Jim Cox | 1 May 01:27 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

Roger, Roy, Justin, and others:

Thanks for putting this together for those of us who 
couldn't make it.

-Jim
http://www.miba51.com/
http://www.cloudymidnights.com/

On Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:50:58 -0500
  Roger Taylor <webmaster@...> wrote:
> Well, for the second year we've managed to pull off some 
>last-minute miracles and come up with a webcam feed from 
>the Last Annual Chicaco CoCo Fest.
> 
> This year we missed Saturday alltogether due to 
>connection problems but much to my surprise when I got up 
>this morning (Sunday) there appeared to be some attempts 
>from the fest at uploading cam pictures to the coco3.com 
>server.  When I checked the last image out it was 
>definately a shot from the fest floor, so I went to work 
>right away setting up the CoCo Cafe to display these 
>images.  For a while they weren't updating for long 
>periods of time, but all of a sudden things started 
>coming together.
> 
> So, before the day was wasted we managed to build up 
>some 14+ chatters at a time in the CoCo Cafe complete 
>with an updating picture from the fest floor.  Ofcourse, 
>the images had to be repainted over a blank background 
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farna | 1 May 02:02 2006
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Re: Second Edition of Tandy's Little Wonder (PayPal or credit card)

A couple people have asked me what address to send PayPal payments to.
Send to farna@... 

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> Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 17:50:50 +0000
> From: farna@...
> Subject: [Coco] Second Edition of Tandy's Little Wonder
> 
> I had intended to get the second edition of "Tandy's Little Wonder: The Color 
> Computer, 1979-1991" printed so a few copies could be sent to the CoCoFest this 
> weekend. I got notified a couple months ago that I'll be deploying to 
> Afghanistan May 8 through mid September and just couldn't get everything done! 
> It is now ready, but since I'm leaving soon I can only offer to e-mail the 4MB 
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Neil Morrison | 1 May 08:28 2006

Re: [Rainbow on Disc] scanned vs. camera attempt 2


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Neil

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From: "Gene Heskett" <gene.heskett@...>

> It looks as if I'm going to have to find this package for my linux box.  
> Where might I find a viewer for these .djvu files?

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Mark Marlette | 1 May 20:34 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

I'm sure there will be a fest report to follow. I would like to add, 
and I know I'll get flamed for this but...it is true.

More people need to attend this once of a year function. Without it we 
would have less if anything. Is it a cheap event to attend? No. Is it 
worth while? Without a doubt.

There are an endless number of excuses on why one could not make it. 
Some indicate money, schedule conflicts, etc. All valid at some point 
in time but after 25yrs, people that have never attend a fest, that 
means it is not a priority.

Money issue...Most all of being adults or seniors now :) Can plan for 
the once a year event. Putting a little money aside each, week month 
what ever gets you there. Even if you can't put away enough money to 
attend every year then attend every other year or what ever works.

Conflicts..They do happen. Glenside has done a good job scheduling 
these events so that they don't happen on the same weekend every year. 
You might not be able to attend every year but should be able to get to 
them, if it is a priority.

The web cam is OK for people overseas or the ones that don't not attend 
every year. It seems there is emphasis put on this technology so that 
people don't have to attend. Believe me the web cam is nothing like 
being there.

Glenside..Thanks again for putting on the fest again in 2006. I'm sure 
it is a drain on resources. You try to recover some of the costs but as 
indicated this year, prices are going up. This means that more people 
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DAVID MACIAS | 1 May 21:07 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

Like most years I had planned on attending, but my work 
schedule is very dynamic. So
it looks like next year is  another maybe for me.  If a 
webcam service were available
for a fee I would gladly pay up to $50.

David Macias

On Mon, 01 May 2006 13:34:58 -0500
  Mark Marlette <mark@...> wrote:
> I'm sure there will be a fest report to follow. I would 
>like to add, and I know I'll get flamed for this but...it 
>is true.
> 

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George's Coco Address | 1 May 21:13 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

Very well said.

 I wish I could come. San Antonio is just too far away. I only make $8/hr 
and I just simply can't manage to save a penny for ANYTHING. If I could 
drive over there during the day and have time to visit, then I would.
 By golly, do it next year in San Antonio or Austin, I'll be there. PROMISE! 
I could even make as far as Houston, because I have family there where I 
could put up for a weekend. Dallas/Ft.Worth is too far and no friends or 
family there.
 In San Antonio, there is the River Walk. A great place to visit in the 
evenings.

George

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Marlette" Sent: Monday, May 01, 2006 1:34 PM

> I'm sure there will be a fest report to follow. I would like to add, and I 
> know I'll get flamed for this but...it is true.
>
> More people need to attend this once of a year function. Without it we 
> would have less if anything. Is it a cheap event to attend? No. Is it 
> worth while? Without a doubt.
>
> There are an endless number of excuses on why one could not make it. Some 
> indicate money, schedule conflicts, etc. All valid at some point in time 
> but after 25yrs, people that have never attend a fest, that means it is 
> not a priority.
>
> Money issue...Most all of being adults or seniors now :) Can plan for the 
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Mark Marlette | 1 May 21:21 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

David,

I personally remember you attending. :)

Also I like the feedback on the cam feed. More planning would have to 
be done to make sure that it was up and operational.

