[vcf-midatlantic] Repair Workshop June 9 & 10, 2018 Wrap-up

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon Jun 11 00:00:27 EDT 2018

Martin dropped off a spool of solid cat 5, assorted hardware, and the tool
for terminating it (which he taught me to use). New-ish member Matt K. and
I bought a piece of electrical PVC to go from the attic into the museum. We
installed that and started to put in some of the cables. Jon S. did more
cabling. Roddy cut the PVC shorter for us so it fits our space better. Lots
more to do! Jon and I started making a plan for how we'll route the rest of
the cables from security cameras to the PVC.

As for my own project, I spent about four hours cursing at the Portable III
and all the Lego stuff because it wouldn't properly run code that I knew
"should" work ... until Jeff G. and Bill I. convinced me to try flipping a
ribbon cable around ... after which it immediately worked perfectly. :)

Had a problem using the setup disk to configure the hard drive. Entered the
date/time (also tried period-appropriate dates) but then it just said
"please wait" and froze there on every attempt. I don't know if that means
a dead CMOS battery or something else. Did not get any errors while
booting. The battery appears to be a square plastic assembly, not a coin
cell. Any ideas?

Didn't have a chance to try to Apple II emulator.

On Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 11:02 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Less than average turnout, but lots of stuff accomplished. Various members
> worked on their own and VCF equipment.
> I felt that everyone was tired of going to the same eating place (Princess
> Maria, Blue Swan, Main Street Grill), so I found us a new place not too far
> away: Brick House Tavern + Tap in Neptune City. Everyone felt that the food
> was good, reasonable price and lots of selection of beers. It's a sports
> bar so I enjoyed watching the Yankees game while eating dinner. We were put
> in the outside deck area and the weather was great. They take reservations,
> so next workshop I will reserve some spaces for us.
> Evan also worked on museum improvements which he can detail here.
> Does anyone want to chime in on details on what they worked on?
> --
> =========================================
> Jeff Brace
> Vice President
> Vintage Computer Federation

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