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  1. I totally forgot to respond to your question. Been a very long week. The most common consensus, and mine as well, is the MX Blue most closely compares to the Model M feel. Though it's important to note that a Model M and a modern MX Blue will still sound different, simply because they, and the boards themselves, are designed completely different, and thus resonate differently. The Model M has a deeper sound, it sounds "heavier", if that makes sense. Many modern switch keyboards sound more "hollow", it's a crisper sound. Both are "clicky", but the pitch is different. That buckling spring sound is just so unique, as is the sound of the key bottoming out. Completely different designs. Still, they feel very similar, and you can see why in the examples below, and can see where the clicky sound comes from and how they bottom out differently. Hope that helps!
  2. I seen this and thought it was fitting as well. Also, I remember seeing the C5 in some magazine way back when, I can't recall what one, but I just remember thinking how awesome it was and wanting one so badly. People like Sir Clive Sinclair are the types of people I admire, true visionaries, often ahead of their time, who forever made their mark on the wonderful world of computing. What I often think of as the "golden age" of home computing. RIP Sir Clive Sinclair!
  3. My "worst keyboards" are anything with chiclet style keys, my big old fingers just hate them, I like full size keycaps and lots of travel. So it's not that they're "bad", they just don't work for me as a daily driver. For light use they are OK, such as my HTPC and Raspberry Pi. Though, I did buy a keyboard for one of my sons many years back that they just had to have, and it had nothing but issues. It was a Saitek Cyborg, and he wanted it becasue it looked cool I guess... On the surface it looks like it would not be all that bad, lots of programmable function keys, metal coated WASD/Space/Arrows (though it still wore off quickly, it was more like metallic paint). The "touch" buttons along the top rarely worked properly, the software was crap, and the extra function keys were not like standard keys, they press down and to the side, and were just awkward as heck to use becasue of that and their location. Thankfully, this was his and I rarely had to touch it, just when called to troubleshoot something. One other theme I have is everything I use on a daily basis must be wired, I have a genuine dislike of wireless HID devices and batteries. Though I obviously use them for HTPC and the Pi on the go, they don't get used that much so it's no big deal. I don't even own any wireless controllers, except the ones that came with the Nintendo DS. Other than I hate having to use batteries, I have had a lot of bad experiences with them in the past, so I think I just gave up on them in general. I now consider wired a "feature", and not a "con". lol
  4. @Scott Robison That looks like a pretty wicked keyboard, and I absolutely love the modular design and customization options. It looks like you get what you pay for. I have always been a huge supporter of modular designs and electronics being designed with future repair or upgrades in mind, and being made to make that process as easy as possible. Probably why I fully support the current move in the modern tech space for "right to repair". Sadly, I have tried split and ergo boards, and my wrists hate them. Sucks, becasue I like the concept, I just can't use them long without pain quickly developing. @John Chow Seymour I remember Dell's Model M clone Quietkey, I never used one personally, but I know people who have used later models and loved it. I thought Dell was still making them in one for or another? I recall seeing them a couple years back being reviewed, but I can't remember now. Also, there is nothing wrong with the Logitech K120, a simple keyboard that gets the job done and does not break the bank in the process. It's also much better than the countless other "cheap" boards in that price range. I have always been a fan of the Logitech HID devices, I love my Hero G502 mouse, and like I said above, the G15 Keyboard comes in a very close second to the Model M for me. @AndyMt Logitech! I was actually looking getting a new G Series keyboard before I got the Corsair K70 Lux I am using now. Truth be told, I got the K70 for free, it was sent to me by Newegg to test and review back when it came out, and I just fell in love with it over time. Like the G915 (at least I think it does), it has and all metal frame, the fact the keycaps are not recessed into the frame (makes for super easy cleaning), and I like the built in USB connection. On a side note, I do reviews for Newegg as part of an invite-only program they call "EggXpert", I have been for several years now, I think it started in 2012, 2013, I can't recall exactly. At the time I was an active contributor to their reviews and YouTube team. So they put in a word for me when the program was launched. Been doing it ever since. Anyway, they send you hardware to review, you run it through it's paces, and post it on their site. You're not paid for it, but you do get to keep the hardware for yourself. So if you're ever browsing Newegg, and see a little Newegg logo with what looks like a graduation cap on it, that's an EggXpert review, so they make it known. It also says so right under that icon. So that's where the K70 came from. lol
  5. I ran across a video from a YouTube channel I enjoy watching talking about a keyboard I loved, and is probably my all time favorite, the classic IBM Model M. While I do like my very modern Corsair Cherry MX RGB nonsense, I genuinely miss having a Model M. Well, there is a "modern" Model M, and an open source kit to "upgrade" an original Model M and also give it USB connectivity, and to fix the modern versions issue. Wendell explains it all really well, but it's something I am actually interested in, and am considering ordering myself a Unicomp "New Model M". Am I the only one interested in such things? What was, or is, your favorite keyboard of all time, or do you have a few different ones you like? Is it a modern marvel, or something from the past you wish you still had? As I said above, the classic well known Model M is mine. In a more modern context, I loved the Logitech G15, it's ample extra keys, and it's LCD screen + software. I geek out over the weirdest things.
