While looking for something else I stumbled across my wedding photos, so I decided to scan them all and create my first gallery attached to WordPress. I’m using the Foogallery plugin, which is far less featured than the Gallery solution I used before but the best of a limited bunch.
It was a sunny day on Saturday August 8th 1989 that I married my first and only love, Jane. I’ve grouped the photos as best I can into 5 sections (plus the featured photo).
First the photos taken before the wedding at St. John’s Church in Canton, Cardiff Next those after the wedding, outside the church. Then we move to Thompson’s Park in Cardiff. Finally the reception at the Transport Club on Garth Street, which is now a car park. P.S. are 3 photos that are damaged so I cropped out most of the damage for inclusion in this gallery.
The other day I reassembled my Amiga 1200 in readiness for it to be sent away for replacing the capacitors (recapping). I took out the memory expansion and gave it a good look over. It appeared to have had a battery connector snipped off, and prior experimentation led me to the conclusion it does have a realtime clock (RTC) fitted.
After some investigation I confirmed that one of the chips was indeed an RTC chip. I looked up the schematic, and tested the continuity between that chip’s GND pin and what I believed to be the battery -ve pin and it confirmed true, so I went on eBay and ordered a fresh connector that looked like should fit… well 3 for 99p + £1 postage. Bloody cheap!
Today I desoldered the mess left by the removal of the old battery connector (which while messy probably saved the card from leakage damage), soldered in the new connector (it fit perfectly) and slid in a battery.
Some testing in the Amiga confirms the job’s a good ‘un! Such a simple fix and much cheaper than a new RTC module 🙂
In January I had a notification from my VPS (Virtual Private Server) provider OVH, telling me that the VPS platform mine was hosted on was being retired on April 30th 2020. They offered 6 months free on the newer platform but migration had to be done manually. This pissed me off beyond belief because I know what’s involved with a full server migration!
There was a slight issue with setting up the replacement to start with but that was quickly resolved.
I’ve been putting it off for a while, deliberately waiting until this week because I’m off work. So this week arrives and I have little choice due to time constraints but now I face another problem: I feel like shit!
It wasn’t straightforward. I didn’t expect it to be straightforward, but I solved all the issues that gave me some severe headaches and now the migration is (provisionally) complete. This is coming from the new server! It took over 7 hours!
I’m keeping the old one active for now, until I’m happy this migration is really complete and I haven’t missed something in the process. Now where’s that LemSip?
A lot of impatience rears its ugly head in this video, and a new (to me) danger is becoming apparent: corner cutters in the small hours!
One clip here stands out as a bit unusual for me, and relates to the recent news regarding the BBC license fee. I’d hate to think how much of this they’re wasting on that active display advertising their most popular programme!
Any road up, on with the show. Enjoy!
Still waiting for WordPress to support LBRY embeds, but until then…
The spade – spade connections weren’t very secure so out came the soldering iron. I definitely need a better one because it took ages to get the brass spades up to temperature, but it all came together in the end. Tested on Vice and MAME, and it all works! 😀
I’ve done a lot of “playing” today. Some good and some bad has come of it.
Let’s get the bad out of the way first: the left shift key doesn’t work. The problem lies in the keyboard membrane itself, which will need replacing. I didn’t expect this to be easy given the age of the machine. The other bad news is the capture card I have is unsuitable for live gameplay because the lag is almost a full second!
Now I’ve done some work in FS-UAE and with help from a forum I can boot from the CF card with a directory from the computer mounted as a second hard drive so I can easily transfer files across between systems.
I’ve also been working on the Microdrive, and now it mounts automatically when plugged in, with a FAT32 file system! This means, when I have the Amiga set up as I want, I won’t have to open it up every time I want to get new stuff installed.