Experiments with computing, electronics, and maker crafts.
I spent today making a #pico8 wiki present for you all: a fully spec’d P8SCII character table, and enhanced P8SCII control code documentation! lmk what you think! (/cc @lexaloffle @Liquidream)
Two quick ones today. First, a Tandy 1400 FD portable DOS machine with two 3-1/2” floppies and an LCD 80x25 screen. I don’t have a boot disk yet, freaks out after a few minutes, has a fishy odor. Looks cute though.
In HP graphing calculators, between my beloved high school model (48GX) and the latest hotness (Prime) was the 50g. I thought I’d try to live without one but it actually has advantages over both of those models in programmability and data access (USB, SD card).
Collection complete! With this last acquisition I now have every print issue of Compute!’s Gazette magazine. Not counting the software special which for my purposes is nice to have but not essential. Gotta draw the line somewhere.
The Commodore PET was named after the Pet Rock fad of 1976.
The original Pet Rock sold 1 mil units at $4 each in 1976.
The trademark holder reissued the Pet Rock in 2012. It is still available on Amazon for $20.
You can get an original issue vintage pet rock on eBay for $75.
For #pico8 hackers and historians, I put the C code for the P8PNG compression routines (legacy and PXA) on Github and linked them from the Wiki: github.com/dansanderson/l…
Many thanks to @lexaloffle for releasing this code officially!
Perhaps straining the interests of my followers in vintage tech but I’m enjoying this Franklin talking dictionary. Definitions, synonyms, pronunciations; word games, study lists; booklets on grammar, tables and lists.
Got my new tip calculator! Time to get organized…
My childhood is back! My childhood is back!
I thought the Super Mario Bros Game & Watch would be an overpriced toy that I put in a drawer. I was not prepared for how wrong I was. This is a perfect grab and go toy with multiple levels of engagement, a fidget toy during meetings and a casual game between meetings.