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I spent the last two weeks working on a project that turned out to be rather huge, I split out the entire Rocky & Bullwinkle series and supporting segments for better binge watching!
When I got onto my cartoon collecting kick one of the first things I ordered was the Rocky & Bullwinkle complete boxed set. As soon as it arrived the first thing I did was load the entire series onto my Plex server so that I could watch it at my leisure without having to mess with inserting the disks. I watched a couple of episodes and it was very nostalgic but didn’t get much further than that. Since I’m not tied to watching TV on a schedule an...
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Playing card tray for holding your cards during game play. Angled to make it easy to toss in discards. After the game the bins interlock to become a small box for holding the cards. No more using rubber bands to hold your cards together and then finding the rubber bands broken and the cards scattered next time you open your box. Designed for use with Munchkin and other card games. The will take normal bridge size 2.25" x 3.5" (57mm x 89mm). Creat...
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Saw these old Fairchild books at Goodwill and could t resist getting them. No idea what I'll do with them but they looked interesting. 
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i'm the same way, just a read and trip down memory lane (then hours remembering the old tech., how it achieved what it did contrasted with todays)
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#BASICWeek  has started! Hark back to the days when it was common for programs to be published in books and magazines and people would type them into their computers. One of the neat things about distributing software through type-in listings is that there’s no need for working disk drives or tape drives, or to do complicated things like get a serial connection working and find a way to transfer files. If a computer has built-in BASIC just turn it on and start typing!

Past programs have displayed vector graphics, silly text screen animations, and a couple of games. This time around the program is called Winchester Drive and the concept is to explore a mansion to see what you can find. I decided this time around to try out true sprites and made a version for both the Apple II and Commodore 128. 

The challenge is more about honor and glory and getting an excuse to show off old computers and/or skills with porting, but I do give out vinyl decals & stickers for prizes (http://imgur.com/a/iAS5T).

The complete source code has been posted to github, and you can see the full rules and check out other submissions here:

https://redd.it/3ko0nd
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#BASICWeek starts tomorrow on #RetroBattlestations and this is the program I've developed so far. I wanted to do something with sprites, or in the case of the Apple II, shape tables. I need help though! I've only got the Apple II version and I need some volunteers to port to other platforms that have graphics from BASIC like the Commodore 128 or Atari 8-bits.

If you can help with porting please grab the source from here: https://github.com/RetroBattlestations/WinchesterDrive
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My "entry" for 5.25 Week on RetroBattlestations. http://redd.it/3gcz2q 

Went through the hundreds of disks I had from the Apple II+, plus tons of disks that came with a few computers I got in the last couple of years. All the Apple II disks were matched already (except for a few that I had let friends borrow), but had to spend a bit of time matching jackets from the used disks that I got. There were at least 4 jackets that had no matching floppy at all which I did not include, which is too bad because the jackets were pretty unique!

A few of the floppies in there are actually hard sector disks for use with the Heathkit H8 and its H17 drive. I think that's the only computer I have that uses hard sector 5.25" disks.

Also had to throw in a few 8" disks. And of course a Beagle Bros. "do not mutiliate" floppy t-shirt!

#retrocomputing   #RetroBattlestations   #floppydisks  
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Took a bit of work to hunt down a copy of +Mike Stephens Christmas Demo but I was able to find it on archive.org. Would love to find the Christmas pack for the coloring program but haven't found anything so far.
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+Mike Stephens That'd be great! Email me: fozztexx@fozztexx.com
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I’ve been watching 3D printer progress since I saw the first RepRaps a decade ago. They seemed interesting but very crude at the time. The few times I encountered an inexpensive 3D printer in person the creations seemed like they were very brittle. When I saw a video that was using NinjaFlex my interest in 3D printers increased quite a bit. The idea of being able to make flexible things and not just hard blocks of plastic was something I had been...
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Soldering EZ-232 PCB for Commodore 64 live on Hangout & Periscope
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#BASICWeek starts tomorrow on #RetroBattlestations and this is the program I've developed so far. I wanted to do something with sprites, or in the case of the Apple II, shape tables. I need help though! I've only got the Apple II version and I need some volunteers to port to other platforms that have graphics from BASIC like the Commodore 128 or Atari 8-bits.

If you can help with porting please grab the source from here: https://github.com/RetroBattlestations/WinchesterDrive
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BASIC Week is coming so I've been buying some books for inspiration. I bought the Commodore 64 book because I wanted to see how they handled sprites on the C64 compared to how they used shapes on the Apple II. I was disappointed though, the C64 port uses PETSCII and not sprites!
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Had some fun over the weekend broadcasting old graphic text adventure games with Periscope. Of course games don't play nice on the C64 so I had to add some features to ninepin. 
Adventure games via Periscope Over the weekend I was having some fun with Periscope and having people join in while I played some old graphic text adventures. Remember graphic text adventures? They were text based adventure games but would show a picture above the text so you didn’t have to use your imagination as hard. You still have to type commands and read descriptions. Because of their slow pace I thought they would lend themselves well to ...
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