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  1. Nice! I would totally wear one at work. It's a healthcare environment, so it's almost always quiet, especially in my office area. I have a TNG hoodie I wear all the time, it's my favorite one, and it shows. I'm in need of a new one, the pockets and elastic around the cuffs are getting stretched form so much use. Very comfy, and plenty of room to add my own badge. lol This is not me, but this is the one I have. My wife got it for me back when ThinkGeek was still around if I remember correctly.
  2. I'm a huge Trek fan, and if that showed up in the mail for me, I would be rocking it all day long. We get those random scam packages in the mail a lot, well my wife does. Where they send you something you didn't order just so someone can post a false positive review. They are never anything I am interested in. lol Also, like x16tial, I want one! Yes, unbox it and try it out, let us know how it works!
  3. Yep, pretty much what Tom said. Also, using an SSD over USB 3 is still considerably faster than using any SD card or flash drive, especially when it comes to writes. So while the bottleneck is there, it's still the fastest option open to the Pi 4. At least the bottleneck is with the bus the data is going over and not the media being used.
  4. This time around for me... Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition Blaster Master Zero Blaster Master Zero 2 Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Retro Classix: Joe & Mac - Caveman Ninja I want Serious Sam 4 too, but waiting until everyone I want to coop with has it as well. So probable x-mas sale.
  5. I had no problems with it at all, it works perfectly, and it's a huge overkill for the Pi. Meaning I can push it and not worry about it. I mainly use it now for testing/overclocking Pi's outside of a case, just for fun. I just wanted the Argon. To use a Pi 4 as a PC, SD access is simply far too slow for me, I knew I was going to use an SSD, and I liked the Argon case design the most. Compact and convenient. I had also looked at the Retroflag NESPi 4 SSD and Geekworm X-825 cases, but it was the Argon that won for it's compact design, full size HDMI, and all rear I/O. I also already had a NESPi Case with a 3B+ in it, and this Pi 4 was not going to be a RetroPie box, and didn't want another one.
  6. I think I got lucky, my fan is nice and quiet. If you're looking at a tower cooler, they do work great, and quietly. Before it was in the Argon, this is how I was testing and OC'ing the Pi 4. Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZV1LLWK/ It comes with both LED and a black fan. I used the black one, same basic reason. I got the horizontal version for supplemental air flow over the board.
  7. I do that a lot, go back and replay something I have completed, just to see if I can do better or find things I missed. I have been messing around with the original Indiana Jones, Star Trek, and Tex Murphy point-and-click adventure games from yesteryear, even though I have played all of them before, there is a lot I missed back when I had originally went though them. I used to love those games. Also tried the remaster of Full Throttle and Monkey Island, and they were a blast to re-play. One similar game I have replayed a lot over the years is Snatcher on the Sega CD, that game hooked me back when it was released. Love me a good cyberpunk adventure.
  8. I'm in the same X16 boat, I think I will enjoy building it just as much as using it. SMD was actually one of the reasons I got out of repairing and building for such a long time. The smaller and smaller surface mounted components made repairs more and more difficult, and back when I stopped you really could not just go out and buy them, it was all through-hole. Fast forward many years, now you can get pretty much anything delivered right to your doorstep, so I picked up my iron again. Funny thing, once I actually started really trying SMD, I found it was actually pretty easy once you get a technique down. In some cases, it's even faster than through-hole. The biggest downside for me is age, my eye's are not nearly as sharp as they used to be. So when I am doing SMD, I use a trifecta of a magnified lamp, head mounted magnifier, and a digital microscope camera to see what I'm doing. Makes it so much easier. Thankfully, my hands are still steady. lol
  9. I have the older NESPi Case + with a 3B+ in it and I love it! Works great for 1080 video playback, no issues. I don't use Geany (though it's installed), so I can't speak to that. The only scripting I currently do on it is in the Arduino IDE at the moment. I see no screen tearing however. This is a screenshot of my Pi's desktop, so you can see what I use the most. For the most part, it performs significantly better than I expected. It's not going to compare to a modern PC by any means, but it's still impressively fast. The 8GB model is also good for multi-tasking.
  10. I hear ya on the laundry and dishes! That, and working, way too much. I did my fair share of MMOs over the years. I only still play one from time to time, an old one called MapleStory. It's a platformer style MMORPG that's been around since the early 2000's, and my family plays it, so I play it with them. I have looked at Guild Wars a lot over the years too, I just just never pulled the trigger on it. I am always looking for games my wife and I can play together, along with her brother and sometimes even her mom. Grandma plays MapleStory. lol No Man's Sky is an awesome game! Still trying to get my wife to try it. I also played the heck out of Stardew Valley, Terraria, and Torchlight 2. Similarly, I do find myself mashing the buttons on a lot of old 8/16-bit titles lately. Just having a blast. To be honest, I am all over the place, it depends on the day really. There are games I just always finding myself going back to, the Battlefield titles is one of them, as in Ark, the Command & Conquer series, and the Borderlands games. I did come across a really fun little game called "Craft the World", it's better to look at it than me try to explain it. It's been out a while now (2014), but it's a lot of fun to play. I have over 160 hours into it and have played through it 3 or 4 times now. haha https://store.steampowered.com/app/248390/Craft_The_World/
  11. Some of my favorites. "They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong." -Ronald Reagan "It is possible to commit no errors and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life." and "There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it's just a matter of finding it." -Captain Jean-Luc Picard "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." -James Cameron "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." -Babe Ruth
  12. I look for any excuse to puck up my iron. I love working with electronics in general, I started soldering and making boards in the late 80's and on through the 90's. I took a break for many years and recently picked it all back up again. I will solder on anything, from simple "project kits", recapping old boards, building my own custom projects, to trying to repair/mod modern hardware. So, needless to say, I am waiting on the full kit version of the X16. I want to build it all myself. For me, it's very relaxing, and I love troubleshooting so I'm not worried about making mistakes, they can be corrected. You could say it's my "happy place". lol
  13. Having all the I/O in the rear is a huge plus for me as well, as is the dual full size HDMI outs instead of the micros. I also like the fact the GPIO is accessible under the magnetic plate. It's probably one of the best, if not the best, case for Pi 4 in a lot of aspects in my humble opinion.
