Most people are certainly aware that the Internet is not secure per se, and that you have to protect your computer accordingly. And this is completely independent of the operating system. Something like a secure operating system can be classified in the realm of legends and legends. But unfortunately sometimes even the best virus scanner does not help in all cases. The question is, of course, when does it become dangerous? On the other hand, I classify any form of spyware as dangerous, even if it only records the behavior in the browser. At least this creates an interface that can be extended at any time.
Running a website is sometimes not as easy as many people might think. Especially if it is not an 0815 page from one of the many web construction kits of the providers. I also suspect that very few people think about the monthly costs. Therefore, I have created a small survey to see if this effort for a hobby is justified at all.
There are many reasons to try a different operating system version with the Commodore C64. Or you don't want to write up your computer or tinker with it. Inspired by the REX 9628 Extern Kernal 8 card, I had assembled my own card. From a small gimmick, I finally became a big gimmick with gimmick. This article is about the reproduction of this card.
Anyone who likes to do handicrafts and solder will surely have a considerable collection of prototypes sooner or later. Over the years I've also accumulated a lot. And I would like to know what you do with the prototypes when your project is finished.
Windows 10 should be better, faster and safer... However, especially the point "more secure" brings some uncertainties when it comes to installing software and drivers that have not been certified by Microsoft. It is about the software package "openCBM", which is needed for the use of Commodore peripherals on a PC. Many stumble upon one or the other during the driver installation under Windows 10, especially when it comes to the 64 bit version. Therefore I would like to try to make it easier for beginners with this manual.
If a new Easyflash3 module has been assembled, the individual components such as the FTDI chip, the CPLD and also the flash are still empty and the module is therefore not ready for use. Or it was exchanged after a defect of one of the ICs and must now also be reprogrammed. But also a simple update can be necessary from time to time. Starting from a fresh Windows 10 installation, I describe the procedure to initialize an Easyflash3 completely, or to carry out an update.
There are always situations where you need a different kernel in the Commodore C64. Be it to simply test something, or because you don't want to open the computer. And so I had the idea to make such a small plug-in card myself. And for a simple Mdoul, it doesn't even need many parts.
Not everyone shares my preference for SMD. And I promised some time ago to make a version of the TriMod CBM adapter without SMD. And I would like to introduce this to you in this article. One could also say, the fasting time is over, it may be again something more...
"Oh no, not another joystick adapter" - I can already hear the prophecies of doom from the background. But this time it's not about another USB joystick adapter for the PC, but about a joystick adapter for all home computers with a D-SUB9 interface, like Atari and Commodore. And for the Commodore there is even a game which supports this adapter. Because with this adapter you can operate the gamepads of the Sony Playstation 2 on the home computers mentioned.
It's just Easter, and Lent is over. But not as far as the projects are concerned. Lent is really starting here...
As announced some time ago, this time it's about shrinking the joystick adapter on a strip grid board. Surely the strip grid board was functional and everything worked. But as far as the design is concerned, such a board will certainly not win a prize. So I shrunk the whole thing so much that all the electronics fit into a DSUB9 case.
You just want to play an old game in an emulator. Or has just built a MiSTer FPGA. Surely you have various joysticks for the good old home computers, such as Atari or Commodore, at home, but all of them have in common that a 9pin plug is used for the connection to the computer. PCs have never had such a connector. Today USB is used as interface almost continuously. In this article I would like to describe how you can easily build such an adapter on a paper tape board.
Years ago I packed my old school calculator, the TI-59 from Texas Instruments, carelessly into a box. There it lay for several decades, until a few days ago I met this little treasure chest, and there all kinds of treasures came to light. Among other things also the mentioned TI-59. The battery had leaked meanwhile and also otherwise it gave no more Mucks of itself. Since I found that such an old sweetheart does not belong on the garbage, I went to the repair.