Justin: Early huh? Rider Pride: yup Justin: Well, I'll be back, gotta finish laundry. Rider Pride: C ya Justin: in 30 minutes!
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changed username to rich-c Jim-NIAD: hey all Steve from SK: Hi Rich and Jim. I was just perusing the NIAD newsletters rich-c: geez, guys, you are early
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changed username to Robert Miller Jim-NIAD: what do you mean, I'm about 14 years late! rich-c: oh, we tend to come actually a bit after the hour Robert Miller: Hi all. rich-c: hey, another rare visitor - hi Robert Robert Miller: yes I always think about this on Thursdays it seems. :( rich-c: anyway all three of you, really delighted you made it Jim-NIAD: hi rich... i made it, even early. Joe couldn't however, like he's said before bad time Steve from SK: It's my first time on. I've been conversing/transacting with Rich and Bob S. this past week rich-c: I know the feeling, but Frances or Pamela remind me (wife and daughter, Steve) Steve from SK: I was looking up info on the MIB cards and I had no idea that the chat logs were saved so I perused a few of the old ones as well rich-c: yes, this just doessn't work for Joe, more's the pity rich-c: good! you've found your leisure reading for the next week! Robert Miller: (been doing my part while offline... got the guy in the next cube into Adam. ;o) rich-c: you may have noticed a political item when the Quebecers are on - they really struggle to speak English with us Jim-NIAD: if it wasn't for Joe, I probably wouldn't have gotten back involved like I have and he is dedicated rich-c: so where we have any we try to use French with them, just to acknowledge Jim-NIAD: Steve from SK... first time you've seen the NIAD Newsletter?
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changed username to Justin Steve from SK: Don't have a clue where my old issues went. Justin: Hey yo! rich-c: I had a long run of them but gave it to Rich Drushel as he wanted to do what Joe is doing with newsletters
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changed username to Daniel rich-c: hey Justin, good to see you
changed username to BobS Daniel: Wow, already started? Justin: Thanks Rich! BobS: DARN started early did we????? rich-c: salut, Daniel, comment ca va? Daniel: Bonsoir tout le monde (good evening everyone) BobS: Hey Steve !!!!!!!!11 BobS: Justin
moved to room Meeting Place Justin: Hey ya Bob. Steve from SK: Sorry, Justin and I were here over half an hour ago. BobS: holy smokes ALL ya'll are here!!!1 Daniel: Bien ! How are you Rich? Steve from SK: Hi Bob and Daniel
changed username to Judy rich-c: yes, we have a couple of welcome visitors tonight BobS: no lie Richard Justin: Daniel, I'll never be bilingual :) Judy: hi, eveyone Judy: it is a busy night rich-c: hi Judy, and Bob Justin: Hey ya Judy Steve from SK: I'm bilingual, but my other language is husband. 2 words. "Yes" and "Dear" Justin: Gonna have to maximize this screen; so many chatters. rich-c: Daniel, I'm doing more or less OK but various problems yet Justin: Hmm, only two words I have to get to know. rich-c: latest is a muscle on teh inside of my right knee acting up and making me limp Daniel: not an obligation to learn french as a second language , but studies are showing that people learning more than one language tend to keep the brain active enough to slowdown the effect of time. Jim-NIAD: Reminds me of the old CompuServSunday Night Chats... all the traffic BobS: BUT yo are feeling better Richar? BobS: Jim, did ya get my latest meassage about NOt sending the disk files???? Justin: Ain'tm gonna happen. I'm Italian/Puerto-Rican. Took Spanish for 4 years. Didn't pick up anything! Steve from SK: My daughter is in French Immersion in the 1st grade and all the French is coming back from high school rich-c: well, I was semi functional today at leasst, could do more than sleep all day Justin: Good ole days when chat was fun. rich-c: for that matter how are you holding up, Bob? you have the same problem Jim-NIAD: BOBS... already did... no problem. The others worked? Robert Miller: Daniel it's probably only because we cant drink while we're learning another language. Daniel: There are some people I don't meet yet... or I forgot (sorry if so) BobS: I got them unzipped, YES............NOW to make it work or jsut plain copy it for Mark
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changed username to LucMiron LucMiron: Yo! rich-c: Well, Steve, you should be thinking about Addamcon then, seeing we're in Quebec this year Steve from SK: Bonjour Daniel. Comment ca va? Jim-NIAD: BobS... sent copy of CC 2.0 to Rich Drushel for him to look at as well Justin: Is ADAMcon ever coming back to the States? Daniel: ADAMCon, I think I've done he poster right this time. high-resolution, respect the theme of 2010 space odyssey I wanted... kinda cool. rich-c: allo Luc, et bienvenue! Justin: Daniel, poster does look quite good. BobS: COOL Jim Robert Miller: got a link to the banner Daniel? Robert Miller: banner=poster Daniel: I'm about to upload it somewhere in 2 formats : hi-res and web format. LucMiron: Seems like I came right into a budy Adamcon discussion. :-) LucMiron: budy=busy Daniel: bonsoir Luc, comment va? rich-c: most Adamcons have been in teh US, Justin, just depends on where we can find someone masochistic enough to take on teh job Jim-NIAD: Daniel... saw the CV WaterLine demo on BlockParty, simple incredible! LucMiron: @Daniel: Pas pire. plutot fatigue. Je suis encore dans une periode intense au bureau. BobS: was in Michigan last year Justin Justin: of course i find out about this when the cons in canada! lol rich-c: tough time in teh office, eh Luc? how l;ong is it likely to last? LucMiron: So when's Adamcon again? I need to note that down in my long-term agenda. Daniel: The author of the demo gave me a cartridge of it. And I'll bring it at the convention. Jim-NIAD: BobS... I'm a year late, just a couple hour drive and in 2006 you were 5 minutes from my house! LucMiron: @rich: It should be mostly over by the end of next week. After that, I'll be able to put more energy into my CV games releases. rich-c: June 17 - 20 but