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#126 HOME AUTOMATION OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 5, 2018 1:31 PM

It seemed, just the other day someone referred to me as a tinkerer... rather offhandedly, and for a moment I didn't know how to take it... then I thought... That which we create, by any other name would still serve to satisfy... as long as it makes flowers grow. :)



#127 Vorticon OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 7:30 AM

Anyone going to be in town on Thursday night? We could get together at a local pub and catch up. I should be at the Hilton by late afternoon Thursday.



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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 7:57 AM

Anyone going to be in town on Thursday night? We could get together at a local pub and catch up. I should be at the Hilton by late afternoon Thursday.

 

I will be at the Hilton by  5pm - taking bus from O'Hare. How about just meeting in the hotel bar area?



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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 10:11 AM

Anyone going to be in town on Thursday night? We could get together at a local pub and catch up. I should be at the Hilton by late afternoon Thursday.

 

I arrive at ORD 3:25pm. I pick up my car and will be heading over to the hotel to get everything for the room, then errands to run.  I will try to meet up but no promises.



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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:06 PM

 

I will be at the Hilton by  5pm - taking bus from O'Hare. How about just meeting in the hotel bar area?

 

Probably the most convenient. I'll hang out there later in the evening and relax. 



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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:17 PM

Update on what I will have available for use at the Friday event:

* TI-99/4A (stock)
* PEB (with rs232, 32k, FDC, 5.25" floppy drive , dual external 3.5" floppy drives)
* Program Recorder
* Speech Synth
* CF7+ with 512MB card
* Chicago RAMDisk (not currently working)
* HDX rs232 (not currently working)
* GRAM Kracker (with supporting utilities)
* Various cartridges (including XB2.7, the 2010 Hexbus 512k Multicart, and a newly built Supercart)
* Powered PC Speakers
* Blank cassette tapes
* Cassette cases
* Blank Cassette labels and blank JCards (For printing, if anyone cares to bring a printer)
* 15" flatscreen Magnavox monitor (composite and VGA capable)

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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 1:30 PM

No idea how this happens, but yesterday I dropped off my suitcase and a big box of stuff for Friday with FedEx.  The box is on its way but the suitcase is still here.

 

Seriously.



#133 Lee Stewart OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 2:21 PM

Anna and I should be there by 4:00 pm.

 

...lee



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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 9:06 PM

I probably won't make it before 7 or 8pm depending on traffic.

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Posted Wed Nov 7, 2018 9:09 PM

To all people fortunate enough to attend:

 

I should not have to mention this, but... PHOTOS PLEASE!

This way we can all participate vicariously through your camera lenses.



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 1:21 AM

If all goes to plan I should be settled in and ready to eat around 6:30pm.  Can meet up in the restaurant.

 

If anyone will be taking photos, my one request is none of or with me get posted to social media.



#137 Lee Stewart OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 3:48 PM

We are here!

 

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 5:34 PM

I'm at the Hilton Garden Inn. Sitting at the table outside the conference room.



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 6:01 PM

I have arrived.  I need to bring my box of goodies up from the front desk, then I am heading over to meet up with FarmerPotato and work on getting my some grub.  Been a long day and I am starving.



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 7:54 PM

Awesome!!!!! I should be pulling in to town in about 14 hours. :)

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:39 PM

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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:52 PM

That's one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time !  :)



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:01 PM

I am about to make a quick run for some power cords.  We can rent them tomorrow but I am not certain for how much.  I am pretty sure I can get some cheap and we can make them door prizes ;)



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:03 PM

I am about to make a quick run for some power cords.  We can rent them tomorrow but I am not certain for how much.  I am pretty sure I can get some cheap and we can make them door prizes ;)

 Happy pitch in. 



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Posted Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:16 PM

I am about to make a quick run for some power cords.  We can rent them tomorrow but I am not certain for how much.  I am pretty sure I can get some cheap and we can make them door prizes ;)

 

I have a couple of power strips as well as a few extension cords—25' 14/3 AWG, 85' 14/3 AWG and 100' 12/3 AWG.

 

...lee



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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 12:39 AM

Excellent. Whatever we do not use of the stuff I picked up tonight I can take back.

 

Also, irrespective of FedEx's attempt to completely destroy my TI stuff, it looks like the only casualty is my nanoPEB.

 

See everyone tomorrow!



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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 3:14 AM

I'll be a little later than expected tomorrow. Probably around 1P

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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 7:18 AM

 

I have a couple of power strips as well as a few extension cords—25' 14/3 AWG, 85' 14/3 AWG and 100' 12/3 AWG.

 

...lee

 

 

The 25 foot-er will be useful to get power to the other side of the room by the partition.  I misjudged and thought we would have the entire space without the partition.  Would have been nice, but what we have is still yuge!

 

Sorry, Lee... no dark side ;)

 

I'll be a little later than expected tomorrow. Probably around 1P

 

Dude!  Whenever you can make it.  That goes for anyone else planning or wanting to drop in.

 

I am getting a few things in order in the room now, then heading over to breakfast around 0730 so I can pill myself.  Ya'll sleeping beauties join when you are * READY *



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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 7:32 AM

Here is the room all set up.  I have a big table set up at the head of the room to Vorticon's T.I. RoboticsTM

 

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Lee, if you could, both the 25' and 85' cord will be useful for this arrangement.  Thanks!!



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Posted Fri Nov 9, 2018 9:57 AM

Just a note to say have a great time this weekend, Everyone.

 

I'm unable to attend due to heavy commitments this weekend (and, admittedly, not enough advance planning).  Unfortunate, too, since I live nearby in Uptown.  But I think this extended gathering is a terrific companion event to the Faire, and I'm genuinely glad to see so much enthusiasm.  I hope this can take place again next year.  I'd certainly carve out time for it far in advance.

 

I made a donation and will be there in spirit.

 

Good work, Alan, on organizing and to everyone for pitching in.  Have fun!  Hope to see plenty of photos.

 

- Jerry






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