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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #885 on: April 25, 2012, 01:33:53 PM »
Welcome Nige, whereabouts in the midlands you from ?

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves - Mitesh
« Reply #886 on: June 08, 2012, 04:51:30 PM »
Hello eveyone..I am Mitesh..who came to the Retro Museum at the weekend that was based on the BBC radio venue in Leicester city centre. I had a great time meeting the staff & I hope to make a visit at Coalville in the near future. I am also a geek collector when it comes to retro gaming, but I would like everyone to check out my gaming youtube channel & leave comments (hopefully nice ones) lol

http://www.youtube.com/user/MitsRetroMania?feature=mhee

Hope to hear from everyone!  ;D


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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #887 on: June 08, 2012, 09:23:47 PM »
Welcome to RCM Mitesh

Enjoy....If you liked the stuff at BBC Radio Leicester you will love RCM Museum :)

Karl

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #888 on: June 08, 2012, 09:25:30 PM »
as Karl (billdooruk) has already said . . . if you liked the stuff at Radio Leicester then you will LOVE the RCM HQ! :)

Welcome to the forums too mate - good to meet you at the BBC.

Andy
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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #889 on: June 08, 2012, 11:28:47 PM »
Good to meet you at the BBC event mate :) get some practice in on soul calibur dc tho! :D :D :D ;)


(and you Phoenix   ;D)

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #890 on: July 04, 2012, 10:49:08 AM »
Hi there, I'm Karl - based in the north east. I was lucky enough to come down to RCM HQ earlier in the year and have finally got around to joining the forum.

I spend most of my days pretending to build intranet tools and mobile apps for an American corporation, while secretly coding for and playing with retro systems on emulators, playing Pokemon, or working on my own compilers for a language noone will ever use. You'll sometimes catch me over on the World of Dragon forum too.

I've posted my meagre collection in the other forum area - http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4607.0.

Cheers.

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #891 on: July 04, 2012, 01:03:14 PM »
Hi Karl - glad to see you on here! :)

Andy
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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #892 on: July 05, 2012, 04:58:13 PM »
Hi. I'm CapriBloke  (yes I have owned some in the past - keeping it retro)

I live in Ashby de la Zouch (about 5 miles from RCM HQ).

I found the museum by chance when my son (aged 12) was finding out about retro consoles and computers, just for his own entertainment.
Been on Sundays a few times, and want to come back whenever jobs at home allow (permission from the missus).
Both my son and daughter (10) loved everything about the place.
Hope to be back many more times, and drag newbies along with us.

Bring on a long wet winter to give us all the excuse to go to RCM HQ  ;)

Can you turn everything up so that it's louder than everything else.

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #893 on: July 05, 2012, 05:27:43 PM »
Hi mate, good to hear from you on here! ;)

Andy
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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #894 on: July 13, 2012, 09:57:49 AM »
*** Commodore Basic 4.0 ***
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 ready.

Hello RCM,
My name is Tim O'Callaghan I live in Aylesbury Bucks.
I was born in 1968 now aged 43 which means I am a bit-baby.
While I was growing up all the new machines became available and I liked
going to computer clubs to look at and criticise other peoples machines  ;D
I could not afford the biggest or best machines but did manage to take my
Sinclair ZX-81 then after my Sinclair ZX-Spectrum to play games and copy software.
At these clubs in my formative years I was impressed with the variety of the machines and I got the bug.
I loved programming in Basic and would go to my local TANDY computer store and write amusing programs on a demo TRS-80 Model III.
I have a collection of fully working machines which I sometimes take to retro computer shows. I specialise in being able to make brand new 5.25" floppies from disk images or connecting CF cards chock full of software to use on the retro machines.
The two biggest under-rated people in the computer industry are..
Gary Kildall who created the first good DOS system called CP/M (copied by you know who)
and Chuck Peddle who created the 6502 microprocessor used in many machines of the day,
the 6502 was not the first processor but its architecture enabled communication with other peripherals
and was produced at a cheap price which led to the boom in home computing. And Chuck produced the first real Personal Computer with Screen, Keyboard and BASIC the magnificent C= Commodore PET 2001.

I am currently working on fixing 2 Osborne 1 Computers, The logic in these machines is very sound, I have removed the Power Supplies and replacing components on them they WILL be fully up and running by the end of this week. If you have one of these machines you will know how after 30 years the PSU's melt and create 'Magic Smoke' luckily they can be fixed. I will use TeleDisk to make a full set of CP/M disks for them.

I have a number of rare fully working machines including an Apple /// with 5mb profile Hard disk and cp/m
a Commodore PET 2001 with Chiclet Keyboard, a Commodore PET 3008 with dual 4040 floppy drive, a commodore SX-64 , Sincalir ZX-80 and many more.