we're accepting registeraaztions now Daniel: I'm uploading the picture... be right back. LucMiron: June??? I thought it was in July or August... rich-c: nope, week after the Grand Prix Justin: So... hoping for some honest opinions here. What do you think of the new homepage? Daniel: Last year we decided it will be be in June. Steve from SK: So I have aTech question for you long term ADAMites. What's the difference between a MIB2 and a MIB3 card? Daniel: And we focus on the selected dates BobS: http://ann.hollowdreams.com I am using Justins webpage rich-c: the power supply - the MIB2 was seriously awkward. Also possibly the socket for a boot prom BobS: Richard......you know?????? Steve from SK: Is that your handy works Justin? I think it's pretty sweet. Justin: Yeah, it's my 3rd incarnation. Didn't care for my first two. Jim-NIAD: Steve... can't remember everything, but Mark Gordon kept improving the deign of the board and adding new features like an eprom socket Justin: Thanks Steve. rich-c: yes, the MIB2 needs to be cheaper because it's a pain to use Justin: What does MIB stand for? Daniel: I just remember that the poster is incomplete... missing at least a logo and one adjustement. LucMiron: Men In Black rich-c: if only he had made the power wire two millimetres longer Jim-NIAD: Multi-Purpose Interface Board Daniel: Anyway, there is the direct link to the low-res version : http://www.ccjvq.com/newcoleco/adamcon22/poster.jpg LucMiron: :-P Justin: :P Steve from SK: OK. Bob and I were talking about the EPROM on the IDE cards and trying to reprogram the faulty ones. On one of the old chats, Dale Wick talked about getting a USB programmer. Does anyone know if he ever try to reprogram one? Steve from SK: I thought the MI in MIB stood for Micro Innovations ;-) Jim-NIAD: that's too easy Steve Steve from SK: Awesome Daniel. BobS: MIB3 only performs as an addressor card for memory expander and has 2 serial slots.............NNO parallel hook up??????????? Jim-NIAD: How long a ride is Montreal from Toronto? LucMiron: So Daniel, you seem to be pretty muchn involved in organizing Adamcon. Is GuyF involved in any capacity? Steve from SK: I thought the MIB3 did have parallel? LucMiron: @Jim: About 4 hours. Daniel: GuyF is in charge of finding a good restaurant for the banquet. rich-c: About a six hour drive I would guess - the convention is on the western outskirts Daniel: by the way, Luc, the space at the bottom of the poster is for logos... why not adding your web site logo? rich-c: so it is interstate quality road all the way, with Toronto a useful stopoever eastbound LucMiron: @rich: Isn't it held somewhere in Laval? Robert Miller: Nice Daniel... my only claim to fame is the AC-11 logo. maybe I should give the XXII a go? (nope 4 space needles probably wont cut it eh? lol) rich-c: Torontonians think Laval is part of Montreal because the airport is there rich-c: just like they think Pearson airport is in Toronto (it isn't) LucMiron: There's no airport in Laval. :-P rich-c: Dorval, peut-etre? LucMiron: Well, yeah, Dorval is the airport, but it's on the island of Montreal. rich-c: I know Mirabel is practically nearer Ottawa, but isn't Trudeau in Laval at all? LucMiron: Dorval = Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau airport now. Steve from SK: The hardware doc on hollowdreams says it has the same functions as the printer interface card. I assumed that meant parallel port. Daniel: Well, I've decided to write Montreal instead of Laval for 2 reasons, it's the region of Montreal and Montreal is associated as Coleco Canada.
moved to room Meeting Place LucMiron: @rich: There's really no airport in Laval. There's not much of anything in Laval, really, aside from a couple of good shopping malls, the Cosmodome and a couple of movie theaters.
changed username to Guy B. rich-c: it's our tradition, Daniel, to use the name of the nearest city Daniel: hello GuyB Jim-NIAD: Steve... from the NIAD catalog '92: MIB 3 has 2 Serial Port with voltage regulator, 1 Parallel Port/Addressor, Boot-Prom Socket Guy B.: Greetings from Chilly Chicago rich-c: most of our conventions were technically not in the nominal city Guy B.: Hi Jim. Glad you made it BobS: You're right Steve, it makes sense also to have ALL the functions available rich-c: you've got that cold front through, have you, Guy? Guy B.: Came in around 6 PM Steve from SK: Well, it makes sense to us! rich-c: I am told the shopping mall just down the road from the hote;l is the nicest in eastern Canada Steve from SK: Too bad we weren't in charge of the hardware back then! BobS: well Guy, you can KEEP the cold, we don't want it here Robert Miller: Thunder storm hit here just about that time. 1 strike Shook the datacenter, but I didn't see any smoke :) LucMiron: @rich: So the hotel has been selected? Daniel: People living around the town of Montreal are most likely to be associated as being part of Montreal as well. It's true in some studies like when they compare number of people between Montreal and Quebec, they talk about Montreal "at large" and Quebec "at large" with all the towns around. Guy B.: You're going to get it Bob Jim-NIAD: GuyB It's not that cold for April, last year was a lot worse. Good to see ya! rich-c: yes, the ChateauneufLaval - it was Daniel's pick, he's in charge BobS: we DON'T WANT IT Guy B.: Oh I know Robert Miller: <<< will trade the cold for the pollen! Steve from SK: Whole different ballgame when you throw allergies in there, eh? Daniel: I'll get a call from the hotel around May 18th to confirm the number of rooms to reserve, so I'll need this information pretty soon. Jim-NIAD: BobS It''s coming across Lake Michigan as we speak BobS: Jean and Melanie are not coming, but the slopsema 4 are coming in HOT on Thursday Steve from SK: @Bob: Head for the hills!! BobS: YIKES rich-c: well, anytime you need the info shoot Bob an email, or I can tell you how many have paid BobS: was a beautiful day here today, hit about 75* on our deck BobS: I asked ya before richard, did ya get my check?????????? BobS: or not?????? Robert Miller: (was a steady 63 in the datacenter all day... sigh.) BobS: if not, tis on the way rich-c: Jean and Melanie had to