  14. I'm pretty open about my Raspberry Pi hobby and how much I love the platform, especially for retro emulation. However, a while back I decided to see if I could use a Pi 4 as a "budget" mini-portable PC, I wanted to see if it could act as alternative to my desktop when I am not at home. So, I got the 8GB Pi 4 B and started messing around with it. One thing I knew out of the gate was I didn't want to run an SD card as my primary drive, they are simply too slow and that would be a non-starter for me, especially when I am used to the snappiness of my vastly more powerful desktop PC, and I also didn't want a flash drive sticking out of the Pi to use instead of the SD card. So, I went looking to see what was out there... That's when I ran across the Argon ONE M.2, basically a Pi 4 case that lets you use a SATA M.2 SSD on your Pi 4 via one of the USB 3 ports, but all contained in a small and very convenient case. I piked up a cheap Silicon Power 128GB M.2 SATA SSD (originally tried a 64GB drive but got the 128GB cheaper on sale), popped it in the case, and dropped the Pi OS on there and ... wow ... I really did not appreciate how fast the Pi 4 actually is, or how much the SD cards were "bottlenecking" it. After a couple months of using this setup for a multitude of daily tasks, from retro emulation, web browsing, HD video playback, Arduino, PCB design, image editing, and even using Steam Link to connect to my desktop and stream games. I can say that this Argon M.2 case is amazing! At least it is for someone like me. The nice thing is you can still use the SD card slot as a "slow" storage drive to expand your storage capacity. All in a very small form factor that you can easily take with you anywhere. The overall speed of the Pi 4 is actually quite impressive when running on that M.2 SSD over USB3, while it's obviously still a bottleneck for the SSD, it's a massive speed boost over SD or USB flash drives. So much so that it actually works very well as a daily driver. So yeah, I just wanted to share in case anyone was ever in the market for such a thing, and wanted to cram as much performance out of a Pi 4 as the possibly could. On a side note, I overclocked the Pi 4 to just a smidge over 2.0GHz, and it's stable in this case, and stays much cooler than I anticipated. Overall, I am very impressed. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MJ3CSW7/
  15. Awesome picture! I had the opportunity to meet William Shatner at a Trek convention back in the 90's, and I ended up getting sick and not going. I really regretted it since that opportunity never did present itself again. However, I did get to meet Jonathan Frakes a few years later, at a Trek convention again of course, and I had a sighed photo of him and Patrick Stewart, but I sadly misplaced it years ago in a move. I think it's back in my home state with my parents, but I'm not sure. Of course, since we're sharing Commodore Shatner memories, we can't leave out the commercials we all know very well, though I still think my favorite is the "wonder computer of the 1980's". That was the one I remembered the most back then.
  16. I spend way too much time in Ark: Survival Evolved, but it's so darn addictive...Especially with it's massive mod community. I have over 2700 hours in it so far.
  17. I have been on the fence about this for a long time, but now that it's back in stock here, it's a lot harder for me to ignore. The temptation is real, just becasue as much as I would love all original hardware, that's just not going to happen due to all the reasons I mentioned before. Sometimes, I hate my love of nostalgia.
  18. After noticing the A500 mini pre-order was live on Amazon already, I seen The C64 (Maxi) is back in stock as well. So if you're in the US and want one at MSRP w/o crazy shipping, now's the time. https://www.amazon.com/C64-not-machine-specific/dp/B08GMTJYXJ/ Just in time for Christmas? lol
  19. Wow. Pre-orders are already up on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/A500-Mini-electronic-games/dp/B09CM1C3LX/
  20. One of the tech YT channels I enjoy is Level1Techs, and Wendell just posted a video about a C64 setup he picked up and how he's preserving the past by imaging and uploading the floppies to the Internet Archive. Basically, it's just a modern tech guy getting nostalgic about a computer that was before his time. So, I figured I would share. It also makes me wish I had the hardware to do this, I see a LOT of old floppies for various system on sale at local yard sales all the time. While reading IBM disks is easy, and I do have working drives in my basement, that's all I have. This just sounds fun to me. Do any of you archive like this in your spare time?
  21. I was attempting to get to the tornado without being assassinated. I got shot 3 times before I finally made it to it and was able to get sucked up, deploy my chute, and go for a ride. lol
  22. I did, and it's "Ensign Williams" I am most worried about, being seated closest to the airlock and talking about getting a promotion. That's a one way ticket to trouble town in original Trek.
  23. So many red shirts, has Bezos never seen the original Trek? Unless your name is Montgomery Scott, you should be very ... very worried! haha
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