Kevin MacWhinnie

A upcoming long distance move is a good opportunity to rehome some of my extra systems

an endless horizon

Ideal setup achieved:

  • Commodore 128
  • SD2IEC
  • WiModem64

Now I can play all the games, and visit all the BBSes

Huzzah, after putting a solid state hard drive in, the Libretto has jumped back to life. Now I need to figure out how to fashion a drive bay cover

A Toshiba Libretto 50CT. It currently does not POST, but it does boot into the bios recovery screen. I’ve read that these machines require a hard disk to POST, so I guess we’ll see when one arrives in the mail tomorrow

the start of a new project perhaps

heyooo, I am online with my C64

I still think this must be one of the funniest things I’ve seen on the ‘net <…>

Acquired an AGS-101 model Game Boy Advance SP. It’s shocking how much better the screen is. I wonder how the battery life will compare 🤔

The C128 system guide I ordered arrived today! It seems the original owner never sent in for their Commodore magazines

“If I fits, I sits”

Debating whether or not to buy / make a serial cable for my Z88. It has a DB-9 port, but the pin out is proprietary 🙄. Might be nice to have a portable word processor without internet…

Acquired a WiModem64 for my C128. Wasn’t expecting it to be this small, it’s the size of about two Apple Watches. Now I just need to wait for my SD2IEC to arrive from Eastern Europe, and I’ll be online. Sadly there are no terminal programs that run off tape!

it seems the cats do not appreciate me noodling with the SID chip in my C128. they abstained from eating dinner until I finished

oh no, the counter on my datasette seems to have started jamming! can’t say I am surprised though, I haven’t done any maintenance on it since I got it, and I am pretty sure it was stored in a barn before I picked it up at auction

It’s amusing how badly out of date browsers fare with the modern web. I am amazed my DS Lite can still get online at all

Cost of having the C128 System Guide printed and bound from a PDF: ~$60.

Cost of buying an original used copy: $4.99.

Well that’s a no brainer.

The C128 seems to be working fine with the new fuse, so I put the RF shield/heatsink back on. Now I need to figure out how to repair the junked up F5 key, and the plastic on the power supply which was damaged during shipping

I did not realize how yellowed my datasette is until I put it next to the C128. I might have to do something about this 🤔

Plot twist: after replacing the fuse in the power supply, my C128 powers on. Used it for an hour without any weirdness, fingers crossed I don’t need to do any fixing for now