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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #600 on: August 01, 2015, 09:45:51 PM »
Didn't you mean to write Francois Hardon?

Apologies but all the spell checkers seem to be switched-off recently. And it's fookin' cold here so I have to play with myself.

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lol... I didn't realise you got that kind of music :P . If it's cold you should do what Eskom suggests... turn on a heater :D .
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Re: August 2015 - two meetings this month
« Reply #601 on: August 06, 2015, 02:12:34 PM »
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #602 on: August 06, 2015, 02:32:25 PM »
What is the "capecomputerclub" ? I have a 486 with NetBSD on it ;) .
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #603 on: August 06, 2015, 03:37:32 PM »
Judging by the age of most of the members of the capecomputerclub I wager your 486 will fit right in. If it's a 486DX you'll even be one of the cool guys.

What is the "capecomputerclub" ? I have a 486 with NetBSD on it ;) .

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #604 on: August 06, 2015, 03:44:04 PM »
It's a very odd machine; it has a Texas Instruments 486 DX4 Overdrive clone in it (100MHz). It has 94 MB of RAM, so it's quite fancy. It runs a modern OS (NetBSD) but nothing else and quite happily talks to the internet via ethernet. I've got another machine from the time of my childhood which is a 386 SX, it only has 3MB of RAM - insufficient to run a modern OS (including *nix)... it plays Commander Keen though. I also have a very odd machine called a Casio PB-700, which has an integrated colour four-pen plotter-printer and a nifty micro-cassette tape drive for storage :P . I wrote a dice tracker app for it in BASIC - a far cry from modern languages.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #605 on: August 06, 2015, 03:55:02 PM »
Wow 94MB on a 486DX4, now that's opulence beyond. I never heard of DX's with more than 8MB so that's one fancy (and presumably hellishly expensive back in the day) machine.
Had a 386SX myself with a paltry 1MB RAM, which was fortunately sufficient for Commander Keen. Blew a few months' allowance to get a 2nd MB for Doom, only to realize I needed 4MB. When the elusive remaining 2MB arrived it ran but at 10fps max so the whole thing got canned and upgraded to a Pentium 100; thus hailing in a decade of constant upgradetitis before I got sense.

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #606 on: August 06, 2015, 04:04:17 PM »
haha, yes, believe me I was quite surprised when I got it up to 94MBs of RAM :P . The machine wasn't originally built with that amount of RAM; I found the modules in the lot it came in, which came from an auction. I constructed the machine out of various bits in the lot. I've sort of developed a bit of a PC museum - I have all the major machines (CPU-wise) including a 386, 486, P1, P2 and P3. I might soon have an IBM XT... but that's a bit before my time. My first PC was a 486.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #607 on: August 06, 2015, 05:08:13 PM »
It will run MS-DOS quite happily, and maybe even Windows 95, but little else.  There are still one or two useful programs operating in DOS - dBase III and IV, MS-Word 6.0.  Very good wordprocessors but you are restricted to Courier font with a parallel printer.  Getting a USB device to operate with MS-DOS is 3rd year rocket science

Btw:  There is a Computer Club meeting this evening also at the WBJ school - The subject is "Getting off the grid" featuring alternative electricity and LED lighting.  Dr Tony Heher is giving the talk.  It is at 8.00pm and admission is free.  If you are fast, you might get a biscuit or two at tea-time (Andre and Dean know all about this)
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #608 on: August 06, 2015, 06:03:08 PM »
Thanks chrisc, I probably won't be able to make it this evening but I've got the website now (and calendar) so I'll be ready for the next one :) .
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #609 on: August 06, 2015, 06:10:23 PM »
Btw:  There is a Computer Club meeting this evening also at the WBJ school - The subject is "Getting off the grid" featuring alternative electricity and LED lighting.  Dr Tony Heher is giving the talk.  It is at 8.00pm and admission is free.  If you are fast, you might get a biscuit or two at tea-time (Andre and Dean know all about this)

I would have loved to attend this talk. Sadly, for me, a curtain too far.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #610 on: August 07, 2015, 11:37:54 AM »
I also have a very odd machine called a Casio PB-700, which has an integrated colour four-pen plotter-printer and a nifty micro-cassette tape drive for storage :P . I wrote a dice tracker app for it in BASIC - a far cry from modern languages.

Got one of those as well, also with the plotter and tape add-on. Pristine, in the original boxes. Worthless, but I can't get myself to chuck it...
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #611 on: August 07, 2015, 01:51:13 PM »
I'll give you something for it ? Where are you based ?
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club - meeting this evening
« Reply #612 on: August 13, 2015, 08:36:14 AM »
Tonight Jacques will talk to us about assessing and refurbishing turntables, what he looks out for and what usually needs to be done.  We'll have a bit of music too

20h00 in the staff room at Wynberg Boys' Junior School, Oxford Road, Wynberg

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #613 on: August 13, 2015, 04:36:24 PM »
I would have loved to attend this talk. Sadly, for me, a curtain too far.

Ditto.  :(

And both topics mentioned are  right up my alley. <pun unintended>

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #614 on: August 13, 2015, 04:41:07 PM »
Ditto.  :(

And both topics mentioned are  right up my alley. <pun unintended>

Come and have some fun.

Then we can meet !
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