18/08/14

  02:45:00 pm by DrF, Categories: Resources, Manuals, docs etc. , Tags: atari st, documentation, manuals, repair guide, schematics

Since we posted the Amiga documentation yesterday it seems only fair that some Atari stuff gets thrown up today. Here is a site I have used in the past, its full of all kinds of documents on Atari hardware and software. The site covers the ST range (ST/STFM/STE/Falcon/Mega etc.) the schematics are particularly useful.

Links : http://dev-docs.atariforge.org/

17/08/14

  10:21:00 am by DrF, Categories: Resources, Manuals, docs etc.

The Amiga had some lesser known file formats that never really made it to other systems, at least not in well known or used kind of way. Here is some documention and information on those formats. Never know when this stuff will come in handy.

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16/08/14

  02:42:00 pm by DrF, Categories: Resources, Soft. downloads , Tags: 64 bit, hyperterminal, telnet, windows 7, windows vista

 While reading a article about the missing Pinball game from later versions I noticed there was a mention of HyperTerminal being missing from later copies of Windows also. Now here we are struggling to keep alive the Windows XP and Windows 2000 based machines which we need for various bits of equipment where the software will just not work correctly on anything later think eprom programmers, jtag devices, logic analyzers although fairly modern there mostly USB the software side however is a tad fiddly, and the hardware issue of new PC's lacking serial & parallel ports is not helping matters. Anyhow this mention of HyperTerminal being missing intrigues  me so I looked into it and found some solutions. There seems to be no mention as to why its missing some sites say 64 bit issues other sites say its a legal/licensing thing.

http://hyperterminal-private-edition-htpe.en.softonic.com/

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/windows-7-hyperterminal/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/what-happened-hyperterminal#1TC=windows-7

http://www.kmtronic.com/hyperterminal-for-windows-7.html

15/08/14

  12:55:00 pm by DrF, Categories: Tutorials & Guides, Resources, Manuals, docs etc. , Tags: api, guide, html, java, javascript, programming

Found this site to use as a quick look up tool/referance when using various programming languages it seems to have most of them covered. Works in your browser so platform independent, a good alternative to some desktop based programs that do exactly the same thing but I can't remember there name right now. Worth a look if your into that sort of thing.

 

Link http://devdocs.io/

14/08/14

  09:50:00 pm by DrF, Categories: In development , Tags: data recovery, flash, repair, reverse engineer, sd card

Heres a very interesting write up on one guys attempt to rescue all the data from a broken SD card, the story shows some interesting methods with both the hardware and the sofware, also some good explanation on how these things actually work. While it may be easy to just straight out dump the flash putting it back together is not and those pesky on board controllers getting in the way...

Sourcehttp://joshuawise.com/projects/ndfslave

13/08/14

  07:20:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: block, isp, the pirate bay

10/08/14

  12:47:00 pm by DrF, Categories: Hardware, In development , Tags: 1530, c128, c16, c4, c64, cassette, commodore, datasette, tape deck, upgrade

Commodore 1530 tape deck gets a upgraded retro style counter. These decks were very popular in the UK not so much anywhere else it seems, probably because they were cheap and 60% (varible -/+ 50%) of the time worked well enough for peoples uses.  Sadly now made obsolete by various tape deck/disk drive emulators/adaptors made with cheap off the shelf IDE parts and SD cards I guess we will never see a faster, better, more reliable tape deck version.

The source page is in German.

Translated source page :

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fretrocomputer.umbrellanet.info%2Findex.php%3Finhalt%3DmoddingDatasette&edit-text=

02/08/14

  03:10:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: fashion, win95, windows, windows 95, woman hot

Interesting shirt spotted, I liked it anyhow, she does seem a little well something not right...

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12/07/14

Interesting home made Arduino based Commodore 64 cart dumper, very simple not alot of parts needed, dirt cheap considering the cost of the Arduinos, author says it works well with standard carts. The author needed to do this in this case because there was no known dump of the cart available on line.

 

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08/07/14

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29/05/14

  11:47:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: end of support, full disk encryption, hack, latest version, nsa, truecrypt, windows

Very worrying things are going on with the popular software encyption software TrueCrypt . According to the now redirected website the developers have ceased working on it because Microsoft dropped support for XP... that makes no sense to me, they say that Windows Vista/7/8 (other platforms?) have built in full disk encryption so they see no need for TrueCrypt. The site now points to a page on SourceForge with instructions for migrating to BitLocker. There is a final version of the software on the domain v7.2 which can only decrypt old TrueCrypt volumes and drives (?) I was kind of hoping this was some hack & defacement but a while has passed and it seems its pointing to the end. 

Links :

http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2014/05/29/open-source-crypto-truecrypt-disappears-with-suspicious-cloud-of-mystery/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrueCrypt

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7812133

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/true-goodbye-using-truecrypt-is-not-secure/

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24/05/14

  12:26:00 pm by DrF, Categories: In development, Hardware , Tags: basic soldering, desoldering, smd, solder iron, surface mount

Wish I had thought of this would have made life alot easier. Simply SMD soldering iron adaptor made from a bit of copper wire. Looks simply enough to do.

