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Amiga 2000

Not long after I received my much anticipated Amiga 1200 in the mail from Italy, a fellow Tokyo HackerSpace member had scheduled a trip to Hard Off in Akihabara.

For those not in Japan, the name of that shop sounds downright WRONG.

Let me explain:

Hard Off is a used hardware store (recycle shop). They are a national chain store, with shops all over Japan. They also have Book Off and Home Off.

Just for fun


You can read the back story of this project in the A1200 project blog but in summary:
My brother gave me a C=128 for Christmas of 2015. I admit to being a bit lazy with it and not doing much.
I did however get it powered up here in Japan for a short time, and had composite video working on a multimedia LCD display. I never did get the VGA mod working. I still want to get that done.
My plans for it are as follows:

Just for fun

Amiga 1200

My brother has been bugging me for a long time to "get back to your roots" by becoming a retro PC collecter. He has built himself a wall dedicated to C= machines of the 8-bit family, such as the C64, C128, C16, Plus4 and peripherals.

Just for fun

More Kicad library madness

After producing a few designs in the bleeding edge versions of Kicad (see previous posts), I was smacked with some seriously painful side effects.

In particular, when updating the installation, migrating it to another system, or attempting to run a fresh install on another system, you design files are likely NOT going to be compatible. It is the nature of not working with stable releases.

Toys and things

It has been a while since my last blog. My new job keeps me quite busy, but I really enjoy it. I should write about it sometime. But Its late tonight, and I need to go to bed soon. So I decided to keep this one short.

Terastation TS-X4.OTL/R5 won't boot

So after some success with a couple of Terastations at work, I decided to dig out my own broken unit, hoping to get it up and running.

Unfortunately it is a much worse problem than the units at work. It boots up to error  E06. TFTP MODE.

I followed this guide, which explains how to set up an TFTP server, but unfortunately the machine wont fetch the files.

Pinging to the IP address given on the Terastation LCD screen returns no results.

Bringing a Terastation TS-X2.0TL back from the dead

This post is relatively short. The bulk of the steps are described in the related article regarding the TS5400.

However, there are a few differences with these older machines:

Bringing a Terastation TS5400 back from the dead

At work we had a few Terastations laying around, and the word was we needed some proper file sharing in the office. We also would like some backup and web server space. While I dont advocate using a Terastation as a full blown server, it is sufficient for small jobs, and has all the benefits of a RAID array to store your web data.

Unfortunately, these units had "new" drives in them, and do not boot. One is older, and I will have to walk through getting that one up and running in another post.

Working with KiCAD's terrible library management

KiCAD is a great tool. For the cost of free, you have no limits on board size, layers, pin count, or parts. Sure it does not include an auto router, but who really uses one. In fact, the current build of CERN's additions adds such great automated features to the manual router that you really dont even need an auto router, even on complex boards.


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