The newest member of my Retro Family

So on Thursday, after receiving a very kind offer, I drove out and collected another system for my collection. It’s another Acorn, which means I now have three different Acorn systems. Meet the Acorn Electron. It was Acorn’s attempt to produce a “price reduced” version of then hugely successful “BBC Micro” family of computers. MuchContinue reading “The newest member of my Retro Family”

Quick Atari 800 paddle build

So I survived running a convention, and wanted to ease back into doing some retro computing stuff. One of the projects that came up as a possibility was a pair of Atari Paddle controllers. I already have paddles for the C64, but they use different variable resistors, and so are incompatible. (As an aside, whileContinue reading “Quick Atari 800 paddle build”

Owner of a broken Arch.

So my purchases from AliExpress finally started trickling in, and, with some sockets from Jaycar I was ready to move forward with trying to fix the Archimedes. This was very heavily assisted by the always excellent team over on StarDot. Step 1: Burn off a set of Diagnostics ROMs to allow me to see whereContinue reading “Owner of a broken Arch.”

I used ‘ResEdit’ in anger today…

So I was having an odd problem where I couldn’t install System 7.5.3 on my Mac SE/30, which was driving me a little loopy. I joined a 68K Mac forum and they helped me solve the problem in seconds. The problem is that I could no longer boot from System 7.5.3, which is the latestContinue reading “I used ‘ResEdit’ in anger today…”