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Personal website and blog of Richard Downer.

Technology, software engineering, cloud computing and hardware hacking.

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Amiga 1200 adventures on Ebay

24th May 2016

I own an Amiga 1200. Well, it doesn’t really look like one. Back in the late 90s I put my 1200 into a tower conversation kit, so I could do things like fit in a full size hard drive (cheaper than the laptop drives that were required to fit inside the 1200 case) and a CD-ROM drive. However now we’re here in The Future, CompactFlash cards of massive capacities can easily fit inside the 1200 case, and trying to use an IDE CD-ROM on the 1200 always seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. The tower case is unnecessary, and now looks big, and dated and ugly. I’d love to put the 1200 back into its neat all-in-once case, but I’d foolishly thrown it out - case, keyboard, and a host of small internal parts. Take away the tower conversion kit and all I have is the mainboard and floppy drive.

Richard's Ideal Workstation in 2016

31st March 2016

Yes, it’s time for one of those “here’s how I configure my workstation!” blog posts! A colleague recently asked how what were all those strange aliases I was using - so here’s a full description of how I set up my developer workstation to my idea of near-perfection.

Presenting Apache Brooklyn in 2015 at ApacheCon Core Europe

13th October 2015

Once again I had the chance to join ApacheCon Europe, this time to the new “Core” conference. Once again I was presenting on Apache Brooklyn - this time, with two talks!

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