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

I welcome being contacted re any problem links
generators that require color changing every 2 rows using a color changer (or 2 carriages)
mazes on gridded output, easily adaptable to knit http://www.ludiculus.com/maker/mazes.html
more mazes  http://www.billsgames.com/mazegenerator/
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
Icelandic round yoke design does not work any longer in later version browsers, on Mac even with the installation of Silverlight, on Ravelry, it was noted the program does operate in internet explorer http://knittingpatterns.is/#/Design
punchcard generator and how to use videos from knit labo ??
math calculators for knitting
free online manuals, magazines
hacking
a hacking history https://www.beautifulseams.com/2014/10/29/tricodeur-writeup/
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
GitHubs
PatternUploader
color reductions/ conversions for large, nonrepetitive images Mac
online generators
https://ditherit.com 9 dithering types
https://app.dithermark.com  a huge range of possibilities
pattern generators/ web design
open-source charting program http://sourceforge.net/projects/sconcho/
quick screenshot

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

11/26/17 a simple, user-friendly free motif design paint program for Mac, last updated April 2019: Paint Brush