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Bloody "Life Hacks"

Posted by OLD CS1, 04 November 2018 · 125 views

I can be an asshole and sometimes a bit crotchety. It was a relief, therefore, to find that I am not the only one who finds the concept of "life hacks" cringe-worthy and often aggravating, if only for misusing the word "hack." You might come across some viral new "life hack" and think, "nothing special about that," since you or someone or some group of pe...


Florida State vs. Clemson: The Sleeper Must Awaken

Posted by OLD CS1, in Rants, Sports 29 October 2018 · 112 views

Florida State vs. Clemson: The Sleeper Must Awaken I have held season tickets since earning my Criminology degree at Florida State University (FSU.)   Before then I attended games as a student, and even before I was a student I attended games with friends who were students.
 
One thing to which we held firm was we always showed up on time for kick-off and we never left early.  Of course, i...


Spending some time with the THEC64 Mini

Posted by OLD CS1, in Commodore 28 October 2018 · 136 views
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Spending some time with the THEC64 Mini I pre-ordered my The C64 Mini from WalMart and it arrived on October 9, which I picked up a mere six hours before the store closed in preparation for Hurricane Michael which would arrive the next day.  As a result, my time with the new goody was pushed back over a week.
 
But I have now had a chance to spend a few hours every day or so for the p...


Resolutions for 2018?

Posted by OLD CS1, 02 January 2018 · 377 views

Resolutions for 2018? How about 800x600?  HAHAHAHAHA
 
No, but seriously.  I will refrain from elaborating on my principle and philosophic aversion to New Year Resolutions (which nearly got me into trouble in third grade,) instead I want to make a short plan for 2018.
 
First part of my plan is to finally buckle down on my conversion of Arkanoid for the TI...


The Bad Black 99/4A Keyboard

Posted by OLD CS1, 11 December 2017 · 359 views

The Bad Black 99/4A Keyboard The beige model of the TI-99/4A usually has the oft-maligned post action keyboard with a membrane contact system contained within which is prone to failure.  In my first blog post I was both happy and disappointed to find a couple of variants of the beige keyboard which had, respectively, the spring-leaf style contact with full square action and a no...


Dell UltraSharp 2007FPb quick comparisons to 2001FP

Posted by OLD CS1, 22 November 2017 · 821 views

Dell UltraSharp 2007FPb quick comparisons to 2001FP I received the UltraSharp 2007FPb this week and tried it with both my Sega Nomad and TI-99/4A.  There are some significant differences to the UltraSharp 2001FP which I covered before .  Most importantly, as with the 2001FP the 2007FPb will sync properly to a 240p signal, though also samples it as a 480i signal.
 
Dell moved the power supply...


Spending some time with the Sega Genesis Flashback

Posted by OLD CS1, 17 November 2017 · 794 views
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Spending some time with the Sega Genesis Flashback Having an affinity for and owning Sega Genesis and Genesis 2 consoles, I found myself intrigued by AtGames' new Sega Genesis Flashback .  I have experience with AtGames' Sega Genesis Classic and Portable which I found lacking to some degree though usable, but the promises of an updated emulation engine and built-in HDMI were a draw which I could not...


Dell UltraSharp 2001FP composite and S-Video capable monitor

Posted by OLD CS1, 15 November 2017 · 604 views

Dell UltraSharp 2001FP composite and S-Video capable monitor This monitor sports composite and S-Video inputs in addition to the standard DVI and SVGA.  It works well with the TI-99/4A with some minor limitations.  I took a little time to figure out how to get the best picture from the TI and give some information on what to expect.
 
 
In 2006 I purchased two Dell UltraSharp 2001FP 20.1 inch mo...


Minor Case Differences Between TI-99/4A Beige "QI" and Standard

Posted by OLD CS1, 12 November 2017 · 357 views

Minor Case Differences Between TI-99/4A Beige "QI" and Standard I needed to swap around parts to build a beige TI-99/4A console using a standard main-board, "QI" power supply, and a keyboard which does not stick.  The original standard board came in another beige console which at one point in its life lived in a smoking household, leaving the case stained yellow by, and with a sticky layer of, nicotine, and the k...


SuperSketch Tracing Pack for TI and ColecoVision

Posted by OLD CS1, 12 August 2017 · 516 views

SuperSketch Tracing Pack for TI and ColecoVision I do not have the time available yet to jump back into the forums as I have been cleaning up my home-office and integrating my former state office.  Part of the process involves archiving items in storage for long-term safe-keeping.
 
While I am not certain how available these are, I figured mine are in good enough condition to go ahead and scan...