I hope to visit your museum some time soon.

Tim.

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #895 on: July 13, 2012, 10:14:21 AM »
Morning Tim,
I am from Aylesbury originally, my parents and one of my brothers still live there and AndyRCM and I pop down when we can. Did you go to school in Aylesbury?, as you may have known my younger brother Graeme Skeggs,.

Anyways, welcome to the Nut house  ;D and enjoy.

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #896 on: July 13, 2012, 11:44:36 AM »
I am currently working on fixing 2 Osborne 1 Computers, The logic in these machines is very sound, I have removed the Power Supplies and replacing components on them they WILL be fully up and running by the end of this week. If you have one of these machines you will know how after 30 years the PSU's melt and create 'Magic Smoke' luckily they can be fixed. I will use TeleDisk to make a full set of CP/M disks for them.


Hi Tim and welcome to the asylum world of RCM  ;D

Osbourne 1 is one of thos few computers that RCM does NOT have  :-[ but would certainly like so if you manage to fix anymore think of us if your looking to sell them on.

I gather from some of your collection and the start of your post your a bit of a commodore person  :) don't worry we won't hold it against you  ;D

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Re: Introduction . . . to yourselves!
« Reply #897 on: July 17, 2012, 10:46:28 AM »
Hello,

I work in Aylesbury but went to school in Bletchley, for a while I helped out at Bletchley Park in the computer museum.
I will have one Osborne 1 spare and would consider trading it. I also have a near mint Commodore PET 3008.
I would trade for a working TRS-80 Model III.
Am I a C= Commodore Person well yes.. to an extent we all are given that a lot or micros have Commodore Inside with the 6502  ;D
At one time I had about 200 machines, I moved house so sold a few.. Now I have a good collection of fully working machines but not so many. I like to make new floppies for the old machines and see them lit up and beeping and whirring.
One thing I have been messing with recently is modding the ZX-Spectrum, one of mine now has
composite video out, Divide IDE CF Card, AY-Magic Sound playing AY Demo's on a big tv with a good PA really looks and sounds good. I dare not use my ZX-Microdrive as it has not been powered for years.
I am also collecting retro computer video stuff like , Making The Most of The Micro, The Computer Programme, The computer Chronicles etc..
Have a listen to the Retrobits podcast series.. some good stuff to listen to.

Tim.




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Osborne 1 Update
« Reply #898 on: July 17, 2012, 02:49:25 PM »
Good news..

Both the Osborne 1's I was working on are currently up and running...
the first one my original one had a 60 column graphics card and double density drives.
the second one is standard with single density drives.
I will shortly give them both a work out copying all the CP/M software onto new 5.25" floppies...
If they survive that workout on the PSU's they should be fine..
Whilst playing with Osborne's in the past, I have seen the 'Magic Smoke' three times.   ::)
If you have one feel free to get some tips on getting it working.
A new web site.. I have a little idea about a retro computing web-site..
I own the domain of 'MicroRetro.com' It's currently not in use just parked..
I'd like to see a web site where people with working retro machines can share there knowledge about
keeping them running and there software images and expertees.
the users could add a machine they have building up the number of machines on the system showing you how to use and acquire software for the machines. Headings like Pictures, How-to' Software Library etc.

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Re: Osborne 1 Update
« Reply #899 on: July 17, 2012, 08:17:38 PM »
Good news..

Both the Osborne 1's I was working on are currently up and running...
the first one my original one had a 60 column graphics card and double density drives.
the second one is standard with single density drives.
I will shortly give them both a work out copying all the CP/M software onto new 5.25" floppies...
If they survive that workout on the PSU's they should be fine..
Whilst playing with Osborne's in the past, I have seen the 'Magic Smoke' three times.   ::)
If you have one feel free to get some tips on getting it working.
A new web site.. I have a little idea about a retro computing web-site..
I own the domain of 'MicroRetro.com' It's currently not in use just parked..
I'd like to see a web site where people with working retro machines can share there knowledge about
keeping them running and there software images and expertees.
the users could add a machine they have building up the number of machines on the system showing you how to use and acquire software for the machines. Headings like Pictures, How-to' Software Library etc.


I had similar ideas and was going to create a WIKI based site, possibly as a subdomain of retrocomputermuseum.co.uk to try and pull together all the schematics, troubleshooting etc info. There are lots of sites that will tell you the hardware specs, or the games... but not many that pull together schematics, pinouts, cable making info, troubleshooting/common faults etc.

Might be worth having a more open discussion about this in the Hardware forum.... I already have some hard to get schematics from sites that no longer exist.

Same might also go for creating disks - especially for the older systems - I am on the lookout for software for the RML 380z/480z - We have a PC at RCM HQ configured to write FM disks that I know works - but so few images...