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  • Wanted: Smith-Corona Service Manual - Reward Offered

    18 May | 16
    • in Retro • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Smith-Corona Memory Correct 400 Messenger at Goodwill. I debated getting it since I already have enough retro stuff around the house, but every single time I’m at a Goodwill I look at all the typewriters to see if they have some kind of serial or parallel port. This one has an external interface which can be connected to a computer using an external box called a Messenger Module.   I plugged it in at the store and it didn’t power up at...

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  • Up, Up, and Away!

    16 May | 16
    • in Vinyl Cutter • 
    • in Woodworking • 
    • 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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  • Testing DRAM Using an Arduino

    14 Mar | 16
    • in Arduino • 
    • in Arduino • 
    • in Apple IIgs • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    Bad RAM on the IIgs A couple of weekends ago I was in the mood to do some retrogaming and didn’t know what I wanted to play so I asked for some suggestions from Twitter. I played some Castle Wolfenstein, Snake Byte, BC’s Quest for Tires, and Miner 2049er on the Apple IIe and then I wanted to try some games on my Apple IIgs. Unfortunately my IIgs has had intermittent issues for a long time, and it was looking like bad RAM might be the culprit.   The IIgs has an Applied...

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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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