  6. I tend to think of "retro" as a fluid term, often a matter of ones perspective. For me, retro is my childhood through my early 20's, in terms of tech. I was born in the early 70's, so I really grew up in the 80's, and was a young adult through the 90's. I look upon those 20 years as the most memorable of my life, and consider most of that as "retro" when looking back. Though I understand many people generally look at retro as the 1980's for the most part, I just tend to expand it to include the 1990's as well. My kids for example, oldest being 30, look upon the late 90's and early 2000's the same way I look upon the 80's. Though they still refer to the 80's as retro because I had most of my old systems as they were growing up, well into their teens, and they played on them of course. Either way, I think as long as what you do gives you that warm fuzzy nostalgia feeling, you can call it whatever you like.
  7. You got to love a good chart! Also, I seen that video when you dropped it. I thought it was really well done. I often go take a peek at them when you post. In all reality, that sums up my likes when it comes to consoles. I started to step back from that scene once we hit the 32-bit era, while I did enjoy them, and messed around with the first 64-bit consoles, PC dominated a vast majority of my time. However, it was always the 8 & 16-bit consoles that I always go back to. When it comes to computers however, my chart would be straight across the board from 1981 and my first TI-99/4A, to the 3x modern Ryzen machines sitting running at home right now. It really didn't start getting old to me until recently, through the 80's and 90's I pretty much lived and breathed the stuff. On a side note, I credit the TI-99/4A for sparking my interest in building and expanding my own systems as well. While that system obviously could not hold a candle to the Commodore 64 once it was released, it's expandability always still impressed me. I thought the add-in cards for the PEB were amazing at the time, and I even really liked daisy chaining peripherals across my desk. It was that TI that drove me to build my first PC, an 80386 powered machine, much like most people do today. I was lucky enough to live in an area with plenty of computer shops around, and a local shop where I was able to score a lot of hardware. I was in heaven.
  8. It's been forever since I really played WarCraft! I loved the original and Tides of Darkness, but I kinda dropped out of it after that. I have never never tried the Battle.net Edition, never knew it existed! Will have to check it out. My go to RTS was Command & Conquer, I have played every title in the series, many many times over. They remastered the original C&C and Red Alert, and I play that via Steam, now I am hoping for a Red Alert 2 remaster, that was my favorite in the series. Actually, in most places online my name has a TR in it, so StriderTR or TRStrider, the TR originated from my C&C days playing it via Westwood Online and with my two boys once they were old enough. We had one of the top rated clans at the time, Tiberian Republic (TR), and I just kept using it becasue the letters also happens to match other aspects of my life.
  9. Counts as retro to me! I use it as well, have for a long time, it's just a great all around DOS emulator for those classic titles. I use it a lot to play late 80's to late 90's titles mainly. I also use a PC emulator called PCem, not the most original name but it's great for emulating old 80486 bases systems. It's not nearly as fancy as other options out there, but I ran across it, gave it a try, and liked it's simplicity. Plus, it just works well and does what I want it to do. I use it to play some 80's games and mess around in Win 3.1. Also to play around with older DOS software.
  10. I'm honestly somewhat torn between what tower or desktop... While I like the look of slim sleek cases, I am also "under the hood" all the time on every build I have ever done, I don't see the X16 being any different. So I like cases with lots of room inside for mods. Also, it has to fit in my workspace. I have a feeling I will be going with an ATX full or mid-tower of some sort. Maybe even a glass side panel so I can see the hardware! Unless I find a desktop I really like. I have pretty much abandoned my original retro look idea, and will probably be going with something more modern where I can add "retro style" to it on my own. The search is still on! Edit: I was actually looking at a case I have built in before, and liked it. The Rosewill Zircon T: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293431402500?epid=3034551967 I want a plastic front panel with at least 1x 5.25 bay, and with enough room behind the front panel I can add my own connections, LEDs, and toggle switches, and other I/O, and that case fits the bill. The only downside is the HDD/SSD tray at the bottom is not removable, so I would have to grind down the rivets to get it out. Not a big deal, but I don't need or want the tray in there. Plus, it will easily fit in my workspace, right next to my desk where my server sits now.
