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I miss the days when Russia and China were bad because they failed to protect human rights. But since 9/11 apparently human rights aren't a thing anymore.

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a reminder that if you use Spotify you can listen to my hip-hop favourites playlist

open.spotify.com/user/unsafest

I update it on the regular too so *extremely YouTuber voice* make sure to hit that follow button

Our internet will be installed on Friday!

We have no furniture at the moment, beyond two folding chairs. I should fix that.

I’m using the apartment complex WiFi for now, and so the furniture thing doesn’t super matter, because they have desks and shit.

This is good.

SPECIFICALLY, I want more episodes and in better quality than the ~40 I grabbed from youtube, or the ~15 on Archive.org.

Anybody able to help me out?

Hey! I'm looking for DVDs for Tom Corbet, Space Cadet and Space Patrol.

Ideally, the ~100 episodes of each that are available.

I'm looking for anyone with *first hand* experience with DVDs for either series, or first hand experience with the manufacturer/seller.

Most of these episodes are in the public domain. Any DVD out there is going to be unofficial. They are also, often, expensive.

I'm looking for the best available quality (which is low), at ideally, $2/ep or less.

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@ajroach42 oh neat the latest revision let's you attach a LCD... arduino laptop anyone :)

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@ajroach42 Most portable and power efficient?

The HP-41 family, although technically of the 70s (1979), was produced straight through to 1990. Yes, it's a calculator... but it's programmable, and with the HP-IL module, you could connect to printers, plotters, video displays, floppy drives, RS-232, etc., etc., etc.

A lot of engineers used them instead of other "more capable" PDAs for decades afterwards, especially with the Time Module (or a 41CX, which has that built in).

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@ajroach42 The Atari 65xe comes immediately to mind. A little smaller and lighter than the C64, a true serial port, built in handle, composite output. I used to run mine on a bank of batteries at 2600 meetings, plugged into a tiny 4" television running on D cells. The SX212 modem ran on 9vdc, so it ran nicely on battery, too.

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So now the discussion circles back to the following:

What were the most interesting computers of the 80s and (early) 90s?

What were the most portable computer of that era? The most power efficient?

What should I spend my time looking for/talking the lady in to letting me buy? What should I make space for in my ~500 sqft home?

I wrote all this about a “modern 8-bit micro” before I found out about the basic engine.

It’s a good thread, with some good thoughts.

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Okay, so the summation of the nights speculation:

1. Building an ESP8266 or Arduino based PC would probably be more complicated than worthwhile, mostly because of the work that would need to be done to enable video output.

2. SymbOS exists and supports Amstrad CPC 464, 664, 6128, 464+, 6128+ and is just really neat looking.

3. ESP8266 based serial wifi modems for vintage computers exist and are pretty neat and a good idea.

(cont.)

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My favorite IBM design though is their 1980s cloth-bound manuals, designed by Massimo Vignelli. These are a joy to use and to look at.

That’s a Tom Corbett, Space Cadet Polaris 2 Rocket.

It was *probably* made from the same bits as the Buck Rogers Rocket Fighter Rocket that I’ve posted about in the past.

Which means it was probably made by Marx sometime between 1950 and 1954.

It’s neat.

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Hey! I'm releasing a new EP this Friday.

It's called Isolated Incidents and the first track is available on Bandcamp now!

endless-state-machine.bandcamp

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If the Library of Congress can figure out and correctly implement this new Digital Strategy (especially the human/machine readable usage rights) ...

Well, there would still be a lot of problems surrounding the library of congress and their role in policy, and modern copyright law would still be a mess.

But! It'd be a huge step in the right direction, and one I would be able to make use of very quickly.

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Today, the idea of a piece of media (book, comic, album, movie, game) being "rare" is almost absurd.

Specific editions and versions, sure, but that only applies to the actual physical objects (and, even then, applies a lot less than it used to, while eBay exists.)

We have the world at our fingertips.

Were it not for modern copyright law, faithful reproductions of, well, everything could be everywhere.

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