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  1. Since we're officially in the "Christmas Season", I figured I would keep the BASIC holiday trend going. And... I'm having fun digging through these old magazine "type-in" programs. Same source, next months issue.
  2. We did our family Thanksgiving today (Wednesday) becasue I always have to work on the day itself, one of the joys of my line of work. After dinner, I got bored, started playing around with Classic99, my preferred TI-99/4A emulator, and ran across something fun that really took me back...tapping in BASIC programs you found in magazines! So, have a "Happy Thanksgiving" with this BASIC turkey! Source: https://archive.org/details/family-computing-03/page/n107/mode/2up There are versions for Apple, Atari, C64 & VIC 20, TRS-80 CoCo, and more!
  3. It's madness what some things sell for in collectors markets. Thankfully, I'm much more of a "user" than a "collector". Used items may not have as much monetary value, but what they lack in condition they make up for in enjoyment and personal memories. I may keep the box something came in, or store it in it's box, but it's also going to get used and/or admired out of its packaging as well.
  4. I find myself using both the helping hands and PCB holder, it depends on what I'm working on. Helping hands are great for soldering on a wide variety of board shapes, wires, connectors, etc., but they can be finicky and unstable at times. The PCB holder is excellent for stability, but is limited in what it can hold. Personally, I really like having both. Also, it finally arrived! Just need to order a TS-BC2 tip and I'm set.
  5. I'm almost happy with it! Yep, exactly. The line was there for design alignment, I just screwed up the drilling becasue I tried to rush it. If I had a Pi or otherwise SFF style X16, I would totally make my own case!
  6. The 3MM LEDs and holders look great! But... I'm not happy with my drilling/cutting alignment. So, I'm going to just print both the front and back panels. Much easier.
  7. Random thought... I was sitting here, letting Steam update a game (No Man's Sky), and as I was watching it download, I was once again struck by how far we've come... And my speeds are slow compared to some. To download 6.8GB of data, extract that data and patch 12.4GB, all in just a couple minutes. Growing up dealing with kilobits and kilobytes and having to wait MUCH longer makes me marvel how much has changed in my lifetime, and appreciate it so much more than most I think.
  8. @Edmond D Yeah, sometimes I think things do indeed get lost in translation, other times I think they add as many popular terms as possible to try and get more search hits. Either way, some listings can be very amusing. In all fairness, that "Chanzon" company sells good parts. I've bought a lot from that seller via Amazon and it's all been good quality. So I can forgive the strangeness in the description.
  9. That's odd, the background is static, foreground behind text is black and moves over it, and text is white. Should be easy to read. What browser you using? It should look like the screenshot below.
  10. Yeah, I'm new to this level of design and modification, but I'm learning! For my LED holder/bezels, I'm looking at 4 options... Black Plastic: https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Emitting-Display-Mounting-Holders/dp/B086JM3WMM/ Chrome Plated Copper Style #1: https://www.amazon.com/DaierTek-Holder-Copper-Chrome-Emitting/dp/B07WNMNS9P/ Chrome Plated Copper Style #2: https://www.amazon.com/outstanding-25-Pack-Copper-Emitting-Holder/dp/B07D9JL55L/ Aluminum: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083QB7VCB/ It's a toss up between #3 and #4 I think. They offer a better viewing angle and if I add washers to cover more, it will look like it belongs there. Plus, I want to keep the silver theme. EDIT: To make everything still fit, had to go with 3MM LEDs instead of the 5MM I was using. That keeps the bezels at 5.8M instead of 7.5MM. Ordered these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083Q9QMN4 & https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C3W6NSK
  11. After several months of owning my Ender 3, I makes me wish I had got one sooner! It's probably one of the best investments I've made over the past several years. My 3D design skills are slowly improving, still using Microsoft 3D Builder for most simple things, and I'm in the process of learning to use OpenSCAD. Both apps are great for the stuff I print the most, things to support projects I'm working on. It's come in really handy for my Z80-MBC2 build, my daughter has come up with a few things to print, and I have finally got to the point I'm actually printing things I want, not just what I need. I found this very simple little insert for a Mario "?" block candy tin to turn it into an SD card holder. I have a couple of those tins sitting around, so I modified the design a little to shorten print time and make the cards stick out further for my larger hands, and Bob's your uncle! I have a cool place to store SD cards! I love finding simple ways to reuse old things, so I thought this simple little print was a great idea. I just wish I had thought of it first. I have some small Pac-Man Ghost tins, a Pac-Man arcade cabinet tin, and 2 Mario Mushroom tins, I wonder what I can use those for? Original Project: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1765326
  12. One step forward ... one more backwards... Modifications keep happening to account for issues that arise as I build it. Front panel layout had to change one last time. Back panel will be a 3D print. I need to find something to go around the front panel LEDs. The vinyl around the holes is messy so I want to cover that, like with the buttons. No power button on front, just no room. It may end up being external, we'll see. If I want it internal, that means more modifications. I need to order some right angle connectors. The connections on the uTerm are sticking up too high so I can't put the top on the case as of yet. Still....it's SLOWLY coming together, and it still works after moving the LEDs and buttons to the front panel!
  13. In addition to my blog, I created supporting Twitter and Archive.Org accounts as well. Just in the tiny off chance anyone is interested. https://twitter.com/AClassicGeek https://archive.org/details/@theclassicgeek
  14. Well, I FINALLY broke down and ordered a Pinecil... they're actually in stock! Now I wait for it to arrive from China. Can't wait to use it.
  15. The internal supports are complete! All that's left are the front/back panels and to move the lights/switches.
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