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Computers Thread Fellow Time Traveler 08/21/2020 (Fri) 04:41:24 No.803
Looks like none of the images in the catalog work. Let's get a fresh thread in here, focused on computers! I don't have pictures at the moment to share, but I got lucky today and picked up a nice big beige computer case. I'm assembling a new personal computer from parts that I got deals on, found in the junk heap, or that I was given by friends. So, I guess it's not really a /retro/ computer, but it will be in a /retro/ case, and I plan to get an adapter which will let me use a 3.5" floppy disk drive in there. The adapter plugs into the floppy pins, and presents a USB interface to the motherboard. That adapter is under $10 USD. In fact, I've seen an adapter card that will do the same but for 5.25" floppy disk drives. So, when I have more money, I should be able to have not only a 3.5" FDD, but a 5.25" FDD in my system, running alongside new solid state drives, Blu-Ray disc drives, and of course a few regular hard drives. It should be pretty fun. Again, no pictures yet but I will share with you guys when I can. For now I'll just post one from my collection. What have you guys been up to?
>>882 The hardest part so far has been figuring out the right programs to use on FreeDOS to replace the tools recommended in the book. You can just pirate MS-DOS and Microsoft's programmer tools if that's troublesome. I pirated the book itself from libgen. 8086 assembly looks like C and BASIC had an autistic child, in fact if you know either you already know most of the concepts behind assembly. The book doesn't deal with graphics and sound if you want to do demos, but I doubt any introduction will have those subjects anyway.
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There's a sizable collection available of The Computer Chronicles. https://archive.org/details/computerchronicles?tab=collection
>>892 Oh fuck yeah, thank you! IA is the definition of a goldmine.
So after watching the C-64 episode, it seems that it was still very popular years after it's introduction. WTF happened to it then? Why would the company just pull and then die as a result? Did They kill it or what /retro/?
I watched this BBS documentary series a while ago and found it interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dddbe9OuJLU&list=PL7nj3G6Jpv2G6Gp6NvN1kUtQuW8QshBWE
>>899 Basically anything Jason Scott puts out is great. Speaking of /retro/, I think Geocities is still on The Pirate Bay...
>>815 >I can always build my own but Go for it! It's not hard, and a fun project.
>>957 Not him but you're right, projects are great. I haven't been on here in a long time. Think we can revive this place?
>>964 >Think we can revive this place? Not him, but I hope so. Every day I look to see if there's any activity on here and try to do what I can to increase it, even if my posts aren't necessarily all that great.
>>966 Well, the only way to keep this place alive, like any other imageboard, is to browse other retro-oriented forums and to send invites to this place. It's hard to maintain a constant stream of posters when the only people who might even know of the board are those who know of Alogs. Sure, Alogs is indexed on the Search Engine That Must Not Be Named, but I don't really think people go out of their way to look for retro aesthetic websites unless they already know where to look for. Maybe participating in the /icup/ may yield some more publicity.
>>964 No we can't. This site is dead and looks pretty much abandoned. We haven't had a bo in like a year. And the board is in a terrible shape too, there is no way the files will ever get restored. We should have moved to anon.cafe when julay ended to start over.
>>964 >>966 >>967 >>968 >This site is dead and looks pretty much abandoned Its main activity is the most notoriously known board on the webring /cow/ which probably repels anons. I think /sw/ and /ita/ are also quite active, but that's pretty much it, Julay World died a long ago and now Alog.space is just a husk of it. >We should have moved to anon.cafe Considering how it have quite few related boards unlike here, it would be much better choice. Maybe someone can become a BO over there?
>>969 Oh, and in case anyone interested there's 90'-00's nostalgia thread on antares.chan , but it's pretty dead too - http://l2sv2h6eoxdu6y6s.onion/misc/res/617.html
>>966 >>967 >>968 After the board got nuked, and then julay became alog, all that crap, it really killed off this place. Anon.cafe seems alright, maybe we should move there. Not sure. >>969 Yeah that stuff is really weird and I don't even understand what it's about. Looks like anon.cafe might work. What do you guys think? No hate for julay of course but maybe we could move. Then again, how many of us are there? three anons? lol. I doubt there were many posters even when /retro/ was not kill.