  

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22/05/14

  02:15:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: code, lines of code, programming

Ever wondered how many lines of codes are running things? Well heres a small chart with some examples on it from a F-22 jet to Windows XP are listed.

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  12:03:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: 419, bankruptcy, bitcoin, email fraud, japan, mt gox, phising, scam email

 Thought I would throw this 419 mail fail up as its slighty different to the usual ones, this is the first one I have seen that is mentioning BitCoin. What makes this mail odd is that it is based on a real email (or is it real?) that has been going about for the last few days, due to the nature of the company Mt.Gox and the madness that surrounds I can't even tell if this mail is real or not, as attempts have been made before at phising accounts like this and no one trusts them (Mt.Gox).

The mail comes from a real domain for what looks like a real law firm in Japan no attempts to hide it. There is a PDF attached too but who knows whats in that thing.

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21/05/14

  08:16:00 am by DrF, Categories: In development, Hardware , Tags: adaptor, convertor, crt, hd, lcd, neo-geo, plasma tv, rgb, vga

Every tried playing some of the old games systems on a digital TV (LCD)? Noticed they don't look so great no more? Wondering what all them silly lines are? This is a problem that is going to get worse as times go on and we lose CRT style displays or people just throw them out. Alot of newer displays either spit a error out or just don't work they can't seem to handle the video standards (mostly the freq's) most of these older systems output and in some cases the lower resalutions. There are many Chinese analog video to VGA convertors but they all seem to lack somewhere or have bad lag which is not so great playing games. Here is a RGB to VGA convertor based on a FPGA which is hoping to be built on a CPLD when its done, no news on the cost though.

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  07:56:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: 419, email fraud, mail scam, phishing

A few more scammy mails from the backlog which is getting bigger all the time, you would think they would move onto something a bit more rewarding by now. I have also noticed that the mails are getting smaller and small some of them are now only a few lines of text sometimes with a zip/jpg attached.

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19/05/14

17/05/14

Few random pics, because theres nothing else to post.

Commodore 64 protection dongle thingy for a word processor...

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08/05/14

  11:05:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: poster advert, sony playstation ps4

Sony PS4 advert with a bad choice of kerning (font spacing), we like having little digs at Sony where possible so here it is :

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what is "kerning"? see here :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerning

05/05/14

  09:01:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: google doodle, microsoft, onedrive, outlook, star wars

2 pages from Microsoft services pointing to some kind of Star Wars related thing from May 4th appeared on the login screens of OneDrive and OutLook, since both dont interest me here are the pics :

04/05/14

  07:27:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: hack, nintendo wii, upgrade, wii mote

Can't tell if stupid or a good a idea. Fitting AAA batteries instead of AA, they don't even seem to sit right and with the waving about the Wii mote gets I cant see them holding out very long.

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02/05/14

  08:40:00 pm by DrF, Categories: In development, Hardware, Software , Tags: zilog z80

The Zilog Z80 a true classic CPU being used in everything and anything during the 1980's and beyond. I have seen this thing powering many 80's home computers, arcade machines, terminals, used as a co-processor, telecoms equipment and who knows what else. Here a guy has made his own 80's style micro-computer based on the Z80 on a FPGA dev board. He has then ported over CP/M and even a multi tasking Unix style OS to the thing. I noticed he got this device to run at 128Mhz quite a jump considering most Z80's I ever seen were clocked at somewhere between 1Mhz and 8Mhz.

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01/05/14

  07:29:00 am by DrF, Categories: In development, Hardware, Software , Tags: c128, c64, flash cart, flash cartridge, midi interface

Here is some information on a new Commodore 64/128 midi interface/flash cart being developed. As usual this one comes about because all the others are no longer being made or could even be made. Its called the Kerberos it has 3 midi interfaces and some flash memory that can be used for file transfers if you want, it does not say how big the flash is only that it will hold 7 PRG format programs the pictures doe not give much away either. Its worth a look and its quite cheap considering.

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  07:19:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: piracy, serial number, truepianos

Here is a screen shot of a bit of software called TruePianos, it is a pirate copy that has detected it is pirated so throws up the following screen and lets you carry on, it says it will still work with the pirate serial number but in the future please buy it, no point fighting it.

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27/04/14

  06:43:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: dev systems

Some old dev units for various consoles, always nice to see.

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  06:03:00 pm by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: apple, bashing, macintosh

From a Apple Macintosh, but before the hate mail starts I have had Windows update say the updater needed updating before it would install updates so...

26/04/14

  11:26:00 am by DrF, Categories: News , Tags: 419 mail scam phishing

Just going to throw up a few 419 mails, got a load of these dating back a few months I will be posting them up in blocks. I seem to get loads of these, sometimes its fun to answer them, but I have noticed in recent years there almost all automated now so not so good with replys which is sad I enjoyed talking to random Nigerians on crack.

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  09:26:00 am by DrF, Categories: News

Got the site back up, then somehow broke the database which in no small part was due to the 3 million+ spam comments which had balloned the thing to 300MB (up from about 9mb), upgraded to latest B2EVO all was well then boom everything broke. The problem seems to be with the anti-spam not too sure yet, but its working for now. All the posts seem to be here but we have lost some crap from round the edges of the site...

Might be a good time to move to Wordpress, which has been put off for a unknown number of years now.

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