What retro activity did you get up to today?

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  1. Sologuy

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    Was doing some moving lately and forgot I had this stored away for some years now.. but now I recall purchasing this from a 2nd hand shop sometime last decade as a curio.

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    Apple PowerPC Macintosh Performa 5260/120 complete with proprietary keyboard and mouse

    Quick bit of research suggests its circa 1997.... and it still boots up! :eek: :cool:
     
  2. shane41

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  3. philscomputerlab

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    Small class, kids away before the long weekend. Thought why not have them play an old MS-DOS text adventure game. Lots of reading and typing, but the kids love it :)

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  4. badmofo

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    Oh boy I wish you'd been my I.T teacher Phil :)

    In saying that ours wasn't so bad - every kid in the class was more computer literate so we got up to all sorts of tom foolery (mostly sneaky DOOM death matches).

    So they liked Gateway? Did you let them buy a drink in the bar and then stumble into the casino??
     
  5. philscomputerlab

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    Hehe, I helped a little and printed out part of the hint-book :)

    Yea they enjoyed it, got an idea of what it was like and all of that.

    Also great discussions about the amount of reading and typing compared to now and how I would always have a notebook near by, drawing maps, taking notes, writing down objects and anything interesting to solve puzzles.
     
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  6. elvis

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    That's brilliant :thumbup:
     
  7. philscomputerlab

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    Yea it was good fun :)
     
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    What age group were the kids? I would assume they'd have to be the right age not to give up as it's too hard and not yet snobs to graphics.

    Are you able to monitor the students progress in realtime? Curious what program you are running to do that if so.
     
  9. philscomputerlab

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    These kids are awesome :thumbup:

    Net Control 2 is the program.
     
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    It looks almost like a carbon copy of AB Tutor, or vice versa...

    I don't recall any of my teachers ever encouraging this, but I do recall installing Doom on a few lab machines for some 1337 coax network gaming :leet:
     
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    I thought it was LanSchool
     
  12. atmo

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    Great idea Phil.

    One of my primary schools is currently running an after school "geek out" session once a week where they play some educational games, learn a bit about basic coding etc. I'll see if they're interested in incorporating some older games as well. It wouldn't be a big deal to throw Dosbox onto the image.
     
  13. philscomputerlab

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    It's much easier! All the DOS games are online these days. Just play them in the browser :)

    Working on a new project. 486DX 33 MHz "low key" retro gaming. With retro prices spiralling out of control, you can save some money by avoiding the high end stuff.

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  14. atmo

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    Hmm. For some reason it seems less "authentic", but I suppose Dosbox isn't exactly like running on bare metal either.

    On another matter, Phil, do you think it's worth picking up a real MT-32/SC-55 vs emulators like Munt/Sound Canvas VA? I've just grabbed a joystick > midi adapter and am torn between buying a Roland UM-ONE and setting up a laptop to do emulation or trying to find good working examples of the real thing.
     
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    That's a great idea for a project!

    For a low end 486 the biggest issue will be finding a motherboard and PCI is going to be the easiest way forward, any of the traditional 486 cpus are affordable from the DX33 to the Amd 5x86-133 as are the appropriate video cards (S3 TRIO/VIRGE, etc), with the pci you have all your controllers & I/O onboard just need a video card & sound, that's it.
     
  16. philscomputerlab

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    The board is a bit older so it does need a controller card. It has VLB, but performance is not really an issue. Even ISA cards will work fine. I will benchmark VLB vs ISA, because I think at 33 MHz it doesn't matter much.

    Turbo and L1 cache tricks work great. Turns into a 386DX and even slower to 286 levels.
     
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    Yep pretty sure VLB doesn't make a difference until you get DX-40 speeds even then its minimal, DX2-66 was the match that made sense.'

    Only problem with isa cards is the lack of GUI accelerators which I place some importance on, with VLB you have plenty of options like the CIrrus Logic 5426/28 or S3 805 on the lower end which is good enough for most people.
     
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    Good point about Windows acceleration, I might mention that :)

    And also about PCI motherboards. Could work out cheaper with the integrated controller and being able to use a PCI graphics card.
     
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    seems like even 4mb s3 virge cards go for $50 these days :/

    I can remember when having an s3 virge was just the worst thing, now im glad I kept my one that i upgraded from 2mb to 4 back in the day.

    with 2mb tomb raider 2 would run but half the polygons were untextured :p
     
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    Trip to Sydney imminent ............near /on weekend
    South over bridge, Merrylands to Penrith.

    So if like dacow member & need a big part.......speak up :thumbup:
    Only late afternoon wednesday thursday now to hunt it here.
     

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