>>969 >but that's pretty much it, Julay World died a long ago and now Alog.space is just a husk of it /ita/ here, I must say that it's a sad reality. Robi's an alright admin but this site just doesn't attract many anons because they assume we're all /cow/boys and don't ever look into our threads, outside of maybe some lone wanderer. The overboard is also kind of fucked up. Plenty of unspoilered porn by the three-four obsessed /cow/ users. >>970 Antares' still up? Well I'll be. Not much of a TORpedo, how popular is it? >>971 >Anon.cafe seems alright, maybe we should move there. I would advise against it. Anon Cafe is a great website but it tends to be unstable on a weekly basis. Could it just be my rotten luck but that's how it always feels like. Also apparently they're strapped for space, though if the Fascists leave they could have an open spot.
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You guys would fit right in with the laid-back demeanor of Anoncafe. Just ask the site Admins there for a new board on the /meta/ thread would be my advice. Maybe they can also craft a script of some kind to help you migrate if you choose to as well. Since they both use Lynxchan IB software (and even Robi's frontend code too, by the looks of it) should be pretty straightforward. Also, I have about 1'000 of your files, 1GB in size, scraped together using my archiver program. > I don't have much to offer you guys here on /retro/ but I've enjoyed seeing how the history of computer tech happened though. I wish you all well. >>972 >though if the Fascists leave they could have an open spot. They are gone. Anoncafe Admins deleted the board March 20th, as promised.
>>967 /retro/ does seem kind of out of place being on this site. >>969 How did /cow/ end up declining so much? I lurked /cwc/ back in the 789chan/888chan days, and /cow/ used to feel like a true continuation of those sites. Then after a while they just started focusing on boring streamer personalities instead of funny lolcows, and I ended up parting ways with them. >>971 >this place. Anon.cafe seems alright, maybe we should move there. Not sure. I like that idea. Isn't anon.cafe invisible from the tvchan webring list though? They get a lot of traffic, but I guess a lot of people don't even seem to bother looking at the list of other boards though. >>972 >I would advise against it. Anon Cafe is a great website but it tends to be unstable on a weekly basis. Could it just be my rotten luck but that's how it always feels like. True, but it might be worth the tradeoff. >>974 >Also, I have about 1'000 of your files, 1GB in size, scraped together using my archiver program. Nice.
https://archive.org/details/computes-programming-the-commodore-64-the-definitive-guide-revised-edition Found this book about programming the Commodore 64 which goes from learning BASIC all the way to 6502 assembly, opcodes, and expanding BASIC with assembly. I'm the anon who was doing 8086 assembly on DOS, I ended up dropping the book because the last chapters are very borying copypasta, but it taught me valuable programming lessons and experience.
>>972 I haven't had any issues with anon.cafe in the past few months, but yeah it used to be pretty unstable.
>>972 Robi seems like a good admin. But yes this site is I guess not the best because of what appears to me to be severe autism that is so incomprehensible it borders on the extraterrestrial to me. >>974 I think you're right about the demeanor thing. >>975 Also agreed, /retro/ is the only board on this site I ever use. I tried /tech/ once and some guy just blew up on me about some meaningless thing so I left. >>976 That's pretty cool, I guess I'll download that. I still haven't sourced a new power supply for my C64 so it's still dormant right now
>>975 >I like that idea. Isn't anon.cafe invisible from the tvchan webring list though? Anoncafe had 404'd their webring.json file to help gain cover from the potential shitstorm that evil cakefat asshole on 8moe stirred when (((HBO))) interviewed him. I had the impression they would reenable it if a webring meltdown didn't ensue. >Nice. It's primarily for the benefit of preserving the site, not as entertainment solely for myself.
I'm gonna request a board on anon.cafe again, lets see what happens.
