One thrift near my house sells them for $17-ish. I gambled on two of them, and they both had overheated themselves to death. At least the RAM and HDDs out of them were useful.
I had one of those computers for college (lower specs but the same case). Using that machine was its own punishment.
But yeah, if the cashier screwed up and undercharged you, it's their fault, not yours. I think I've had that happen to me a couple of times... when I see a discrepancy like that, I say "you sure that's right?" If they don't correct it, I assume either my math is off or they meant to do it.
Emoticons help, but they only go so far. Context also helps... if the other person you're talking to doesn't get the reference, you could be in a lot of trouble. I remember making a quip about the James Woods episode of Family Guy to an AtariAge member named James Wood... that didn't go over so well. Heh.
A noble pursuit to be sure. I have three hours of television from the early 1980s that I found on a torrent, but I have a funny feeling you have it already. It's a CBS Saturday morning broadcast, complete with the short-lived Peanuts cartoon.
I like the size and design, but it is kind of a cheap system, designed to Coleco's penny-pinching standards. I wouldn't pay $40 for one, but then again, I didn't have to... I think I found one at a yard sale for five dollars back in the 1990s. My sole regret is not being able to mod it for composite video. I mean, I kind of did, but the Gemini's TIA knock off doesn't seem to be a perfect match for the official chip in an Atari 2600, and because I could never figure out the proper pinout, the picture I got out of it was... less than optimal. Someone has since posted an official schematic for the Gemini. Maybe if I ever get it back from MI I'll take another stab at it.
My understanding is that the ColecoVision expansion unit is essentially an even further pared down Gemini without its own power supply and A/V connections. All of that is supplied by the CV itself, but can be added to the expansion unit if you wanted a standalone system.
Travis: You aren't supposed to share personal information on Miiverse. I may do it anyway, but much closer to when the service is shut down, in case I'm suspended or banned for it.
Miiverse isn't an anything goes social network like Twitter, but you know what? It's actually kind of a relief to go to a place online that's not dripping with cynicism and rage. Feels like a vacation, almost.
Flojo: What's so hard to believe? I liked using Miiverse. Sometimes I want to draw, but don't want to put an enormous amount of effort into a silly idea. DeviantArt, et al isn't the best place for that kind of art, but Miiverse sure is. Or was.
What really chaps my buns is that I do have a modded Xbox... in Michigan. Doesn't do me much good there, and who knows what condition it's in at this point. I don't even remember doing much with it afterward, making me wonder why I even bothered. (Sure would come in handy NOW, though.)
At any rate... I have a mod chip coming from AliExpress, which should arrive in maybe a month? It's a daunting procedure (1.6 systems are the hardest to mod it seems), and judging from my recent luck with mods, I'll probably wind up blowing the roof off the house in the process.
So I heard about all the neat things you can do with a hacked Xbox, and picked one up from an online auction. Unfortunately, the only neat trick my Xbox seems to do is piss in my eye from ten feet. It was working fine UNTIL I attempted a soft mod, using Softmod Installer Deluxe. I backed up the my files, as instructed, then ran the soft mod, as instructed. Except it wouldn't actually RUN the soft mod, telling me that the "batch process failed." Repeated attempts to make it work went nowhere, so I decided, "Okay, I'll just restore the files and return to this later."
I restored the files. When I returned to it later, I discovered that my dashboard was gone, replaced with Error 13. Well, fuck me. However, I could still boot games, so it seemed like a temporary setback. I could just come back to it in a little while and fix whatever problems it had after I bought the right equipment.
Yeah, right. I fired up the system a day later and Error 13 became Error 16. Evidently if the Xbox hasn't gotten power for a while the clock dies, and if the clock dies and it can't find a working dashboard, it decides that it won't even TRY to work, at all, with or without discs. Once this happens, the instructions tell me, I am "fux0red." Oh, but there's a solution! Wait wait, you're gonna love this.
-Get a friend with a modded Xbox.
-Unlock his HDD with eeprom management from AID or XBMCID.
-Than, place his HDD in your Xbox.
-Boot with your chip on.
-Now the Xbox DOES find a dashboard when you boot in original mode and you can set the time in the MS dashboard clock settings.
-Shut off Xbox and remove your friends HDD
-PLace his HDD back in his Xbox and lock it again
-Install your HDD
-(clock has been set) So boot up with AID / XBMCID.
-Install normally whatever you wanna install
Oh yeah, sure, that's no problem. I'll just find someone in the vicinity with a console that hasn't been actively supported for a decade, then ask them to open the thing and swap hard drives several times. ARE YOU FUCKING OUT OF YOUR GOURD?! What the hell kind of "easy and newbie friendly solution" is that?
I spent money on the Xbox. I spent more money getting peripherals and software for the Xbox so I could use it. Now it's looking like I'll have to spend even more money to get it fixed. At this point it would probably just be cheaper to buy an entirely new Xbox, except of course if I screw up the softmod on that, I have two boat anchors instead of just one. In other words, I'm hosed no matter what path I choose.
This was supposed to be easy? Nothing about this has been easy... NOTHING. "Easy" is running one of a dozen exploits on your Wii and putting the Homebrew Channel on it. "Easy" is putting two files on your PSP's memory card and running one of them to hack the system. "Easy" is installing Henkaku Enso on your Vita, by visiting a site and then installing a VPK file. Easy is NOT buying weird peripherals from China, digging up an old flash drive the old-ass Xbox can recognize, putting files on it with an arcane file transfer program, putting said files on the Xbox's hard drive, running an exploit game, starting the exploit, and ruining your Xbox because the damn soft mod wouldn't start!
Forgive the outburst. Wasting my time and money on absolutely nothing tends to get me a little cranky.