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  1. My other favorite community, ZeroPage Homebrew, is doing a live stream at 9PM EST tomorrow (Fri 12/3) featuring the world premiere of PETSCII Robots for the 7800, including an interview with Matt Smith, (one of?) the developers of port. I'm excited to see my 2 favorite communities do a crossover episode! If you're unfamiliar with ZPH, I highly suggest checking it out. They make great shows, and the developers of the games they feature are usually in chat during the stream.
  2. About 7 years ago, a friend of mine started building his own giant collection of arcade machines focused on vector graphics games and pinball. I was into retro gaming/computing a bit at that point, but getting to spend so much time with those machines really gave me the bug bad. I didn't have the money or space to get into arcade machines. I've been a programmer for 20 years and I knew there were still at least a few people out there doing programming for old consoles, so I decided to pickup a 2600, my first childhood console, to learn how it worked and how to program for it. Every 2600 tutorial starts out with a brief history of the 6502, that's where I learned just how big a part of my childhood entertainment that little processor was. It was in basically every console I loved and a bunch of the arcade/pinball machines I liked. Then I learned just how big of a community there still was around, not just retro computing, but even specifically 6502 based machines. Knowing that what I learn for programming the 2600 could be somewhat transferable to so many different machines was really appealing. I learned a ton over the next few years but, eventually, my interest in building anything fun or useful myself waned quite a bit. Now I appreciate what others have built so much more and I love playing the homebrew games. IMO, the retro communities are the best ones to be a part of on the internet these days, and they are what have really kept my interest so high for this long.
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    1980's Memes

    Literally me on the box and what I was doing during the 80s This too:
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    1980's Memes

    That's me on the box.
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    WASD Keyboard

    Took me almost a year but I finally got it. Decided to go with Cherry MX Clear and no dampeners. I love it! Thanks for all the guidance everyone. Time to fill this thing up with Fritos crumbs.
  6. Rocket League. About 20 hours a week for the past 2 years. I'm rather obsessed.
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    WASD Keyboard

    I didn't even include Clear in my original research, I think I like these the most. Did you get any dampeners and, if so, which ones? When I finally had the money for this, WASD wasn't taking orders for just about anything. Looks like this keyboard is available again and I'm ready to take the plunge.
  8. Nice! I had given up on those tutorials. During that experiment, I also discovered the files resulting from a SAVE aren't just plain text BASIC and it took me way too long to figure out why the emulator would just freeze when I LOADed them. Why aren't they just plain text?
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    WASD Keyboard

    @troj one of my kids has a Razer too, that's one of reasons I realized I need to upgrade, I get jealous every time I use his. I'm on an Amazon Basics I know no matter what switch I choose I certainly won't be any worse off than that.
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    WASD Keyboard

    @Jestin @troj Thanks, I've got a friend nearby with Brown and Blue I'm gonna try before I buy, but I don't think Blue is really gonna be an option. Maybe I'll try to sample a Red before, but I don't want to drive myself crazy and cause analysis paralysis again
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    WASD Keyboard

    @Jestin I think I'm leaning towards Brown now, is the +$25 to add the dampeners on the WASD site kind of ridiculous? The ones in your link are pretty cheap and I can't imagine adding them yourself is too difficult. I'm not even sure I'll need them right away, I can type lightly and my friend says Browns are dead silent if you don't bottom out.
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    WASD Keyboard

    @Dani That's the #1 reason it's taken me so long to commit. I'd love to be able to physically test all of them before choosing. This sound test video from WASD is hopefully helping me get a good idea of the different sounds (listening through a Bose Wave Radio). Seems like Brown vs Red isn't much difference, but Brown vs Silent Red is pretty big, and Silent Red sounds like it would be the least distracting, but I'm really torn on that tactile feel. I game a lot, Reds seem to be suggested for that, but I don't think I'm good enough at any FPS to warrant optimizing for it, so the sound is the only appeal for me there. Maybe I need another year to decide.
  13. I've been entertaining the the idea of getting my first mechanical keyboard for about a year. After seeing the availability of the Commander X16 Deluxe Keyboard on WASD I think I'm inspired to finally commit. Even if the project doesn't make it for some reason, I still think it's a cool looking keyboard and the key labels don't matter to me, I can touch type on a blank keyboard. Since I have never owned a mechanical keyboard, and it's a rather pricey purchase, I'm hoping some people here might have some answers and suggestions. 1. I absolutely need a Scroll Lock key, it's the shortcut key for my KVM. Does the 40/80 Display key function as a Scroll Lock key on a standard PC? 2. I don't need perfect silence but I code all day and game all night in an area often occupied by other people. I'm thinking of going either Cherry MX Red or Cherry MX Silent Red. This comparison video has me leaning towards Silent Red. Does anyone have a experienced opinions on the difference between these 2 or suggestions on why another type might be better? 3. Does purchasing this particular keyboard support the Commander X16 project directly?
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