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  1. Honestly, if I was 90 and had the money... I would do it in a heartbeat. I mean, at that age, the clock has almost ran out so why not go for the thrill of a lifetime? It's not like it's going to come along again while you're still alive, and if I don't make it, I died doing something I loved. But... That's just me.
  2. So, I've been messing around in the Battlefield 2042 Beta (The BF series is the only modern online FPS I play), and one thing I love about this series is the weather. It actually effects the battlefield, now more so than ever! Of course, I had to run and jump in it, get sucked up, and killed. Pure joy. haha
  3. You got my vote. Phased matter sounds MUCH cooler.
  4. My personal favorite candidate are WIMPs, Weakly Interactive Massive Particles. Why? IF they exist, and they are searching like mad, they solve the problem (for now), and, I just love the name. Particles so massive or abundant they literally shape the visible universe, but are called WIMPs! I'm an astrophysics junkie. I do not pretend to understand the raw math (way over my head), but I spend a lot of time keeping up on current theories and reading WAY too many articles on the subject.
  5. So you all know I like projects, soldering, and most things retro. Also, that for various reasons I mainly stick to emulation, Pi, and Arduino. Still, I have had my eyes on many of the modern "kit" computers on the market, such as the Mini PET, VIC-2020, and I was even looking at a Color Maximite 2 to name a few. I am even looking at picking up Ben Eater's kits and just building it onto a PCB, just for fun. The problem is, kits like the Mini PET are very expensive, and some are not available due to the chip shortage. That being said, one kit I keep coming back to is the ZX Spectrum clone "The Harlequin rev 2D" kit. It's not too expensive (about $130US plus shipping), it's a full DIY, and I have never really had a chance to play around with much in the Spectrum universe. I have watched his build video, and it looks like a project I would love doing. So my question is, has anyone here messed with this kit? What are your thoughts? https://www.bytedelight.com/?product=harlequin-128k-rev-2d-black-large-diy-kit This is assuming I can get one shipped to the US.
  6. @Cyber Sounds like it's a pretty decent device. One of the reasons I moved away from wireless controllers was issues with missed or delayed button presses. Not a big deal in some games, but a killer in others. Though to be fair that was several years ago, and many of today's wireless controllers are much better. Still, my youngest kid is 20 so I really have no need for it anymore. lol @BruceMcF That's awesome! I can remember my boys playing my old 8 and 16-bit consoles and computers back in 99/2000 and saying something very similar to their younger sister. None of them really do much "retro" anymore. It sucks, but I have enough retro nostalgia for everyone.
  7. Oh yeah, I want one, as long as the price is close to the C64 Mini. For the same reasons as well, pure nostalgia. Yes, I can and do emulate it on both PC and Pi, but I am one of those people who appreciate the case as much as the internals, hence why I have the Pi cases I do. I like my hardware to look the part too! I also appreciate the work they put into it.
  8. I'm sure there's a per-flight physical and a lengthy liability waiver to sign. lol Also, I have no idea if he's paying for it or not, I didn't see that mentioned. I agree, would be great for publicity, as long as nothing goes wrong, and I truly hope nothing does. I also agree, we need the two finder tap! It would be nice to see a Vulcan greeting tribute to Mr. Nimoy as well, but I hope he just has fun!
  9. To each their own. Sub-orbital or not, no way I would pass up an opportunity like that. That would still be one heck of a thrill and as close to leaving our Earthly bonds behind as you're going to get at 90 years old, and more than a vast majority of us will in our lifetime. Plus, at his age, a traditional rocket launch into orbit would likely be more than he could handle. I firmly believe space-based tourism will be a thing in the not-so-distant future, we have to start somewhere. Not to mention it's going to be a very long time before it becomes affordable for people outside of millionaires. So yeah, if I had the money, I would totally do it. I'm no spring chicken anymore either and no way I am fit enough to handle a traditional rocket launch into space either. Darn science fiction inertia dampers not existing.
  10. Well, it seems William Shatner is finally going to take a trip to space, for a 15 minute sub-orbital flight aboard Blue Origin next month. Being a life-long Star Trek and William Shatner fan, I just had to share. I think it's cool as heck and I hope he has an amazing and safe flight, he deserves it! I also hope Blue Origin's engineers are at least half as good as Montgomery Scott!
