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2019-10-05: With the purchase of an AirPrint-enabled printer and iPadOS 13 supporting USB storage devices, I …

2019-08-19: Yikes. The Amiga version of Eliminator is basically impossible.

2019-08-12: Oh man, MiSTer is so cool

2019-07-14: Hmm, SD2IEC is mysteriously not seeing any of the files on its SD card. Probably a sign it’s too hot …

2019-07-01: For anyone looking to replace the HDD in a PowerBook 150 with a Compact Flash card: you need an …

2019-06-27: The correct power supply and hard drive replacement for the PowerBook 150 arrived today. With any …

2019-06-24: Continuing my informal quest to own all of the portables I had growing up. This PowerBook 150 is …

2019-06-10: Picked up a mouse for the //c. Didn’t expect it to come in its original box in like-new condition

2019-06-07: I rekajiggered the cables on my Commodore monitor so that my Apple //c video is in monochrome green …

2019-04-28: Honestly a bit shocked that Executor still works more or less perfectly on Windows 10 when run as …

2019-04-10: Finally had a spare moment to figure out l the source of the strange plasticy odor coming from the …

2019-03-25: My goodness, I can’t stop laughing at the horror movie tune that plays when you collect a big white …

2019-03-22: Couldn’t resist trying to run GEOS on the //c. Unfortunately I don’t have a mouse or joystick right …

2019-03-21: Got the Apple //c booting to a floppyemu! Unfortunately it cannot boot from most external drives …

2019-03-12: The Apple //c has alps switches, it is an absolute joy to type on ❤️

2019-03-12: I’m starting on an Apple //c adventure. I’ve got 2 now. The 1st unit I got turned out to not work. …

2019-03-06: Got a little desk from IKEA to put my retro set up on. I forgot how difficult positioning a large …

2019-03-03: Finally bit the bullet and bought Affinity Designer, and I’m amazed at how full featured it is for …

2019-03-02: A friend sent me his RetroTink 2x to try out. A bit disappointed in the image quality, it’s very …

2019-02-19: Guess it’s time to relive my childhood, bought an Apple //c

2019-02-15: Such regret for not getting a flu shot this year 😑

2019-02-12: Never would have imagined that there’s a vi clone for the C64, let alone that it would be so feature …

2019-02-02: One of my cats seems to recognize Dunkin Donuts branding. When I get a bagel from there, I usually …

2019-01-26: It absolutely blows my mind I can browse the modern web on a PPC-based Mac from 2005. TenFourFox is …

2019-01-21: My long weekend project: getting music onto this 2nd gen iPod. Surprisingly difficult since I had to …

2019-01-21: I forgot how much I love the keyboard on the PowerBook G4. I’m sure it’s in part that I have had …

2019-01-12: We were given an original Game Boy for Christmas. I did a quick restoration and clean up this …

2019-01-08: Hmm, the Vic 20 is putting off a mysterious foul odor when in use. I should probably find the source …

2019-01-06: Ordered some desolder braid. The power switch in my flat C64 is broken and needs to be replaced. …

2019-01-05: Caught this when coming into LAX for a layover yesterday. It looks like another planet

2018-12-14: I thought this game – Rescuing Orc – didn’t work with the SD2IEC, but it just does not like the …

2018-12-13: This is probably silly, but I recently picked up a C64 to use as my “daily driver.” Parts for the …

2018-12-11: There is just something so pleasant about the VIC-20. The primitive graphics and sound make using it …

2018-12-07: I really missed living somewhere with four seasons. It just makes everything feel more dynamic

2018-11-30: Got the WiModem working with the VIC-20. This is probably the oldest computer I’ve gotten online …

2018-11-28: Cheese and Onion is both technically impressive for a VIC-20 game, and a lot of fun. Really enjoying …

2018-11-28: Super excited to try out the Penultimate+ cartridge with the VIC-20!

2018-11-23: Oh wow. The new iPad Pro really does feel like a device from the future

2018-11-21: Put some replacement feet on the VIC-20. It feels like this project is now complete! Can’t wait for …

2018-11-19: This is probably more window dressing than anything else, but I added heat sinks to the VIC-20’s …

2018-11-18: I’ve set out to write a simple blackjack game in Basic with the goal of it running on the unexpanded …

2018-11-17: Picked up a dead test cartridge. The C128 has been acting a little odd lately, figured it’d be good …

2018-11-17: There is nothing quite as satisfying as shredding documents

2018-11-16: I think the VIC-20’s case came out well. I was able to scrub off most of the marker and paint. I …

2018-11-16: I hit a bit of a snag in my plan. The “known good” VIC-20 main board I had turned out to be not so …

2018-11-16: The keys dried nicely over night, I was able to put them all back on this afternoon. I’m quite …

2018-11-15: Although I got this VIC-20 with the intention of putting my working main board in it, it seems there …

2018-11-15: Case is looking much better after a scrub with soapy water. This must have been a kid’s computer in …

2018-11-15: Washing the key caps in soapy water was extremely satisfying, the keys make the same noise as LEGO …

2018-11-15: I am cheating a bit. I couldn’t figure out how to get the space bar off with the key cap removal …

2018-11-15: Never realized how much effort it takes to get all the caps off of a keyboard. This is the first …

2018-11-15: Inching ever closer to having a working VIC-20 system

2018-11-11: Ahhh, the grocery store was so busy this morning. I guess the thanksgiving rush has started

2018-11-01: Tried out some new C64 games. Really digging Krakout and Uridium!

