Knaw's vignettes

A LiveJournal refugee posting short self-made videos on no particular theme, all in high definition and with transcripts where possible.

Willing to contribute to video projects.
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Posts tagged computer

Put your hands up for #ScriptFrenzy.


"I have two laptop computers. I’ve got my posh one behind me that never leaves the house, it’s all pristine and clean, and I have Hawking. It’s all cracked and in some places damaged, and against all the odds, it keeps going. It’s just brilliant. And it’s on this one that I’m writing Script Frenzy.

"Now, that’s a competition in April to write a hundred-page script and there’s no prize, it’s just for your own general satisfaction, but I write it on this one because I don’t mind taking this one out of the house to meet up with people.

"So, er, a few days in, this is what I’ve got, I’ll read you a little excerpt: ‘Act one, scene one. It’s a dark and stormy night.’

"Okay, well that’s as far as I’ve got with that one, but it’s coming on, isn’t it?

"Carry on."

Original video 2011-09-21: Part 2: can you fix a 1980s computer?

In the previous entry, I introduced my BBC Microsystem from circa 1981 which broke this week. Now, I’m appealing for help to fix it.


"Now, it’s a real shame because this was working perfectly, altho’ I admit it hasn’t been kept under the best conditions.

"So at the risk of sounding like a charity appeal, if you can fix this type of computer or if you know someone who can, then please can you get in touch?

"You can leave a comment under this entry or if you know me on, like, Facebook, Twitter, just send me a message on there because I really don’t want to see this…, you know, this piece of equipment actually worked, you know, it’s got the tape deck as well and I’d love to see it in action again.

"So please, if you can help, get in touch and we’ll get this baby sorted.

"Carry on."

Back to first video.

Original video 2011-09-21: Part 1: can you fix a 1980s computer?

I own a BBC Microsystem from circa 1981 and it was working until this week. The request for help is in the second video, but here’s a little background.


"I feel like Clive Sinclair doing this.

"Well, kids. This is what computers used to look like, big beige boxes with imposing red buttons on them. I brought this out after an online discussion yesterday with the intention of hooking it up to the TV, tapping a few things in and filming it as I went along and posting a video blog.

"But as I was setting up, I knocked the unit slightly and the power cable started making a slight fizzing sound that I didn’t really like. So I turned it off, unplugged it and you can still ac…, yeah you can still actually faintly smell burnt components back there."

An appeal for help in the next video.

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