Lab Notes

Experiments with computing, electronics, and maker crafts.

3-2-1 Contact magazine, June 1988

February 17, 2020

3-2-1 Contact magazine, June 1988. They published BASIC type-in programs in a section in the back, including “Where’s the Beef?” by Dan Sanderson, age 9.

My first Speccy!

December 19, 2019

My first Speccy! This is a fully restored Sinclair ZX Spectrum with new case, rainbow LEDs, and composite video modifications, by the great @ByteDelightCom. I’ve ignored Speccies for so long but they’re actually quite charming.

Some Commodore disk drives

November 24, 2019

.@8BitShowAndTell ‘s new CBM disk drive video is well timed for me as I just got a few drives for a disk duplication project.

Viewmaster estate sale haul!

November 4, 2019

Finally got a chance to play with the stuff I got from this estate sale. Thanks again @cabel for the tip. Photo thread:…

Retro Gaming Expo 2019

October 20, 2019

Just a few photos from @RetroGamingExpo, starting with this stunning 1942 mini cab by @sengbusch. Real CRT, original board (no emu!), 40% size. Extremely fluid play (because it’s real!) and solid mini controls.

Blackmagic eGPU + Looking Glass + MacBook Pro

October 5, 2019

Blackmagic eGPU + Looking Glass + MacBook Pro = I can finally use this thing with my laptop with good performance! And yes the Mac build of Voxatron knows how to use it!

Exploring the UWCUG disk hoard

September 14, 2019

Finally cracking open the disk hoard from last week. Of the first nine (9) disks chosen at random, only one (1) was readable. Not surprising, but it’s making me balance the value of my time against the possibility that I find something interesting that isn’t already a d64 online.

Huge retro haul! University of Washington Commodore User's Group

September 11, 2019

Huge retro haul! Very long photo thread follows. I brought back a minivan full of stuff from @RayCarlsenPSU’s place! Ray makes brand new Commodore power supplies and fixes Commodore monitors, and was cleaning house.

PowerBook G3 power cycling issue

August 24, 2019

I was all excited to post a PowerBook G3 photo thread today but I think I killed it by attempting a hard drive upgrade. With original HD still stuck in this 3-sec on/off cycle. Anyone familiar? [Edit: I fixed it! The modem was disconnected after I had reassembled it. I’m preserving this post for the photos.]

Important technical notes I took, let’s say a while ago

August 11, 2019

Important technical notes I took, let’s say a while ago. Retro Twitter points for whomever can identify the subject of the first page.