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Computer collector wants to take it further

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Oli_HD, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. Oli_HD

    Oli_HD New Member

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    Anyhow Hi, Im Oliver from Lichfield and am thinking about taking the A+ course as it looks like good fun.
    I found this site after a google search and have been reading the forum for a while now.

    I collect old computers (Amiga's mainly (17), some Sinclair's (3 ½) and some other bits and bobs) and have been playing around designing little upgrades for them but its time I know a bit more about PCI, SD-Ram, etc.

    Now Im looking for a hardware computer course and the A+ looks like a cool one to take and reading this forum has already taught me something (232323 fefe... or something like that :rolleyes: ) so I have a good feeling about this.

    Anyway be nice and be ready, ready for stupid questions.
    Thanks and Hi again. (Incase you skipped the dribble above)
    Oliver Hannaford-Day
     
  2. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi Oliver - thanks for the intro. Good to meet you, and a warm welcome to CF :)
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi, welcome aboard :thumbleft

    Amiga 500, those were the days :D What would you recommed to run the Amiga OS on a PC?
     
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  4. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

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    Holy shmokes,Amiga?...Spectrum?.....Now THAT was computing!!!


    Welcome to CF...

    It was FFEE by the way.. :dry
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome.

    Amiga - I remember that! Somewhere here I have a whole lot of programming guides for that... Along with 'Kickstart'.

    Harry.
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    What was the OS based on?
     
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  7. Oli_HD

    Oli_HD New Member

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    Hi, Thanks for the replys guys. :D
    Well there is AROS which is an attempt to rewrite a code compatiable but x86 version of the Amiga's OS, or you can do what most people do and emulate it using WinUAE.

    Ive got two A500's but the best sytem is my Amiga 4000 which has 4X PCI slots, 4X Serial, 2 Par, SCSI CDRW, SCSI X16 5 disc CD changer, SCSI DVD-Ram, Ethernet, 68060@50Mhz & 604e PPC@233Mhz, PIO5 IDE card and a real nice but dead Picasso IV Graphics card. :(
    There is a new 100% PPC Amiga now running AmigaOS4.0 now.

    Dohh, so maybe I wont take the exam just yet then? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Luddym

    Luddym Megabyte Poster

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    Now that takes me back. :-)

    I remember the arguements we had at school as to which was better, the Amiga or the Atari ST. I personally had an Atari . . . as well as an Amiga, but I didn't tell people I had the Amiga, just so I could sound convincing when I stood up for the ST. (Which at the time didn't seem to have as big a following as the Amiga.)

    Nice to have you on board by the way Oli_HD. :)
     
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  9. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    The Amiga was a mixture of things. Most of the core stuff was original, and a *very* good multi-tasking system.

    The problem was the disk-os. The original project got way behind, as it was an advanced object-orientated system. So when a group of people from Cambridge turned up with a port of an obscure system called TRIPOS they were welcomed.

    The snag was that TRIPOS was written in BCPL - an antique pre-cursor of C, whereas the rest of the system was in C.

    This made programming the Amiga 'interesting' to say the least.

    I believe that near the end a project to turn AmigaDOS into C was nearing the end, but by that time I had seen the writing on the wall and moved to majoring on the PC.

    Harry.
     
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  10. krizzy

    krizzy New Member

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    Hi Oliver,

    Why don't you try to get MCDST certification? I think that's the easiest certification to earn in Microsoft. By the way, I'm Krizzy from the Philippines. Would you consider getting your certification in my country? Well, I was just wondering because I'm currently connected with a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS) based in Cebu, Philippines. :)
     
  11. Oli_HD

    Oli_HD New Member

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    Hi krizzy
    Im not really a "Microsoft" person if you know what I mean. :noway
    From what I have just read the MCDST is all about "Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows XP" which sounds... well it sounds like my idea of hell, lol. (Your having problems installing MS Works? Well do you have the disk? ok, bye. /me smacks head against wall, etc)

    Im after a hardware only type of exam, telling me what port goes where, how to interface to PCI slots, etc.

    Thanks for asking though. :D
     
  12. Luddym

    Luddym Megabyte Poster

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    A hardware only type exam I think might be hard to find. (Though I may stand corrected.)

    The closest thing I know of is the A+. This has two core exams. One, purely hardware based, the other the OS side of it.

    It isn't quite as bad as it sounds, because the OS side takes into account knowledge of most windows operating systems, and by sounds of it, you are quite an experienced computer user.

    http://www.comptia.org/certification/a/default.aspx
     
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  13. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum.:D
     
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  14. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Hi Mate - welcome to CF
     
  15. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there Oliver and welcome to CF :)
     
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