That was one big pet peeve of mine for a long time. They're digraphs, not letters!
Newer CRT TVs with full microprocessor control (two or one-chip designs) are either NTSC/PAL compatible from the get-go or just need a slight software change to get them to display PAL signals. Again, this is especially true of cheap, mass produced designs intended to cover most of the world's TV standards with few to no alterations. Line voltage is also a non-issue nowadays, most switching power supplies are able to take any voltage between 90 and 260V AC, just replace the plug on the end to fit your outlets.
but who in this day in age hoards CRTs?
People who are into retro video games, where newer display technologies just don't cut it.
Better stock up on CRT TVs if you want to keep your razor sharp, lag free 240p/288p gaming fix for the future.
* Great device compatibility (it even takes those crazy ancient 21V parts)
* Software works on Windows 7 x64
* True USB (power + data)
* Good build quality for a Chinese product
* Cheap. If you're on a budget and don't want to mess with parallel port programmers, this is the way to go.
* Software is proprietary and Windows only
* Software is a bit quirky and full of Engrish (eventually you'll get used to it)
* Seems to top up at 1MB for EPROM and 512KB for Flash even though it has more than enough pins
You might also want to take a look at the G840, the successor of the G540. I also second the suggestion of getting a UV eraser. I've made one myself with the internals of a small air purifier and a project box, but you can get cheap ones on eBay that will do the job.
If you used the AMI Color BIOS with a pre-VGA adapter it would use text characters to draw the GUI elements and the pointer, much like old DOS programs.
Thanks for the nostalgia trip, by the way.
Optical media needs to die.
It will die when solid-state media like NAND Flash reaches throw-away prices, at least for small capacities. DVD-R discs are so cheap now they're essentially a disposable off-line distribution system.
Until I can buy something like a 10-pack of SD cards for $2, I'll have to keep my optical drives around.
I also remember that a friend's beige G3 showed some remnants of old video memory contents as well. It took several seconds to generate a valid video signal from a cold boot, in those intermediate states it would sometimes display "pieces" of whatever was left in VRAM from the previous session. That one had SGRAM for its video chipset if I remember correctly.
Consider a person with turret's calling you an asshole
Clearly that person has been playing too much Portal.