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  1. I am quickly learning to hate Windows 10. Now I remember why I resisted getting it for so long.

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    2. DragonGrafx-16


      I had Windows 10 blue screen for no reason when I was working on a song project in Reason 10... the same project... TWICE!

    3. GoldLeader


      Hell yeah!  Windows 7 For The Win!   I'm not sure why I'm supposed to feel bad about feeling Great that I don't have Windows 10.

    4. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      I've been using mac for years even though i don't like the company because windows is such a glitchfest.  Thinking of going the Linux route as well, to a really stable flavor like Ubuntu or something with lots of available software/games. 

  2. I do like the smaller form factor and it seems they are going to release other games besides classic arcades on those. Might have to see if there are more.
  3. I would have to say the TI-99/4a also. All my units work except one I have to repair the video connector on, though the RF boxes can sometimes die or the ends break off and it seems they never work even when I repair those. But if you have an AV cable or can repair those boxes, you are golden. Apple II stuff is pretty durable too, but I have been running into power supply issues with my IIe's. Basically one day they work the next they are conked out, but it seems that at least a failed power supply doesn't wipe out the rest of the computer like a Commodore 64. When I feel more confident, I'll crack the power supplies open and see what happened.
  4. Listening to a 1951 Zenith H725 AM-FM radio. Nice set, but these earlier AM-FMs are fussy for the first half hour.

  5. Dealing with yet another hard to pin down, northern Ohio seller on Facebook marketplace. Thought I had things set up for after work this afternoon, but he suddenly had to go out. Now thought I would be on the road by now, but all has gone silent.

  6. Stuck with only six odd channels of over the air TV since the tree wiped out the DTV dish, but Retro TV gas classic Doctor WHO!

    1. BydoEmpire


      I rescanned my over the air digital TV converter and everything comes in so much more stable, and I now have 4x as many channels.  No idea what changed but it's been a few years since I rescanned.  As long as I've got MeTV and the Thanksgiving parade (mostly for my wife) it's all good. When they first converted to digital it really stank, nothing came in and the signal was very intermittent. I just put it away until a year or so ago.  I don't watch much TV but it's been kind of fun once in a while.  I've been out of the TV loop so long it feels a bit special.

    2. simbalion


      Right before the switchover, we got quite a few digital channels. About a week or two later, poof! I've heard that the FCC slashed the maximum allowed broadcasting power by half after the change. Not sure if that is true, but something went bad.


  7. Had just settled in to sleep when a storm came through over and hour ago and heard a crash that shook the whole house. Part of the big maple tree in our front yard broke and came down on the house ripping our DTV dish off and doing damage to the roof. Can't tell much else right now, but we have possibly more severe storms coming as Ohio gets hit with the remains of that tropical storm. :(


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    2. Atarian7


      Did the whole tree tip over or did it split?  One time, in a house we used to live in, two trees out back blew over roots and all.

      I watched it happen and the wind wasn't even that strong.  The ground was saturated from a lot of rain we had been getting over the past month,

      so it didn't take as much wind as it normally would.

    3. simbalion


      A very large branch split off, almost a tree unto itself. Already had a tree company out here to check things out and give an estimate. Gonna be a little over $6000 to get it down and cleared up due to where it sits, but the guy said if he does things right, our insurance should cover it all. He has the same insurance company that covered the $70,000 repair to his house last year after a drunk driver drove through it.

    4. atari2600land


      The tropical storm Elsa should be on the Atlantic Coast, not Ohio ???

  8. It's amazing that a 12 inch, circa 1948 Emerson fan can move much more air on low than my 1 year old, department store fan can on high. (Also 12 inch).

    1. simbalion


      Single bearing Emersons are tanks, but trying to work on them can be a PITA. Whoever put the gearbox on mine must have summoned the power of Hercules to put the screws in! (Actually, it seems the finish used on these fans glues things together over time.) I sweat bullets trying to get the gearbox off for cleaning and repacking with grease, hoping not to strip the screw heads.

    2. GoldLeader


      They don't make'em like they used to!

  9. Really have the urge to drop DirecTV after the notice I got today. If it was totally up to me, I would. Found out all my equipment has to be replaced, so cleaning and furniture moving fun coming up! 😠

    1. GoldLeader


      Just go DISH!   Pretty sure I could refer ya and we both win! 

    2. simbalion


      What isn't helping is they are barely giving a month to do the upgrade for free or we have to pay for it. And we had to fight just to get them to put off doing it until next Thurs. They were wanting to come out Saturday and there was no way I'd have my mess ready in time. Thankfully other family members will be home as I don't even know my work schedule for next week yet!

  10. Went to a garage sale yesterday where everything was priced $1 to $5. Came home with $29 worth of stuff and am listening to the late 60's or very early 70's RCA Modular Series stereo right now. Paid all of $5 and it even still had its original speakers.

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    2. King Atari

      King Atari

      Are you in Akron? Because if so, I saw the sign for that sale (they specifically touted the $1-$5 thing on it) but didn't go. (I was out and about hitting up thrifts on Saturday, but sort of ran out of time by the time I got home - I technically could have made it, but I had other obligations to meet and didn't want to push it, time-wise.)

    3. simbalion


      This was in Strasburg, Ohio.

    4. King Atari

      King Atari

      Ahhh, gotcha! Wacky coincidence then!

  11. Went to a flea market today and saw a TI-99/4a complete it its dusty box. Looked at the price and they were wanting $250 for it and $75 for the tape recorder. Yikes!

    1. x=usr(1536)


      Thanks, eBay effect!

    2. simbalion


      Sometimes I wish eBay would crash and burn.

    3. Keatah


      Yes. Ebay effect my ass. Not paying 49 bucks for a Fortran manual. Especially if the PDF is online.

  12. I don't usually watch sports, but when I do, I watch BattleBots!

  13. I got lucky today and managed to snag a new Super Mario Brothers Game and Watch today for $40 at a resale shop that also stocks some new novelty items. It is amazing to think this game is no bigger than the LCD Super Mario Brothers game and watch that came out in the late 80's, yet it can do so much more. The screen is bright and sharp with great color. Sound is good and the controls seem crisp and responsive and it saves your game where you are at when you shut it off. Only gripes I have are the the super short recharge cord that has to be used on your PC USB slots and the 'manual' which is mostly warnings in different languages and charging instructions. Luckily, it wasn't hard to figure out how to set the time.
  14. ^In my area at least, 1942 was usually a converted Frogger cabinet.
  15. Cripes! With the prices Amazon is wanting for Arcade1Up products they can just forget it! Almost $400 for the countercades and over $700 for the couple standup units I looked at?!

    1. thanatos


      Those are probably price-gouging 3rd party sellers you're looking at.


    2. simbalion


      It might be. Seems to be all I can find on Amazon right now and was just going by free shipping by Amazon tag on the products.

    3. Elvis


      My MRS. Pacman ordered from Best Buy was 149 dollars. And the Centipede at Game stop was 149. 

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