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  1. In 1979 I begged my dad to let me take a summer class in Basic Programming when it was announced that the school district was getting computers (Apple ][ actually). "You had better learn something, or you'll have to pay me back!" he exclaimed. Needless to say, I was a natural... however there was no way I'd ever talk him into buying me a computer. This was 1980 and we didn't even have a VCR (or cable) - however, he was willing to provide an opportunity... So when a bunch of Jordache T-Shirts, ahem, fell off the back of a truck in Detroit - I set up a stand at the Union City Flea Market selling discount designer clothing. I worked my ass off all summer and paid a premium price for a TI-99/4A (it had 16K) - of course, friends with Trash-80's and Apple's were curious but it became obvious that in BASIC the TI was no speed demon even with 16K. I eventually got the mini-mem and Extended Basic but it just wasn't awesome and the TI community at the time was small. It did however help score my first programming job porting games to the TI for Aardvark Software in Walled Lake MI - and eventually I moved on to the C64 with VICModem, Apple ][ clone (a Syscon) with custom ROM's, then a ][e, then Leading Edge Model M IBM compatible... The TI (with all the gear) was just too expensive to consider expanding giving it's poor performance, small end user community, limited market for software and expansion... However, it always held a special spot in my heart as the computer that launched a 40 year career in IT - at least 5 of those spent reloading Windows or compiling Linux kernels... LOL Basically I got back into TI when, around 2000 - I discovered that I could easily build the TI system of my dreams as gear was exceptionally easy to come by on eBay. So I built out two complete systems - and kitted them out with P-Gram cards, Lotharek floppy emulators, HDX, TIPI and so forth. It's been fun - and it's allowed me to reconnect with people who, surprisingly, I had crossed paths with 40 years ago... For what it's worth - I feel I missed out on meeting all the incredible people in this forum much earlier.
  2. I'd say I used 5.25 and Hard Disk together - most of the time. However, since TiPI - it's SD card - and for primary floppy drives it's a Lotharek Floppy-SD device.
  3. Love this! A number of years ago I had published a bunch of new labels for PEB cards - should be floating around here somewhere...
  4. I remember feeling a bit ripped off when I bought the thing... especially given that I had access to some fast modems (for the day). The improved speech was interesting but not so useful - it seemed like a cart searching for an identity.
  5. Wow this is going to be tough to love...
  6. Hi All, tinkering with MAME - and can't seem to get it to make a quote ('"') on my laptop keyboard running mame under Linux. Anyone know where I can find a keyboard map?
  7. Just did the upgrade. Oddly, eth0 no longer works. Managed to get connected via wifi, ssh'd in - eth0 shows with the correct mac address. However dhclient eth0 returns after some time with no address. If I manually set the IP using ifconfig and appropriate netmask and router settings - it can't ping anything and instantly knocks down the wifi connection. Would like eth0 to work again... Interestingly, if I turn predictable names on, reboot, then off, reboot - the eth0 interface will come up... but it's a headache to do that on every boot. Thoughts? Thank you, Arthur...
  8. Delightful conversation with Chris the other night who helped me sort out the options on an IDE card order. At this rate, I may be looking at a PEB splitter and a second box!
  9. aftyde

    SDD 99

    Love to have this as a PEB card as well... :)
  10. That is a cute monitor... I've had my finger hovering over the bid button on that Triple Tech card. Which I absolutely do not need. Right now; In the console F18 MiniMem In the PEB Firehose 32K Memory P-Gram+ WHT SCSI card w Syquest 200MB cart drive in external box WDS1. SID Player card RS-232 card w HDX mod installed - modem, HDX1. TIPI card with Raspberrry PI mounted. Myarc DDCC w 80 track mod - DSDD/2880 sectors. DSK1 and 2 are Lotharek SD card floppy emulators, DSK3. (DSSD) shares the external box with the 1/2 height Syquest. Full house ... and I use it every day... Thanks to @jedimatt42 I now have more or less unlimited high speed database storage. As a kid, if I had such a system - there would be a LOT more TI software in the world today. Cheers, Arthur...
  11. Worthy of note - some programs use this memory. I run a very large TI-BASE (Incebot) database, and if you happen to have a Mini Mem - the DB, which normally starts with 1569K of working space for tables and such will start with 4096K of working memory. This allows for more open databases and larger program files as the software has a DB language which allows for all forms of entertaining data manipulation, string manipulation, compute operations and so forth. So this is a cart I keep in the TI at all times. Without it, there is no way to edit my DB procedures. Have had this machine going for 35 years.
  12. Tried ethernet to the LAN; .3 MS. Consistent. So something might be up with wifi connectivity - since no matter which wifi AP I hit, the variable performance issue mentioned above is a problem. So, question is... can I disable wifi and just use this from ethernet with no ill effect?
  13. Seems like network is the issue. The pi is seeing ping times of 1.5 ms to 4000ms and it seems bursty. It'll go fast (2 pings), then several pings at 3 to 4K MS, then another 2 pings at less than 10ms. Never seen anything like this. Seems to be this way no matter which wireless net I connect it to. Presently connected to localhost on the TI console via. telnet to get around the choppy connection speed. Anyone else seen this? Should I apt-get update, and then upgrade? See if I can trade some old bugs for new? Is there a service I can stop and start for tipi?
  14. Hi Team, Python seems to be consuming 30% of the CPU - the TI is switched off - as is the PEB. Logged into to the PI to map some drives and it's really sluggish - hard to even edit a file. Feels like this is new as I don't recall previous ssh sessions on the PI being like this. Has there been a change, or perhaps a process I can kill?
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