Low tech moment/ memories

My 910 electronic of late has had some erratic patterning I cannot explain, and today the laptop (replaced an older dell) containing all my Passap design files  and knitting software may have bit the dust (I used bit knitter back in amiga days, and  later a cable from England  and PC for downloading, so this is like entering a time machine). As a result, for the first time in a couple of decades I am back to using something that would almost qualify for a “does anyone know what this is?” post

It’s back to the drawing board, literally, and to getting card, sleeves and ink to get read properly by the KM. One thing that is helpful with the long lines especially, and staying within them, is black drafting tape from stationers that sell architectural supplies (kept that). White correction tape can cover up any mistakes (since markings need to be in ultra black ink), and I may have ditched all I had thinking I might never again actually have any use for it. Happiness is…

follow up 9/10: The original error message on black screen was “non system disk or disk error, replace and press any key when ready”. I had recently transferred some ancient files from floppies onto my hard drive via a floppy drive, and somehow it appears the system wanted to boot from that, even though it is had not been connected  since the download (there was nothing in the disk drive). Via an online search I found information on BIOS, changing boot sequences, and learned what some of the F keys do on a PC.

http://www.auslogics.com/en/turbo-windows/change-BIOS-set… was a site I found helpful.

That said, wincrea took its turn, gave me an error message I had no idea even existed in loading 2 out of 6 new patterns, so my puzzles are are multiplying. Online communities are great for getting help, especially for those of us that don’t have technical backup easily available. Hard to imagine life if the power goes out! BTW: yes, I have a punchcard machine for a spare, just in case….

Online Pattern generators, hacks, free KM manuals, and more

last review/ update: 12/19/16
I welcome being contacted re any problem links
generators that require color changing every 2 rows using a color changer (or 2 carriages)
generator used by Fabienne  http://fabienne.us/tag/knitting/
other generators that can help with shaping garments, or some basic knit motif design
knitting pattern http://kpg.sourceforge.net
top down circular raglan calculator http://kpg.sourceforge.net
iceleandic round yoke design http://knittingpatterns.is/#/Design
online tessellations motifs  http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/tess/index.htm
charts: lace, cables and more http://chartgen.orangellous.com
math calculators for knitting
free online manuals, magazines
only the intro is in german: a nearly hour long presentation by Fabienne
another approach for Brother models KH‑930, 940, 950i, and 970: http://daviworks.com/knitting/ and the associated group on ravelry 
970 how to hack instructable 
for additional cumulative information, software compatibility and hardware specs see Claire Williams’ website
color reductions/ conversions for large, non repetitive images Mac
online generators
photoshop tutorial
pattern generators/ web design
open source charting program http://sourceforge.net/projects/sconcho/
quick screen shot

1/21/2016: Online weaving program by Andrew Glassner ; associated blogpost