Retro terminal on macOS

In the February 2017 issue of Linux Magazine (in the Linux Voice section), there was mention of Cool-Retro-Term. It gives you a terminal emulator that tries to duplicate the experience of using an old cathode ray tube monitor. But I also noticed that it comes with a dmg for installing on macOS.

And since I like a bit of retro technology, I couldn't resist trying it out. So I went a put a copy on my MacBook Pro. It really is quite cool looking, and visually reproduces an ancient monitor quite well. It even has the bend at the edge of the screen. Personally, I've turned off the glow line feature because I found it distracting. I have also made the font smaller, so that I can get more text on the screen - that's probably cheating - but it made the terminal more usable. Currently, I'm using the Apple II font from 1977.

Here I am using it to mess about with streaming radio from Madplay on one of my routers running OpenWrt:

It was really simple to install on macOS, and it really does faithfully reproduce the monitors from the old days. It's good nostalgic fun.

A pretty neat idea

I've bought myself a new watch, one of these Casio MP-PCGM1-6 ones:

I've decided that I'm one of those people who really does think that the digital watch is a pretty neat idea.

But you need to be careful. The first one I ordered was from one of the Amazon shops and when it arrived I was pretty sure it was a fake. It was very poor quality, the plastic was rubbish and the printing on the dial didn't look right. It just arrived in a jiffy bag with no other packaging. But I was able to get a refund. This time, I ordered from a jeweller, and there's no doubt this is the real deal. It also came in a proper Casio box. Don't settle for a poor quality digital watch...

Retro CDs

I was looking for some writable CDs, for making up music CDs, since I'd run out. By accident I found these:

Retro style CD awesome are they? Now I know they exist, I might buy some more from Amazon. Sometimes you find something new when you support a small independant retailer. I bought mine from a small store in the village of Linton, near Cambridge. If you ever find youself near Linton, pop into Tournants (in the High Street) and have a look round their interesting collection of computer bits and electrical supplies. It's good to have shops like this.


More retro: the Z88

OK, so I've been buying more retro computing from eBay again.  This is the latest:

The Cambridge Z88

I remember that one of my school friends had one of these, it's only taken me a couple of decades to catch up.  So I've set about writing my own transfer software to move data between the Z88 and the PC.  So far I have a BBC Basic program that runs on the Z88 and a C# .Net application that runs on the PC.  Binary files can be transferred, so I can back up my files (including program listings) off the Z88.  Maybe I'll show you the cable I made, it's a serious DIY job.