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  1. Thanks for the update - that looks like some fun was had in the making of the video! Creative handling of the reset button, as well - that approach works really well, I think. Similar approach to power buttons on most PCs.
  2. Nice job by Adrian in explaining what the issue was. Sounds like Kevin was so close, but as Adrian said, it just needed a second set of eyes to look at it a little differently.
  3. Not to mention time. Those decisions take time, designing them takes time, implementing them takes time, testing them takes time. I just hope the resolution of the soft power issue doesn't consume too much of Kevin's time! I know the entire team has already invested a tremendous amount of that very valuable resource.
  4. Awesome to see some of the details, and it's not surprising things are evolving a bit as prototypes are built and tested. What's an amazing testament to the planning the team has done is that the code changes required look to be relatively minor.
  5. I'm just happy to see the team having some success - I'm guessing that the Proto 2 issues were causing some frustration.
  6. Awesome job by a dedicated group of individuals!
  7. Kevin posted this video on the Facebook page
  8. I get that, but I also understand not giving frequent updates, because updates lead to questions. Especially when the team is at a point where they've not taken anything from those interested - once they start collecting money, then expectations change and periodic updates are a good thing. For me, personally, I'm mostly interested in updates when something is accomplished. The last update I recall was the team was debugging a boot problem on the latest board revision, other than Perifractic giving us an update on some line art and case/keyboard designs. Until something changes, I don't see value (instead, I see headaches) of "We're still debugging the board" - if they start giving public updates about that, then they have to handle the influx of commentary about "Have you done this?" "You should try this?" etc.
  9. For me, the kit form is a huge portion of the draw. At the same time I was learning to program on 8 bit computers, I was also doing a bit of learning to assemble electronics. I reminisce about HeathKit projects, and helped assemble one of their computers. I'm also old enough, with the eyesight to show for it, and suffer a bit from tremors, so soldering through-hole is about all I can do. SMD components, even the larger ones, are essentially impossible. Even if it costs more, the X16 in kit form is a huge draw for me.
  10. Awesome to see things continuing to move forward ! The keyboard looks great, though I love my clicky keys.
  11. The III/4 is actually one of my favorites. My wife doesn't agree, but I still need to get a Model III; I was recently fortunate enough to score a Model 4 with the original warranty seal still intact.
  12. For me, the TRS-80 Model 1 is near and dear to me, because it's the first computer I learned to program on, in about 1980. What I worked with the most, however, was the Apple ][. I still have the //c I bought new in 1984. It took darned near every dime I earned that summer to buy that computer.
  13. Apple Apply //c I bought new in 1984 - fully working, including the lovely green screen monitor Apple //c my inlaws bought in 1985 - fully working, including the RGB monitor A pair of Apple ][+; I know one works, I haven't tried the other (yet) Apple //e - needs keyboard repair, at the very least I had a //gs, but I gave it away to someone who will better appreciate it Radio Shack Model 102 A pair of Model 4s; one NGA, one GA - the GA model is almost immaculate and still has the factory warranty seal intact. Sadly, I need to break that seal so I can fix drive 1. A pair of Model 1s, one of which works, one of which does not. I also have a working EI, as well as an EI board that doesn't work. I'm on the hunt for a Model III that's in reasonably good shape. The fun thing about the TRS-80 line is the FreHD, which is a hard drive emulator that uses an SD card. Makes it super easy to get software for the systems, if you have the boot ROM installed.
  14. If someone really wants a composite monitor, I believe I have a couple from the 80s I'd be willing to part with for the cost of shipping materials and shipping - I'd need to fire them up, first, to see if they work. Note that they were given to me, and I'm pretty sure they're monochrome.
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