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Commodore 64 Files on macOS

C=64 Boot

Last year, I managed to acquire a C=64 Maxi. It’s a faithful replication of the original Commodore 64 based on an ARM SBC, similar to a Raspberry Pi, running a minimal Linux kernel and VICE. As I’m also a Mac user, I had to figure out how to access and transfer files, and develop software for the C=64 on the Mac. This should be mostly the same if using The C=64, or emulation of the C=64 on the Mac itself.


A Few Hugo Tips and Tricks

Hugo is a pretty powerful Web development tool. But everything isn’t always obvious. I’ve had to figure a few things out that could probably be documented a little better. So here are my notes on a few random things.


Remembering The Strange Events of the Summer of 1981 in Rural Ohio

Night Siege

After several years and trips to my parent’s house searching, I finally found my mother’s UFO books. She gave them to me upon her death. In with them, I found Night Siege: The Northern Ohio UFO-Creature Invasion by Dennis Pilichis.

It chronicles the strange events in the summer of ‘81 in rural Ohio. Reading it after all these years, brought back a lot of memories. It was a crazy time.


Moving From Wordpress to Static S3 Site

Using AWS s3 to host a web site is easy, and rather inexpensive. Also using S3, there is no code or database required, so not only is security better, but there is a lot less complexity than using Wordpress. If you have your own domain name, you can either use Nginx or Cloud Front with Route 53 to front end it. I chose the former as I didn’t want to give up control of my domain to AWS.

You’ll also need a static site generator, unless you want to write the HTML yourself. I started with Pelican, but switched to Hugo. Pelican just didn’t work the way I wanted it to. So far, except for a few minor issues, Hugo is working just fine.


Goblin The Horror Original Soundtracks Review

Here we have a collection of Goblin’s Horror soundtracks on vinyl LPs. This is the first Goblin boxset on vinyl and has many titles that haven’t been available in a long time. The is for LITA 20th Anniversary and is limited to 1000 copies. The albums are on a blood red transparent colored vinyl that look particularly cool. It comes in a nice box and has an 8 page book featuring liner notes on each soundtrack by Fabio Capuzzo.


Setting up a usable Python environment in macOS

So having recently gone back to the Mac after a 7 year hiatus to try out using Linux as a desktop environment meant getting 7 years worth of code working. Any Perl code I had would have been originally written on macOS, so it worked just fine. 3/4 of my C code was written on macOS originally as well. But Just installing some packages with Brew and it all compiled just fine. And of course, all the BASH and awk code was no issues either.

And that brings us to Python. For some inexplicable reason, the system python is still 2.7. As you’d guess, all my code is Python 3. But, you should never use the system python anyway.


That Time When I Learned My First Lesson for a SysAdm.

In the early ‘90’s I had a student job that gave me my first taste of working as a System Administrator. I was working for the Law School’s library where I was taking EE in college. The Library had the only student computer lab for the law school. It was a mixture of DOS boxes and a few Macs. The workers in the library had either NeXT workstations, DOS PCs, and a few Macs.

For servers there were a couple of Netware Servers, a UNIX server, and a NeXT server and a Mac SE with a network card in it that was acting as the Mac server.

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