After working one of my old computers up for the standalone SSTV decoder it gave my the incentive to have a look at the rest of the stack. Some had been completely gutted over time to keep the others going and are non starters but thankfully I had left the system hard drive in 3 of them.
Of the 3 that would boot up anywhere near properly only 2 could be used, the other had a badly corrupted windows operating system and will most likely need a total wipe/fresh install.
One was a blank slate with an old version of Linux on it (will be having a play with that some time this week) and the other turned out to be full of old radio programs and data, result!.
This appeared to have been my main workhorse 8 years ago and judging by the stuff left on there I must have shoved it rudely to one side in favor of a better computer.
Yesterdays Cutting Edge Technology
It always amazes me how fast change happens when it comes to computers and it wasn’t so many years ago I was well happy with a 133MHz computer and a 56k dial modem. This particular reanimated computer is made up of a massive 4gb hard drive, 64 Meg of ram and a 200 MHz Pentium processor 🙂
Shouldn’t really mock as it’s running flawlessly after being mothballed for so long, boots up a hundred times faster my most up to date computer and kept all the sound settings so it started decoding data modes straight away.
The Best Find – SSTV Pics From 2007
There’s a good stock of SSTV pictures left on the computer that would look great in the gallery but it’s going to take a bit of work to get them there.
The files are in bitmap format which in itself isn’t a problem to convert to something more usable, its the fact that the computer refuses to except any USB stick and I’m a little scared at the prospect of connecting it directly to my main computer until its had a brutal virus check.
Looks like its time to find a blank CD ROM and do things old school.