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  1. RIP Sir Clive Sinclair!

    1. Stephen


      How strange is it, than the universe gave him 81 years, and he gave the universe the ZX-81.  Is a coincidence ever a coincidence?  RIP kind sir.  Your contributions will never be forgotten.

    2. Rogerpoco


      That is a nice bit of knowledge there, @Stephen , strangely comforting.

      I grew up with the C64's and stuff, was only recently exposed to the Speccy via emulation, and have read a bit on it's history/creation and stuff, is a huge piece of history, for sure.


    3. MasterMotorola


      Rest in Peace, Sir Clive.  I am still a big fan of your C5, you paved the way for the electric scooters of today.

  2. My favorite product label.  I was putting away the syrup and noticed the label for the first time.
    Aunt Jemima Butter Rich Syrup
    Contains No Butter.
    Right on the front label, not hidden on the back or anything...

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    2. Lord Mushroom

      Lord Mushroom

      Many foreigners react when they see this Norwegian food product:



    3. GoldLeader


      ^ Haha!  What's in there Lord Mushroom?

    4. Lord Mushroom

      Lord Mushroom

      Liver pate, but whose liver? :)

  3. Homemade banana bread...

    Simple and fast to make.

    Even if you don't get it just right, it's still great...

    I don't understand why this isn't a staple of living...

    That is all.  ;-)

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    2. Rogerpoco


      Haven't made it in a while, but I guess I think the same about Pound Cake.

      Simple, kinda needs something with it(like Bananas, lol!), but should still be a staple(I think it actually used to be).

    3. GoldLeader


      My sister sends me some every Christmas!  Usually alongside zucchini bread, ginger bread, and pumpkin bread (and cookies!)...

    4. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      hmmm, GoldLeader, my new call sign-RedLeader... conveniently we will form up at your location on Christmas... yes the originating co-ordinates to your sisters base will be kept secret as we wouldn't want any imperial entanglements, nor would we want to have the goods confiscated and put to use for Vaders purposes.

  4. Some people shouldn't be allowed to use screwdrivers and wire cutters!!!
    Someone gave my wife a damaged outdoor extension cord.  The female receptacle, which wasn't the original, was cracked.  I ordered a replacement and got it today.  Opened the receptacle and .. OMG!!  The Hot wire was basically loose.  Not screwed in anymore and the case was basically holding it in place.  And, it had been stripped to over an INCH of bare wire exposed!!!  With little broken wires hanging loose!!  How is that possible!  <sigh>

    1. Keatah


      Perhaps it's a return. Employees processing returns are instructed to "just give a 'new' one". They're taught not to think about or inspect anything.

  5. Got an Amazon delivery today.  Box is on it's side with two arrows point up.  So I am thinking he technically should have placed it sitting up!!!
    Then I open it, and there is another box inside, with arrows pointing the other way.
    So, the deliver guy was right after all, although I have no idea how he knew!!!!  ;-)


  6. Wow...  I had lent a Pi0w based RetroPi based system about two years ago...  He returned it last week.  I decided today to update it, since it has been awhile.  Started it at 9:30...  It's been over 3 and a half hours...  Still updating...  It's been a while since I updated Raspbian, so I don't remember how long it usually takes...  Probably should have just done a new install... ;-)


    1. desiv


      Still going!!!  Over 8 hours! Yes, now I am sure I "should" just install a new Raspbian and then Retropie and reinstall my games...
      But I am seriously curious how long this will go and will it work when done... ;-)
      So, For Retropie, either update frequently, or reinstall!!!  ;-) 

  7. There are no "ex-7800" owners... Only "will soon again be 7800" owners... Welcome back... And there are even more great homebrews and SD carts available now!
  8. Aaarrggghh  Telcos!!!
    Cutting over some 800 numbers from one Telco to another...  Did a Test.  Scheduled it.  Worked great.
    Asked them to schedule the next two numbers and then the next two after that...
    Just got a reply that they successfully moved all our lines...  During the day.  With no coordination...  Aarrrghh!
    (Good news is that it is working, but  )

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    2. desiv


      No, going from AT&T to Lumen... 

