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#4021887 The technical history of the PC. Any good books?

Posted by wood_jl on Sat May 5, 2018 5:47 PM

Not sure, but could see it being included in a book titled: Shitty Tech That Managed To Win Over The Mainstream. :lol:


....And Also Managed To Win Over The [Formerly Superior Power PC] Macintosh And Eventually The Two Prominent Game Consoles As Well.


Now that's a title!

#4021885 Bye, Atari

Posted by wood_jl on Sat May 5, 2018 5:44 PM

I'm never making that mistake, again!!  (Selling off my Atari 8-bit stuff)


I sure don't get time to fool with it (or even log on AtariAge) like I used to, but when I do, it's always great fun again.


Plus, why the attention thing?   Just go quietly into other hobbies.  Could the fact that one requires attention mean that they're really not over their Atari obsession, after all?? HA HA!  :)


Disclaimer:  I am talking about the A8 stuff, or 8-bit stuff, in general.  You may see me sell off the 16-bit stuff (ST and Amiga stuff).  I've had it for several years now, and just don't have time to fool with it.  The fact is that when I do get some spare moments, it's never with ST/Amiga stuff - and always (or usually) with A8.  Heck, I use my C64 and Vic-20 more than my Atari ST, although I don't use anything frequently at this time.

#4021860 What is the best way to pack a monitor? Recommended material, etc?

Posted by wood_jl on Sat May 5, 2018 4:34 PM



It depends upon 2 things:

(A) Who is doing the packing with the peanuts?  An idiot or someone with common sense?

(B) What type of peanuts is it?  The new "biodegradable" junk?


(1) Box must have 3-4" of clearance on all sides - as someone said above - for copious packing materials.


(2) Wrap the monitor (or whatever) in a plastic bag, to keep styrofoam bits from packing in the vents/etc. of the monitor (or other electronics).


(3) I like to place a layer (or 2) of extra cardboard cut to protect the glass screen, taped to the monitor, for extra insurance.


(4) NEVER use the biodegradable/earth-friendly (food starch or whatever) peanuts.  They are worthless junk. They compress irreversibly and the monitor (or whatever) will soon be flopping around loosely inside.  Styrofoam non-biodegradable peanuts are resilient, and can be packed tightly.


(5) Tape some folded bubble wrap on the corners of the monitor, to add extra cushioning in case the box is dropped on a corner, and to increase the surface area (and thus resistance to moving) against the peanuts.


(6) Place a few inches of peanuts in the bottom of the box. Pack them tightly!


(7) I like to place the monitor (bagged, with cardboard layer over the glass) face down in the box, on top of the few inches of well-packed styrofoam peanuts.  This does 2 things:  (a) It keeps the center of gravity low (as the glass screen is the heaviest part) in the box so the box is less-likely to tumble, as in rolling down a long-inclined conveyor belt in the sorting warehouse.  (b) The box is most likely to take a force from being dropped (straight down) a short distance, either from lazy workers tossing it lightly when trans-loading between vehicles/containers, or just a lazy worker who is too fat to bend over and set it down gently on the floor, and drops it from a few inches.  The long glass CRT yoke is strongest when it is sticking straight up in a box dropped straight down, rather than one sticking out perpendicular to the force of the inevitable drop, in all of its length and weight/inertia of the skinny fragile yoke.


(8.)  Pour peanuts around the sides of the monitor, but don't bury it - yet.  Pack the shit out of the side-peanuts with your hands (or a fist), paying particular attention to really smash them as tightly as you can into the corners of the bottom of the box, as it is possible the box may be dropped on the corner.  You will create space, then refill the sides with new peanuts, then pack again, until tightly-packed.  Tightly-packed peanuts in addition to the bubble-wrapped corners can resist this worst-case drop.


