Pardon our dust…

During this week, the Atlanta Historical Computing Society web site (atlhcs.org) will be moving web-hosts from a hosted account on WordPress.com to a independent server.  The site address will not change.  However some legacy features may break both temporarily and permanently.  If you are subscribed to email updates for blog posts, you should consider joining our Yahoo Groups mailing list temporarily as this feature will not be migrated.  WordPress.com does not provide your email addresses to us due to privacy concerns.  We will re-introduce this blog update feature soon, but subscribers will need to re-opt-in for blog updates.  Keep watching the site for details.

Some feature migrations will be delayed for about two weeks.  Users will be able to login to our new WordPress site to post comments using Facebook and Google+ accounts.  However our current ETA to reintroduce this feature is Nov 18.

Don’t forget our November monthly meeting is at the Computer Museum of America at the new location.

 

August 12, 2017 Meeting…

While we didn’t meet in July, we ARE meeting in August in a brand new location  – the future home of the Computer Museum of America.  The address is 5000 Commerce Pkwy, Roswell GA, 30076.  It was the old Burlington Coat Factory.  It is on the lower level, go to the back of the building facing Commerce street.  The entrance we are to use is under the Roswell Town Center sign.  It is the same entrance for Whirlyball and War Games Laser Tag. Once you enter the building, suite 5000 will be on your right.

We will be demoing some of the recent rescued gear including some items picked up from the TRS auction.   There will be another “free” pile of things (Earl and John both are bringing stuff).   We will also be discussing the upcoming Vintage Computer Festival – Midwest; which also happens to conflict with our September meeting.  And we will be organizing the new space and making it feel like home-sweet-home.

There will ALSO be a special give-away starting this month.  Earl has gotten us signed up with Jet Brains and we will have the first two license give aways this month (up to $150 value if you win and decide to get IntelliJ).

The meeting will be during our usual hours of 1pm to 5pm.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

VCF SE 5.0 Info and Exhibit Registration now available

When:

Saturday April 29, 2017, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday April 30 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:

Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA, 30076 (Google map)

Head on over to the VCF Federation web site for info and registering your exhibit. (Vendors can register there too!)   CLICK HERE to get there directly.

Currently registered  EXHIBITS

Meeting Saturday August 13th 2016

Reminder — We’re meeting at the new location.

WHERE: Computer Museum of America .  The address is Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA 30076.  This was the old Comp-USA building for those of you who have lived in the area for a while.For those of you who haven’t been there before, this is where we also have held VCF SE.  A map can be found here.

WHEN: We’re now meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  So it’s this Saturday – August 13th.

WHAT : Not sure if there is anything special planned for this month.  We will be discussing the VCF MW event coming up in September and discussing some updates for VCF SE 5.0.

As always, folks will have new finds, new info and will be working on various projects…

Our next meeting…NEW DATE, NEW LOCATION

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR — We are changing WHEN and WHERE we meet .

WHERE: Computer Museum of America .  The address is Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA 30076.  This was the old Comp-USA building for those of you who have lived in the area for a while.For those of you who haven’t been there before, this is where we also have held VCF SE.  A map can be found here.

WHEN: We’re moving our meetings from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month, since we have to match up with when the Computer Museum is open.  This means for July it will be the 9th.  August will be the 13th, etc.

 

Last Meeting (May 21th)

Our last meeting was May 21st at the regular location (Christ the Lord Church)

Thanks to Jeff Stokes on a very detailed and wonderful job of relaying the insides of all things CP/M.   When he has a complete set of instructions ready to post, we will included a link here.

Overall, he covered how to get software/files onto your CP/M machine.

He demonstrated an easier (compared to making your own floppies) way to get software/files onto your real CP/M machine from your PC using a NULL Modem cable, a CP/M Terminal program like MODEM901.COM or IMP.COM, CP/M Emulators and serial server software running on Windows/Linux/Raspberry Pi. He showed that you can also logon to BBSs on the internet using this setup.

One of the details that he pointed out is that you definitely need to know what kind of serial port it has.  Does it have a UART chip or is it CP/M SIO software driven?  This information is needed in order to assemble/link a working terminal program for it.

CP/M software needs to be re-compiled in a lot of instances to run on the various machines.  Jeff demonstrated  two main ways  to do this.

 If you ask, he can provide copies of the SW he used (maybe at our next meeting if you weren’t able to get it at this meeting.)