scratch? BUMMER! Steve from SK: It was 26 Deg C here today. Beeyootiful BobS: just plain could not get a decent flight cost is what killed them' BobS: ya sounds nice Steve rich-c: no, I have not r4eceived any cheque frrom you Bob - when did you mail it? Robert Miller: you'd think the airlines would get "hungry" after the volcano, but so far they're just getting greedy. Daniel: The high-resolution needed to print the poster is this file (too big for some browsers like Chrome) : BobS: about last Friday Daniel: http://www.ccjvq.com/newcoleco/adamcon22/poster_high.jpg Steve from SK: Probably some Canada Post employee is having a beer on Bob ;-) BobS: or maybe Thrusday, don't remember BobS: betternot rich-c: likely be here tomorrow or Friday, then - they call it snail mail for a reason Daniel: So, if you want your logo on it, give the resolution based on this poster high-res format. BobS: don't work Daniel Daniel: 600dpi Daniel: Try with Firefox, it should works with it LucMiron: Well, I have my eam Pixelboy logo drawn in Adobe Ilustrator, so technically, I can provide a logo at any scale. rich-c: you know, I think that will be our first bilingual poster LucMiron: eam=Team LucMiron: But if I put my logo on the poster, that will likely drive up expectations in terms of presentation... Hmmm... BobS: well ya rich-c: and Daniel, remember I have guaranteed teh hotel 32 room nights, Daniel: I let you decide, Luc. it's possible now, but now when the poster will be printed.
moved to room Meeting Place LucMiron: Well, I know I will set up a CV console with Gulkave, Girl's Garden and Peek-a-boo on display. I will also present a beta of Pitfall 2 Arcade.
changed username to Pamela rich-c: and if they come after you in mid-May I will pay them then rich-c: hello daughter Pamela: greetings BobS: Hi Pam LucMiron: Hi Pam. Pamela: made it before 10:00 for a change but I'll be popping in and out Judy: hi, Pam LucMiron: I will also bring an ADAM which will actually be on sale. BobS: like pop;corn?????????? Jim-NIAD: Luc... you'll need an ADAM setup for Steve Pitman's latest... ADAM Bomb II - Editor Pamela: something like that : ) Daniel: Rich, the poster will cost $30 to print, and I plan to print small versions as well to be in the folder of the attendees. Guy B.: brb folks. Doing a little file conversion for work
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changed username to Meeka rich-c: Daniel, remember I am only acting as treasurer, the overall budget is your respon sibility Meeka: hello everyone Jim-NIAD: Steve whipped it up in about a week time and includes a MBP of the entire AB II map Pamela: hi Meeka rich-c: hello Meeka Jim-NIAD: that is a BMP... sorry LucMiron: Adam Bomb II...? Daniel: Rich, if I don't print a poster, there is no passing banner then. Daniel: Luc : Adam Bomb is a well know video game for the Coleco Adam. Steve from SK: I was wondering what a MBP was ;-) rich-c: I wasn't objecting, Daniel - as I said, staying within the budget is your part Judy: Hi, Meeka Meeka: mom and i have a map of ab II from when we completed it a few years back Steve from SK: On that topic. There's no way I'd be able to make the Con (I would LOVE to) but is there a way to donate to the Con? Seems like a way for those of us who can't make it can help out and make it that much better for those who can. I'd like to help out. rich-c: Justin, suppose the Adamcon was at Lake Placid in Neww York State, would you be tempted? Daniel: I know, good to reminds me that the budget was planned by at least 3 different persons, and the cost price of $400 was decided by Dale to cover this kind of fees of banners, outside activity, t-shirts, etc. Justin: I would. Don't have to get a passport ;) rich-c: yes, don't you have a copy of teh spreadsheet Bob made up? Justin: eh? Daniel: rich was talking to me Justin: for the latest ADAMcon>? Justin: oh ok rich-c: (I should talk, I have it but I'd be hard put to find it) LucMiron: Looked up Adam Bomb on the net. So it's something similar to Boulder Dash. Cool. :) Steve from SK: And T-Shirts! I'd buy a T-Shirt to help out. Daniel: err... kinda boulderdash in looking but the comparaison stops there. rich-c: no, I was asking Justin a question, Daniel - would he come to an Adamcon in Lake Placid, NY Daniel: rich, justin was saying "eh?" about Bob's spreadsheet. Justin: LOL Justin: eh? rich-c: no, only you and Bob and I have copies as far as I know Daniel: I know Robert Miller: quick question... how do you PM here? Daniel: Ok, so how many so far did pay to be at the ADAMCon this year? Daniel: *did pay already BobS: The Slopsema 4 registratiolns are on the way to Richard rich-c: the Slopsemas' cheque is in the mail, that's it LucMiron: So BTW, Daniel, have you been able to work on that Boxxle music? Daniel: If PM means Private Message, then click on the name ion the list and click Send P.M. at the bottom instead of using Send Message or simply ENTER. Pamela: Robert, write what you want to say, then click on the name, then click "send private message" Daniel: I've got your Private Message, Robert. BobS: Robert......type your mewssage here, then highlight who you want to send aprivate message to, then click send private message at the bottom Pamela: However, remember that although the PM's don't show on the chat they will show up in archives rich-c: obviously I'll just tuck Frances and myself in with teh otehrs Steve from SK: So no naughty stuff! rich-c: and tell Pam when I need hers, and she can tell Rich and Erin Pamela: you'll have it soon Dad BobS: right Steve BobS: someone will see it.............someday Robert Miller: I have a preliminary idea for a logo thing that I just made a quick bmp of. how can I send it to you? Jim-NIAD: Daniel...I'll send you the edit program if you would like to see it (disk image, map and short doc=900K) Daniel: As for my part, I've accumulated $300 so far... and that's pretty much all I can pay considering the other fees like the poster. Well, I may bring my parents as well to present them to you and help to get the 32 nights, but they'll not participate at all. Robert Miller: lol... missed the PM button... not even drinking heavily lol Justin: Good night.
