YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWtO-nqRxCEOu9js9UAqexg

My YouTube channel is being updated …

I am trying to upload a video every week if I can .. bringing you new retro content.

As of 26/11/18 – there are 3 video uploaded for Mikes Retro Tech .. The remaining videos are ones that I have uploaded over the last 8 years or so .. Silly videos, timelapse and 3D rendering videos etc etc.

Keep watching for more content.

Cascade Cassette 50

Who remembers this?

Well I certainly do, and I have had the opportunity to acquire all but 2 of the versions that were released.

So far I have;

BBC Model A/B
ZX Spectrum
ZX 81
Dragon 32
Oric 1
Oric Atmos
Amstrad CPC 464
Commodore 64
Vic-20
Apple II
Atari 8-Bit
Acorn Electron

I am missing only 2, these being Atari 8Bit and Acorn Electron.

Update: 26/10/19 – I have finally acquired the Atari 8Bit Cassette 50, so only 1 to go! – I know where to get it, just can’t quite reach it!!! 🙁

Update: 05/11/19 – Now I have sourced a really cheap copy of the Electron version.. – My life is complete. Watch out for a youtube review of the cassette boxes and inlays – I will not be doing a game review, as there are 600 individual games in the whole set, and they all sort of the same.

I am constantly on the look out for these, and better quality versions of the ones I already have. The Amstrad CPC version has a busted cassette sleeve (It looks like its been through the washer, after its been through the dog!!!)

I have an additional copy of the ZX Spectrum cassette and the BBC micro A/B cassette. Both of these new items have different cassette labels and are what I assume to be different revisions?

Retro Goodness

So, its been a while since I updated these pages.

I have been busy with work and life!

Recently, I acquired another external SCSI hard drive unit. This time for an apple MAC, but an older style.

Supposedly it has an HDD in it (It does – Its a 9GB LVD Drive), and LVD/SE SCSI connectors. This is of no use to me, so I also ordered a SCSI to Centronics 50 pin cable, that is an exact fit in the case. This should allow me to connect it up to my Atari STE and use it as an additional storage case for my yet to be installed SCSI ZIP drive. Once this has been completed, I will be able to copy loads of good stuff from my PC/usb drive to the Atari HDD.

The ZIP drive needs a parity generator attaching between the drive and the atari scsi adapter, but I have the schematics for this, and with enough will power, I will get the thing up and running. The parity generator chip is so small, I may need to use a needle instead of the soldering iron tip!!!!

Success or failure results will be posted here, as and when I get round to doing the mod!!!

We did it

We finally moved house on 26th April 2018

The home office is almost set up now, and ready for more retro computer exploits!

Quick update

Its been a while since I posted anything.

The reason? Buying a new house.

New house found in October 2017 and sale of our existing house began.

<Sigh>

5 months later and we still haven’t moved house. – We are so close, but no cigar.

We hope to move this coming Wednesday (7th March 2018) – But I am not holding my breath.

So many delays while paper work was requested, then items got lost, then surveys expired and had to be re-done…

Aaarrgghh!

frankenSTEin

So .. I bought an Atari STfm case and keyboard off Facebook, with the sole purpose of creating a frankenSTEin machine!

Raspberry Pi 3
Atari ST keyboard and case
Internal 128GB SSD Hard Drive
Port extenders to reach the edge of the case
Atari Mouse converted to USB and optical

The project is coming along nicely .. I have all the components secured to the bottom of the case and its all working lovely with Pixel OS and Hatari emulator

I am thinking of using this machine as my main system as I currently only do Amazon Echo Skill development, Facebook and web browsing so it should be good enough

There is a Windows 10 laptop at my disposal for when I want to do YOUTUBE video editing and REASON music creation, so all is not lost! 🙂

The Windows 10 laptop is not good enough for video editing 1080p video for my youtube channel so I have bought something not so retro. A new Acer Predator PC. This is my go-to video editor machine now and the frankenSTEin will be used for Atari emulation.

Buy Bye Amiga

The Amiga A500+ has been sold. It had to go as I didn’t use it and have realised that I need to start using the retro kit that I already own, rather than keep buying stuff and keeping it boxed away.

So …

The Atari STe is out on the desk, ready to be brutally used as much as I can.

DK’Tronics

The DK’Tronics keyboard arrived at the end of November ’16.

It took a lot of cleaning and fixing to get to a working state! 🙁

So .. Now it houses a 48K Spectrum + replete with reset button.

The only key that does not function properly is the . key on the keypad. This could be down to a bad contact, although I have cleaned everyone with switch cleaner spray.

I may bite the bullet and fit a toggle switch to change from a full stop to a comma for data entry.

More Speccy Goodness

Last night I found a post on the Retro Computer sales forum on facebook for an item that I used to own back in 1984.

A DKTronics keyboard upgrade for the ZX Spectrum.

These are currently hard to come by, so I jumped at the chance to make an offer, and we came to a sensible agreement.

It should be winding its merry way to me as we speak.

Keep watching for pics and a report of the working state of it (It was sold as untested!)

More Atari STe goodness

The Atari 520 STe I received in the recent epic haul has been upgraded to 4MB – a full compliment of SIMMs have been inserted. It does not make it any faster (Its only Windows that needs more RAM to work faster!)

I have also added an external Protar Progate II 40Mb hard drive with built in ICD controller. It also has an additional 230MB SCSI HDD as drive 2.

The thing boots in no time and allows STOS and other apps to run almost instantly.

On the down side, it squeals like a little piggie, due to its age. I think the drive bearings are on their way out! – Must keep an eye on those.

Pictures to follow!