  11. I guess it really comes down to what you want and why. I agree with Scott and Tom on emulation. The Mini and Maxi are fancy plug and play games, no different than the countless other such units across so many platforms. My desire for a Maxi is powered by nostalgia, well, and I can mod the case, and the C64 style keyboard. If it was not for the Mini's super cheap price, I probably would not own one, but I have a soft spot for plug and play TV games. Before I downsized, I had several dozen of them spanning about 20 years of collecting. Now I really only have the Mini, and I do like it, it's great for what it is in my opinion. Personally, I use two different emulators, VICE for C64, and WInUAE 64 for Amiga. I really don't mess with any of the other Commodore platforms. Tom is also correct that the Mini/Maxi are basically cheap ARM powered single board computers running an old stripped down version of VICE. No SoC or anything like that, just emulation. They are meant for people who just want to plug and play, no fuss, just hook it up and go. Or, like me, who just like such things for nostalgia. If you're going to get into anything beyond that, I too suggest emulating it on your PC as an alternative idea, at least this is free and it gives you an incredible level of control and options. Either way, I myself and still looking at a Maxi (maybe, also exploring other options to build my own "Maxi"), but right now I am looking at possibly picking up a TI-99/4A in the near future. We will see, as I said, time and space are limited. I don't want to go down that rabbit hole again where I have far more hardware than I have time to enjoy. haha In the end, you get whatever makes you happy and does what you want, these are just my opinions and how I do things. We all do it a bit different. Thats why I love retro these days, SO many options, there's something for everyone!
  12. Most USB flash drives come formatted already to FAT32. Assuming you're on Windows 10, but it's nearly identical in Windows 7 as well. To check, right click on the drive on your PC, click "Properties", and you can see it. If for some reason it's not formatted FAT32. Click "Format" instead, select FAT32 from the menu, click "Start" and follow the prompts. Hope that helps.
  13. There is a nice thread on here regarding the Maxi if you want to check it out. https://www.commanderx16.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1523-late-but-is-c64-maxi-any-good/ I personally own a Mini for a couple different reasons. Also, living in the US they are just a lot cheaper than getting a Maxi right now, but it's still something I am seriously considering. That all being said, both the Mini and Maxi have a nice selection of built in games, if they're fun or good will be a matter of opinion, but I do like many of them. Thankfully, you can easily add more via a USB drive to expand your library as much as you like! Yes, you can save your own BASIC programs as well, to a FAT32 formatted USB drive. There are some Maxi owners on here that can answer more of your questions better than I. Hope that helps!
  14. I have seen a lot of those for sale on Amazon, and was curious how well they worked. The only plug & play HDMI games I have anymore are a couple of the Atari Flashback Blast units, each with about 20 games on them. I picked them up on clearance at my local Wal-Mart about a year ago for $1.99 each. lol I have seriously thought about investing in small projector for my RetroPie setups. I still might. There are some seemingly good deals on Amazon. Nice! I have a TheC64 Mini, still no Maxi. It gets a lot of use for playing my favorite old C64 games. That's the one thing I don't really emulate on my Pi's. Truth be told, while I would love to have a real C64 again, and I am thinking about a Maxi, if I was to get a computer from my childhood I keep looking at a TI-99/4A. Not the most popular, obviously older and not as powerful as a C64, but it was the first home computer I ever owned, and I fell it love with it. I really loved it's PEB and expansions, and those are much harder at a reasonable price. It started my journey and still holds a special place in my retro heart. I have been looking at them a lot lately on eBay, but my lack of space and time keeps stopping me from making the leap. It's hard to resist the urge to buy one. lol
  15. That .0001% chance failed to prove you wrong this day! Excellent film in my humble opinion. George Lucas and Ron Howard did a great job as always. I actually plays the NES game before it showed up in my local arcade. I had a blast playing it back then, and again recently. Once I seen the arcade version, it ate a lot of my quarters. It's sad many of the ports to other platforms were so poor for just a great IP.
  16. I played through both the arcade and NES versions recently, and watched the movie. Still one of my favorite fantasy adventure films, and one of the "best of the 80's" in my opinion. So many good films of that type back then. Even though the arcade and NES versions are vastly different in every aspect, I still like both. The arcade follows the film, looks great, and is a lot of fun. The NES really only uses the characters from the film, but is a fun RPG adventure title in it's own right. I never played the Amiga version back then, I only tried it out recently, and yeah... awful!
