September 24, 2008
I have long been wanting to indulge in my retro computing fetish. This isn’t something I have had the chance to immerse myself in before now. It all stems from my first every computer, the Sinclair Spectrum +2, which I was given for Christmas at the ripe old age of about 8.
I imagine that this bastion of retro computing was what set me on the road to my much too geeky present self.
Anyway, like I say, I have been wanting to indulge myself again recently with a passion. (It was either that or Hornby model trains…). So I spent the last couple of days trawling the depths of eBay for a suitable bargain when I came across a rather cheap, working, and decently attired with extras Amiga 600, (The not so popular Amiga as I have read). A Buy It Now push of a button later last night and I am eagerly awaiting delivery. Now all I need is a soldering iron and I can really get ready to indulge in some serious retro modding.
July 5, 2008
It is finally here and although it is second hand I had to sell my soul on ebay to get it. It is the first generation Macbook so it is over two years old.
It needs some work. I have replaced the hard drive from stock I already had laying around. It also needs some ram as the stock it came with is minimal and I hope to install some today.
I am writing this blog post from the machine! It is running OS X Tiger and I have to say I am impressed with how slick it is. It is nice to have a propriety machine that isn’t windows based. It means I can finally migrate ‘totally’ away from the Redmond machine. I expect I will be fiddling with for some time to come and that my Ubuntu Dell will be neglected no doubt.
It also means that the Asus passes to my partner and hers passes to our eldest. She has been needing hers replacing for a while after she broke it. So everyone wins.
Anyway, on with the work!
June 30, 2008
Well, it has been a busy week.
Saturday saw my step-daughter Charlotte’s 8th Birthday. She got everything she asked for of course and I grabbed about an hours footage of the day on camcorder and make a DVD. I can see quite a home movie collection building soon!
I also switched back from openSuSe to Ubuntu. I just can’t fault that Ubuntu at the moment and nothing else comes close as far as I am concerned. I also found out why I was having problems under clocking the CPU, the Intel Speed stepping was disabled in the bios. All in all pretty productive as I can now increase battery time significantly. That is of course coupled with the underclocking of the mobile nvidia card.
I have been finding it hard to make anytime at all for leisure time online at all. CJ is being a monkey during the night. Last night I didn’t get any sleep at all. I have however had time to list some items on eBay which I am using to fund my final purchase for a while. That is where the Macbook comes in. Hopefully I will raise enough money to complete the purchase. As for money. It is as tight as I have ever known it. But we are managing and that is all that matters.
I seem to be going through quite a phase of personal blogging at the moment. Hopefully this will change when I have the spare time to write down all my thoughts on the state of the world and the people in it 🙂
That’s all for now though folks.
August 31, 2007
So I purchased a couple of MP4 players off the net and Ebay, I’ll let you know what they are like when they arrive. Not bad value if they work correctly for 30 quid each. Guess we will see.