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  1. Attempting to put the Function Keys in the keyboard. Thank you
  2. The Reto Z80 is what I used to verify my Z80 was in working order and execute some basic.
  3. My first computer is a ST1000 with an aftermarket full stroke keyboard. I got mine in about the same time period. Rather than reviving mine I transplanted my CPU in a Arduinio add on to get it back running basic again. That led me to the Z80 membership card and my first retro plunge into CPM. I also have a the 6502 badge. These are kind of fun - http://www.sunrise-ev.com/z80.htm http://www.sunrise-ev.com/6502.htm Love what you are doing on the Zeddy. Thank you
  4. @Peruchi I found this - I hope that helps Thank you
  5. @mytek it looks like i3 clone. I say the term bed leveling came from a article I put on thingiverse - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4741 Someone in the MakerBot google group replied to it as bed leveling, it went viral. The point is a level bed has zero to do with printing. Having a tool running in reference to the print surface is the way to get a successful prints in FDM. Looks like a reasonable place to start.
  6. Without getting into too much tech detail, I can do 90% of my FDM printing on this: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=21666&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkZiFBhD9ARIsAGxFX8Avanpr-l7pJMgCporQz0CI-fVG2XFQxaIy3ubt-NKwm2HGy3yBndYaApnbEALw_wcB Also a nice entry printer. Delta printers are a diffrent branch of printing. This, pull it out plug it in, pretty much pain free on the Hardware side. Thank you
  7. Also - 3D Printers use text files to describe the machine movements, some controllers can speak serial 19.2 baud, so in theory you could possibly spool a serial print to run a 3D printer but it would have no real time feedback. It's on my to do list when I have free time.
  8. There are 2 main types of 3D printing. FDM = Ender 3 types of printer, or maybe a Pursa Mini and Resin. In FDM a filament is melted and driven through a nozzle and stacked into layers. In Resin a tub has a light source and an aperture under it, the product is adhered to a plate and the build raises out of the tub pulling the layer off the bottom of the tub. The layers are much finner. Resin is better at making smaller parts. FDM lends itself to larger parts. From my perspective FDM is better suited to a younger audience. A inexpensive Windows PC is a good choice as a design platform and print controller. I use a Kano PC for this type of work. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/kano-pc-pro-education-edition/8s2fq1hmlk0q?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab Printer source: https://www.matterhackers.com/ https://www.prusa3d.com/ I've never bought a Prusa for 2 reasons, shipping cost & the owner was less than honest about an issue when I asked him about it at a trade show. @bob1200xlPM me if you have any specific questions. I supported 2 different manufacturers FDM products in the earlier home market and I had a history in the industrial space before the home market existed. Thank you
  9. @DrVenkman VBXE on Amiga monitor? Thank you
  10. I have a project in mind and want to alter the case. No sense experimenting on woking keyboard. Can anyone help a brother out? Thank you
  11. In my opinion the contacts for the switches are quite solderable as long as you don't introduce too much RF relocating the buttons is easy. With @DropcheckCart Extender you can pretty much stick the port anywhere you want. I'd mill a top cover to deal with the cart adapter, hide the cable and cover the original buttons and make it all look original like. Job done! Pizza Box. Also if one wanted I think you can relocate the buttons to the XEGS keyboard. source - http://www.the-liberator.net/site-files/retro-games/hardware/Atari-XE/atari-xe-keyboard.htm
  12. @Mazzspeed I'm sorry to hear of the result of the tension that came into your position. I have a friend, a CAD Design , he is very good at it. His story is no so diffrent. He got a poison at "Big Co Corp." He exclaimed "I got my dream job." Then there was ever increasing pressure to work longer. He came to a point of hiring a girl to clean and wash his things because he didn't have enough time. He said it was crazy. He was making gobs of cash but could find time to do anything. He then had a life changing event that halted his work altogether. He said it wasn't worth it. He is still trying to find his path. I'm glad you have one. I, for a period of 2 years, worked 3 jobs 7 days a week 365 and was a single parent. One of those jobs was at a fruit named computer company. I worked there for 10 years as a side gig. It was difficult for them because there culture was Carrot and Stick. I had a much better day job, everytime they tried to hire me full time I had to explain they couldn't afford to. When my wife's mother passed away, I told them what happened and walked out. Later I had not followed procedure, I didn't clock out, so they said they were going to have to write me up. I told them that was fine do what you need to. I now make as much not working as I do working. So work is a choice not a need. I'm still a valued employee where I work. They know I choose to work and go the extra mile. It's the ethic my father taught me. I've always carved my own path. I quit high school 2nd year to go to college instead, I entered at 15 and a half, at the time the youngest student in the history of that college. I wanted to be in a group of people who saw me for what I could do, not what age I was. I started my college career as a computer consultant and doing IT. It's not all roses. But 20 years ago I invested in learning how to prepare my life for, well, now. That investment is paying off now. Not just financially but much more mentally. As I age my responsibilities are getting easier, it allows me more time to mentor my staff. Investment in them is investments in the future as well. So I spend more time, on my time, with retro computing and what I call small computing. Raspberry Pis, or upcycling an 8088 with Linux or CPM, seeing how much I can accomplish with the least carbon footprint. By working with 5v systems and solar I can almost make a free computer. It's night time that breaks that model, still the pursuit is fun. I'm glad to know you. Keep rocking that 600!
  13. @Mazzspeed I like the work you have done. You can restate your use case as often as you like. It will in no way change mine. I see computers as tools. I often build one to a specific purpose. I've been doing so for 40 years and have a collection worthy of a museum. On your mark, get set, go! Catching up is going to be expensive. I don't see a screwdriver as for work or play. I see it as, great at it's purpose. I try to use the right tool for the right job. Flat blade screwdriver, good for driving flat slotted screws, sucks at painting walls. I don't think an 80 column display is better or worse because of the OS it is running on. Issuing a terminal command from any PC is pretty much the same, however being able to switch to a game while waiting a few hours for a transfer is a bonus. I work at something I'm passionate about, so I don't hate work I enjoy it. I'm paid to do something I was already doing anyway. If you do what you love you won't work a day in your life. It's true. My wife is happy with the level of comfort my hobbies lead to. I only have one problem of note, when you live in a 90 year old house it's hard to power on a museums worth of PCs. My goal is to learn, to do better. It's nice when you have fun while doing it. Thank you
  14. For what it's worth, I'm getting a 600XL together with U1mb & VBXE for The Last Word and 80 col terminal into a Server to do real work. However in the 80's I was obsessed with getting a Votrax, the computer voice in wargames. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votrax I got a VoiceMaster and with a ICD PR connection and X10 Powerhouse. I wrote a version of Alexa decades before it was available to others. https://archive.org/details/VoiceMasterOwnersManual https://www.x10.com/collections/all With my R-Time8, I had voice control Of Time and 16 devices. A smart home in the Mid 80's, The Votrax acknowledged Commands and gave status responses. I still have all the hardware and I should have the software, only issue is I had over 100 revisions. It was cool , weird and completely un- needed in a 1 room apartment. I have a "real votrax". It has a VLSI chip running it, I also have a 80's IC with Engineering notes. I think that counts as real work. Today I could add commands for it to reach out to another PC and exchange commands and status. Thank you
  15. I count 24 in Basic - OS seems aware of it Thank you
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