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changed username to james james: g'day Judy: night Justin Daniel: hello James LucMiron: Hey James! :) Daniel: Any chance to see you in Canada this year, James? rich-c: well, if we can get Guy Foster and Luc and maybe others from that group rich-c: anyone heard from Dave Hill of late? Jim-NIAD: Daniel... the full BMP map will help, I'll email it to you so you can show at AC BobS: nite Justin Daniel: GuyF want to stay at his home, but want to somehow participate (partially). james: unfortunately a trip is not in the works for this year rich-c: good morning james james: hi rich. it's been a very long time! how have you been? Pamela: well good morning James LucMiron: @Daniel: You'd like to give what a try with the editor? I don't follow... rich-c: how does it feel to have the earthquakes somewhere else for a change? Judy: hi, James Jim-NIAD: Daniel... would love to but doesn't look good. suffered pretty bad abdominal injury (work contruction for gas company) and have been home for last month Daniel: I want to try the editor to see how it works james: lol Jim-NIAD: Daniel... if my doctor keeps me home from work another 2 months.... maybe! Robert Miller: OK. thanks. I have no ego to bruise, so if you think it's worth trying to improve or not just let me know. TIA Pamela: I meant to ask you Jim - is it a strain injury or a cutting injury? Robert Miller: dammit Robert Miller: sorry rich-c: but you'd have to fly - it's a long drive if you're ailing - two days minimum Robert Miller: the poinky hits the return so quickly lol! Robert Miller: poinky=pinky Pamela: don't tell me Robert - your enter button is in the wrong place too? : ) LucMiron: You know, you should refresh your announcement about AdamCon at the AtariAge forums. Posting in the Events sub-section would be best. rich-c: there's a good idea for you, Daniel Jim-NIAD: @Daniel sending it your way Jim-NIAD: @Pamela Started as strain, last month it's worse and cutting Daniel: I've got your email Daniel: logo idea? Pamela: oh, ouch Robert Miller: anyway Daniel, it's on it way (no sense trying to PM at this point I guess. :o) Daniel: wow, ok I see. rich-c: you seem to have been through every diagnostic known to man, but still no firm diagnosis, Jim? Daniel: err... good logo idea Daniel: it's kinda the best time to use it Daniel: Got email concerning the editor rich-c: james, how is spring coming along in Japan? It's way early here james: it's been quite cool overall and very wet this year Judy: meeka, quess what? Mom and Dad have no phone and tv again today Meeka: oh jeeezzzzzzzzzz Pamela: what's the word on the car Judy? rich-c: just the opposite in eastern Canada, james - unusually warm early and generally dry rich-c: we have all our fruit trees in bloom - how are yours doing? BobS: driving it, ins co paid off and got a new windshield in it BobS: working on a dashbaord Judy: ya, went off at 4 and they can't get anyone to come out to fix it until tomorrow afternoon rich-c: so the insurance did decide to pay for repair and not write it off? Daniel: Any chance to get at least a short video from those who can't be at the ADAMCon but still want to present something at this event? Judy: it was totaled but Bob is getting it fixed Pamela: oh that's a good idea Daniel rich-c: what, you bought it back for 30% of writeoff price? Judy: the insurance company paid us off and we could keep the car Meeka: guess they arent big on customer service are they rich-c: I picked up teh settlement cheque on my trailer Monday, insurance company wrote it off Judy: no, the insurance company doesn't think it is fixable BobS: no got totaled.......and we got paid off and kept car Richard Judy: we got the check last week rich-c: but have already sent a customer to teh salvage yard wants to buy it from them BobS: so now the insurance company owns yuouir trailer????? LucMiron: @Daniel: Did you get my private response? BobS: then you didn 't have to doi anything with it rich-c: no, they can't trade in vehicles, have to sell it to a salvage yard rich-c: but they gave the potential buyer the name and phone of the yard rich-c: nope, they own it and it's their problem james: stuff has bloomed but it's a little hard to get out and enjoy it Pamela: is that because of the weather, James? rich-c: it was weird - I'd justr accepted their settlement when this guy called me, so I told him the story james: @pam, yeah rich-c: the upshot is that he will likely get it cheaper than I or the insurance would ask james: does nothing but rain these days Pamela: sounds like our spring last year Judy: we have been dry and beautiful BobS: we got paid off for over 85% of their estimated value, and we kept the car rich-c: is that unusual for Japan in April, james? Jim-NIAD: @James saw links to your ADAM pages and they are all dead... do you have new ADAM & LOGO pages? BobS: well then Richard, he wil get a good deal Pamela: brb, gotta go get my laundry rich-c: I hope so, it will encourage him to buy and keep it Guy B.: Ok back. Whew rich-c: Pam, any of the trailer equipment you'd like to own? rich-c: oops, have to ask her later BobS: did you get to empty out your stuff from the trailer???? Meeka: doug says they sould just get rid of it, he sas they should talk to comcast agian. they may be able to get "win back:" pricing Robert Miller: Wish I had more time, but gotta go... (my PM errors have supplied enough entertainment for 1 night hehehe.) ...just want to say... rich-c: oh yes, all of it except teh hitch which was stolen, and there's a separate claim on thata BobS: nite Robert....COME AAGAIN Robert Miller: ...with 12 ppl online I think these are "the good old days" right? Meeka: at&t does that sorta thing all the time if you switch away and come back to them Judy: will have to talk to them about that tomorrow Robert Miller: night everyone! Meeka: night LucMiron: Bye Rob! Judy: night robert BobS: Meeka, we are keeping our opinion out of it.......it was not our idea, so not our problem......I did tell gram to not let the guy touch their computers though rich-c: OK Robert, great to have you, come back soon! Jim-NIAD: night Robert
Robert Miller left chat session BobS: Doug will have to talk me through hookup and we will write it down for later use............ rich-c: brb - time for my beer LucMiron: My brain is startnig to shut down. I need sleeeeep... BobS: just too much chit chat Luc Meeka: thats fine dad Daniel: bonsoir Luc, and take care! LucMiron: Bye people! Steve from SK: Beer! This Late! A true Canadian!
