Archive for Vintage Computers

3D Graphics – Amiga Style!

A long, long time ago, in an era so far away, an Amiga was all that I had… My early computing days were Commodore centric. I had a VIC-20 for my first computer while in high school. Then in my first years in the military, I bought a Commodore 64. A few years later, I […]

Retrochallenge 2016/01

To jump to a specific update, select from the list below: Update 12/16/2015 Update 12/21/2015 Update 1/8/2016 Update 1/13/2016 Update 1/29/2016 It’s that time of year when the bi-annual Retrochallenge prepares to begin with a new list of challenge entries, all in the name of vintage computing. For the next challenge, I choose NOT to […]

VCF East 10.0

Time to blow off the dust settling on this stagnant website and post a new article documenting my experience at the Vintage Computer Fest East 10.0 (VCFEast) event. The event is over, and I’m now recuperating from the tempest of activity which filled the weekend of April 18 and 19, 2015. I’ll start with the […]

Blog Response to the YDKF Podcast Episode 157

I just got done listening to Rob “Flack” O’Hara’s latest “You Don’t Know Flack” (YDKF) episode #157 called, “Printer Extravaganza.” I thought I would try something different and post a full response on my own blog. This post may be light on some details because it is in response to information specifically mentioned in YDKF […]

Updated Jan 20, 2015: My RetroChallenge Entry for January 2015

Twice a year, I enter the contest known as RetroChallenge. It is an informal challenge for all participants to do something with retro computers for one month. The next “Winter Warmup” challenge starts New Year’s Day, 2015. Although there is a contest aspect to the event, it’s really rather ungoverned or scrutinized as a contest. […]

VCF East 9.1

In 2014, I was invited to attend the Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 9.1 as an exhibitor. I had recently finished cleaning and assembling a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computer with a Peripheral Expansion Box (PEB), so that became my exhibit. It was going to be the first VCF I ever attended, and I’m glad I […]

Personal Review of VCF East – Coming Soon!

I had a great time as an exhibitor at VCF East 9.1 this year. There are many experiences and memories I am still mentally digesting. It was rather overwhelming and I will be posting a more detailed write-up about that experience in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy this preview picture of a Franklin […]

Christmas Demos – VIC-20 Style

This Christmas day, I had a chance to look back and reflect on some of my earlier days as a computer programmer, working on simple, yet festive graphic demos on my Commodore VIC-20. It was 1981. I received my very first computer in October of that year. By the time Christmas was approaching, I had […]

Summer 2013 Retrochallenge

UPDATE: 3 AUG 2013 OK. Both videos have been rendered uploaded.  Just click the name of the videos below to go directly to them. Part 1 – Detailing the Peripheral Expansion Box Part 2 – Demonstrating the use of the TI-99/4A Both videos together cover about 1 hour and 40 minutes. They were assembled a […]

The Two Hour QSO

As an amateur radio operator (HAM radio) I rarely talk for any great length of time during a QSO (meaning, talking with a “single person contact” or in a lengthy group conversation). My “rag-chewing” time is usually limited to the time it takes me to drive back and forth to work. Well today, I had […]

The way ELECTRONICS used to be!