Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retro find: NES (EU+US)

Doing my sunday morning market shopping at my local town, i stumbled upon this really mint looking NES packaging including two extra games (Ikari Warriors & Bionic Commando). I wasn't expecting much on a reasonable price since the whole kit was in such a great condition, but out of curiosity i asked anyway.
The seller asked 5 euro, couldn't find the money fast enough! This Nintendo Entertainment System is originally a EU-PAL system, but it has a switch fitted to also accept and play US-NTSC cartridges. It's the 'Action Set' which includes the light gun and probably the most known double game cartridge on the system with the original 'Super Mario Bros' and 'Duck Hunt' on them.
What i also love about it, is that the original price tag is still attached, back then ofcourse in old 5.995 BEF, which is about 150 euro in todays money.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Using an old instance of JBoss (version 7) i found it littered the log files with cookie informational entries, like the following:

2015-04-02 11:46:18,714 INFO  [org.apache.tomcat.util.http.Cookies] (http-- Cookies: Invalid cookie. Value not a token or quoted value

To avoid this add the following option when starting:


Friday, March 06, 2015

When programming in Java and using Apache Maven, you might get the following warning, which does no harm but clutters up the output;

[WARNING] Using platform encoding (UTF-8 actually) to copy filtered resources, i.e. build is platform dependent!

The solution is to add the desired platform encoding in your pom.xml file by adding it to 'project.build.sourceEncoding' section of the properties (if you don't have properties, you will need to add them first).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Security on the world wide web is important, projects like Firefox certainly take this serious and i applaud what they are trying to do by making the browser as secure by default as possible. However, when using enterprise software this sometimes gives problems because they always lag behind (a lot in some cases).

Once again, after the latest update of Firefox, i suddenly could no longer connect to the ILO interface of our HP servers. This was caused by the recent addition of 'pkix' in Firefox.

Should you see the following error while connecting to an https enabled site;

An error occurred during a connection to . Issuer certificate is invalid. (Error code: sec_error_ca_cert_invalid)

Simply disable pkix verification through: about:config - security.use_mozillapkix_verification - false

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Retro find: Commodore Vic20

Went to look for an Amiga 500, but it was in a bad shape and had just too many missing pieces and i found it not worth the time when there are so many more perfect A500's available. My eye caught another piece of equipment from the same owner - A Commodore VIC-20. I asked him if i could take that instead and he agreed.

The VIC-20 is famous for being the first affordable home computer and further development of the platform would later turn out to be the iconic C64. Notice that the casing is much the same, except the color is lighter.
Included are a 16kB expansion (without it, it only has 3kB of memory!) and a tape unit.

Remember: If you have retro gear and want to get rid of it, don't throw it in the trash, but donate it to a collector like me (or one of the many others).

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Retro find: Amiga 2000

My latest retro find is this Amiga 2000 (rev 6). It has 2 disk drives and a CD drive installed (however the CD drive is no longer connected). Still has the original battery, which is not leaking yet! but i won't be waiting too long to replace it before it can do damage.
The A2000 case is in good condition, however a '0' dropped of, so now it says 'Amiga 200' :) and there is a sticker on the side from 'The Simpsons', which is kind of cool and i'll probably leave it on there.
Not too many scratches or yellowing. There is no keyboard anymore, but that is not a big problem.

Included is also a 'BSC Tandem IDE controller', although it isn't really any good. It's main purpose is to control CD drives. Clearly first generation because it has two connectors; one for ATAPI drives and one for Mitsumi drives (remember those?). It is also possible to attach hard drives, but it does not support autobooting, luckily i still have a spare 'Buddha flash' available (which supports autoboot and up to 8 ide devices), combined with a compact flash card this will work perfectly.

Also included is a genuine Commodore monitor, but i won't be using that.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Heb je nog een oude/retro computer (Atari, Commodore, MSX, Amstrad/Schneider, Sinclair, ... - 8 bit, 16 bit, ...) op zolder staan waar je niets meer mee doet? Of eentje die niet meer (goed) werkt? Ik zorg er wel voor dat deze een nieuw plaatsje krijgen in mijn collectie, daar kunnen ze dan nog jaren verder en worden ze in werkende staat gehouden. In die gevallen waar ze niet meer te herstellen zijn, nemen we er de nog werkende onderdelen uit om zo andere weer tot leven te wekken.
Contacteer me via Google+ of op Twitter (of laat hier een berichtje achter) mocht je er nog zo eentje staan hebben en om verder af te spreken (toch beter dan naar het container park te brengen).