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i made a keyboard that looks like two slices of toast with eggs on them

eggy toast breadboard

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I've yet to make a proper introduction here, but while that simmers a little longer I'd love to share this project of mine with you.

I've collected 18 episodes of the 1983 television show, Whiz Kids, in English and Italian, 13 in French, and 7 in Japanese, and made them available for everyone on the Internet Archive. Some of the English episodes were sourced from a partial PAL DVD release and may be in better quality than you've ever seen them. Please enjoy and share with your friends and associates. It's not too late to become a fan of this very cool but short-lived show that inspired a lot of young people in its day, and continues to inspire me.

archive.org/details/@whiz_kids

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Do you remember the Whiz Kids TV show?

If so, then you might be interested to know that @danalog is working hard at preserving and archiving the episodes in different languages, but is also in touch with Max Gail (also of Barney Miller fame) and wants to send Max some of our memories on the show and what it meant to us.

I figure it meant a lot to many of us in the #retrocomputing community, so check it out.

youtube.com/watch?v=c8Ldk9GEkC

I bought a keyboard. It's an Akko 3087 v2 with Gateron Orange switches, and double-shot PBT keycaps. Thanks to @yojimbo and @Bitnacht I actually know what all that means now. Not quite the same as a BBC B keyboard (which had linear switches - I think BITNACHT's suggestion of Black switches might have been spot on), but it's a big step up from what I was using before. It was reasonably cheap ($89 AUD), and I liked the colour. The build quality is really good - it's solid and feels nice.

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Good morning Fediverse! Here is your #vintagecomputer picture for today: my Issue Two 48k ZX Spectrum, kindly sent to me by @GedgeHead (we actually did a trade and I sent him some floppy drives in exchange -- that was fun!)

The machine included a large number of tapes, so I dug out my wife's old Panasonic tape player to load some games. Took a few tries, but I got it going. It was fun loading from tape again after 30 years (on my Atari 400, back then). Gedge did a composite mod on it before he sent it to me so I can run it easily on my PAL monitors here in the States.

Later, I sent some photos of the innards to "ZX Wife" (hmm...wonder if she's on Fedi...) who said it was probably originally a 16k Speccy that had been upgraded to 48k.

Hope everyone has a great day. Keep it retro 😎

Star Trek DS9 (maybe spoilers) 

S2E26: “The Jem’Hadar” - last one of season 2. Overpowered enemy appears, but I’m sure by next season Starfleet will have come up with some new shield modulators or equivalent magic - but for now they easily trounce our plucky heroes and blow up a whole spaceship full of redshirts. Best bit of this episode is Quark, as usual, this time pointing out why humans don’t like Ferengi in a brilliant little speech.

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"IntelliJ IDEA by JetBrains" sounds like a eurovision entry

Star Trek DS9 (maybe spoilers) 

S2E20/S2E21 of "The Maquis": Sisko's best buddy, who has never been mentioned previously, turns out to be the leader of a group of grumpy settlers. That's part 1, nothing surprising there. Part 2 has some good moments from Gul Dukat, and especially Quark's clever application of the Rules of Acquisition. I want a Trek series that's just Quark and Odo as a quirky, buddy-cop procedural.

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Anybody know of a pc keyboard that has the same feel as a BBC Model B / Master 128 keyboard? It was my favourite of the old school machines for typing. Loved the but the keyboard was too soft.

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Star Trek DS9 review (maybe spoilers) 

S2E15: “Paradise”. Federation, always gotta be colonising. Sisko and O’Brien are surveying for planets the Feds can take over, and they get trapped on a planet where technology doesn’t work. It’s run by an anti-vaxxer cult leader type, who in a not surprising at all turn of events ends up being behind the whole thing and a bit of a fruit loop. Sisko gets to be very noble and brave, O’Brien fights a man who has a bow and arrow.

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Photographer Eric Brummel stabilized his camera to capture earth's rotation

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Christmas came early this year. Postman just delivered a #Commodore64 style case, a mini-ITX motherboard and a #PicoPSU with power supply. That's my Monday evening sorted out assembling it all. Not yet sure what flavor of #Linux I'm going to run, but it will surely run the #VICE emulator. I blame the recently released #Amiga #AliveAndKicking for showing this case existed.

Star Trek DS9 (no spoilers though) 

I’m up to S2E14: “Whispers” in my travels through the good bits of - this is a Chief O’Brien episode where he’s convinced something weird is going on, but he’s the only one that realises it. A good episode, one of those that makes you go “oh, that makes sense now” when you get to the end.

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