LucMiron left chat session Steve from SK: On a school night, that is Daniel: I was writing a message ... sorry Judy: talked to Jean Stone tonight BobS: nit eluc Judy: night Luc rich-c: bonsoir, Luc rich-c: well, Steve, this is one of thpose famous Quebec boutique beers Daniel: I think I'll be there only Saturday and Sunday according to my financial situation. Well, I've asked GuyF to do a welcome presentation. rich-c: a 9.5% imperials Russian stout of utmost quality Steve from SK: I think I read your mentioning it on the Chat logs. I'm more of a Rye Whiskey man myself. Pamela: well I missed Luc's departure BobS: thata you did ma'am Pamela: @Dad, don't think there's anything we need but will think on it and let you know rich-c: well, since you live where they grow it, that makes sense! Pamela: @Judy, are Jean and Melanie going to be able to make the convention? rich-c: OK, anything that helps empty the basement is good Judy: Meeka, my butterflies are busy blinking Pamela: told Mom I'd be happy to come over and help her go through it all and get it organized Meeka: cool Steve from SK: Yeah, but we grow a lot of the malt barley used for beer as well. I used to work for a Controls company that did work for a Malting plant. They had a hospitality house where the beer fridge was always stocked and open (for after hours of course ;-) Judy: no, they can't find an effordable flight Pamela: I've discovered its much easier to get rid of someone else's stuff : ) rich-c: yes, the big breweries in Toronto have that for staff too - and lunch hours as well Meeka: so true pam Pamela: you're kidding! Steve from SK: They stocked it with all the different beers they produced malt for, including Sam Adams and a bunch of Japanese brews. Quite fun having a taste test Pamela: brb Meeka: i can pack mandy in days to move, it tqakes me weeks lol Daniel: I did stoped to help others to sell or get stuff... I've always the bad role of not helping much and it takes so much time and never happen the way they want. rich-c: yes - I'm a fan of teh strong dark beers, stout and porter, myself rich-c: the one I have tonight is very particularly good Judy: why is that? Steve from SK: If my hockey team wins tonight, I'll have a beer with you ... long distance Steve from SK: But it'll be a Great Western Light rich-c: OK - sorry I can't send you one of these, they are rare and special Jim-NIAD: @Steve what team do ya follow, my Hawks are tanking it! Steve from SK: Are you able to purchase them locally? rich-c: but I don't have the funnel attachment for my modem yet to pour it oer Steve from SK: I'm a Bruins fan myself. They're about to start Double OT with Buffalo rich-c: yes, the government store brought in a special shipment in the fall Jim-NIAD: @Steve that's the way a playoff game should be... at least trip-OT rich-c: Steve, would you believe I'm so old I can remember seeing the Leafs win the Stanley Cup? Steve from SK: If you had a TI-99/4A you could use their program called "Funnelweb" Aptly named I'd say ;-) Jim-NIAD: @Steve if Boston makes it thru, good luck with Washington rich-c: I have the computer - maybe I should look into the program Steve from SK: Well, I was born the year before the Bruins last won it. i would have been 9 months old and can't seem to remember it. Jim-NIAD: @RichC the Canadians must've felt bad for the leafs that year Judy: they probably played past your bedtime rich-c: No, it was an odd number year so their turn to win Steve from SK: @JfN:No kidding! Those guys look too good this year. But I still think their goaltending can be exploited. As long as they score 6 goals per game, they should be ok. Daniel: My mother did send me an email tonight... She wish me good luck for the ADAMCon... I think I can't count on her to be at the hotel to get a few more nights... ho well, I did feel bad asking my parents to come for no good reasons. Jim-NIAD: @Rich Well there were only six teams back then! Daniel: More time pass, more pression I feel. rich-c: yes, and two of them were neveer contenders rich-c: Daniel, don't you worry, you just do your part and everything will be fine Jim-NIAD: @RichC yeah, I know Daniel: what is the limit of my part actually? rich-c: well, you have done the planning, negotiated teh hotel, planned teh sessions, looked after other arrangements BobS: your part is unlimited, as much as you can hold!!!!!!!!!11 Jim-NIAD: @Daniel how many are planning to attend so far? BobS: will probably be a little smaller this year Jim rich-c: Ten committed, several (like Guy) pretty certain to come Steve from SK: Sounds like you're doing a bang-up job so far Daniel. Don't get discouraged. Daniel: We did expect 16 persons (times 2 per room, 4 nights = 32 nights), but so far it looks like we may be only 12 at first BobS: my be down to a dozen, maybe up to 15-16 depending on the CV programmers group rich-c: well, it'ss his first time at it and only long distance help, Steve, so he's having a tough time BobS: things are going along VERY smoothly, thatnks to Daniel rich-c: but we will see that he doesn't get hurt BobS: Dat's whot dda old folks does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 Daniel: starting to think it's my last time too. I'm better at programming than organizing. rich-c: how about Guy B. and Murray, and the Hills? Daniel: *way better Guy B.: Rich, check was sent last weekend BobS: Murray usually comes onbaord, don't remember himissing any convention rich-c: OK, have we heard from the others yet? Daniel: I'm supposed to receive a few dollars before of a tax refund (is it the right word for it?) Daniel: sorry I'm typing badly now BobS: TAX refund?????????????? you mean they give some BACK????????????? rich-c: yes, I think I understand, Daniel BobS: what a novel idea !