The Collection (As of 27/04/2021)

A quick document of what equipment I have, and what status it’s in, as of today. Monitors 2 x SVideo capable flatscreen monitos. Both support Composite, VGA, Component and SVideo. I use these for a lot of my older 8 Bit systems. They’re generic off brand. ACER-V226HQL. These are capable of syncing right down toContinue reading “The Collection (As of 27/04/2021)”

What a difference a week makes

So on Monday night (after my last post no less) I was feeling enthusiastic, so I stripped down the Mac and gutted out the PSU. I then removed the switch. Let me tell you that it’s not as easy as I make it sound with such a simple statement. Firstly to get to the switchContinue reading “What a difference a week makes”

Unbreaking things

So having thoroughly broken both my Atari 800xl and my CreatiVision, I decided to spend some of my long weekend fixing them. Atari 800xl I started working on the Atari 800 first. This was actually several days work in the evenings as it got out of hand, as the Atari forums people got involved withContinue reading “Unbreaking things”

Plotting out the upgrades

As 2021 is “the year of the peripheral” for me, I thought I’d put down my Month by Month plan for upgrades. January RAMIIgs (Apple IIgs, already fitted) February Z80 Card for Apple II (Apple IIe, second hand, on it’s way) March DDI 5 (Amstrad CPC 464. Sorry Greg!) April Nothing. I’ll be at SwanConContinue reading “Plotting out the upgrades”

Upgrading The Apple IIgs

As the IIgs has become my primary system for experiencing Apple II software, I’ve installed a few upgrades for “quality of life” improvements The first of these is a Booti card. This emulates a Apple II HDD. It’s a rather nifty device that allows me to run hard disk “images” directly from a USB drive.Continue reading “Upgrading The Apple IIgs”

Fixing SMK J-M0404 Keyswitches

I got chatting with someone on one of the Discord channels I haunt as to whether one of my clone Apple IIs would be for sale, specifically the Apple IIe clone. I refer to this one as my “Orange” as rather than apple keys, it has much more “orange” looking keys As part of myContinue reading “Fixing SMK J-M0404 Keyswitches”

I declare 2021 the “Year of the Peripheral”

With a CPC 464 wending it’s way to me, and (hopefully) in the new year, my BBC Master and Atari 800xl arriving, I find myself in the strange position of having “enough” retro computers for now. No, I don’t have a TRS/80, a CoCo or a Ti 99/4a. I can live without for now. IContinue reading “I declare 2021 the “Year of the Peripheral””