  17. To be honest, I wish CC had existed way back when I was putting content out on that new fangled World Wide Web. I made and published quite a few maps/mods for games like the original Doom series and Command & Conquer (through Red Alert 2), and C&C Renegade, and I always included a license that I wrote myself. I'm not even sure it would have been legally binding to be honest. Basically saying you can use, distribute, and alter my work in any way you wish, as long as you: Credit the original author (me). Amend the change-log section of the license to reflect the changes you made and to credit yourself for those changes. Do not alter or remove the license identifier I hid in each map, if found. Include the amended license and change-log when redistributing. Of course, I have no idea if anyone followed those rules, save for two instances. No way to really track that back then. I really only included it in the off chance any of my content made it into any mass distributed collections, something that used to be very common for games like those back then. Those instances I am talking about were one of my C&C RA2 maps made it into a collection that was shared online many moons ago, and the creator of that collection followed my license. The other was for work I did on a Renegade map set we ran on a popular Renegade server, in that case I knew the server owners and they happily honored my simple license request. So I think any CC license that covers whatever you want to protect in one form or another should be good. Like I said, I am not familiar with much outside of the very common GPL. Basically, my long winded way of saying, I'm not sure. If for some reason you can't find what you want through CC, maybe you can do one up yourself, or if they allow you to edit one to fit your specific needs? The problem is, I have NO idea if self made licenses are legally binding. I am most definitely NOT a lawyer, I can only speak to my past experiences.
  18. I would love to see a Castlevania remaster, and so many others.
  19. Nice! I was one of those people that didn't know. I just watched/listened to the "A Link to the Past Restored - Dungeon of Shadows" video where they explain what they did. Very cool!
  20. Also released on the Commodore Amiga, with generally poor reviews? The IP in question was created by two of the most well known names in the industry, especially at this time?
  21. Keeping the NES theme going. 1. This game was based on a popular licensed IP, but it's story was actually unrelated to that IP. There was an arcade version as well, but it was also a completely different game, even though it shared the same name and IP. 2. The arcade version of the game got generally good reviews, but it's NES counterpart did not fare nearly as well, with mostly mediocre and poor reviews. It was lumped into a "clone" category as many games of it's type did back then. 3. It wasn't until much later, in retrospect, that the game got some overdue notoriety. Featuring a unique colorful graphic style that changes when in battle, fun enemies and bosses, and a good soundtrack. Many people found the overall game to be quite enjoyable. 4. You fight with both a sword and magic, and can even transform yourself. The game is actually quite long, but in a good way. You defiantly got your monies worth out of it. To this day it's one of my many favorites, as is the IP it was based on.
  22. So... This is going to be a thing now. Why Nintendo....WHY do you do this to me! https://www.nintendo.com/products/detail/game-and-watch-the-legend-of-zelda/ Now I wonder how many more classic NES titles Nintendo will release like this?
  23. Always remember to check your batteries! Even on new hardware. I was working on my GPi today, and decided to check the batteries as I often do, and seen one leaking, even though it's only been in there about a week. Just glad I caught it before it did any damage. I seen it on the cover first.
  24. The stuff I have bought is black ABS, like these... https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Amazon+ABS+plastic+sheet&ref=nb_sb_noss I specifically like sheets with this pattern... https://www.amazon.com/Install-Bay-89-00-9031-Plastic-8-Inch/dp/B0007WTF02/ It just makes me think "retro". My dad worked on and collected old radios, and many had a pattern like that, as did a lot of electronics, so it stuck in my mind. You just need to find what best fits your needs and likes of course. ABS is easy to work with hand and home power tools. I have used a wide range of tools to cut it, but I personally like using a hot knife, just easier on my bad shoulders, though you do have to make a few passes to get through 1/8 inch sheets. Then I cut and/or file the edges to clean it up, either by hand using a knife or de-burring tool, or my dremel. It really is easy to work with. A dremel style rotor-tool cuts it very easily as well. Much faster than a hot knife. Hope that helps!
  25. I totally agree with keeping it easy for everyone to do. The reason I asked about plastics is becasue there are a lot of easy to work with types and tools readily available to the public, and it's cheaper than metals obviously, and it's what I use. I prototype using foam-board. We have a shop here I can buy different types of plastic sheets and wood, but there are some decent ABS plastics options on Amazon too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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