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 rich-c: yes, we have quite a massive refund due this year Daniel: Last year I had about $5 a day as an income. Steve from SK: Well, they take extra and if you do the right things and get lucky, you might get some of it back. Judy: that is pretty hard to live on, Daniel BobS: lucky is th4e key word...........although in the US only 1/2 the people owed any taxes......economy sucks rich-c: yes, you can elect to overpay and we do, and have big deductions, so there's a big refund Daniel: hopefully, I did sell a bunch of cartridges to help paying some bills. rich-c: we have no wage income, it's all pensions and investments and such, so we can choose how much to prepay Steve from SK: Unfortunately, my employer won't take extra off (I work for the city of Prince Albert - another government - one who gives nothing back) Daniel: Sadly, that also means I'll have to stop soon to make cartridges because of a lack of resources. rich-c: really? when I was working for Etobicoke, they did allow some leeway james: @daniel, what cartridges have you been producing lately? BobS: well then make some carts !!!! rich-c: I was a school librarian, Steve, ranked as teacher/dept head. Steve from SK: I think the smaller governments got some grief from further up the food chain - the feds like to give back as little as they can. If people get money back, there's no chance for interest or fees on money owed ;-) Daniel: My latest one, only a few are done, Pickin Sticks, it's just an insane games with humor where you collect an infinite amount of sticks in a background, no obstacle or lives. rich-c: sort of like that Bubble Wrap game on the 'net... Daniel: I still have the possibility to make a GhostBlaster cartridge, which is my best ColecoVision game ever, I did it last year. Meeka: well folks, i gonna get going, doug needs a cc to order parts so i better go see what hes up to Meeka: talk to ya next week rich-c: nite Meeka, see you then james: ghost blaster? do you have a webpage describing it daniel? BobS: ok see you latermeeka Judy: night Meeka, talk to you soon Daniel: I've a page about it, in french, and a lot of videos on youtube about it
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Jim-NIAD left chat session james: watch out the copyright people don't come knocking though Pamela: I've had a lifetime to learn, Dad : ) rich-c: is it a little too closely similar to something else? Pamela: it's my middle name Bob BobS: oh oh BobS: get anew middle name then Judy: save it for Thursday then, Pam Steve from SK: Your middle name is Bob?? Daniel: because of it's paralax effect, and the possibility to go back and forth in the levels, and with all the great colorsand animations, it beats Super Mario Bros. I'm sure that this game if done back in the 80s will have been a good competition between CV and NES. Pamela: LOL Steve james: you've certainly managed to get a lot more out of the system than what was previously thought possible Pamela: well procrastination is not the middle name that Mother and Dad gifted me with, thank goodness Daniel: it's basically the game to beat for those who think they can de an advanced game for the ColecoVision. Judy: ya, how would you like to learn to spell that when you were little Guy B.: Cubs win 9-3 Pamela: LOL Pamela: I had enough trouble with Pamela Pamela: at least for the first couple of years Pamela: after that I became a champion speller Judy: and wouldn't really go with Pamela Daniel: goodnight all, and thanks for your support. I hope to get news in time from you Rich while the Hotel will call me back... hope it'll be good news too. Pamela: that's the problem Judy - now it goes too well with Pamela! : ) Judy: would be quite a mouthful BobS: nite Daniel Guy B.: Nite Daniel Daniel: And I'll not count much on people already in Montreal to get more nights... they'll use METRO and return safely at their homes each night. Daniel: But they'll pay partially for the meeting room Daniel: bye
Daniel left chat session rich-c: they have accepted our reservation, the money is ready for them - no problem there, Daniel Pamela: just charge outrageous day fees, Daniel : ) Judy: night Daniel Steve from SK: Bye Danial Pamela: bye Dan Pamela: oops rich-c: Daniel forgets we're using a couple of extension nights for ourselves BobS: Richard, we are paying for the meeting room regardless of nights, yes??????????????? rich-c: Pam, you might suggesst to the Drushels that we'd like to hear from them fairly soon Steve from SK: He seems like a very quiet guy so I think he's quite worried about expectations. Though you guys who've run it yourselves can surely emphasize, I bet. Judy: it doesn't really matter for cost how many rooms there are does it? rich-c: yes, that's right, Bob BobS: do we need a minimum # of rooms??????????????? Pamela: you could suggest it yourself - you have Rich's e-mail address rich-c: yes, the hotel still wants a guarantee, I believe - though I'll double check BobS: or we jsut want to hit the number we promise BobS: in other words IF we say we want 32 nights, we must fill 32 nights BobS: if we say 24 nights, we must fill 24 nights Judy: are Dale and Jillian coming? Pamela: afaik Steve from SK: Are you guys going to be able to do a live feed or the like? I think the TI convention in Chicago did it using UStream BobS: IF Neil was coming we might live feed, but he is not BobS: Dale might be able to do it Steve from SK: But the YouTube videos were pretty cool as well. Nice to put a face to the words. rich-c: that is correct - essentially eight couples x 4 nights - 4 Slopsemas give 8 nights (2 couples) BobS: but if we have 6 couples x 4 nights .......we are still only locked into that number............. Judy: Daniel can do the youtube ones rich-c: Clee/Vineff/Drushel give 12 more. Bona & Murray add 4 Steve from SK: Yeah, I watched the ones he did last year. Do you think the pressure might send him over the edge, though ;-) BobS: don't think so, we will just have to lift the burden from his shoulders at some point Guy B.: Well folks, will be taking Annie out soon. Will see you all on next week Pamela: once we have numbers nailed down, things will start to come together Judy: once the convention starts the pressure is off Pamela: and it will get easier BobS: we are trying to do it when he asks.....and gently rich-c: night Guy BobS: nite Guy Pamela: gnite Guy Steve from SK: Bye Guy Guy B.: poof
