March 11th, 2005


Encounter at the front door

Two ladies walk up, one holding a copy of the Watchtower, the other a Bible.

"Hello. We'd like to share an encouraging thought with you from the Bible for our new neighbors."

"Thank you. Go away. Goodbye."

I closed the door. They got back in their car, sat for a bit, then drove off. I was nice enough to wait until they were out of sight before taping the other "No preaching" sticker from Ring of Fire Enterprises to the inside of the front storm door. (There was already one on the back door.)
  • Current Mood
    awake awake

A new, old computer

I finally received a computer I bought on eBay a few weeks ago: a TRS-80 Model II. The model II is a very nice system, for its era: it had a Z-80 processor (like most TRS-80s), a true 64K of RAM that could actually all be used at once, and 8-inch floppy disk drives. It will run CP/M and not require any modifications to common programs, unlike the model I or III. (The model 4 would do that, but it came along several years later.)

This one was packed in a particularly crappy manner: they put it in a box, then used a single layer of packing peanuts between that box and an outer box. Of course, it bounced around. The top cover was loose inside the box. Fortunately, nothing appears damaged.

The machine won't run, though. It appears the disk drive's lead screw is jammed. Tight. I couldn't budge it with even with a pair of Channel-Locks. Fortunately, it's the same disk drive I already have three of, so all I have to do is get it out of the box. Easier said than done: I'm off to the hardware store to buy a LONG 1/4" socket extension. There's one screw in there that's well and truly buried.
  • Current Music
    Golden Earring - Twilight Zone