I can say it was VERY frustrating with the Internet being down Sat. AM.

Thanks!

Mark

Quoting DAVID MACIAS <dmacias666@...>:

> Like most years I had planned on attending, but my work schedule is 
> very dynamic. So
> it looks like next year is  another maybe for me.  If a webcam 
> service were available
> for a fee I would gladly pay up to $50.
>
> David Macias
>
> On Mon, 01 May 2006 13:34:58 -0500
>  Mark Marlette <mark@...> wrote:
>> I'm sure there will be a fest report to follow. I would like to add, 
>> and I know I'll get flamed for this but...it is true.
>>
>
> -- 
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Mark Marlette | 1 May 21:31 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

George,

Darn it.. I forgot this reason...Location.

Chicago is centrally located and the REAL reason... Is that they have a 
club that works on the scheduling, booking and all of the details that 
need to be done.

So unless you want to do all of that work and layout all of the needed 
cash to make it happen. I doubt it would be in your location. If you 
could fund it....By the time you accounted for the time and cash you 
laid out...It would be cheaper to drive/fly to Chicago.

They are free classes out there for financial planning. :)

Regards,

Mark

Quoting George's Coco Address <yahoo@...>:

> Very well said.
>
> I wish I could come. San Antonio is just too far away. I only make 
> $8/hr and I just simply can't manage to save a penny for ANYTHING. If 
> I could drive over there during the day and have time to visit, then 
> I would.
> By golly, do it next year in San Antonio or Austin, I'll be there. 
> PROMISE! I could even make as far as Houston, because I have family 
> there where I could put up for a weekend. Dallas/Ft.Worth is too far 
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Frank Pittel | 1 May 23:05 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

I'm going to leave the original email intact and encourage all to read
it again. A while ago I posted a question to the list asking what the
people here actually did with their Cocos. Did they actually use the
hardware or did they mostly use emulators. I was disappointed by the
number of responses.

Before going on any further maybe I should answer the question I asked.
These days I like to putter around on the actual hardware. ( I did get
an emulator machine saturday so that may change a little. :-)) Mostly
I write "toy" programs in basic and assembly as a way to remind myself
of the "good old days" when a person could actually understand how their
computer worked. :-)

I got my first Coco back in the late '80s. It was a Coco-3 that I got at
a Coco-fest. As memory serves I got it there because Radio Shack was selling
them at a reduced price at the show. I also got a tape recorder and service
manual for it. I remember after getting the service manual that I may have
been better off getting the source listing of the ROMS. (these days I'm glad
I got the service manual!) Not to much later I got the assembler rom and
learned 6809 assembly. Having recently graduated with a bsee it didn't take
to long before I unsoldered the expansion port socket and wired in some
ribbon cable that connected to a board with the original socket and a connector
that had "prototype" boards available for. After showing coworkers and the
owner of the company I worked for some of what I was doing with it. A coco
was ordered by the company and I made the same modifications to it. The
company was involved in industrial process control and while I worked for the
engineering side there was a repair department that did component level
repair of equipment. Before long I had programmed the little coco to test
components (ram,rom,asics,etc) reprogram eproms and about anything else they
asked for. During that time I removed the ribbon cable from my coco and
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Boisy Pitre | 1 May 22:08 2006

Re: CoCo Fest video and chat

I'll second what Mark said.  People NEED to attend the fest.  Web  
cams are fine, but there are people on this list who have never  
attended a CoCo Fest -- that's a travesty.  In spite of having been  
at full-time university student for the past two years, I still have  
found the time and money to make it to the fest.  Granted, it isn't  
cheap, depending on if you fly or drive, and where you live, but  
there were at least four people who flew to attend this year's fest  
(myself, Dick Albers and his wife, and REVKAK).

As for the fest itself, this year was a blast.  I flew from  
Lafayette, LA to O'Hare on Friday afternoon and in spite of heavy  
traffic, made it to the hotel around 6:00pm.  After going out to  
dinner, Mark, Sandy and I met up with a group in the hotel lobby and  
had a great time of discussion up until midnight.  Saturday was  
great; the new products like Roy's and Chris' adapters were the hit  
of the show, as well as Chris' CDF for NitrOS-9.  It was great to see  
new products on the tables and people buying them up.  Carl England's  
excellent BACKUP MAGIC (which I completely forgot to buy) was also  
there, talk about a cool product!

Then there's the people: Dave Poitras, Roy Justus, James Jones, Wally  
Grossman, Dick Crislip, Brian Schubring, Chris Hawks, and all the  
others who made an effort to be there.  By coming to the fest, you  
get to meet and interact with these guys, talk with them about their  
CoCo systems (which are set up at their tables, by the way).  It's an  
absolute blast.

I'm sure others will do fuller reviews, but the bottom line is: if  
you want to continue to support the CoCo, then stop making excuses  
and find a way to get to the fest next year.  Hop a ride with someone  
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