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Michael Sy - I knew/know a lot of the people from early BBSs, computers and hacking in Melbourne and many of them are in the book - Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier is a 1997 book by Suelette Dreyfus.
I have a signed hard copy but its been available free online (naturally) for years - http://suelette.home.xs4all.nl/underground/justin/index.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4686
If you want quick - heady - feel of what it was like back then read this chapter - Mendax was/is Assange - as you know - http://suelette.home.xs4all.nl/underground/justin/chapter_8.html

 

Seriously interesting stuff...

 

FXH did you find Underground "telemovie" accurate in it's rendition of that era re: technology, computer parts fairs etc

post #23837 of 54934
If anyone is genuinely interested in the Amstrad I could let you have a play

Haven't seen the movie yet - is it on iview or dvd?

I did also set up the first #auspolitics channel on Internet Relay Chat and knew many of the hackers through there and also #coders and sometimes #quiz. They were heady days.

My Amstrad PPC still works - one small floppy 64 ?? for program/system and one for memory. The amazing thing was - it had a built in modem - even back in those days - and so was able to be taken on the road and dialed into mainframes to read and input data. I think I paid well over $1,000 in 1989? - no one else could do that.

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The two computers had very similar specifications. The PPC512 had an NEC V30 processor running at 8MHz, 512 KiB of memory, a full-size 102-key keyboard, a built-in liquid crystal display (not backlit)[1] that could emulate the CGA or MDA and either one or two 720k 3.5" floppy drives (the model was either the PPC512S or PPC512D depending on the number of drives it had). The PPC640 was otherwise identical except that it had 640 KiB of memory, a built-in modem, and its case was a darker shade of grey.

The PPC included standard connectors for RS-232, Centronics and CGA/MDA video, allowing existing peripherals to be used. All the signals used by the 8-bit ISA bus were also available through an expansion connector.
Four possible power sources could be used[2]:
Ten C-size alkaline batteries. (10 x 1.5v = 15 volts, but the load was such the voltage dropped to nearer 12 volts in use.)
Mains adaptor
Car cigarette lighter.
An Amstrad PC-MD, PC-CD or PC-ECD Monitor. (These monitors all contained a power supply)

The physical layout of the components was unlike most laptop designs: instead of the lid containing the screen, it contained the keyboard. The hinges were therefore at the front of the main unit, rather than the back. The LCD was hinged separately and folded down into a recess on the top of the system unit. The one or two floppy drives were located on the right-hand side. When closed, the size of the PPC was 45cm wide × 10cm high × 23cm deep.

A bank of six DIP switches was used to select whether the video hardware emulated CGA or MDA, and whether to use an internal or external monitor.

No official hard drive option or docking station was manufactured, but both were sold by third-party manufacturers.
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Software

MS-DOS 3.3 was supplied with all PPCs, along with 'Organizer' - a memory-resident suite of utilities including a card file, diary, calculator and telephone dialler. In addition, the PPC 640 was supplied with Mirror II, a communications package for use with the built-in modem.

The MS-DOS boot disk also included a utility which could be used to switch between the internal display and an external monitor without rebooting
post #23838 of 54934
PoP - the big breakthrough in offices was when the IBM daisy wheels came - better than golf balls - and they had a small screen to preview typing before you let it print to page. I think you could nearly preview a whole page = two lines at a time.
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If anyone is genuinely interested in the Amstrad I could let you have a play
Haven't seen the movie yet - is it on iview or dvd?
I did also set up the first #auspolitics channel on Internet Relay Chat and knew many of the hackers through there and also #coders and sometimes #quiz. They were heady days.
My Amstrad PPC still works - one small floppy 64 ?? for program/system and one for memory. The amazing thing was - it had a built in modem - even back in those days - and so was able to be taken on the road and dialed into mainframes to read and input data. I think I paid well over $1,000 in 1989? - no one else could do that.

 

 

Given the nature of the show, it would be completely inappropriate to pay for it!

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@Nolvadex: IT'S A TRAP!

Honestly, make the bus trip to Leon's, I do. I suspect they actually have a few agents in town (Mitchell Ogilvie? May charge a premium?) It may be worth a call.
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Come off it fxh, those look like BBC props mate. Where do you put the dylithium crystals? ;-)
I was relatively late to computers, a Mac II was my first PC. Before that I lugged something like this around:
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Right up until about 1996 that was.

First Netscape now this! I switched to Macs at the end of 1994, cost an arm and two legs at the time. Prior to that it was an orange Olivetti portable.

Finally made it to Sydney yesterday afternoon and went to DJ's looks like a plague of locusts had swept through the place and could I find an XL Polo in the colour I wanted? No!
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Behold my first computer; the glorious Commodore 64 bread box:



Parents bought it for me when I was about 4 in prep, although they never sprang for a disk drive, so I had to endure torturous load times with the mighty cassette drive:



I still remember to load programs off the cassette drive you had to hold down SHIFT and Run/stop...

