A light interlude of Yak Shaving

So here I am again, and yes, it’s been a while since I had any real progress with any retro projects. I’ve been working on the Commodore C128D and it now reads disks, which is good, but it doesn’t read them reliably, which is bad. I also don’t currently trust the unit, as some C128Continue reading “A light interlude of Yak Shaving”

Apples and Unicorns: A sudden rush of RetroComputing (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn Jun. 24, 2020) Retrocomputing is a funny hobby. When you’re dealing with computers that are 20+ years old, most things tend to plod along at a stately pace. Maybe a new upgrade here. Maybe a new purchase there… And then there are periods like that since my last post, where overContinue reading “Apples and Unicorns: A sudden rush of RetroComputing (Repost)”

Reocomputing: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn Jun. 15, 2020) Retrocomputing continues to help me find my happy places. I’ve been extensively working on new things. I recently rebuilt the area all my consoles live, to simplify things, going from having to use four different remotes in various combinations, down to two, one of which is only usedContinue reading “Reocomputing: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Repost)”

Continuing Adventures in RetroComputing (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn May 18th, 2020) As I have posted here before, my current hobby is fixing up old computers. Some of this involves working with components and tools not easily available at your local walk-in electronics store. Some of these can be covered by the “usual suspects” such as RS Components and ElementContinue reading “Continuing Adventures in RetroComputing (Repost)”

Retrocomputing News (Repost)

(Originally posted on LinkedIn Feb. 6th, 2020) Well, I continue to collect old computers and consoles. It’s a fun hobby and exercises skills I don’t get to use at work as much any more. The pleasure of starting with a beat up old system and getting it working properly is a real buzz, and letsContinue reading “Retrocomputing News (Repost)”

Quick retrocomputing update (Repost)

(Originally posted on Dreamwidth Feb. 3rd, 2020) NES are still cranky.Apple ][ has RAM on it’s way. It’s on a slow plane from China. I found a small machine-code memory test I could type in but it’s a pain to have to type it in each time so I plan to swap out banks atContinue reading “Quick retrocomputing update (Repost)”

RetroComputing adventures (Repost)

(Originally posted on Dreamwidth Jan. 8th, 2020) Oh Hey! It’s been a while.Just a quick update.So:Both my NES are now dead. Doesn’t seem to be the edge connector, although I’ll be buying a new one of those to make sure. I figure I should be able to get one or both working once I haveContinue reading “RetroComputing adventures (Repost)”

Quick Post: I am feeling rather chuffed with myself. (Repost)

(Originally posted on Dreamwidth Jan. 10th, 2019) So if you’ve been reading this a while you’ll know I bought 3 dead C64s. I managed to get one working by cleaning the power switch. (Cleaning the switch also got the next two working closer to full completion). The second one I got working by taking theContinue reading “Quick Post: I am feeling rather chuffed with myself. (Repost)”

Even More Retro goodness (Repost)

(Originally posted on Dreamwidth Dec. 22nd, 2018) So the Pi1541 arrived and I am amazed how useful it is. It’s not 100% compatible yet, but gets better every week. I LUFF it.I’ve built the PSU for the 1541 floppy drive and that drive is currently formatting up disks in the background.The C128D monitor is fixed,Continue reading “Even More Retro goodness (Repost)”