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  1. Can I suggest the Vintage Computer Federation forums?
  2. troj

    WASD Keyboard

    @jtk If you like the feel of the blues, but they're too noisy, then the reds will be a good fit for you. Yep, don't over-think it. I've yet to use a mechanical keyboard that I didn't like the feel of. One of my kids has a Razer keyboard (they use their own switches) and it's still a nice feeling keyboard.
  3. troj

    WASD Keyboard

    If you have a Best Buy or similar store nearby, they have Corsair keyboards on display that you can try out. Granted, you'll want to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards (or wear rubber gloves), due to COVID. But the Corsair keyboards will use Cherry MX switches of some sort, and you can get an idea for how they feel. If it's not evident, just pop a keycap off and look at the color of the stem, and you'll know what kind of switch it is. I'm typing this on a keyboard with MX Reds. I'd prefer Blues, but I spend too much time on conference calls for the noise level to be acceptable. I used to get comments from coworkers when I was on calls and typing on an old IBM keyboard with buckling springs (best keyboard ever).
  4. Board looks great - that blue color is really striking! It's exciting to see real hardware coming together. Taking a look at the hardware, if kit form is offered (I really hope it is), hopefully there's an option for the main board to be a kit, but the VERA to be preassembled. For those of us old farts, hand-soldering SMD components is tricky at best. Old eyes plus the beginning of essential tremors is a bad combination for tiny parts.
  5. For me, it was an Apple //c with an Epson FX-80+. I typed up a lot of papers on that, and made a lot of money doing so, as well.
  6. While it's not something that would set records for performance and is in all ways very impractical as an actual operating computer, one of these mounted in a frame, with a small LCD running a very simple program would make a very neat display. https://monster6502.com/ I've been watching and hoping that at some point, they'll become available. -Kevin
  7. This picture gets me very excited! It's coming together. And I hope the boards really are a fun color, other than green!
  8. Okay, this sounds fun. I'm in. -Kevin
  9. So....would you classify these as Science Fiction, or something else? From the description, it appears to be SciFi. I may need to add them to my collection to read after I get a new pair of bifocals (getting old in the age of COVID-19 is annoying). -Kevin
  10. My first exposure to computers was in elementary school in the 70s, where I had a bit of access to a MITS Altair 8800. I remember playing Hunt The Wumpus and a rudimentary Star Trek game. In 1980, a teacher at my middle school had a TRS-80 Model 1 that some of us were given access to. He taught us BASIC and I started to learn some simple Z-80 that I'd use for some simple screen-related subroutines. Ah, the joys of data statements and POKEing your routine into memory! In somewhere around 1982, a couple friends got Apple ][+ systems and we started working with those. I learned Applesoft and did some 6502. In the fall of 1984, I bought myself an Apple //c, which I still have. I used that //c for my first couple years of college, before buying myself a PS/2 (which I wish I still had). In the late 90s, my inlaws were cleaning out their basement and gave me the Apple //c system they had bought when my wife was a senior in high school (1985). I have over 100 floppies for the Apple line. In high school, we used TRS-80s. I still have printouts of a lot of my programs, as well as all of my floppies. Unfortunately, I've learned CDC floppies don't hold up well, so about half of the TRS-80 floppies can't be read. My pride and joy was a disk sector editor I wrote for the Model IV in Z-80. I had a few friends with Commodore 64s, but always preferred the Apple line. About 5 years ago, I started watching TRS-80 prices on eBay and have since acquired a pair of Model 1s and a Model IV. I still need a Model III. I've also since acquired an Apple ][+, a //e and a //gs. I remember in 1974 when my dad bought his first calculator. He was in the Air Force and needed it for the homework in a training program he was in. I remember 7 year old me being fascinated by that little device. I'd fiddle with it for hours, and it was very basic by today's standards.
  11. It looks like info-ZIP is available as source, and is compatible with PKZip and PKUnzip. I think those make a good starting point - take something that exists as open source and port it to another OS
  12. I'm Kevin from Nebraska, and I'm excited to see this project continuing to move forward. I'm a product of 70s and 80s computer technology, where I first learned to program on the TRS-80 Model 1 in 1980/81, then moving on to the Apple ][. I never did any programming on the Commodore line, though I did use them here and there. I still have my Apple //c I bought new in 1984 and have started a collection of older computer models that I used in middle school and high school. The Commander X16 project fascinates me, not only because it reminds me so much of my early days of computers, but because I love the passion that people have for these kinds of systems. It's great to see it coming in to being. While I understand the challenges associated in doing so, I'm really hoping it's available in kit form, as another fond memory is assembling Heathkit kits. I don't currently have any software projects going for the X16, but wouldn't mind helping out somewhere. I did see mention of a need for tar and zip utilities, and could definitely do some work with those. -Kevin
  13. Are you thinking more of a gzipped tarball, or something more akin to the old command line pkzip utilities?
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