2018-10-31: New power supply arrived for my Commodore machines today. I was finally able to try out the Vic 20 …

2018-10-27: Got a set of drawers and tidied up my retro corner. Still a work in progress, but most of my …

2018-10-26: Decidedly not the most aesthetically pleasing mod, but now I don’t have to deal with flaky double …

2018-10-26: Floppy extension cable arrived in the mail today, looks like I should be able to finish installing …

2018-10-23: Finally got around to trying out the flashfloppy hacked gotek I ordered for my ST. It works! However …

2018-10-12: This USB-C dongle is only about four times bigger than a 16GB thumb drive. The future is great.

2018-10-12: I’ve been thinking it might be a good idea to proactively replace the hard drive in my PowerBook …

2018-10-01: I have 4 double density floppy disks. It seems that only two work reliably. One is questionable, and …

2018-09-28: Now that I have a permanent setup for retro computing, I think I will cycle through my wedges so …

2018-09-25: Ack! I know I haven’t really played since I was a kid, but I don’t remember being this bad at Q*BERT …

2018-09-23: Thanks to Jan Beta’s YouTube series on repairing a C128, I was able to finally put the power LED …

2018-09-23: Reopened the ST, and managed to get the RF shield off this time. Turns out you just need to slide …

2018-09-21: There’s something very cathartic about cleaning old hardware at the end of a work week

2018-09-18: It’s amazing how different an experience gaming on a CRT monitor. It feels so much more nostalgic – …

2018-09-16:

2018-09-16: My Commodore setup is complete: it now has an authentic (1802) monitor. The picture is amazing, and …

2018-09-14: Welp. I think the 1040STF tops the metal TI 99/4a for my personal record of least serviceable …

2018-09-14: Great. The Atari ST’s monochrome output is compatible with the TV’s VGA input. No upscaler required …

2018-09-11: Hello, Atari ST. You’re going to be an adventure

2018-09-10: After a relative searched through their old disks, a Discman driver has been found! If anyone …

2018-09-05: I am rather sad that Adventure Time is over

2018-08-31: Does a machine with modern networking, but a dead architecture count as retro in any sense yet? 🤔

2018-08-31: Friday night? Time for some old school AppleTalk networking

2018-08-29: Stella sure likes to nap on my 8 bit micros

2018-08-27: Got a replacement power cord for the VCR, so I was finally able to check that my 8 bit machines …

2018-08-19: My goodness the Surface Go is adorable. It’s probably the smallest size that a full computer can be

2018-08-17: I am super pleased to have a complete vintage PowerBook set up. This 2400c came with an Ethernet …

2018-08-17: I have never seen rubber feet perish so thoroughly before. They are the consistency of caramel

2018-08-14: Just need to figure out where on earth the VCR’s power cord went. Can’t use the wedges otherwise!

2018-08-14: Good news: it looks like all but one of my antique computers survived moving coast to coast. Not …

2018-07-25: Ahhh, too much packing! Everything is boxes.

2018-07-22: I’m relieved to find out that the Gemini can be charged with an inexpensive USB © 3.1 cable. I …

2018-07-17: Got VICE going on the Gemini to hold me over while my C128 is packed up. Surprisingly playable, …

2018-07-14: When your apartment is filled with boxes, it’s difficult to find the motivation to tidy up

2018-07-13: So sad. The C128 is all packed up for our cross country move. It’ll probably be a month before …

2018-07-07: Here we go, got a VIC-20 mother board. Just need to find a broken donor machine I can harvest a …

2018-07-01: Ooh

2018-06-14: Couldn’t resist installing DOSBox on the Gemini

2018-06-12: Quite impressed so far with the quality of the Gemini. Here it is running neovim in Termux, because …

2018-06-12: Was beginning to wonder if this was actually going to ship. Looking forward to trying a modern take …

2018-06-11: Ohho, looks like my Gemini PDA has shipped. Very curious to see how it compares to PDAs back in the …

2018-06-09: Slowly replaying Wario Land, a childhood favorite which is just as fun as I remember

2018-06-06: It’s more a novelty than anything else, but there is a (sorta functional) Apple I emulator for …

2018-05-27: Collection is half packed up for our cross country move. Hopefully I used enough bubble wrap for …

2018-05-20: Stella is lucky to be a house cat. Yelling at your prey in the wild does not tend to get you dinner

2018-05-19: Decided it was time to collect the titles of the games I like to play together into one place. A …

2018-05-18: Photographed my collection for documentation purposes, and couldn’t resist getting a little …

2018-05-14: Ahh, this music is so freakin’ catchy <youtu.be/Klhca3hYD…>

2018-05-14: Finally got around to trying GEOS. It’s nuts that they got a pretty decently usable desktop …

2018-05-12: An unusually warm Saturday makes for one happy cat

2018-05-05: Picked up a toolbox for the assorted stuff I have for working on retro hardware. Feels a bit like …

2018-05-03: Got CP/M loaded up on the C128, and my goodness it is slow in 40 column mode!