.. would take seriously 15 or 20 mins to load some games.
post #23843 of 54934
^ Ah, the memories.

My parents wouldn't spring for a C64, so I got a TRS80 (or "Trash 80", as they were sometimes unkindly called) instead. I later graduated to an IBM 286 series with one 5.25 and one 3.5" floppy drive. I thought I was da bomb!

Spent a lot of time playing Ultima IV and V on that computer...
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Spent a lot of time playing Ultima IV and V on that computer...

Same here except I think I shared my time equally between Ultima and Bards Tale. Man I loved that game!
post #23845 of 54934
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I don't have much dry cleaning done at all, but I know that higher-end men's clothing stores such as Richards


damn post verifcation crap, i cant edit my post. 

I dont have a car atm which makes the place a bit difficult to get to. Is there a place in the city that is good as well?
There was a little sign at regents tailors that said something about dry cleaning but I forgot to mention it while I was there.
Google suggests
"Brisbane City Clothing Alterations" are agents. Fwiw I'd attach a note with any instructions if going through an agent.

http://www.brisbaneclothingalterations.com.au/Dry-Cleaning-Brisbane-City.html
post #23846 of 54934
We had an Amiga. Good times.

Back to matters sartorial--my Sperrys:

post #23847 of 54934
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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

 

Analogous to the relative scarcity of quality shoe establishments in Australia at a reasonable pricepoint (ordering things online aside) - I've found it almost impossible to find a decent briefcase locally, and I've been searching for a month now. I've very tempted to just give up and order a briefcase through Saddleback Leather, as everywhere else seems to offer horrendously made/corrected-grain/nylon-lined crap at ridiculous prices (see Marcs, Calibre, CK, Oroton etc). Anyone know of decent options at the sub $500 price point?

 

After spending a couple hours at Bondi Westfield today looking at overpriced crap from Bally, LV, Coach, TUMI and Rodd & Gunn I'm pretty much settled on Saddleback Leather for a briefcase, although I'm unhappy with the overall look of it... Anyone know if FOSSIL bags are decent quality? They're having a sale at the moment and are around 250 bucks, which doesn't seem too bad for what you get, but I haven't had the chance to have a proper look at the stitching and ask what the leather is like.

 

Something like this: http://www.fossil.com.au/en_GB/shop/men/features/new_arrivals/bags/estate_document_bag-mbg9093p.html?parent_category_rn=331280&departmentCategoryId=331209&beginIndex=0&pageSize=1000&pn=c&cm_vc=331283&imagePath=MBG9093222

or alternatively this:

 

http://www.fossil.com.au/en_GB/shop/men/categories/sale/dillon_simple_work_bag-mbg9013p.html?parent_category_rn=&departmentCategoryId=&beginIndex=0&pageSize=1000&pn=c&cm_vc=331278&imagePath=MBG9013201

 

Those are the sorts of 'styles' I'm looking for, but I can't seem to find much from other brands under $500 at the mo'. Any options, or should I pull the trigger on Saddleback?

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I've been rather slack about posting photos lately, so here are some rather quick-and-dirty (and bad) photos of my outfits from the week before Christmas and this week:

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And a closer look:
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And a closer look:
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And a closer look:
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Borrelli, Borrelli, Bulgari...
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...and Berluti:
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post #23849 of 54934
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...and Berluti:
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post #23850 of 54934
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Originally Posted by Nicholas D C View Post

I actually ended up buying a pair of Loakes as I managed to try a few on at DJs (I ordered from HerringShoes in the UK eventually, however) and the Loakes fit and felt a lot better for my narrower feet than the equivalents I could find in Florsheim's Royal Imperial line. That's not to say the Royal Imperials were shabbily constructed for the price point - the Royal Imperial brogues I saw were only 190 dollars on sale, and were hefty and seemingly well made. I think at that kind of price point it's hard to be too harsh on a fully goodyear welted shoe. The normal Imperials though, seem to have glued rather than welted construction (as far as I can tell). The stitching seems decorative, so to speak, in comparison to the Royal Imperials. 

Analogous to the relative scarcity of quality shoe establishments in Australia at a reasonable pricepoint (ordering things online aside) - I've found it almost impossible to find a decent briefcase locally, and I've been searching for a month now. I've very tempted to just give up and order a briefcase through Saddleback Leather, as everywhere else seems to offer horrendously made/corrected-grain/nylon-lined crap at ridiculous prices (see Marcs, Calibre, CK, Oroton, Coach etc). Anyone know of decent options at the sub $500 price point?

I can't believe I am saying this but a point my cobbler makes is that modern glues are very strong and keep a shoe together. Lloyds have been glued (cemented) for years and sell allover for top dollar.
Those Indian Goodyear Florsheims will give a lot of wear for the price.

Re briefcases try Cardini in the Strand. When you say briefcase do you mean the traditional "off to Number 10 Downing St" variety or a "document bag" or a satchel?
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