[vcf-midatlantic] How's Everyone Doing

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Fri Apr 24 03:19:29 EDT 2020

I am on second round of watching Community and have been curating episodes to hook my friend.  It’s working!  #6seasons&Amovie

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On Friday, April 24, 2020, 3:16 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 21, 2020 at 11:43 AM Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> It's kind of a bummer when I look at my phone and it shows the calendar
> date for VCF East coming up that isn't going to happen.

Yeah, VCF East would have started today. I'm sad too because it was turning
out to be the best one ever, now we have to postpone and hope that
everything falls into place.

> Shortly after the last how's everyone doing email the customer I work for
> laid off most of the workforce and went into Chap 11. Pretty crazy! They
> were building a low earth orbit satellite network to deliver internet
> around the world. Funding issues. Ooops! I still have a job though, and I
> am thankful for that.

Glad to hear that! I am on unemployment, so it is sustaining me until I get
back to work.

> 1. Amiga 600 repair. Years ago a friend gave me an Amiga 600, and it
> worked and was awesome. Then capacitors leaked and damaged the board. Been
> working to fix it, kind of hit a wall where I made progress now I'm lost.
> Found some awesome resources, check out https://www.amigapcb.org/ ... The
> 600 has a lot of surface mount stuff, that site lets you walk around with
> the mouse and see the source/destination of every trace and signal line!
> And English Amiga board, and DiagROM.

Cool beans! I so want to get into the Amiga, but I have to finish my fetish
with Commodore 64s first before delving into the 16 bit world!

> 2. Repaired a Yamaha Motif midi module. LCD went out. Bought new LCD,
> didn't fix. Fixed it though.
> 3. Managed to edit a video for youtube (channel is telmnstr) on Blackmagic
> Davinci Resolve. This was my first time taking a stab at a modern editing
> system doing HD stuff. I usually use Blackmagic production switcher so I
> don't have to edit. But yea, I got the hang of it and really enjoyed doing
> the project on it. Was quick, and I will do more.
> 4. Going to fix a APC UPS for a friend. Needs new caps.

Thinking out loud. Does anyone replace the batteries on them or do they
just buy a new one? I have two with dead batteries and wonder if the cost
justifies replacing the batteries or just get a whole new unit?

> 5. Trying to track down a driver for my old Yamaha C1 midi portable
> 286-10mhz computer. I fixed the base functionality but now need to make
> more progress.
> 6. Finally finishing a CNC machine I started in 2012. Actually made some
> progress but then had to order a bunch of parts. No idea how long it will
> take ball screws to arrive from China. Going to get fasterns from local
> fastenal.
> 7. Started toying with OBS, a software video switcher. All the geek video
> conferences going on -- I had to try it and test out some other capture
> hardware that I had picked up for an event a friend and I were supposed ot
> do video / audio / gaming / vintage computers for (B-Sides Charm.) Have
> been really impressed, to the point that I'm planning to potentially sell
> my BMD ATEM TVS hardware rig.
> 8. 3d printing cases and enclosing some hardware for the laser projector
> controllers. Also hope to get around to rebuilding two laser projectors,
> but it will probably require a bunch of parts.
> 9. Listing some crap on ebay. And it's selling? Mostly arcade / pinball
> parts and broken consumer A/V stuff.
> 10. rebelted a cassette deck I found at a thrift store in NC. It's working
> 90%, and there is a random screw left over.
> 11. IRC, Slack, Discord, etc.

For me binge watching old comedies like "Community", "The Office" with my
brother and sister.

Also cleaning up and organizing my room.

Also teaching Taekwondo in the afternoons via Zoom.

Also walking between 4 and 7 miles a day to keep fit and healthy all the
while playing a lot of Pokemon Go! :)

So much to do!

Sounds like such awesome fun that you are having. I feel sad that all the
repair workshops had to be cancelled.

> Some friends are going SCUBA diving on the weekends near Richmond VA,
> staying isolated. I might try to get wet soon. Some parts on order for
> this. The water is like 50F-60F which is pretty cold, though. Would be
> nice if it was 70's out and not 60's.
> If anything, I'm getting a lot of stuff done that has been in the
> backlog!!

Me too! I put seat covers on my Hyundai Tuscon that I have meant to do for
2 years. And a screen cover on my phone that I should have done a few
months ago.

> Hope everyone else is safe and okay and if it's your thing progress on
> projects!

Jeff Brace
Vice President & Board Member, VCF East Showrunner
Vintage Computer Federation
jeffrey at vcfed.org


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