http://www.h-i-r.net/2009/12/flyback-transformers-and-crt-discharge.html

 



[#] Sat Sep 17 2016 11:30:56 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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We are going through some of my father's belongings.  Found a random number generator. RNG.resized.jpeg

 

The instructions were difficult to read as they it was a very small font printed on a 2"x1" piece of paper which had slightly faded.  On one side was English, the other side was Japanese.  
If I had to guess how old it is I would think it is from the 1950s at the latest the early 60s. 

$3.29, including shipping from Japan.

They look like DnD dice.



[#] Sat Sep 17 2016 11:56:30 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Here are the easier to read instructions.

random2.jpeg 



[#] Sat Sep 17 2016 14:08:48 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Brilliant! The salt and coin add a rather occult touch.



[#] Sat Sep 17 2016 14:29:22 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Salt?  No, that is cotton.  Coin was for scale.



[#] Tue Sep 20 2016 21:34:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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What's interesting is that these are not D10's, but instead they are D20's labeled 0-9 and then 0-9 again.

And you seem to have placed a D2 next to it  :)



[#] Wed Sep 21 2016 05:33:42 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Tue Sep 20 2016 21:34:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

What's interesting is that these are not D10's, but instead they are D20's labeled 0-9 and then 0-9 again.

And you seem to have placed a D2 next to it  :)

Doubles the size of the entropy pool....



[#] Mon Sep 26 2016 07:51:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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All over the retro community, a device called "SD2IEC" is showing up.

It appears to be a device only available in board form (not a finished appliance) that contains a filesystem driver for a MicroSD card, and interfaces with the Commodore 64's IEC ("serial bus") protocol. The result, of course, is the effect of having an obscenely large solid state disk attached to the Commodore 64.

This is fascinating. I wish I could send one 30 years back in time to myself.

[#] Mon Sep 26 2016 11:29:23 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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For the number of times I wrote a sysop and told them to get a fooking SFD for their C_Net bulleting boards when they ran out of space and I wanted to post, I should get that and frame it..

[#] Mon Sep 26 2016 11:56:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I can't find it anywhere on the Internet, but there was a device called "VICNET" which allowed up to eight Commodore computers to share the peripherals on a serial bus. It was often found in school computer labs for simple sharing of disk drives and printers. One of those, plus an SD2IEC, would have been the ultimate file server. Imagine running a C-Net on that! (C-Net would need to be modified for multi-node access, of course.)

[#] Mon Sep 26 2016 22:41:07 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ah the fun of the debate - C-Net Posts and threads and Citadel Rooms and Posts...

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