Our last remaining local webcam was operated by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) but alas a disastrous and utterly inaccessible website redesign at the end of December 2017 saw the end of the webcam. It used to be at http://static.tfgm.com/LocalUser/tfgmwebcamuser/webcam/2Piccpic_00001.jpg, now saved for history at http://archive.tfgm.com/Corporate/Pages/Webcam.aspx. Looking South down the A6 with Piccadilly Railway Station to the left. You could see yellow trams running to and fro under the station. The distant bridge carries the railway from Piccadilly to Oxford Road.
Webcams still active: over Whaley Moor near Whaley Bridge. Further South is Buxton- view is around Burbage and another Buxton one, at Quarnford (SK17 0TF.) on the A57, sometimes buried in snow! (Quarnford image often throws an incorrect 404 error, probably bandwidth is limited to one connection).
Often closed by snow is the Cat and Fiddle on the A537 (SK11 0AR), due to a boundary change now in Macclesfield but not really. Second highest pub in England (after Tanhill) .
Texas Instruments TI99/4A (1979-1983)
A 1983 book on the Texas Instruments TI99/4A Home
Computer by Stephen Shaw: Getting
Started with the TI99/4A. A report on a TI99/4A emulator for the
PC, PC99 Other
TI resources on this site, with links to a publicity photo of the
computer, some music in .MID format originally composed for a very
early TI module, and a memorial sample of the monthly columns of the
late Jim Peterson, a longtime supporter
of the TI99/4a computer. also a review of PC99 and some programs for
content is on a separate Linux page.
Eniac), was hard wired for one task- dealing with Enigma
messages- lovely description of how Enigma worked and was deciphered.
Creative Computing was one of the computing magazines I first read
and subscribed to. What a delight- at last glance 35 issues on the
web plus the three books "The Best Of...". Read computing
history in Creative
For good old fashioned fast text web browsing in Linux, w3m is excellent.
Want a free Windows programming language? Goto MSW
Logo - and program for anything from a Pentium with W95 to the
latest NT, ME or XP. The Windows
3.1 for a 286 version may still be available on this link. The Great
Logo Adventure(here as a 3.6 megabyte zipped download from archive.org), supporting
MSW logo is dormant but now superceded by fms logo- runs under older Windows (eg XP), not Linux (planned but could be many years). No indication it works with Wine, I haven't tried it.
I have discovered and now use sdlBasic which exists in a 2012 build for win32 and deb and in a 2007 build as an rpm. You can see some of my programs at Stephen's sdlBasic routines.
There remain some excellent programs for DOS which cannot be run in Windows XP, or for a
smaller number, in Dosbox under Linux or Windows XP. To run in a native DOS
operating system you may need to get a copy of FreeDOS or Balder, one
flavour of which runs from a floppy with no hard disk install or partitioning.
My favorite 32 bit Windows media browser is the
free Irfanview. Huge list of supported formats of images, animations
and sounds; includes the special overview.pcd file format. Irfanview also has some
image editing options and scanner (Twain) input. It is quite small,
with plug ins in a separate zip file- you can delete any you don't
need after unzipping.
Unfortunately the official site now supports only Windows 10 but older versions remain available - I was surprised to find many parts of Irfanview (up to version 4.33) work fine in Linux using Wine. I recommend NOT using the Associate file type option on a Linux box. There may obviously be problems with files that use external viewers which are
less receptive to Wine but I am happily using Photoshop 8BF filters with it and also the OCR plugin. Irfanview makes viewing and editing jpeg image metadata really easy (EXIF, and IPTC). Details of using Irfanview on Linux includes links to older versions. (Linux native programs GIMP, fotoxx and gthumb are of course excellent - and exiftool is the Linux metadata reader/writer but console only).
NOTE the current version of Irfanview is for Windows 10 ONLY however older versions are available and are linked to from my page link just above.
PC Support Links: New to the web? Help with manually preparing your web page - which can be much more efficient than using any web tool, can be found at w3schools.com
For some reason translate.google.com tries to use POST when they require GET and the result on my system is an unfriendly error message. I have modified their form for your use at a translation form on my reference page (at the bottom). The only serious change is from method POST to GET and it works. Google have been told but merely say it works for them as is. I'm not the only one...
Check the links and syntax on your web
page and more at Addy and
Associates site. They require that you do not turn off referrer logging.