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BobS left chat session rich-c: you have been remarkably quiet, james Pamela: and I'm going to follow him out Pamela: Dale, hi to Jillian and Jeffrey james: sorry, have been multitasking rich-c: OK, daughter, talk to you - when? Pamela: Steve, glad you could make it Steve from SK: Dale, I had a question for you about EPROMs. I read on one of the chat logs that you got ahold of an EPROM burner Steve from SK: Thanks Pam Pamela: this weekend Dad? rich-c: suits Pamela: good Pamela: James, say hi to Miyuki for us Pamela: and send pics of the kids please! james: will do, pam james: case just turned 8! james: aiden will be 6 next month Pamela: OMG, really? rich-c: that's incredible! james: yup Dale: Bought it from Ebay Steve. Dale: USB based, and works fine. Pamela: time flies :( Pamela: and on that note, I'm outta here Dale: What is the question Steve? Pamela: goodnight Daddy rich-c: so what will you do with it, Dale? like what EPROMs will you burn? james: yeah, goes by fast rich-c: nite Pam Pamela: kerpoof james: too fast Steve from SK: Bob and I were talking about the EPROMs on some of the IDE cards - some he has and some from Terry Folwer. We were wondering about reprogramming them without the source program, likeif it could be read from a working EPROM
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rich-c left chat session Steve from SK: Do you have one of the IDE cards that has a GAL on it? Dale: Or alternately we could try to re-engineer what the GAL should do. It is probably pretty simple. james: well not many of us remain now Steve from SK: James. I have to tell you, I admire the ability you have to soak up new languages Dale: I do, but mine isn't socketed, as far as I know Steve from SK: Japanese especially. That one is one I've tried a few times and it just stumps me. Dale: It seems to me that Bob had one that was socketed though. Steve from SK: No socket. I wonder if the part is the same, they just added a socket to be able to sell upgrades james: languages are fun :) james: i'm working on python now ;) Steve from SK: Bob sure seemed worried about losing any of the GALs that do work seeing as there is no source for new ones. But it'd be cool if we could fill that gap. Steve from SK: python? james: programming language Steve from SK: I admire your drive, especially with children in thepicture. My 2 little ones suck up al ot of the little free time I have - but I'm glad to give it, don't get me wrong ;-) james: yeah, me too. i spend a lot of time with my kids on their english james: not enough this last week but we're working on it Steve from SK: Funny, I'm trying to help mine (as well as help myself) with hre French Steve from SK: Dale, does GAL stand for Gate Array Log or Generic Array Logic (which is a form of Gate Array). Wikipedia seems to think that Gerenic Array Logic is reprogrammable. james: i've recently been "recovering" my french, reading french novels Steve from SK: I never had much beyond high school french classes so nothing much to recover, but my daughter is in French Immersion so we are learning it together. james: cool. a second language is a good learning experience james: helps keep the brain plastic Steve from SK: my brain is more like rubber. So earlier Jim asked you about your web sites. Are you still updating or do you plan to start updating again? Steve from SK: ADAM and LOGO specifically Dale: Steve, I'll talk to you later. Maybe next week even? Dale: Goodnight james. Good to see you online. Steve from SK: I 'll try to be here from now on. Gnite Dale james: if i can make it next week, i'll pop on Dale: reprogrammable GALs probably came later, as an option. james: haven't touched my adam in quite some time Steve from SK: Meneither. I fired it up for the first time in 15 or so years last week. Now I'm in full bore. Steve from SK: Need to give it a good cleaning, though. Storage without the box is nasty
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changed username to Jim Steve from SK: Hi Jim Jim: See you guys are nite owls james: i have an ide card iirc james: not sure what it's compatible with Steve from SK: I like in Sask so it's only 10:00 here james: 13.00 here Jim: oh, so your out Ron mitchell's way Steve from SK: I'm not sure what all Bob has one to make the CF adapter, but I'd contact him about getting one. I think it's fairly cheap, even with shipping across the pond. Steve from SK: He's in Japan Jim: that's right James, your on the other side of the world Steve from SK: Where all the really cool technology seems to sprout up james: a cf card would be cool. one thing i didn't like about the hd/ide interface is that you lose sound Steve from SK: or at least be plentiful' Jim: gotta get reaquanted after all these years james: it seems to me a more logical way to do it would be to put a cf interface where the tape drive is james: well beyond my technical abilities, mind you Steve from SK: yeah, they did that. I think they hatchedted up the Data Drive Blank to make a CF faceplate james: oh, cool james: will definitely look into that Jim: what's that... an ide interfaced to a device your talking about james: is it bank switchable? ie could you put several datapacks on one card and then switch between them? james: not that cf is particularly pricy Steve from SK: there's pictures of it in one of the ADAMcon galleries follow this link http://adam.hollowdreams.com/albums.php/v/ac21/sunday/alternatives/ Steve from SK: actually of a bunch of different ones. They've done a few different IDE devices but I'm still too new to know about the actual logistics yet. Wait till I get mine to play wirth Steve from SK: I have a zip drive just sitting here and a bunch of zip disks. I'll burn their contents onto CD and use them as ADAM hard drives. you can check some moreo ut on their ADAMcon 21 Youtube videos as well. Steve from SK: What happened to Jim?
