Thursday, 16 February 2017

IBM Watson opens $200 million IoT headquarters in Munich

Well, seeing as I spent quite a bit of time there last year, seems right to post the official news:

"Some clients will be a permanent fixture at IBM offices in Munich. BMW employees will work at the new center to place Watson voice control into cars and explore ways to create personalized experiences."

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Experience macOS in Virtual Reality

VR Desktop is an app for Mac that enables you to use a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift to interact with macOS in a Virtual Desktop Environment.

With VR Desktop, users can work, game, or otherwise interact with their Mac while using a VR headset. You can load up custom virtual environments such as a Desk or Space scene, and create virtual screens for maximising productivity.
There’s been many naysayers ruling out Mac as a VR platform. We’re here to prove that Macs are capable of useful VR applications. VR Desktop works on modern Macs with discrete graphics cards.
VR Desktop is compatible with Oculus Rift DK2 and macOS 10.11 and later.  We are targeting Oculus Rift CV1 and HTC Vive support as soon as those devices support the Mac platform. Our sources tells us that HTC will be adding Mac support for Vive in Q1/Q2.

Might be about time to dig out the Oculus Rift that is still boxed up under my desk and give it some use?

Thursday, 2 February 2017

It's all about Perspective

This is where the "magic" happens....well, when I'm not doing the above in various hotels....

You can look at it like this:

or, you can look at it like that:

and now that "work/work" has finished...time to put on some music and have some fun (you might have noticed some things have moved around) [full panoramic this time]:

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fitting a replacement UMD drive for a PSP 2003

On my retro-month journey, as I mentioned previously, I found a drawer with a broken PSP 1000, a working PSP 1003 and a couple of games.

I purchased a new PSU for the PSP 1003 device and a new higher capacity battery, when they arrived, I juiced them up and the PSP 1003 fire up and worked a treat.  I even managed to get it connected to the WiFi (albeit to the "guest network" as it needs to have security turned off).
I downloaded the latest firmware, rebooted and it works great.

Then, whilst wandering through town over the weekend, I noticed a couple of PSP 2003 devices in one of those cash convertor shop windows.  Whilst the missus was in the "knitting shop", I popped in asked to have a look.  Naturally, it had no PSU and no UMDs to test it.  For £15 I thought I'd take a gamble.... it looked to be in relatively good condition, no damage anywhere and the screen and buttons all felt pretty non-abused.

I got home, plugged in the PSU and charged up the battery.  It booted up, things were looking good.  I put a UMD didn't make any whirring noises (as it should) and then reported it couldn't read the disc.  I tried a few more.  Then the reality sunk in.  The UMD drive was broken.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Minidisc from a Mac

You have a laptop Mac.  You have a portable MiniDisc player.  You want the two to work together.  How on earth do you go about it?   Read on......

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Let's code some Atari C....

Want to have a quick walk through the history of the C programming language, my history, look at some beards and then look at some C code written for the Atari ST (on a Mac) and then compiled and linked/built on an Atari ST (emu) and run to prove it works?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

How to send an email in 1984

Awesome, just pure awesome.

Ah, Prestel!....the Ceefax style internet, before HTML/CSS/JavaScript and all that other noise got in the way.  Actually, I like the interface, it takes me back...maybe someone should make a new front-end to f@cebook Prestel style  :-D

I love the fact they have the tape cassette program noise on the end credits, for you to save to tape and then load the program after the programme.  pure genius.

Ah....I must be getting old & nostalgic, or maybe the "new" stuff just isn't doing it anymore.  oh look, the new iPhone 8 is coming out.  "8". yes, "8". keep peddling the sequels instead of making something "new".  grouch, grouch, grumble, grumble..... "it wasn't like this back in my day".  LOL

HA!HA!HA!  If Google were invented in the 80s:

Actually, that gives me an idea for the Atari ST.......