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About tater1337

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  1. Ideally it should do both, in case you are using some esoteric method that is such spaghetti code that t cannot be unwound easily assume the next person that maintains your code will be looking at it 20 years later, and is not comfortable in the dialect of the code you are running (been there, currently doing that, should order the t-shirt)
  2. this appears to be a good idea let me know how it progresses or, as the facebook printer groups would say "stl?"
  3. but but but dual casette? (still working on mine)
  4. I live next to a firetruck factory https://www.piercemfg.com/
  5. I work from home, so my lifestyle has literally not changed
  6. my PEB had a floppy drive, but it isn't working correctly, I was thinking of getting a disk emulator anyway Lotherek and Gotek are the choices in the FAQ, any updates, comments, recommendations?
  7. I've gotten over a month, depends on the LED just fyi
  8. cable management/control was the plan this morning set up so now it *should* be able to run two TI 99 4A's, two Raspberry Pi's, the peripheral expansion box and two tape drives all at once. need to add to it to get three more TI 99 4A's, maybe another Pi, and a second monitor, and bluetooth keyboards and mice for the Pi's then decide WHAT to do with all that slow, decrepit hardware
  9. I saw it too, had to find the right search term (computer power controller), find the one with the switches i liked, and then search AGAIN for the proper model, then picked on up on ebay installing/cable management today, as I have 5 TI's a couple PI's, a PEB, and two tape drives to set up. might need to get a second one. need to get a shopping list for all 5 TI's as i think I am short power supplies/video cables/monitors maybe another AV switch too
  10. over Xmas I dragged my monitor that I use for my TI to my parents house (has both rca and HDMI) for some Raspberry Pi work, and forgot to bring it back. while I'll get it back next time I visit (when snow melts), I really should find a replacement/backup monitor. my original monitor was an element 19" pawnshop find that worked with the TI, currently the only ones I can find cheap-ish are security cam monitors that go for about $70. anyone know of anything cheaper? I am also scouring our thrift shops regularly, but so far the only one I liked was $50 and had corrosion on the screws, meaning storage in a damp space. Ideally i'd need about 5 of them, but I might just end up running 4 TI's off a RCA AV switch
  11. I had this argument in with myself in '92 when I first chose the TI I had compared the consoles and the personal computers at the time and decided that having a device with a keyboard was the equivalent of a game console with 36+ buttons on it. a tape drive allowed you to store stuff, while cartridges did not(except a few) the reason why I didn't go with an atari 400/800 was that the cartridges were not backward compatible(and I think title count was low) the C64 didn't appear to have a cheap storage setup, and the unit looked like it was "just a keyboard" (this might be my only regret) TI had cartridges sold at nearby stores (kmart and shopko had them in larger amounts than C64/apple selections) TI had 16 colors and used a common TV apple cost too much, needed a dedicated monitor IBM cost waaaaaay too much, needed a dedicated monitor instead of a TV I got the 99/4a my neighbors got a NES(and thought getting a job pushing button was completely absurd) I have a job in IT now
  12. both times I went to college, back in 90-29 for ASEE and just recently in 2012-14 for ASCS admittedly outside of school? rarely, as I ended up using a computers calculator (switched to scientific mode)
  13. just quicker it is a PC isa card for 8088 and 8086's (maybe 286 and 386) notice the missing gameport? jumpers were for enabling the spare rs-232 and IRQ selection for the serial ports usually when you'd find these you'd swap them out for ones that had all the ports (PRN, S1,S2,joy) with silk screened jumpers so you could drop it in and not have to worry about documentation maybe a camera angle from the other side so we can see all the jumper silk screening might help. I am betting the 2 pair are IRQ selection and the single jumper select is second serial enable
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