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left chat session james: the ide hd & interface i have works, but you lose soudn james: that's why i thought if they did it directly through the actual tape port as opposed to an ide interface, you could have the best of both worlds Steve from SK: Why does that happen? Oh well. We'll have to keep looking into alternatives. I wonder how hard it'd be to fool a DDP drive controller and put a CF card in it's place? james: apparently there weren't enough resources james: so something had to go and it was sound james: so yeah, for me, the ideal would be a ddp to flash solution Steve from SK: Yours is a MI IDE card, right? Steve from SK: Do you have a Memory upgrade card as well? james: i think i've got a couple of memory cards around james: a printer card too (no printer though) Steve from SK: Too bad the expanded memory couldn't alleviate the resource issue. Like allow the IDE functions to be loaded into high memory freeing up the area the sound needed. Steve from SK: I'm no hardware guy, though james: yeah, i thought that too but not so simple apparently Steve from SK: It never is with these older computers. The newer stuff hides all the hardware addresses etc but the old stuff, you had access to all the guts. Pretty daunting to newbs tho, like me. james: well beyond me james: i like the old machines Steve from SK: I'd be willing to bet, with the help of some of the regulars, like Daniel and Dale, you'd be surprised what you could figure out. I love this old stuff (from my childhood) too james: yeah, it's fun, it has character james: too bad i lost a bunch of it several years ago. personal stuff like programs i'd made and assignments i'd done james: so you live in saskatchewan? Steve from SK: Yup. Steve from SK: Always have Steve from SK: Used my ADAM for homework like book reports or essays. Teachers had mixed feelings about not handwritten stuff back then. james: yeah, same here james: used my adam in gr. 7 for a report and the teacher had serious reservations james: so if you don'T mind my asking, how old are you? Steve from SK: 38 Steve from SK: born in 1971 Steve from SK: My ADAM and TI-99/4A lay dormant at my parents for 15 or more years till very recently. I've got the fever for both machines now. It's kinda driving my wife crazy. james: '74 here. i've got an adam here in japan, sold a couple here too. got some old game systems lying around james: used to have a c-64 but didn'T bring that with me james: i wish i'd kept it though Steve from SK: Our cousins had a VIC-20 but they never advanced to the C-64. I got all their old stuff recently, including a 1701 monitor which works great for my TI. Now I need a monitor cable fro my ADAM and I'm set. I hate RF. james: gave it to a friend, he sold it along with the disks that had my personal stuff on 'em. should have at least kept those, idiot that i am Steve from SK: I blame your friend. You should always have the right of first refusal on giveaways in case you'd like it back. james: well long done and long gone now, so not much i can do about it Steve from SK: Maybe I'm greedy, but I've never gotten rid of any of my old game/computer stuff. I think my girls think it's pretty cool, tho. Steve from SK: No kidding. Water under the bridge. No reason to hold grudges. Steve from SK: You are from Canada too, right? But married to a Japanese woman? james: yeah, from ottawa james: living in japan for the last 12 years james: as for the c64 stuff, i don't care about the hardware james: but losing the stuff i made was stupid. did that with the adam too. some day i'll learn Steve from SK: The land of Nortel, Corel and the Senators. My second favourite Canadian NHL team james: ever hear of nabu? Steve from SK: is that where youlive? james: lol, no, nabu was a cable computer system deployed in ottawa circa '83/84 Steve from SK: Oh, yeah. That was your company, right? Steve from SK: You beat Lucas to the Naboo name. Should have sued him for beaucoup bucks when Episode I came out ;-) james: well not my company, no, but yeah, an ottawa company james: was a very cool system. i have one here, was very hard to get ahold of. cable adaptor is defunct but the pc itself works (it's two pieces) james: recently there was a restoration effort to rebuild the nabu and apparently the software wheel was also found Steve from SK: You were essentially directly connected to a large network? Like a localised internet? james: yeah james: at the time though, cable was unidirectional so they got around that by broadcasting the software cyclically on a wheel james: and pc/cable adaptor would then just listen for the requested software until it came around and then download it Steve from SK: Cool and Wierd at the same time! james: yeah, it was well ahead of its time for sure Steve from SK: As was all the stuff we loved and that got abandoned. james: yeah, for sure. the coleco was a cool machine on many counts Steve from SK: I reall the first time I saw a colecovision - at one of my cousin's house for christmas. We played Venture and Donkey Kong - I can still smell the supper we had I think I was 10 or 11. The ADAM came later and it reminded me of that Christmas even then james: yeah, the dawn of the home computing age really was a time of discovery james: lots of nostalgia for sure Steve from SK: We mostly used the ADAM as a colecovision, but it was still sometimes used for Basic Programs. I can't recall much other than copying programs out of books though. I did more of my own programming on our TI james: i used the adam a lot james: and did a lot of logo programming james: hoping to get my sons on it soon Steve from SK: I've got the seeds of a program budding with my 7 yr old daughter - we're going to make a game together and she'll come up with all the music, characters, villians, etc. It'll be done on the TI but I may have to do a version on the ADAM as well. Steve from SK: May not get a lot done on it over the summer, though. Steve from SK: Well, I think I have to sign off now. Hopefully we'll chat again next week. I'm going to try and make it every week. It was a lot of fun. james: yeah, same here. i don't get on often as i'm quite busy but will try to pop on more james: have a good night
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