My 1990s MOD tracker music collection

by grogers on June 16, 2020

Back in the days well before MP3 music, We’d download and play Amiga MOD tracker music from BBS systems. MODs contained small instrument samples and instructions on how to play them together.

For some reason, all these years I’ve kept my old collection of MOD music and I’ve realised many of these early computer music files may no longer be found on the Internet, so I’ve published them here:

Modern PCs can play these files with VLC. – On Windows you may need to download the file and open it in VLC manually as the Film & TV app will try and open them by default.

My favourite songs are Life is Like a Dance and UnreaL ][

Pop_Crn is a song I converted from a MIDI file.


Why Christianity?

by grogers on April 3, 2018

Imagine I offered you a choice of four gifts:

* The original Mona Lisa
* The keys to a brand-new Lamborghini
* A million dollars in cash
* A parachute

You can pick only one. Which would you choose? Before you decide, here’s some information that will help you to make the wisest choice: You have to jump 10,000 feet out of an aeroplane.

Does that help you to connect the dots? It should, because you need the parachute. It’s the only one of the four gifts that will help with your dilemma. The others may have some value, but they are useless when it comes to facing the law of gravity in a 10,000-foot fall. The knowledge that you will have to jump should produce a healthy fear in you and that kind of fear is good because it can save your life. Remember that..:


Fake Nagoya antenna RB-400

December 9, 2016

Beware of fake Nagoya antenna products! This obviously non-genuine product was sold by what I thought was an Australian eBay retailer, but in fact was drop-shipped from mainland China. The seller refunded me within 15 minutes of my eBay complaint.

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The national broadband network in Beechboro

March 22, 2016

The construction of the National Broadband Network in Beechboro, WA is included in the larger Bassendean area build. It has been changed from a Fibre to the Premises network that was supposed to have started work in July 2013 and be finished by July 2015 to a slower Fibre to the Node network (re)using the […]

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If the multi-technology mix NBN was a building program…

April 15, 2015

One day NBNCo paid ~$11bn for blocks of land with which to build. The blocks may have existing buildings on them or they might be completely vacant. For many blocks (the number and location are strictly commercially sensitive – NBNCo didn’t ask, and the seller didn’t feel obliged to tell), they don’t know what’s on […]

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Made in Australia?

June 12, 2013

Now this is something that you just don’t see printed on electronics any more – “Made in Australia”

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Hello, how can we not help you?

December 30, 2011

I’d like to relate my experience trying to upgrade from a Bigpond Turbo modem to one of the new 4G ones. I have to vent my frustration, it really was so bad. I call 13 7663 and say to the robot woman, “new modem” and confirm I’m calling from the phone connected to the account. […]

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Exim on Debian and frustrating authentication errors

March 22, 2011

You’ve set up a brand new Debian machine and installed the Exim MTA. Because this server is Internet-facing, you switched on the options to allow TLS with authentication so your users can securely relay mail from their phones and laptops. Your users also have local accounts on the server. Frustratingly, when users try and send […]

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Nokia: Let’s do the time warp again

May 31, 2010

All three of these phones are in Perth, Western Australia, are on the Telstra network and are set to automatically update their time from the network. The brand-new Nokia E52 in the middle is an hour ahead. How do you fix it?

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Old… but not broken

May 17, 2010

I’ve just rebuilt one of my home servers. The old one had one of these Arnet Multiport ISA serial cards in it for my packet radio modems. Full-length ISA, full-sized UART chips, shared IRQ serial ports, DIP switches… In other words, all the things that make me glad personal computing moved on past the 1990s. […]

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