Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Avon Pc Goth Problem


Scorching off the heels of their musical debut 6502 tune the great folks on the Taylor and Amy Present are at it once more. This time as an alternative of assaulting our auditory senses, they play with our notion of shade all whereas holding the spirit of retro computing alive.

To again up a bit, I had the pleasure of witnessing the invention of the Avon Magnificence Imaginative and prescient Pc whereas on the Classic Pc Pageant Mid-West (VCFMW) this previous September. We had visited the house of our good friend [Jim W] from VCFMW who nonchalantly pulled down from the shelf the reddest laptop I’ve ever seen.

A crowd rapidly gathered at this newfound deal with, designed and constructed earlier than the invention of the Blue LED, was fallen upon and the method of prying out its secrets and techniques started. I used to be not aware about the negotiations, however I did discover a brightly coloured crimson suitcase being exfiltrated by extremely educated operatives later that evening.

The following day a number of of the outside tables at mentioned VCF Midwest occasion had been relegated to the trouble to breathe life into the ageing T1000 Cyberdyne Toshiba system that finally powered the Avon Magnificence Imaginative and prescient Pc (ABVC). The ABVC was created to supply personalised make-up solutions to customers primarily based on their pores and skin tone as measured by some kind of massive optical gun. “Combining facial evaluation with Avon’s magnificence database, it provided tailor-made suggestions” …in principle. Extra concerning the Avon laptop might be seen in LGR’s video.

It was an extended day of restore ups and downs; success, adopted by failure, adopted by success, with virtually no errors made. Individuals stopped by to supply opinions and prayer all through the day till lastly [Taylor] proclaimed “It’s ALIVE”. She was incorrect but it surely was nonetheless a powerful second. Later it actually did work, however we weren’t falling for that once more.

As seen on their video [Taylor and Amy] discovered the present software program and its outcomes to be… wanting. A shiny Disco Inexperienced was of their future as suggestions for each girls consisted of a delicate palette of principally refined style… for the Eighties. 

Cleary the outdated software program wanted to be up to date. A Brownian Movement Generator was consulted and it was determined that the colour palettes ought to be Gothified. Look it up, it means “to make Gothy”.

What’s superb is the trouble that went into Gothifying the firmware, as I’m instructed that [Jeri Ellsworth and Amy] from @TiltFive, however principally [Amy], stayed up late enhancing uncooked hex code in order that the printout was actual. This was an important contact as I’d think about they needed to provide you with phrases that match the sizes of the present phrases similar to “Violent Violet”. As a {hardware} engineer I’d have simply preprinted the paper relatively than do the precise work, however not this crowd.

What was wanted was area testing which resulted within the Goth Make-up Palette Problem the place a few of us would undergo the principally painless course of of getting our palates decided. I used to be within the blast zone when the problem was decreed and gladly accepted the chance to daybreak lengthy locks of hair in a futile try to recapture my Unhealthy Boy interval of the Eighties. 

Bil Herd
Bil Herd within the Avon Goth Palate Problem

The blast zone of these affected included outdated buddies similar to [Ken] from @CanadianRetroThings, [Robin] from @8_Bit, and [Evie] from @EviesRevue, in addition to new buddies [Veronica] from @VeronicaExplains who additionally reveals us her journey to the VCF MW. I had appeared ahead to assembly [AJ] and [Tim] from @mydrunksibling however apparently and sadly, [Tim] didn’t survive the filming of the insert.

As you may be capable of inform, attending a Classic Pc Pageant isn’t just about cool electronics, but in addition concerning the folks that you just meet and the buddies that you just make.

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