2018-05-02: I suppose it’s not the most eco-friendly, but I really like having a printed copy of the …

2018-04-28: Finally get to try out one of the stranger bits of Windows 9x software I’ve long been …

2018-04-27: Took some futzing, but Windows 95 is now running correctly with all required drivers on the Libretto …

2018-04-25: Installing Windows 95 for what must be the first time since, gees, middle school maybe? Very …

2018-04-24: Today I learned there’s an honest to goodness C64 Canabalt port!

2018-04-22: A upcoming long distance move is a good opportunity to rehome some of my extra systems

2018-04-22: an endless horizon

2018-04-21: Ideal setup achieved: Commodore 128 SD2IEC WiModem64 Now I can play all the games, and visit all …

2018-04-19: Huzzah, after putting a solid state hard drive in, the Libretto has jumped back to life. Now I need …

2018-04-19: A Toshiba Libretto 50CT. It currently does not POST, but it does boot into the bios recovery screen. …

2018-04-19: the start of a new project perhaps

2018-04-16: heyooo, I am online with my C64

2018-04-14: I still think this must be one of the funniest things I’ve seen on the ‘net …

2018-04-11: Acquired an AGS-101 model Game Boy Advance SP. It’s shocking how much better the screen is. I wonder …

2018-04-10: The C128 system guide I ordered arrived today! It seems the original owner never sent in for their …

2018-04-10: “If I fits, I sits”

2018-04-08: Debating whether or not to buy / make a serial cable for my Z88. It has a DB-9 port, but the pin out …

2018-04-04: Acquired a WiModem64 for my C128. Wasn’t expecting it to be this small, it’s the size of about two …

2018-04-03: it seems the cats do not appreciate me noodling with the SID chip in my C128. they abstained from …

2018-04-03: oh no, the counter on my datasette seems to have started jamming! can’t say I am surprised …

2018-04-01: It’s amusing how badly out of date browsers fare with the modern web. I am amazed my DS Lite can …

2018-04-01: Cost of having the C128 System Guide printed and bound from a PDF: ~$60. Cost of buying an original …

2018-03-25: The C128 seems to be working fine with the new fuse, so I put the RF shield/heatsink back on. Now I …

2018-03-25: I did not realize how yellowed my datasette is until I put it next to the C128. I might have to do …

2018-03-25: Plot twist: after replacing the fuse in the power supply, my C128 powers on. Used it for an hour …

2018-03-24: The video cable for my Commodore 128 arrived today and… there’s no video output. Turns out …

2018-03-24: The forces ridiculousness have caused me to install Windows 3.0a on my HP 100LX

2018-03-13: Now that my last project is done, time for something new! My Commodore 128 arrived today. It seems …

2018-03-09: and so, my TI 99/4a repair saga comes to a close for now. I’ve installed a new old stock replacement …

2018-03-04: Yesss, after trying for 3 months, I was able to purchase a Commodore 128 for an almost reasonable …

2018-03-03: Taking apart a compact Mac is vaguely terrifying

2018-03-01: while decidedly not authentic, or even good looking, relabeling the top keys on my TI 99/4a at least …

2018-02-28: Quite pleased with my new acquisition, a Cambridge Computers Z88. It fits 3 criteria I’ve been …

2018-02-25:

2018-02-25: you know karaoke night has been a success when you’re hoarse the morning after…

2018-02-24: it looks like it’s time to admit it’s beyond my skills to repair my second TI 99/4a micro. each …

2018-02-22: ooh, Alto’s Odyssy is out

2018-02-20: being in downtown/soma in SF during a bank holiday feels a bit like going back in time to before all …

2018-02-18: amused by this quaint little harbor scene having a huge power plant in the background

2018-02-16: got an Atari joystick adapter for my TI-99/4a. really enjoying the games on this platform – they’re …

2018-02-15: maxed out my titanium PowerBook G4’s ram at 1GB! while I already had more than enough memory for …

2018-02-13: played a bit with light/dark contrast while at the park Sunday

2018-02-12: omg this face

2018-02-12: ahh I can’t wait for the joystick adapter for my TI-99/4a to arrive. I can’t imagine what possessed …

2018-02-11: at the prompting of a friend, I found a shell program for my SE/30

2018-02-10: it seems that spring has started

2018-02-10: my first experience with using a modern flash memory adapter on a retro device – the FlashRom 99 for …

2018-02-10: somebody does not like their topical flea prevention medication…

2018-02-07: why would you even try??

2018-02-06: Picked up a pair of TI-99/4A. There’s just something about that wedge form factor – I would say it’s …

2018-02-05: less esoteric, but more novel. running vim on the last PowerBook capable of booting Classic Mac OS

2018-02-04: a hot winter night in this alien city… how do I get home?

2018-02-03: My HP 95LX and HP 100LX after transferring my documents over IrDA. Getting the 100LX was a pretty …

2018-02-02: life is but the pursuit of running vim on increasingly esoteric hardware