After a long period of silence from my side I finally found some time and energy to write a new blog. But wait, what do you mean by 'no time' and 'no energy' to write a blog or even add anything to the collection? What happened? I don't know where to begin but I will try. The short version is: We bought a bigger house, started to renovate it, and came into the trap called economy and lack of construction knowledge.
In the next 4 weeks we were renovating Sydney's wing and demolishing walls in another room. At this point I had already called in professional help. I was pretty quick to figure out that I couldn't do this on my own. I was also injured during demolition work. A number of fingers were caught between a stone wall and a sledgehammer. Fortunately I have 2 hands.
The demolishing went on, and I removed the ceiling of my home office. In the meantime, there were a lot of things happening. Like setting up the security system, preparing for solar panels with a battery backup system, and some plumbing issues. While the ceiling was open we had the opportunity to replace the water pipes which go through the ceiling into other rooms. The same applied to the installation of an air conditioning system. These pipes went from the outdoor unit in the garden through the ceiling to the various rooms. I've lost count, but I think we've had 8 of these 10m3 dumpsters full to the max. One time we had a complaint from the driver about how heavy the container was, because he had difficulty getting the container onto the truck. It was full of bricks, but luckily he was able to hoist it onto the truck.
After rebuilding the ceiling and plastering the walls, I was able to uncover a part of the floor for placing my desk and couch in their temporary location. Clearly visible, in the photo with the 3 windows, that there was wet spot. It started small and as the rain was poring the wet spot became bigger and bigger. That was one of the challenges in this house. Another challenge on November 4, 2022 was a flood. It turned out that the rainwater drain was connected to the sewage system which was clogged. Due to heavy rain, there was so much water that it flooded the toilet. As you can imagine the sight and smell was not a wonderful experience, but we are thankful that it happened at this moment in the middle of the renovation.
I was able to start making sets to put in the display cabinet. Figuring out what I wanted to put together. Turns out it's a lot easier to fill up such a big cabinet than I thought. I love the Commodore VIC 20 so a nice set can't be missed. I had the best time with the Commodore 64 and Amiga. I have quite a few of those. There are also so many types. I hope I can fit all of these in without it becoming a mess. My other computers should not be missing, of course. Atari, Spectrum, IntelliVision, Acorn, etc.
On July 19, 2023, my storage cabinets were delivered from Ikea. Did I mention before that we wanted the renovation done quickly? That was 13 months ago. Oh well, before you start something like this it always seems that you can finish it much faster. I am happy that we have been able to get this far with the available money.
On August 28th I started to long-delayed job of sorting out all the cables, plugs, etc... Also, After some hesitation, I decided to sell a number of computers, hardware, and books from my 'other' stuff. I sold my Sinclair Spectrum +2, Sega Master System 2, VSmile, Laser 210 and Laser 310, 3 Atari computers (800XL, 800XE, and 1040ST), and lots of books. Let's just say this was 'Round 1'.
And finally, the end of the office construction is here. It's now October 6. Just some minor things have to be done like always. Some skirting against the wall, etc... I can now enjoy some old-fashioned programming (with modern tooling) and my day job, some more programming.
To add new items to the collection on the website I need to create a photo corner but my photography gear is in the back of the storage. I'm pretty sure this will take a while. My last addition was in December 2021. Sigh... I hope everything is up and running again soon. I think I had some photo sessions of items not currently present on the website stored on disk, so I will be able to add those.