Looking at the TRS-80 Model x Series - Part 3 (Temporary Working Location)

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(Part 2 here) Welcome to Part 3. Instead of doing text and photos here in Part 3 of this TRS-80 slog, I thought I would just shoot a quick (unedited) video tour of the stuff that I moved into the office, which gives a better view of the entirety of that particular part of my collection and what I'll be going through in various forms starting with Part 4. For those that care, I captured this with my Canon PowerShot SD790 IS Digital Elpha camera in its movie mode, which does 640x480, 30FPS, AVI format. Quick and dirty, but a very large file for such a short video (in fact 464.3MB), so it's not really practical for longer format work without conversion, particularly since YouTube only allows maximum 1GB single video files regardless of whether it's HD or SD, like this is. In fact, YouTube again thwarted my attempts to use it (multiple hung uploads), so I went to Viddler.com, which seems to work better with larger uploads, though it degraded the quality considerably. So much for "quick"...

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Mark Vergeer
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Viddler works like a charm

Bill, thanks for showing us that video. Viddler works like a charm. I am curious after your first 'trial runs' with the old TRS-80 hardware.

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Endless basement

Bill, thank you for this video. I'm convinced that you don't have a "basement," but an endless "dungeon" that would take months to explore!

I used to say "I don't care what you have seen, I WAS THERE, MAN!" However, I'm convinced that your experiences with your collection supercedes my first-hand experiences. How you acquired such a vast collection of hardware and software, I have no idea. You are the man!

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Bill, thank you for this video. I'm convinced that you don't have a "basement," but an endless "dungeon" that would take months to explore!

Either that or the shelves are shifting and reconfigurating themselves all the time!

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Endless basement
Rowdy Rob wrote:

Bill, thank you for this video. I'm convinced that you don't have a "basement," but an endless "dungeon" that would take months to explore!

I used to say "I don't care what you have seen, I WAS THERE, MAN!" However, I'm convinced that your experiences with your collection supercedes my first-hand experiences. How you acquired such a vast collection of hardware and software, I have no idea. You are the man!

qoj hpmoj o+ 6uo73q 3Jv 3svq jnoh 77V

Our experiences in the past indeed seem to pale compared to Bill's - although I was lucky to be exposed to various systems because of school and a hardware-addicted uncle.
I would have to agree that his basement does indeed seem endless. I am even convinced Bill's basement stretches a little ways underneath the Atlantic ocean! It could easily be a setting for a 'live dungeons and dragons adventure'!
Bill are you sure you are not using some 'Tardis techniques'?

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In the words of George

In the words of George Harrison, "you don't see many of these nowadays do you?"

I also have a Canon camera, the videos are enormous M-JPEG files, the quality great, similar to DV. But you really have to convert them to something like H.264 to get a reasonable file for uploading. My sister has a Casio that takes video directly in H.264 so you can upload the files as-is.

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Catatonic wrote:

In the words of George Harrison, "you don't see many of these nowadays do you?"

I also have a Canon camera, the videos are enormous M-JPEG files, the quality great, similar to DV. But you really have to convert them to something like H.264 to get a reasonable file for uploading. My sister has a Casio that takes video directly in H.264 so you can upload the files as-is.

I have multiple solutions, including quite a few digital cameras that take video. Really, for this, the Casio was the worst choice for the very reason that we said, the file sizes are ridiculous for just 640x480 video. I'll keep on experimenting until I find something I really like among what I have access to, but I may just go with the Flip I used in "The Goodnight Gamer" as that seemed more manageable.

I also picked up something similar from Polaroid for $20 when they were clearing out all of their stuff, but I have yet to try it. The thing I liked about the Polaroid video camera was that it had a pivoting viewfinder so you could more easily position yourself when taking video of yourself by simply turning the viewfinder towards you. I'll probably try that next before seeing if I go back to the Flip.

Since these TRS-80 systems don't do standard video out, I can't do any direct captures, so it has to be all capturing from the live screen.

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The basement - Photos of how it looked before we moved in

For those interested, here's how the basement looked before we moved in, giving some sense of the size before I cluttered it all up...

The office:
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The hallway:
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Inside the main storage area (sadly there are no photos of the hallway to the upper left, which is where things like my Commodore and Atari collections reside now):
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Closet in the storage area (does not give a sense of the size, actually, but it's not for my stuff anyway - we have luggage and seasonal items in crates in there):
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Storage area under the stairs:
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Up the stairs:
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Where the gym is now:
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Where the arcade machine is now:
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Excellent area!

Well you guys really made something nice out of it. But that area is huge! And it does stretch out under the Atlantic - we've got the proof now! ;-)

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That large?
Mark Vergeer wrote:

But that area is huge! And it does stretch out under the Atlantic - we've got the proof now! ;-)

Where is the cellar door on the European continent, then?
Or is somewhere on the British Isles?

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The entry is no doubt somewhere in New Jersey

And if not I believe it to be on Iceland or Spitsbergen ;-)

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