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  1. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    I'm currently at the South West Amiga Group in Chipping Sodbury. The cream of the Amiga retro commnunity crop is here.
  2. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    That is awesome @Kurgen. I have a couple of old modems. I managed to find my original / first internet modem, a Hayes Accura Message Modem. Zen ISP give you a backup internet dial up line to use, so I gave it a go with that. Happy Days. These last two weeks I've been prepping my Amiga 1200...
  3. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    Desktop cases weren't a standard size, but they fitted a standard motherboard size, AT, ATX: Full, Micro etc, depending on the case. And yes, then you had bespoke systems with non upgradable parts including PSUs.
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    What retro things have you done today?

    I love that unit on eBay. The stuff the vendor is selling is a mix too. Mannequin arms and PVC mini skirts.
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    25 Gbit/s Fiber Blog

    I haven't posted about this topic before. I thought it was a good blog read, showing progression of internet speeds.
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    25 Gbit/s Fiber Blog

    As I sit here with my 80 Mb/s connection and it seems like my neighbours were against Gigaclear's connectivity, I dream of the day of this: https://michael.stapelberg.ch/posts/2022-04-23-fiber7-25gbit-upgrade/ This came up in my Google News feed so I'd thought I'd share.
  7. !bluetonic!

    They never turned up to fit my smart meter

    It's a connected utility meter. Obviously I'm only entitled to your opinion..
  8. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    It's awesome, but, I couldn't hack strangers touching my equipment. They would all be stood behind velvet rope with my 6ft 5in security guard keeping close watch. And people's hygiene; Mr Hacking-Cough-Scratchy-Bum touching the pristine keys on my A1200. No thank you.. :p
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    They never turned up to fit my smart meter

    I said I'm cynical, not paranoid. For me, I have no problem submitting a reading when asked. Why would I then entertain the benefits of an automated meter reading? Before you know it, that operating system you were freely upgraded to thinks it's okay to take metrics, show advertising on your...
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    Young boys and their Noisy cars

    It's a difficult one. We're all young once. I thought I was awesome because I drove with front fog lights on for 'style'. I had an awesome car stereo setup too. If they drive around it's annoying. If they gather in car parks it's annoying. They will never know how they affect people until...
  11. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    @almoststew1990 very tidy. I've had a bit of tinkering time today. The last PC I picked up was a: ASUS A7NBX-VM with a S462 Athlon 2500K. The unit is very well put together with a floppy drive, two CDRom drives and 2 hard drives. It boots to Windows XP and needs activation. It has onboard VGA...
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    What retro things have you done today?

    @cee-S-dee I'm glad you got there. I will be booking a visit soon. @JDR82 Jackpot. What a score.
  13. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    The challenge is stripping it for parts and then profit.. You're only down the road from me @manisses. Are you in the market for any retro bits? :o
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    They never turned up to fit my smart meter

    I guess.. I'm super-cynical about these things. But you cant hide forever. It takes me less than a minute to submit a meter reading. And in some ways I rather not know what my daily 10 minute shower costs me.
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    They never turned up to fit my smart meter

    An engineer came around on Tuesday to fit my Smart Meter. It didn't happen. He couldn't get a signal to it after fitting it. He then gave me a 'new' classic meter.
  16. !bluetonic!

    What retro things have you done today?

    I've been watching this one. It hasn't sold yet. I was tempted, but I recently bought a similar PC that is now in my garage and I couldn't justify another. (Or could I? ) :p
  17. !bluetonic!

    Commodore Amiga owners thread!

    There's still so much development for the Amiga. If you still have the power supply, all you need is a TV with Scart and buy the relevant lead, Amiga to Scart via the internet. Otherwise, you need a HDMI solution which is pricier. Then, get a Gotek drive, usb key and there's lots of free...
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    Commodore Amiga owners thread!

    The SWAG group has been going for years. They disbanded and reformed. I caught them at the reformation stage via a posting on English Amiga Board / EAB. They restarted the group in Swindon and now moved it to Chipping Sodbury. They have a website and Facebook group. There's lots of footage...
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    Commodore Amiga owners thread!

    Kudos. I would use a cheap projector to put Amiga posters on the wall. I'm off to the next South West Amiga group meet with my A1200 in May.
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    This is getting ridiculous (energy prices)

    Just all of you, please register to vote and spoil the ballot paper if you think there's nothing worth voting for. Don't, not vote.
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