On my way to Coutances

Since the french CPC people came to Erlangen to visit the CPC-Klassentreffen in 2001, I wanted to show my respect to the french CPC-scene and wanted to visit Coutances to go to the RESET-Party there in June. But it’s a 10 hour trip from Stuttgart / Dettingen an der Erms. And that’s really heard. So good luck for me, that my husband Marcus wants to visit Paris and lucky us: Its Christopher Street Day in Paris on Saturday. Yay \o/

So we go by car tomorrow on Thursday to Paris, I stay one night and continue my trip to Coutances. So it’s now 6 hours to Paris and 4 hours to Coutances. That is not so bad?

Two days before our trip we recognized that we need an emission sticker for our car to go to Paris. Like the “Umweltzone” in Germany. Damn. Only bookable online and needs 4 weeks to get the sticker by snail-mail. Luckily a copy of the invoice also helps to show the inspectors that we have paid our environment fees 🙂 If not it will be a fine between 65 Euros up to 400 Euros. Seems to depend how old your car is and how bad your CO2 emission is 🙂 My Ford Tourneo is a year and a half old now and no diesel driven engine 🙂 So everything seems perfect.

Sticker on Brainblaster’s CTM644

I will take Nilquaders CPC with me to Coutances. He also wanted to visit the RESET-Party but he never made it. It’s a nice mixture of things I take with me. Targhan is willing to show me how his STarKos-Tracker works, so I take my MegaFlash NG and the MegaFlash DP with me. Nilquader’s CPC, Brainblaster’s CTM644, Thriller’s and Marabu’s Floppy Discs. That’s funny. I also need to take a multiple power-outlet with me, cause our socket is a little different to the french one. Crazy things you need to think about before traveling 1000 Kilometers.

I am the only German who registers at the party. One Serbian and guess what: a lot of French people. But I am sure it will be a nice event. Hopefully some of the CPCists speak English, cause “Je ne parle pas un mot de français”. 😀 And if the don’t like me or don’t understand me, I can grab my Soundtrakker 128K and the tunes I found on some floppy disks and do nice music for the next Revision-Party. Now that Nectarine Radio is dead – I start making tracked music again? Stupid me. If I can take some pictures of the trip to France I will post them here.

 

Back from the VCFe

OK, its some days ago, that I arrived back from the Vintage Computer Festival Europe. It was really impressive. The location was at the Leibniz Data Center In Garmin, Garching near Munich. The Hotel König Ludwig the 2nd was great. 4 stars. Nice rooms! The party was “so lala” cause we were kicked off at 18:30 in the evening. Normally the party goes until 02:00 am but due to security reason we must leave the data center way too soon.

Mr. Ams showed me how to solder a CPC-Keyboard to USB-Adapter and I was so happy about that. My soldering station Nilquader told me to buy was well used and it was quite fun. Mr. Ams and myself had some ice cream later on Saturday in front of the hotel.

Now I need to unpack all the stuff I brought back from Garching. And as my Mr. Beam II arrived yesterday I also will be able to build a nice casing for the Amstrad CPC keyboard. hopefully.