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« Reply #50 on: Today at 12:53:19 PM »
I had WordPerfect and Borland QuattroPro, too.  Once, I successfully converted a WordPerfect document into MS Word, but was never able to replicate it.

I was conversant with QuattroPro, but I supported Lotus. Till I didn't anymore (one of the last), and became an MS Office guru. I still get calls for Excel and Access. Even though I threw Office away years ago for Ooo. I just don't need office apps all that much anymore.


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« Reply #51 on: Today at 12:56:12 PM »
No SHit! that is cool.  They made the best aerosol pot cleaner back in the day.  It would clean and lubricate the contacts.  Can't remember the name of it now.  But I need some to clean up my Marantz 2270.

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They have it!   This is great.

https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-control-contact-cleaner-and-lubricant

I could use some of that.  Back on the Test Floor we called that TIC spray.  "Technician In a Can."
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« Reply #52 on: Today at 01:02:16 PM »
No SHit! that is cool.  They made the best aerosol pot cleaner back in the day.  It would clean and lubricate the contacts.  Can't remember the name of it now.  But I need some to clean up my Marantz 2270.

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They have it!   This is great.

https://www.radioshack.com/products/radioshack-control-contact-cleaner-and-lubricant

Best stuff for that is DeOxit. They have a spray and brush on version, and make a cleaner/lube and a lube/preservative. One of my former hobbies was fixing and restoring old electronics test gear, and I've use a ton of that stuff. Works great on guitar pots and pickup switches too.

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« Reply #53 on: Today at 01:11:14 PM »
Best stuff for that is DeOxit. They have a spray and brush on version, and make a cleaner/lube and a lube/preservative. One of my former hobbies was fixing and restoring old electronics test gear, and I've use a ton of that stuff. Works great on guitar pots and pickup switches too.
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I'll look into that.  The RS site said thier brand was OOS. 
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« Reply #54 on: Today at 01:19:31 PM »
Best stuff for that is DeOxit. They have a spray and brush on version, and make a cleaner/lube and a lube/preservative. One of my former hobbies was fixing and restoring old electronics test gear, and I've use a ton of that stuff. Works great on guitar pots and pickup switches too.

I ordered me some of that DeOxit.  I have a all-house sound system with pots in every room, and an older stereo to drive it that has dirty contacts all over the front panel.
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« Reply #55 on: Today at 01:41:14 PM »
That was one of them places my ability to abide by the law kinda hit a gray area. I had 100 amp bi-linear running out of the pickup till maybe 10 years ago, and over 600 watts out of my base...Till uncle charlie came to town, of course.  :whistle:

Probably just as well... Buying my neighbors TV filters was getting to be expensive.

That reminds me of a shipmate I had. He ran 2kw in his car. And his home rig was a 600w ham rig paralleled up to 10kw. He's just fire up more tubes if he was getting walked on. He had equipment seized by the FCC and he'd build more. He prided himself of being an active member of the Illegal Radio Operators of America.

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« Reply #56 on: Today at 02:06:54 PM »
That reminds me of a shipmate I had. He ran 2kw in his car. And his home rig was a 600w ham rig paralleled up to 10kw. He's just fire up more tubes if he was getting walked on. He had equipment seized by the FCC and he'd build more. He prided himself of being an active member of the Illegal Radio Operators of America.

I've got a great story, from a former coworker, related to the TRS-80 and radio.

My friend had just gotten one of the new personal computers. I think it was a TRS-80, or similar model. Now this was Back in the days when personal computers were very new, and so the only option for permanent storage was cassette tape. So this guy had written his first program, and at the end of the evening he wrote it out to tape.

This guy had a neighbor that was big into CB radio and had a big fixed installation antenna and a fairly powerful transmitter.

The next day, he wanted to work on his program some more, so he went to load it from tape. This wasn't working, and he got really frustrated that all his work was lost. He was curious if anything had made it into tape at all, so he popped the cassette into an audio cassette deck and pressed "play". Out over the speakers came "breaker breaker, come on back" (or something similar). Apparently the neighbor had been transmitting when my friend was saving his program, and there was enough interference to completely overwhelm the signal from the computer.
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« Reply #57 on: Today at 03:31:55 PM »
The heart of the TRS-80

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« Reply #58 on: Today at 03:50:17 PM »
I never had the TRS-80. My first machine was the SYM-1 a 6502 machine that also stored to cassette. My next machine was a used 386.

