SHARP PC-1246 POCKET COMPUTER

Haven’t done a tech thingy for a very long time.  And I should …

The Sharp PC-1246 was released in 1984.  This pocket computer had 2k of RAM and an 18k ROM.  The CPU is a 4-bit CMOS affair (SC61720D03) running at 1Mhz, and had a single-line 16-character LCD text screen.  Running on two CR2032 batteries it measures 135x70x10mm and weights around 95g.

It has a contrast wheel, side I/O expansion slot for peripherals such as thermal printers, external tape interface, integrated micro tape and tape recorders.  It has a BASIC entry method with Exp and Log advanced functions and a continuous memory.  Programming features include branching, conditions, subroutines, labels and indirect addressing.

I found this lovely working example online for a reasonable price.  I did note these units don’t like cheap Poundland batteries, and was only satisfied with a couple of eye-wateringly-priced Duracell efforts running to about four pounds.

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Eno at 70

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Wishing a very happy 70th birthday to the remarkable Brian Eno.  Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, for the uninitiated, is a composer, record producer, writer, singer and visual artist, who discovered ambient music and describes himself as a ‘non-musician’.  He has frequently produced and collaborated with such artists as Bowie, Devo, Robert Fripp, Cluster, Harold Budd and David Byrne, and latterly U2, Damon Albarn, Coldplay, Grace Jones and Laurie Anderson.

8th Anniversary

Eight years today, apparently.  Shared with the departure of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger on his 1,235th match.  Don’t think I’ll be around quite that long.

Hope to be back soon with some Sharp pocket PC goodness for you.  Thanks for sharing these eight years with me.

The Cure – Mixed Up, 2018 3CD Remaster

The Cure have announced an expanded, remastered edition of their 1990 remix album Mixed Up. The band revealed on Twitter a three-disc deluxe edition remastered by frontman Robert Smith, due out June 15.

DISC ONE : Mixed Up – Remastered 2018

01: Lullaby – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:43 )
02: Close To Me – Closer Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:44 )
03: Fascination Street – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 8:47 )
04: The Walk – Everything Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:27 )
05: Lovesong – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:19 )
06: A Forest – Tree Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:55 )
07: Pictures of You – Extended Dub Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:41 )
08: Hot Hot Hot!!! – Extended Mix – 2018 remaster ( 7:01 )
09: The Caterpillar – Flicker Mix – 2018 remaster ( 5:40 )
10: Inbetween Days – Shiver Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:22 )
11: Never Enough – Big Mix – 2018 remaster ( 6:07 )

DISC TWO – Mixed Up Extras 2018 : Remixes 1982-1990

01: Let’s Go To Bed (Extended Mix 1982 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:44 )
02: Just One Kiss (Extended Mix 1982 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:15 )
03: Close To Me (Extended Remix 1985 – 2018 remaster) ( 6:31 )
04: Boys Don’t Cry (New Voice Club Mix 1986 – 2018 remaster) ( 5:29 )
05: Why Can’t I Be You? (Extended Mix 1987 – 2018 remaster) ( 8:07 )
06: A Japanese Dream (12″ Remix 1987 – 2018 remaster) ( 5:47 )
07: Pictures of You (Extended Version 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 8:06 )
08: Let’s Go To Bed (Milk Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:13 )
09: Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 3:42 )
10: Primary (Red Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 7:10 )
11: The Lovecats (TC & Benny Mix 1990 – 2018 remaster) ( 4:39 )

DISC THREE – Torn Down : Mixed Up Extras 2018

01: Three Imaginary Boys – Help Me Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:21 )
02: M – Attack Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:07 )
03: The Drowning Man – Bright Birds Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:29 )
04: A Strange Day – Drowning Waves Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:05 )
05: Just One Kiss – Remember Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:57 )
06: Shake Dog Shake – New Blood Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:11 )
07: A Night Like This – Hello Goodbye Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:24 )
08: Like Cockatoos – Lonely In The Rain Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:49 )
09: Plainsong – Edge Of The World Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:33 )
10: Never Enough – Time To Kill Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:34 )
11: From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea – Love In Vain Mix by Robert Smith ( 6:21 )
12: Want – Time Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:44 )
13: The Last Day of Summer – 31st August Mix by Robert Smith ( 5:44 )
14: Cut Here – If Only Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:25 )
15: Lost – Found Mix by Robert Smith ( 3:59 )
16: It’s Over – Whisper Mix by Robert Smith ( 4:54 )

Old Gear

Just bunging these here so ‘me old mate Chrissy Boy can have a gander.

