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 in....it 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.....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.......

Saturday, 14 January 2017

30year old Atari ST gets a dusting off

Whilst doing some tidying up between Xmas and New Year, I found myself in the attic/loft and I found that I had a couple of ATARI ST home computer systems sitting in a few boxes.


Well....I had a few days spare and it is that time of year to do some pointless things that are not strictly work related, but are technical and retro.

After rummaging through the boxes I found that I had bought a Hard Disc drive back in 2007, this got me thinking and I wondered if I could do something useful with the Atari ST, apart from just playing games...


I've even got it setup to compile/build C code too.... let's see what wonders I can create during the following year.  Okay, so it's not going to be competing with the Unreal Engine C++ work I've been doing, but it'll keep me out of trouble.

Friday, 6 January 2017

free up space on a Pi Zer0

Whilst suffering from man-flu over this initial New Year period, I decided that I could not handle the perpetual boredom of illness.  Without the missus knowing, I snuck a Pi Zer0 into the bedroom and being very small, she didn't notice it plugged in on the bedside table......
I had previously setup this device back in May 2016, but hadn't found a reasonable use for it, it had an 8Gb microSD card in it and a WiFi dongle attached.  It was connected to the network in moments.

Using my trusty sshclient from my Amazon Fire Tablet (the "proper Mac laptop" being banned, as I was "ill" and that would tempt me to be doing work/work stuff), I ssh'd into the Pi Zer0.
First thing I noticed was that it only had 2.2Gb free!!! WTF?!?! This was a default install.  How do I claim some of that space back?  It turns out that this is the norm.

After a quick check, I did indeed have a lot of the bloatware installed - time to get rid of it:
>sudo apt-get purge wolfram-engine

>sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
>sudo apt-get purge minecraft-pi
>sudo apt-get purge scratch
>sudo apt-get purge sonic-pi
>sudo apt-get purge gpicview
>sudo apt-get purge penguinspuzzle
>sudo apt-get clean
>sudo apt-get autoremove


pi@raspzero:/opt $ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root       6.1G  2.1G  3.8G  36% /
devtmpfs        237M     0  237M   0% /dev
tmpfs           242M     0  242M   0% /dev/shm
tmpfs           242M  8.4M  233M   4% /run
tmpfs           5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
tmpfs           242M     0  242M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
/dev/mmcblk0p6   63M   21M   43M  33% /boot
tmpfs            49M     0   49M   0% /run/user/1000

pi@raspzero:/opt $ 

After that, I now have a total of 3.8Gb of free space.  Wow, what a difference.

Now, time to set it up as a TOR proxy......why? well, why not.... I've got the time and only tissues, sudafed & cough medicine to keep me company...