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« Reply #59 on: Today at 03:55:37 PM »
The heart of the TRS-80



I believe the Z80 was a child of the 8080, by Motorola?
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« Reply #60 on: Today at 03:57:30 PM »
I believe the Z80 was a child of the 8080, by Motorola?

Ah shit.  It's about to get all geek in here now!....LOL    999yawn 999yawn
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« Reply #61 on: Today at 03:58:43 PM »
Ah shit.  It's about to get all geek in here now!....LOL    999yawn 999yawn

Hey, it led me to a can of good TIC.
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« Reply #62 on: Today at 03:59:51 PM »
The Zilog Z80 was based on the Intel 8080. My first programming class was assembly of the 8080.

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« Reply #63 on: Today at 04:02:02 PM »
The Zilog Z80 was based on the Intel 8080. My first programming class was assembly of the 8080.

 My first programming class was the first grade.  :whistle:
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« Reply #64 on: Today at 04:04:48 PM »
My first programming class was the first grade.  :whistle:

I see what you did there. 

More true today than back when you were a pup.
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« Reply #65 on: Today at 04:08:52 PM »
I see what you did there. 

More true today than back when you were a pup.

I don't know.

There was a cold war back then.

There is a cold war now.
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« Reply #66 on: Today at 06:11:52 PM »
That reminds me of a shipmate I had. He ran 2kw in his car. And his home rig was a 600w ham rig paralleled up to 10kw. He's just fire up more tubes if he was getting walked on. He had equipment seized by the FCC and he'd build more. He prided himself of being an active member of the Illegal Radio Operators of America.

I never could get that kind of torque out of my pickup.. I regularly burned down antennas as it was... Wound up with twin ugly sticks, plane mounted on the corners of the hood...

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« Reply #67 on: Today at 06:21:50 PM »
I never had the TRS-80. My first machine was the SYM-1 a 6502 machine that also stored to cassette. My next machine was a used 386.

Mine was an Apple][+. I worked at Eckerds until I had enough to buy one. My parents chipped in for a small Sony TV that was its monitor. Wish I had kept it. Those also ran in the 6502.

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« Reply #68 on: Today at 06:23:39 PM »
I believe the Z80 was a child of the 8080, by Motorola?

Right on the child of 8080, but 8080 was from Intel. Z80 was from Zilog.
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« Reply #69 on: Today at 06:27:55 PM »
Mine was an Apple][+. I worked at Eckerds until I had enough to buy one. My parents chipped in for a small Sony TV that was its monitor. Wish I had kept it. Those also ran in the 6502.

My first was a busted Radio Shack 386sx... I had to learn everything before I could fix it. For many months I would turn it on, a bunch of stuff would spit on by, and ended it up on a blinking cursor that would do nothing.

Turned out to be a pie recipe in the AUTOEXEC.BAT ... It mostly just errored every line, but it actually choked on something.

Once I figured out DOS, and how to write a standard Autoexec.bat and Config.sys, there I was, with my first free computer.

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« Reply #70 on: Today at 06:30:51 PM »
My first was a busted Radio Shack 386sx... I had to learn everything before I could fix it. For many months I would turn it on, a bunch of stuff would spit on by, and ended it up on a blinking cursor that would do nothing.

Turned out to be a pie recipe in the AUTOEXEC.BAT ... It mostly just errored every line, but it actually choked on something.

Once I figured out DOS, and how to write a standard Autoexec.bat and Config.sys, there I was, with my first free computer.

OH man, that is hilarious. I thought you were going to say "turned out to be a bad RAM chip" or "turned out to be a bad power supply". But then I read "pie recipe in the AUTOEXEC.BAT" and nearly spit out my coffee.

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« Reply #71 on: Today at 06:35:12 PM »
Mine was an Apple][+. I worked at Eckerds until I had enough to buy one. My parents chipped in for a small Sony TV that was its monitor. Wish I had kept it. Those also ran in the 6502.

I still have my SYM-1. Its been a whole lotta years since I've fired it up though.


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« Reply #72 on: Today at 06:37:22 PM »
OH man, that is hilarious. I thought you were going to say "turned out to be a bad RAM chip" or "turned out to be a bad power supply". But then I read "pie recipe in the AUTOEXEC.BAT" and nearly spit out my coffee.

True story...  :laugh:

... And where I got my affinity for software.  happy77

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« Reply #73 on: Today at 06:42:05 PM »
I still have my SYM-1. Its been a whole lotta years since I've fired it up though.



Wow! I had never heard of that one. Had to look it up. Cool!


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