  11. So, I know we're all about the retro here, but I'm pretty sure most of also use modern hardware as well. So why not have a thread to talk about a few modern things we find amazing or fascinating, especially with our retro perspective, since we all remember how different things used to be. A recent upgrade I did made me really appreciate how far we've come. I moved from the B450 chipset to X570, and from a Ryzen 3600 to 5600X, this also meant I was also able to add PCIe Gen 4 NVME storage to my system. Then, as if on cue, I was sent a new Crucial P5 Plus 1TB PCIe Gen 4 NVME drive for review. So, I obviously popped it in immediately to marvel at it's speed... With sequential reads topping 6800MB/s and writes topping 4800MB/s, I find it amazing how far we have come in my lifetime. Watching gigabytes worth of data load in seconds. Using your system RAM as cache for such a fast drive, boosting your performance even more. I know many people these days won't be impressed by such things, but coming from cassette tape, to floppy disk, to many different types of platter drives, to SSD, and now this latest generation of NVME SSD technology. It truly is amazing and makes me really appreciate the technology, at least I think it's cool.
  12. Best I can come up with... no electrons or technology needed. Can be designed on ANYTHING! Full DIY and you don't get much more retro that wood! And... it''s even COLOR!
  13. I know I am probably missing something, and I am way behind in this thread, but I think I get the general idea. To the best of my knowledge, there are no businesses who will accept any form of image file to create a PCB. However, maybe someone would be willing to convert your PNG image to Gerber by basically transferring the design into software so the designer don't have too? Then you can use whoever you like. Though you may lose you aesthetic look. If the PCB must be classically etched for that old school copper look, then you may be stuck doing it yourself. It's very easy to do at home, all you need is an etching kit you can find online, and a laser printer. There are a lot of tutorials how to do it, it's really simple. You can print your PNG, transfer the toner to a copper PCB, etch the board in solution, then drill the through-holes. A process I have done many times in the past, though I drew my circuits by hand. lol There may be some small shops that do this classic form of etching, but if they exist, I know of none. No idea if that helps, probably not, but I wish you luck anyway!
  14. To be honest, I have nothing against any of the other switch-types, I like Red, Brown, and Blue so far, but I also haven't used all of them either. Just played with them in stores and such. I tend to default to what I find works for me until something forces me to change. One thing I do know, like @TomXP411, I prefer the Cherry switches over any others I have tried so far. I also dislike the Razer versions, as they use their own switches, not Cherry. My wife has a BlackWidow Elite board with their version of Green switches and she loves it, but I absolutely hate typing on it. It just feels ... wrong. I can't really explain it. My first "modern" mechanical board was the Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger (2012'ish), with Cherry Reds, and I fell in love with it. From there I expanded my horizons to Blue and Brown. I still have that board sitting in my closet. It still works great, I keep it as a spare.
  15. @TomXP411 @Yazwho Cherry MX Red and Brown are my favorites for home use simply because they are quieter, but MX Blue is still my favorite. The K70 I have now is MX Red, luckily it's the one they sent for review, so it don't annoy my wife as much. lol To make my keyboard even quieter, I picked up these, and surprisingly it does help if you have a heavy hand like me. A simple solution to stop the keys from bottoming out and making them a bit quieter. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N75JL0F/ @BruceMcF I...hate...on screen keyboards! I need physical buttons, of any type. I had small folding Bluetooth board that I ended up giving to one of my kids, I used it with my tablet as well, but no longer needed it since I really don't my tablet for anything much anymore. Though I do have this board I use as a backup for servicing or travel if necessary. Not the most comfortable to type on in the long term by any means, but it gets the job done. https://www.amazon.com/Sungwoo-Foldable-Silicone-Keyboard-Waterproof/dp/B0179N39KS/ Lastly, I have yet another I use for my Pi's daily driver. Another cheap backlit board from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RN5T3W4/ Shockingly, for the price, it's a good little lightweight board. Membrane so it's pretty quiet. I got it on a lighting deal for $8.99 at the time. I really like it. You can never have too many keyboards!
  16. As s continuation to the industrial use case scenario, not all industrial environments are dirty. In my case where we had done things like this is the past, the killer was moisture, not dirt. The Filler Room environments in many beverage production facilities are very cool wet areas. All electronic or computing equipment had to be sealed in an expensive stainless steel enclosure to survive, especially during the cleaning process. There were many instances where we had to run keyboards and/or mice/trackballs into the rooms from computers we setup outside the room for special runs, or as temporary solutions to a problem that popped up with the normal equipment. In some cases, we would put the computer in one of those stainless boxes even though it was not made for it, and run the HID devices out from there. In those situations, the computers were not in their original cases, we had taken all the internals out and mounted them inside the box to fit. We would make "adapters" and trays to attach the components to, often out of Lexan, so they could be mounted in the sealed stainless enclosures properly. As one last example of not all industrial environments are dirty, a friend of the family worked for a company called Jagemann Stamping, it's metal stamping. They make a lot of things there, including ammunition. Sounds like it would be a dirty environment, but the place is incredibly clean. Still, computers are isolated from some areas to minimize the chance of damage if there's an accident. It's a lot cheaper to replace a keyboard than an entire system.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. @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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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