Lab Notes

Experiments with computing, electronics, and maker crafts.

reMarkable e-Ink tablet

October 25, 2020

I have to gush a bit about the @remarkablepaper e-ink tablet. This is the first digital tablet I’ve ever used with paper-like performance, and it’s a game changer for me for notetaking and visual ideation.

Programming Google App Engine with Java/Python (2015), extra author copies

October 10, 2020

Programming Google App Engine with Java/Python (2015), extra author copies. Anyone want one? I can sign them, but I can’t keep them. [Edit: They’re gone!]

The BeamRacer

September 16, 2020

What’s this? It’s the BeamRacer video enhancement for the Commodore 64 by Mad Hackers Lab (@beam_racer)! Let’s try putting it in my C64C… (thread)

I got a new Commodore 64!

August 13, 2020

I got a new Commodore 64! … Or did I? Whatever can this be? (photo thread)

Commander X16 WASD keyboard

July 18, 2020

The Commander X16 modern 8-bit computer in a retro style is not yet for sale, but a WASD Keyboard PC keyboard for it is! This is quite simply a WASD PC keyboard (similar to the one I use every day) with Commodore-like keycap glyphs, but that’s useful for X16 and C64 emulators!

Ultimate 64 in a modern case

July 15, 2020

Finally getting around to a common Commodore 64 project: putting an Ultimate 64 in a modern pressing of the C64C case. I have a broken “breadbin” that can volunteer a working keyboard with dark (brown) keys…

RetroFlag GPi

April 30, 2020

I’m late on this but: the RetroFlag GPi is fantastic. Finally put one together last night. Best build quality, easiest assembly, delightful design, RaspPi based, built-in soft shutdown, runs #pico8, uses included USB-DC power or 3 AA batteries.

Epson HX-20

April 11, 2020

Part of my brain is all like, move your retro computers to the storage unit so we have room to breathe while we’re cooped up in this house, and another part is like

Floppy cleaning experiment

March 8, 2020

Experiment time! Will cleaning these old floppy disks with rubbing alcohol make them readable? (photo thread)

Fujitsu Lifebook U810

February 29, 2020

It’s the Fujitsu Lifebook U810, a tiny palmtop from 2007! Water bottle for scale. 5-1/2” screen does 640x480 and Windows XP is not configured to scale so everything is super tiny. Intel 910GU Express 800 MHz, 1 GB RAM, 4200 RPM mechanical hard drive 40 GB.