an altogether higher class of gibbonindex
Are you following Techmoan? You probably ought to be - a northern gadget nut who's been acquiring, repairing and documenting all sorts of weird and wonderful old bits of home entertainment systems. Most of which I've never heard of before...
Bonus Quantel Corner:
- Quantel DVM8001 Mirage - Demonstration Video - showing off some fancy new 'computer graphics' and digital video processing. Might catch on one day. The British Quantel will definitely lead the way!
- A Quantel Paintbox For Christmas! - The Complete Story - the tale of a glorious nutter who acquires an old Quantel system and hacks it back into working order again. Wonderfully bizarre machines, and definitely not intended for the consumer market.
- Quantel V-Series Paintbox Tour - imagine being able to draw and paint on a computer. Like a super-early, hardware-assisted Adobe Photoshop, this particular machine is a descendant of something even older.
A hangar, neglected and abandoned since soon after the war became irrelevant. Sunlight streams through grimy windows on to faded plastic and tarpaulin sheeting covering unidentifiable mechanical shapes, spattered in the dust and detritus of decades.
He walks over to one of the lumpen masses, its covering still faded but clear of dust. Pulling aside the sheeting, he pauses briefly to admire the war machine beneath.
Built in the closing stages of the war, not long before both sides' struggle became pointless in the face of a third, ascendant superpower - its shape clearly echoing the lines of earlier machines but with a last-ditch internal hardware layout inside. This particular specimen is clearly not abandoned, at least not now - cleaned up access ports and new umbilical cabling show the man's work over the years. But beyond this functional rehabilitation, unmodified - true to the day it first left its long-forgotten factory.
He pulls out a device from his backpack, tiny and implausibly powerful in comparison with the old war machine before him, but still a direct descendant of that new enemy's clunky past. Loaded with newly engineered firmware, designed to circumvent this relic's system limitations - he plugs it into a cable harness, preparing for upload to the old bird. Firmware to make the machine's main engine and awkward yet hugely capable auxiliary power unit beat as one, in perfect synchronicity - firmware designed with the knowledge and experience of decades of work, to carry the weapon originally wielded by that new enemy but in a manner long thought impossible.
Transfer complete, he begins the boot process. The Atari Falcon030 shall fly again - and a friendly flight over old Amiga territory seems strangely appropriate, just for old time's sake...
Bonus Soviet NASA corner:
- NASA Armstrong Fact Sheet: Tu-144LL Supersonic Flying Laboratory - NASA-operated Soviet-era supersonic airliner, the Tupolev Tu-144 being the Buran to the Space Shuttle Concorde.
posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 5 2017
Quick selection this week - opening up 'Other Bookmarks', waiting for it to slowly (so slowly!) scroll near the end, then randomly clicking on a few things.
Bonus Crap Hardware corner:
- CGA in 1024 Colors - a New Mode: the Illustrated Guide - or, how to make PC graphics not look like shite. Do I need to apply these tricks to my modern gaming PC?
- Meanwhile, on the Atari ST - upgraded version of the same PhotoChrome I trolled the acolytes with data from some years ago.
It continues. Somehow.
Bonus Antiquated Recording Media corner:
Old hardware, new techniques. Or something. It's almost as if I choose the theme after throwing some random links together.
Bonus Teletext Design Corner:
- edit-tf - fully authentic Teletext frame editor. Fill your nostalgic recreations / low-fi pixel art / anachronistic somethings with visual verisimilitude!
- Enhanced Teletext specification - describes a futuristic upgraded Teletext, but also explains how those elusive held graphics work in older Teletext versions. I still can't get my head around them.
- Horsenburger's Textworks - hipsters get excited about '8-bit' pixel art which looks nothing like actual 8-bit hardware capabilities. True artists do it with Teletext. Also, completely insane.