VIC-20 S-video adapter

Some guy from Germany sells this s-video adapter for the VIC-20. It's purpose is to improve the picture quality of red, cyan, green, yellow and purple colors.

I installed it on the second VIC-20 I've got. The first one doesn't have the VIC1 socketed. It worked OK but The picture wasn't much of an improvement. Maybe that's because of the Revision C of the motherboard (assy 324003). The VIC1 chip isn't in a RF shield but just sitting on the motherboard.

Comparing both VIC's I noticed that the second VIC-20 I've got has not only the two-prong PSU connector, but also the squair characters ont he keyboard keys:

Didn't notice this before and I like it! It seemed to me the case was never opened, although very yellow.

Back from Spain and Portugal

Last two months we have been travelling through Spain and Portugal. We had a good time despite of the weather being not always nice.
We had some difficulties with the van but managed to get home without delay.
A short report of this trip can be found here. (Dutch only).

Replace moulding on Volvo estate's rear door

I recently noticed that the rubber windows scraper on the moulding of the left rear door was loose.

As I had a spare one, I thought I could simply replace it. It proved wrong. Removing was easy, but getting the replacement on was a struggle. I had to dismantle the inner door- and windows handles, upholstery and window rail. The upholstery hardboard was very wet and broken and the rail was rusted.

So I ordered them through the Webshop of the Classic Volvo Owners club. They arrived after a day or two. Replacement was quite straightforward. For the upholsterypanel I had to shorten the staples I had from 6 to 3 mm. Using a sidecutter cutting 3 staples at once proved to be the easiests way.

I also put some plastic sheet between the door and the upholstery panel to keep the water out.

New network device for the Amiga

Crasbe from a1k.org crafted a new network device for suitable for every Amiga computer with OS2.0+.
It's a set of self developped PCB's and some parts that are readily available. There are different versions for A1000 and other Amiga computers. The NIC has a flashchip and can be flashed with the use of an USBasp device.

I have build this piece of hardware but haven't succeeded yet in getting it working.

Eventually it worked by using the plipbox.device version 0.5 in stead of 0.6 as advertised. Deflating the plipbox.device version 0.6 ZIP-file on the Amiga in stead of the PC, finally makes it work with version 0.6!

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