722544_fd696f7fad6745c5b032cd3b9a9b5a68MS-10, CS-01, Jen SX1000, Casio VLT-1, Casio MT-Something, Yamaha PSS-Something (580 maybe).

722544_f976804bd13f4498a8018e7debe6bb68Aiwa Hifi, Saisho VHS Video Recorder, Seiko Sequencer, Casio MT-Something.

722544_d1b9af67cb9d44f783e16bdf8a404ebcJen SX-1000

722544_c2b81e35ba8947118b6afcd90adb9b58Jen SX-1000, MS-10, CS-01, Hifi, Casio MT-?, Yamaha PSS-?

722544_c0da0313cd5e440e9a11c43f22505988Yamaha Portasound, Siel Monosynth, Casio MT-?, Atari 65XE, Ferguson (?) B&W Telly.

722544_bc4b6553ff3249cebf88662b99e49ccfAmiga A500, giant telly, Boombox of some description.

722544_bbd3ae5d03e34d089ab09d4fcbad6dc5Yamaha CS-01.  Survived a fall down the stairs together with me and my MS-10

722544_b847ef63a6664b8997f92b321f8cb4c5Concertmate Realistic Drum Machine, Boss DR-110 Drum Machine, Casio SA1 (?). Yamaha ? and Casio SA5 (?)

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Texas Instruments Speak & Maths and JVC / Aiwa Hifi.

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8-Track Recorder, JVC Hifi, Saisho VHS Recorder, Aiwa Hifi, Aphex Vinyl, probably a Yamaha PSS-580 on top.

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Boss Dr Rhythm DR-110

722544_50f378da4e454904a7480e0618cc93c7Jen SX-1000, Yamaha PSS-580 (?), MS-10, CS-01, Seiko Sequencer, Aiwa Hifi, Saisho VHS, JVC Hifi, Casio MT-something in the corner.

722544_32fc0c87df2747cabf5ca6275a918e70Yamaha PSS-580, MS-10 (bashed), CS-01 (bashed)

722544_31baed8e566940d5b33a08bf9cf88081MS-10 (Bashed), Aiwa Hifi

722544_8b5c9eed64024bb38db0df77802aaee4Casio Piano, Yamaha PSS-580, Seiko Sequencer (now with violet paint job and Aphex Twin sticker), Casio VLT-1, Casio VL-5, Casio Something.

722544_6f82b44c71a9413098133ff343dca07aMS-10, CS-01, Jen SX-1000, Casio VLT-1, Casio MT-Something, Yamaha PSS-580 (?)

John Mahoney

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Terribly sad news of the passing of John Mahoney, British actor most famous for his role as Martin Crane in ‘Frasier’.  His role in the 11 series of Frasier, plus the DVD box sets and endless (thankfully) repeats on Channel 4 have kept me laughing for 25 years.

Thanks John.  Rest in Peace and find eternal joy in your reunion with Moose.

Yello – Live in Berlin – Track Listing

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Yello release ‘Live in Berlin’ – a 2CD album on 3 November.  Here’s the track listing:

  1. Magma
  2. Do It
  3. The Evening’s Young
  4. Limbo
  5. Bostich
  6. Electrified II
  7. Cold Flame
  8. 30’000 Days
  9. The Time Tunnel
  10. Kiss The Cloud
  11. Lost In Motion
  12. Tied Up
  13. Liquid Lies
  14. Starlight Scene
  15. Tool Of Love
  16. Oh Yeah
  17. Blue Biscuit
  18. Si Senor The Hairy Grill
  19. The Yellofier Song
  20. The Race

I believe this is the first ever live Yello album officially released.  Let me know if you think/know otherwise.