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Comment: Re:i remember (Score 1) 165

by Nethead (#48011817) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

Agree! Though I was a sixer, I miss those days. Wire wrap board, some '138s and JEDIC RAM. Put a 6522 (or 8255? in your case), maybe a 6551 and you have a computer. I had a hacked image of CBM BASIC that would take I/O from a serial chip. Did wonderful things with that.

I miss the 8052AH-BASIC very much, made a payphone controller board out of that one. That was one hell of a chip. So quick to code on. Self sensing serial speed, had the software to burn an EPROM, Give it +5, a colorburst xtal, and hang a 8k SRAM on it with a Dallas SmartSocket and Bob's your uncle.

Ah, the days when you could run down to Radio Shack at 8:40pm and buy some TTL glue and the wire wrap supplies to finish a project.

Comment: Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (Score 1, Flamebait) 393

by Nethead (#47931611) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Fuck you Nimbius. No one made you take out those student loans. You were smart enough to get into collage, one would guess that you were smart enough to actually read and understand the loan forms you signed. You rant at some nebulous "you" in your post but never take any blame for the decisions you made to put you where you are in life. Now get off my lawn you whiny brat.

Comment: Re:Oh, too much to mention here...but (Score 1) 635

by Nethead (#47791579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

User port on the SX-64, eh? Be careful not to short the 9VAC pins and blow the fuse INSIDE the transformer that has a lower rating than the one on the case. If you do, you can unwrap the tape around the xformer and solder a wire across the diode sized fuse in there.

I had an EPROM burner for the 64 and edited the font 2716 so that I could actually tell the difference between 6,8,and 0. That JVC screen was nice but the default Commodore font sucked.

My other mod was to replace the keyboard cable with a six foot flat ribbon cable. My eyes were so much better back in the 80s.

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