>>979 >Anoncafe had 404'd their webring.json file to help gain cover from the potential shitstorm that evil cakefat asshole on 8moe stirred when (((HBO))) interviewed him. I had the impression they would reenable it if a webring meltdown didn't ensue. Got it. That makes perfect sense. >It's primarily for the benefit of preserving the site, not as entertainment solely for myself. Thanks for doing it either way.
>>982 >Thanks for doing it either way. A pleasure. Just in case you ever need it, drop me a line over in >>>/robowaifu/8492 . I may miss it here or Anoncafe. Cheers /retro/ !
>>981 Good job, it looks like you succeeded.
>>984 Oh shit, nice. I can add volunteers if anyone wants to help out, just make an account on anon.cafe. >>974 Awesome, can you upload it?
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Really glad you guys are alive, i thought you had all broke apart some months ago, still i think i replied to some of you in other boards and sites over time. But still, now we can post like in the early refugee days. Also not to be an asshole but... i told ya we should've moved here after the dolphin attack, being on the IRC i knew things were fucked and this place had similar anons
>>992 found my way here too. let's see if it takes off again. My only gripe with anon.cafe is that there's coomer pr0n shit on this site. I wish there were chans without any of that garbage.
>>992 I'm glad the BO took the initiative in bringing the board over here. Hopefully we can get posters here who aren't the tiny handful of us who were posting at the previos board by the end. >>1024 I have no problem with it.
The January 1968 issue of this magazine has an excellent article on reading Hexadecimal on the PDF's page 47: http://www.bitsavers.org/magazines/Datamation/196801.pdf
>>1077 >a little schizo about data are you? Stopped reading there, what the hell is IB lingo doing in a 1968 magazine.
>>1159 It's spook lingo, the CIA was well-known to use certain strong words and phrases to cast certain people as outsiders since the days Kennedy got killed.
Netiquette RFC: https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1855.txt >Always say goodbye, or some other farewell, and wait to see a >farewell from the other person before killing the session. This >is especially important when you are communicating with someone >a long way away. Remember that your communication relies on both >bandwidth (the size of the pipe) and latency (the speed of light). That one fag who would only log off the MMO after everyone said goodbye just had good netiquette.
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>>815 I've always liked the chrome cases, they always had that 2000s aesthetic to me. my first case was a full ATX ABS (remember them?) prebuilt from 2003 that weighs like 20 pounds but is solid metal with a huge plastic panel on the side. switched to a new one for practical reasons, having a microATX motherboard in a case like that is a waste.
>>1769 I wish we had PCs the way they thought we're gonna have PCs in the 80s and 90s.
>>1772 I just wish we had an Internet sans Steve Jobs, and the hordes of NPCs he unleashed on the world via the fagphone. Oh well, the past is in the behind. Best play the shit hand we've been dealt.
>>1774 Internet was getting mainstream'd even without Jewbs. Every console was getting online, everything was getting online. It was inevitable.
>>1767 That reminds me of this watch, it looked so cool. Fuck I miss those mini analog tvs so much.
>>1775 Heh, which timeline you on Anon? Cause in this one, that event was the bursting of a inglorious dam that within just a few years turned the entire Internet into the open cesspit of Marxism it is today.
>>1777 Learn to read.
>>1776 >watch with tv There was such a thing?
>>1776 I remember an episode of Columbo (believe it was 'Columbo Goes To College') which had a plot based around these. >>1780 Probably not affordable to most ordinary people.
>>1793 >Probably not affordable to most ordinary people. I'm more baffled that it was technologically possible back then.
>>1794 90s smartwatches are just as impressive
>>1804 Damn, now that looks like true future.
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>>1775 >Internet was getting mainstream'd even without Jewbs. True, but many technologies had not matured to the level where they were accepted by the public. For example WebTV was released in the USA in 1996, but the concept did not actually become successful until much later with the "smart device" generation. Not completely related, but never the less interesting. The founding members of WebTV were all Jews, and one went on to co-found Carrier IQ, which was used on feature phones. It has a very interesting story associated with it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_IQ

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