(9) Finally, cover the top (back of the monitor) with at least a few inches of tightly-packed peanuts and/or bubble wrap.  You need there to be enough peanuts (or bubble wrap) for there to be some compression of the packing materials necessary to close the box.  This immobilizes the monitor in the midst of a surrounding of resilient but energy-absorbing material.  This is going to give the box the tendency to want to bust open, which means you did it correctly.  We'll tackle that in the next step.


(10) Tape the shit out of the box.  Because it's trying to spring open, it's going to take a lot of strength to hold it shut.  You can get a roll of cheap clear packing tape for $1 at Walmart.  Cheap packing tape, you say?  Sure!  That's because we're not going to be stupid and only use one thickness.  We're going to go around and around, over and over, on each flap - all the way around the box so the bottom is covered too.  Make sure both flaps (on both ends) are taped down, and also that the crack between them is thoroughly-taped as well - over-and-over, around the whole box.  Tape that goes around the whole box can't pull loose from the cardboard like strips of tape can.  Use the whole roll!  Why not?  It's only $1.  Think of the headaches from a broken monitor, upset customer, exorbitant cost of refund and paying return shipping.....all because some skinflint tried to save 5 cents on tape.  Tape the shit out of it.


(11) Once you get the label on, tape the shit out of that, too.  It's going to be a heavy box, and as such, likely be slid around a lot, by workers too lazy to pick it up.  It could get wet, and if it's inkjet ink, it may become illegible.  Even if it's laser, it can tear.  The label could come off.  Not if you tape the shit out of it, too.  Cover that sucker with lots of tape well beyond the borders of the label.  Be careful to be neat, however, and don't place wrinkles or creases in the tape so that it reduces the legibility of the writing, and especially make sure you place the tape perfectly-flat (with no creases) on bar codes or other optically machine-read symbols on the label.  Also consider (as with most packages) taping an address card or paper to the merchandise, in case (by some absolute gross mistreatment) the label is still damaged.


Sure, original packing and custom-foam is great....if you have it.   Most CRTs are old and that stuff is long gone.  Peanuts work fine, if you think about what you are doing and are not clueless and devoid of common sense.

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#4021793 THE!CART... New 128MB FLASH Cartridge

Posted by wood_jl on Sat May 5, 2018 1:47 PM

I haven't been logging in much lately and following this thread, but I ordered a couple of these with cases in November.  Of course, looking forward to this!  But I never get impatient when waiting for unique, special things for my antique Atari computers or consoles.  I feel lucky to be able to get this stuff at all.  This is no mass-produced made-in-China Walmart slop.  Stuff like this made by skilled enthusiasts for other (less-skilled like myself) enthusiasts seems like a dream come true when it finally gets here.  I missed out on the first run of the!cart and will be glad to be in on this one, when it's time.  It's like waiting for Christmas (or whatever) as a kid.  Keep up the good work, Megahertz and Jac!

#4021781 replacement Sega CDs case competition

Posted by wood_jl on Sat May 5, 2018 1:23 PM

I have a lot of Saturn games, I am careful with all of my game cases, and my Saturn cases cracked and broke like Mo-fos anyway.  I think they are more fragile.  The tabs on the front part (where the little nubs are that function as a hinge) seemed to warp over time and stick out (rendering the case into two pieces) and becoming even more vulnerable.  In my opinion, it was an absolutely terrible design choice.  The only advantage was the nice game art on display so large.  Like CD jewel cases, it's also some of the most easily-scratched plastic I've seen.


Of course, many/most of my Saturn titles were purchased used, so many were broken already and yes - many people don't take care of their games and will break anything.  This, however, does not negate that fact that the Saturn (Sega CD, early PS1) cases are indeed more often broken than not.  It seems rare to find a game with an intact case, in my experience.


I tossed all my broken Saturn cases and put the games into a CD binder booklet, but kept all the artwork and manuals.  If these cases are ever offered reasonably, I'd be down to buy them back, however!

