MSX Meeting Nijmegen 2017 experience

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Por Manuel

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23-01-2017, 23:32

What, I missed the conversation on gravitational waves! Where did that happen!?

Por Louthrax

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23-01-2017, 23:41

Edoz, Jörn and I were at the same hotel, last year we started kind of a tradition talking about astronomy and physics while getting drunk at the bar (my wife usually goes to bed after a while). That combination works quite well, you're welcome to join next year :-), we have not talked about dark matter and energy yet! (had some dark beers though...).

Por Manuel

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23-01-2017, 23:46

More physicists around? Smile I did talk to Edo about how MSX architecture is set up in general when we drove to Amsterdam for TYME Tongue

Por CX5Mer

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24-01-2017, 00:15

I arrived at the beginning and stayed until after it ended, so I could go with the others to the restaurant "China Garden", as I didn't know its name or where it was. I thought this show would have been a bit different from what it actually was. I thought everyone would have been given a tag which they could write their real name or forum name on, but there was nothing like that. I didn't know who most of the people there were, but most of them may have known each other for years. I didn't recognise Manuel, so his image must have changed a lot. t tried to avoid speaking English the whole time, although I did speak it a few times. This is because I'm anti isolationism, anti monolingualism, and anti Brexit. I was going to try and sing on stage to my backing CD. I wanted to sign my song "Satellite Enthusiast" about being persecuted for having a large (90cm/1m) elliptical satellite dish to receive TV channels from across Europe, but I didn't sing because I hadn't made a copy of the lyrics, I couldn't remember them, and there seemed to be no microphone or speaker system set up, plus the fact that I was very tired after travelling there on two buses from Stuttgart and may not have had any sleep on the way. It was great when the developer of SymbOS remembered about things I had posted here and that I was looking for some alternative accommodation. I was telling Wolverine (who I didn't know was Wolverine) that I'm not a collector, but I had a CX5M years ago and have now got another one, as well as a Philips VG8235. I spoke to Ray of MVM about how I bought the VG8235 from one of their members on eBay just over two years ago, but hadn't managed to transfer any downloaded software onto MSX floppy disks. I think I made up some Dutch computer terms, or just used English terms, hoping they were the same, but he didn't start speaking English to me. Bas started talking to me in Dutch, by first asking if I was from the Netherlands, then I replied in Dutch, but didn't say I was from the Netherlands. I was interested in his 60 pin to 50 pin adaptor, but I didn't buy one at the time, because I didn't need it urgently as my VG8235 is in London at the moment, but I'm not there. I made a note that it costs €20 so I might order one from him later. I made some donations to MSX Club West Friesland in exchange for four MSX books about programming and the manual for the VG8235. I also tried to draw some kind of super hero using Neos Cheese, but found it was difficult to control the mouse and I couldn't save my picture either. After the meal, I tried to walk back to Tunnelweg near Nijmegen railway station, but I didn't actually know the way, I got lost, then caught a bus there. I had to wait several hours for a bus back to where I'm staying in Germany, but during that time I had some fun answering questions from people in Dutch who didn't start speaking in English to me, so that means I can talk about almost anything in Dutch. I don't remember where I learnt all the Dutch computer terms, but it wasn't from the Linguaphone course, which seemed to have been written in the 1950s. I don't seem to have any problems understanding the books I got from the show. After about 2 hours 50 minutes of delays on my bus journey, I got an email giving me a voucher for a free bus journey!

Por Louthrax

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24-01-2017, 00:56

hamlet wrote:

You guys are looking so professional here, this really reminds me the usual business pictures with captions like "Our teams and technology will help you make a better world" like this one :RNFF:

At the exception of the beer of course. And game pad. And MSX machines in the background.

Por Meits

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24-01-2017, 00:59

wtf... Whyyy...
This is not the way to go.
There are 3D printers. Please have someone release slotexpanders with a solid case and a ribbon cable to an interface cartridge.
Who designed this thing

Por Louthrax

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24-01-2017, 01:28

Meits wrote:

wtf... Whyyy...
This is not the way to go.
There are 3D printers. Please have someone release slotexpanders with a solid case and a ribbon cable to an interface cartridge.
Who designed this thing

I had an original Gouda slot expander with a 1m or more cable just beside, but I knew this setup would get more attention :-) And that simple slot expander is not that bad, if plugged behind a VG-8235!

The other funny fact is that this already super-small MSX machine is powered by an external mini cell-phone-charger-like converter, and it worked running the GFX-9000 Intruder game during the whole day without any heating or crash.

Por Meits

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24-01-2017, 01:26

Even then it needs support as the PCB is in the cartridge while gravity presses it down. The slots are too close together. Too many reasons why this is an oddball of a slotexpander. I wonder what made the designer deside to create this.

If I was really desperate for a slotexpander and I came across this device for € 20,- I might consider it though, but rather not Big smile

Por Louthrax

Prophet (2076)

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24-01-2017, 01:39

I indeed have a support under this one for my "normal use" at home. But this can also be said for most slot-expanders that do not have an expansion cable (most of them now), depending on your MSX model.

I also put an elastic around all the cartridges, with some plastic plates between them, which makes it more compact and stable (well, as long as you use normal-sized cartridges and do not want to swap cartridges too often!).

Por Meits

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24-01-2017, 03:11

The elastic is a good tip, thanks for that. I got a gouda slotexpander screwed to the bottom of a pc case. Because of that the top cover had to be left out, making the cartridges stand a little less stable. I'll see to that. Making my Frankenstein MSX yet a little more saver Smile

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