Lab Notes

Experiments with computing, electronics, and maker crafts.

Commodore 64 + Arturial KeyStep + MSSIAH MIDI cart

February 13, 2019

#commodore64 + @ArturiaOfficial KeyStep + MSSIAH MIDI cart = SID-based monosynth with KeyStep arp fun!

Puzzlecraft: How to Make Every Kind of Puzzle

February 2, 2019

ooH My copy of “puzzlecrAfT: How To mAKe every KiNd of puzzle” haS Arrived! Now to hiDE puzzles In all Of My tweetS… @mikeselinker @LoneSharkGames

MiSTer in an Amiga 600

January 13, 2019

I have successfully reproduced @mattsoft’s MiSTer in an Amiga 600 build! This unit can simulate dozens of old computers via FPGA recreation, all in a compact menu-driven unit with modern peripheral connections. C64, NES, Atari; it can even be an Amiga.…

Testing a recent cartridge haul

November 22, 2018

Finally getting around to testing a recent cartridge haul. Q*bert on Thanksgiving morning! Also my first run with this C64 SVideo cable, very pleased.

What’s inside a replica Altair

November 18, 2018

In case you were wondering what’s inside a replica Altair 8800… Nothing! :P

Amiga ROM Kernel Manuals

November 10, 2018

In my on-going effort to reacquire all the Commodore stuff from my childhood that I gave away to a guy with a station wagon 20 years ago, I once again have a set of printed Amiga ROM Kernel Manuals.

I still don't want a C64 Mini

October 25, 2018

I still don’t want a C64 Mini. I feel like I would have bought one by now. I 100% love the NES and SNES Minis, so I don’t oppose the idea. I think I’m just realizing that as fond as I am of the C64, I’m not that fond of many C64 games. I barely have a favorite.

Setting up my nice clean Amiga 1200

October 8, 2018

I’m finally setting up my nice clean Amiga 1200 as a daily driver, instead of merely taking it out of a box every once in a while. This is a new old stock PAL A1200 from that Canadian eBay seller a few years back. Power supply was DOA (probably repairable), otherwise great.

Cross-linking in Ulysses

October 5, 2018

Fans of @ulyssesapp (Mac/iOS knowledge management app): hold Option then right-click on a sheet or group in the list, and select Copy Callback URL. Now your clipboard has a “ulysses:…” URL that when visited locally opens to that sheet. Use this to create links between sheets!