#4008707 Adventure II XE demo and testing

Posted by wood_jl on Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:39 PM

So glad you're still on this project!  I don't care how long it takes!  You're going to put youth in a cartridge (or whatever format), which will be priceless. :)

#4008667 Nintendo Ruined Video Games

Posted by wood_jl on Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:40 PM

I love Atari first and always (I'm from that era), but I don't understand how anybody could think Nintendo "ruined" gaming.  As a young teenager, I turned my Atari nose up at the NES, until I actually played one for the first time.  The first time I played Super Mario Bros, I got a similar feeling to the first time I played "Adventure" on the Atari - that I was playing in a little alternate world inside my TV set.  In the post-crash era when most retailers wouldn't even entertain the notion of carrying game consoles anymore, Nintendo prevailed against those headwinds.


Sure, they used some crappy, unfair, and manipulative business practices to shackle both the retailers and the other video game competitors, but that's the business side of things.  At that age, I didn't care about the business practices, but the games were fun.

#3917065 Intellivision Flashback Controllers

Posted by wood_jl on Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:47 AM

My original INTV controllers have suddenly gone wonky, after the console sat for about 2 or 3 (???) years without me touching it.


I see this thread, get excited, and although I realize I don't know how I'm going to get them connected to my original INTV with hard-wired controllers, I figure there must be a way.  So I look on the website and the controllers ain't even listed anymore!  Boo!!!!   But I didn't know they made the adapters!  (I'm clueless.)  What a nice surprise!


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That was really cool (the Intellvision store) to make something like this!  Just what I needed.  Now it's off to find a leftover INTV Flashback online.  Gee, the prices have risen sharply on those things.  I should have bought a truckload when Walmart clearanced them out at $15 a couple years ago.  Since I already had the real thing with a good composite mod, I never thought I'd need one.  Doh!


But I'm so glad to see the adapters!   The INTV scene truly has some innovative, ambitious people working for it.

#3915489 Cuttle Cart 3 For Sale

Posted by wood_jl on Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:17 PM

Greetings, folks.


I apologize for being absent the weekend, but I am sometimes caregiver to the old folks who have no internet (or computer, or anything more modern than a TV) so I'm sometimes in the dark when there is a minor (or major) emergency.


This is pending.  I have a few requests, and will post again if anything falls through.  At the moment, waiting to hear back from one guy.


Thank you for interest.

#3913936 Cuttle Cart 3 For Sale

Posted by wood_jl on Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:25 AM

This is FOR INTELLIVISION, in case one doesn't know.


Thinking about $75, free shipping in United States, if interest.


Don't know what this is worth anymore, but $50 cheaper than the newer alternative ($75 shipped vs. $125 shipped).


I never even used this, until today. It boots up, and includes a 64mb micro SD that it shipped with.  Also, SD adapter (big deal!), label for actual cart, and a nice clean cart shell that screws together.  We'll see.  Pics below.


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#3907712 sd cartridge for 7800?

Posted by wood_jl on Sat Dec 9, 2017 12:19 AM

Wow, this has drifted from 7800 SD cartridge.  The current subject matter is just a lil' bit depressing.  I choose not to think about it.  Happy Place....Happy Place....7800SD cartridge.....

#3906211 NES High Score Club 2017 - Galaga Demons Of Death

Posted by wood_jl on Wed Dec 6, 2017 11:53 PM

I know this isn't a "full" version of Galaga, but the first time I saw this, I was wide-eyed!  I love this game!  It was the first time you could at least come somewhat-close to the arcade, at home.

#3894781 Keychain Galaxian

Posted by wood_jl on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:39 AM

That's pretty cool.  If only it was Galaga instead of Galaxian, I'd be after it!

#3890506 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by wood_jl on Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:49 PM

It's nothing but an idea right now (mid-November 2017).


Thank you so much, Flo.  I always enjoy your posts!

#3889948 Melted Xbox grill

Posted by wood_jl on Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:32 PM

Nah, those guys were blowing hits of something into the air intake!!!