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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:In other words (192 comments)

That is basically what I landed up doing. I got one that was free of battery acid, but badly needed a recap (had weak audio output).

Initial delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

All fixed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It took a while for the right machine to come up for sale, but it was worth it. I have been wanting a Video Toaster setup for a good 15 years at that point! One thing potential buyers should be mindful of, get the machine with a mouse and keyboard! Both sell for quite a bit more than the average PS/2 equivalent and the adapters to use USB or PS/2 devices aren't much cheaper.

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

The A2000 was built to be an upgradable platform in Commodore's eyes. It was pretty clear that their R&D was limited, so they created an expandable base machine that could be kept on the market for a long time (1987 to at least 1991ish). Hence the creation of the Amiga 2500 (A2000 with CPU cards) late in the machine's life.

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:In other words (192 comments)

Amiga 4000s are being killed off by leaking batteries and capacitors. Finding a working one is very difficult, particularly here in the US. A working A4000 (ex: it boots to kickstart screen) goes for about $300 minimum here and will require some work to get to 100% functionality.

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

The A3000 came another ~2 years later -- was a little late to the party -- and delivered in a number of areas, but perhaps tellingly, many professionals would stick with the A2000 + 68030 accelerator boards. Accelerators from the leading company GVP were stable and much faster than initial A3000s, beyond which many video/CGI orientated cards would not initially fit in the A3000. That people moved the A3000 hardware to third-party cases is perhaps saying a lot about expandibility vs sexy cases.

Newtek didn't seem to ship any turnkey Toaster workstations based on the Amiga 3000. They kept building systems based on A2500 machines until the Toaster 4000 card was released. The lack of slots in the 3000 was a problem, since they were usually crammed full of TBC cards. There was nothing great about the A3000 case, but it was way nicer than the joke of a case that the Amiga 4000 desktop came in. Taking that thing apart is.... ugh.

about a week ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

NJRoadfan Re:Atom = worthless (125 comments)

Have you tried any of the new Bay Trail Atom models?

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

NJRoadfan Re:Intel (236 comments)

Those Socket AM1s (and Bay Trail Atoms) easily outperform Netburst machines and use a fraction of the power. The power savings alone would pay off the cost of the new rig in a short period of time!

about two weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

NJRoadfan Re:30m (149 comments)

Verizon does exactly that with FiOS in some MDU installs. They run fiber to the wire closet, and the runs to the units are VDSL2.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

NJRoadfan Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

aka, NAVTEQ maps. At one point just about every online map provider was using their data, but have since moved away (Mapquest went to TomTom/Teleatlas and Google went in-house).

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

NJRoadfan Re:And here I'm hoping... (681 comments)

Many of the Bay Trail tablets come with less than 4GB of RAM and aren't upgradable. Running x64 on them would be just a waste of memory and flash storage.

about a month ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

NJRoadfan Re:Population Proximity, Travel Hub, Central Locat (98 comments)

Having the ability to ride the nations' only electric interstate train all the way from South Bend, Indiana to Millennium Station in the heart of downtown Chicago for $22 round trip - I can't wait for the museum to open!

There are other electric interstate trains in the US.

about a month ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Backup? (396 comments)

Its a shame that none of the major SOHO NAS vendors (Synology, Drobo, etc) use check summing file systems. They seem to be sticking with things like ext4 instead of ZFS.

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

NTFS has received a few non-backward compatible revisions over the years. The last big update was with Windows 2000. What was evil about it was Win2k would silently upgrade the file system on mounted drives, rendering them unreadable on machines running older versions of Windows NT (NT4 SP4 was the first to add NTFS5 read/write support).

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

Think of HFS+ as the equivalent of FAT32 for Macs. Its basically the old file system with support for larger drives and files. Apple latter tacked on journaling in OS X 10.3. I'm surprised Apple didn't push for a replacement file system after the switchover to Intel CPUs.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

NJRoadfan Re:Why? (309 comments)

Or call them an "applet". Hmm, sounds a bit like Java.

about a month and a half ago
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Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

NJRoadfan Re:Apple did this when they switched to PPC. (230 comments)

Back in the 68k days, there were tools to strip the un-needed binaries from FAT applications depending on the machine you had. The forked files used by classic Mac OS were an advantage, you could store the common resources in the resource fork of the file for both PPC and 68k.

about 2 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

NJRoadfan Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

The problem with the A-10 is that its already built and flying. That doesn't generate tons of money for defense contractors and politicians like developing a new aircraft does. The F-35 has the same compromise that every "one size fits all" design has. It does everything "OK", but not as well as a purpose built aircraft could and costs a ton of money to achieve it.

about 2 months ago
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Intel Announces Devil's Canyon Core I7-4790K: 4GHz Base Clock, 4.4GHz Turbo

NJRoadfan Re:why get this when Broadwell + new chipsets are (157 comments)

Sold listings on ebay point to an average selling price of $125-150 for the Q9550S, some of which came with motherboards. The 45nm Yorkfield chips didn't seem to be very popular and were released quite late. Most folks went with Nehalem CPUs, so the low number of C2Qs from that era likely keep the prices high. The 65nm Q6600 was far more popular, easy to overclock, and can be had for cheap. I have a X38 based system I would like to upgrade myself, but with the high cost of CPUs and DDR2 memory, its likely to get replaced completely at this point.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

NJRoadfan Re:Reflexes are Good! Re:flame away, but... (516 comments)

The Start Menu has a bit of research backing it. Windows 95 was likely the last time Microsoft devoted quite a bit of money towards UI research and design.

about 2 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

NJRoadfan Re:Off-topic Maybe (411 comments)

I'm waiting for Swift.NET *ducks*

about 2 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

NJRoadfan Re:looks decent (636 comments)

Objective-C is freely available in gcc, hopefully Apple doesn't make this one OS X/iOS specific. Open languages have a shot at being cross platform friendly.

about 2 months ago

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Java VM for the Apple II

NJRoadfan NJRoadfan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NJRoadfan (1254248) writes "VM02 brings a basic Java virtual machine to the Apple II series of computers. Includes a text based GUI environment and can run on any 8-bit Apple II with 64k of memory. Apple II specific classes for mouse, serial I/O, and Ethernet are also included."
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