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  • Making Belts With a 3D Printer

    22 Oct | 17
    • in 3D Printing • 
    • in Commodore PET • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    Just as the 40th birthday of the Commodore PET rolled around I managed to get a Commodore PET 2001 with the itty bitty calculator keyboard and a built-in cassette drive. The cassette drive on my model is some off-the-shelf cassette player that Commodore hacked up with a bandsaw and mounted under the lid of the PET. Old brittle belt Of course being 40 years old the belt on the tape drive had long since become stiff and brittle and broke into pieces when I removed the tape drive from the...

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  • Saturday Morning Cartoons Aren't Gone, You Just Have to Know Where to Look

    18 Feb | 17
    • in Raspberry Pi • 
    • in Saturday Morning Cartoons • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    You're probably reading this because you saw the #SaturdayMorningCartoons Periscope broadcast I did and you're wondering how I did it when not only don't TV stations show cartoons anymore, how I managed to find three  TV stations showing classic cartoons! Some time ago I found an old Zenith CRT TV with knobs on it at a garage sale. There's no remote control on this kind of TV and the only inputs on it are separate VHF and UHF screw terminals. I thought having my retro...

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  • Up, Up, and Away!

    16 May | 16
    • in Woodworking • 
    • in Vinyl Cutter • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    Piled on the floor A couple of years ago my tiny little 9.5’ x 9.5’ guest room/craft room became overloaded when several very large printers that I had been keeping at the office got jammed in there. And with the printers in there, all of the consumables that go with them such as reams of tabloid paper, color laser cartridges, ink jet cartridges, rolls of E size paper, and many rolls of vinyl also got dumped in there, leaving no room at all.   To free up some floor space...

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  • Private Eye Magoo

    21 Feb | 16
    • in Misc • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    My dad really likes Mr. Magoo so I couldn’t resist getting the Shout Factory DVD set which contains all of the cartoons from the TV series. Since all of the Mr. Magoo Show cartoons are 4.5 minute shorts, I could split them out of the half hour episodes and put the individual cartoons into the Animated Shorts collection on my Plex server . Don’t make this stuff up Of course if I was going to split them up I wanted to get the order as correct as possible. When I checked TheTVDB.com...

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  • Rocky & Bullwinkle Are Split Up!

    25 Jan | 16
    • in Misc • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    When I got onto my cartoon collecting kick one of the first things I ordered was the Rocky & Bullwinkle complete boxed set. As soon as it arrived the first thing I did was load the entire series onto my Plex server so that I could watch it at my leisure without having to mess with inserting the disks. I watched a couple of episodes and it was very nostalgic but didn’t get much further than that. Since I’m not tied to watching TV on a schedule and don’t need to fill a...

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