    3. x=usr(1536)


      Be interested to hear from you how that goes in a month or so; I'm always on the lookout for good SIP trunking providers.

    4. desiv


      I'll let you know.  Not off to a great start. ;-)  Although at least the trunks seem to be working.  The trunks in question are hideously busy.  We get a huge BURST of traffic when the lines open in the mornings, so tomorrow will be a big test.  We have WAY more people needing to call than agents able to handle calls.  We are migrating for PRIs to SIP...

  9. I think part of the issue is that Asimov was so good early on. Most of the other retro systems fans for years would look at Asimov and think, why don't we have something like that? Almost everything is there!!! And then the other people started adding their own for the other systems, using more modern technology. (More modern than an FTP repository) And all of a sudden, Asimov is looking pretty crusty compared to some others... I think there is definitely opening there for someone(s) to set up something newer...
  10. Thanx for the heads up on these. I went to try them, popped Dragon's Cache on my CC2, started it just to make sure I got the correct config and it worked... ... and... 40 minutes later... Hey, I am still playing this... It's really addictive...
  11. One benefit of this whole last year or so is that I no longer feel the need to get / pay for haircuts!  I've really improved around the "cutting my own hair" arena.  
    I mean, my hair cutting skill hasn't improved at all.. 
    But my acceptance of my own bad haircuts has really improved quite a bit!!!!

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    2. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      I've been using a Wahl trimmer with vacuum attachment for many years. No mess to clean up.

    3. desiv


      Wait, the Wahl has a vacuum attachment?  As in Flowbee like???   Oh, that's something I have to check out!!!!

    4. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      I think I got mine in the 1990s. It looks like this:



  12. Initially, I used ModemMGR. Mostly because I had a setting wrong on my SSC and initially that was the only program that worked consistently with it and my PC running tcpser. It worked, but wasn't quite what I would call intuitive for me... Found out what setting I needed to change on my SSC (It was the interrupts DIP switch) and then moved over to Proterm and that has been working great; so I have been sticking with that... I don't know if I have looked at AsciiExpress yet...
  13. This is the best/worst news article title I've ever seen.  From a story in the New York Times.  Actual story name:
    "When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid from a Clap, That's a Moray..."

  14. Nice... Glad it is available again for a more reasonable price than on e-bay. That said, as I am more.. er.. um... frugal?? (Yeah, I know.. cheap... )... I had put my name on the list for a Booti and finally got the call. Just got it yesterday... I haven't gone thru the manual to learn all of what it can do, but for the basics, it is working... (I did have to format my USB stick for FAT. FAT32 didn't work. I have heard it ca be picky with USB sticks...) The //e boots with the little delay, during which I can hit the number keys from 1-8 to choose to boot off of the file I have associated with that slot. Or if I let it timeout (currently I think the default is 8 seconds? You can change that), it boots to the image in slot 1, in which I placed Total Replay. So, I've used it to load up Total Replay and Nox Archaist from their hard drive images. And I have used it to play Attack of the Petscii Robots from it's disk image. Doesn't seem fancy, but for what I use my //e for, I think it's great. If I were a more power user, I'd probably go for the CFFA or if I was into loading lots of different games from images, I'd look at the FloppyEmu. Nice to see there are so many great options for the ][ line!
  15. Didn't have an Apple II back in the day. First computer was a Vic-20 (that I loved) and then went C64, SX64, Amiga, etc.. (with PCs creeping in there also). Wasn't unhappy with that progression. Had fun and it worked out great for me... That said, my friend in high school had an Apple ][+ and we played Ultima II and CanonBall Blitz on that thing... I wanted an Apple ][ (or really a Franklin Ace back then for some reason; fuzzy memory), but financially it wasn't an option. When I had a chance to pick up a used Apple //c system from a school auction years later tho, I jumped on that. And then I had to get the //e, of course.
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