Retro Challenge: In Which One Finds One's Towel.

The middle of the year is always a bad time for me entering the Retro Challenge. Between work, tax end-of-year, school holidays and (this year) an overseas conference, little time is left for Retro hacking.  As a result, it has taken me almost two weeks before actually getting anything done. Heck, I hadn't even selected my challenge.

A few weeks ago I bought a bunch of second hand retro gadgets from Trade Me, our local alternative to eBay. These turned up in a big box a week or so ago.

I went though the box, testing each of the units with a fresh set of batteries:

All but the Scrabble Sensor failed to power up at all, or exhibited faults.


A day of dabbling

There is a cupboard in my living room that has seemed invitingly handy for storing my vintage games consoles. Today I finally got around to putting in the "shelving" (actually a budget bookcase with extra shelves) and populated it with a few consoles.

At the top I have a Playstation and Nintendo 64, followed by a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The NES is not present in this picture for reasons that I will explain later.

Sega Saturn and Atari 7800, and a Commodore CD32. The CD32 has a faulty CD-ROM drive - there is some damage to the laser lens that looks like a lens fungus inside the lens assembly - but thankfully I had a spare complete CD32 drive assembly lying around (who doesn't?) so I quickly swapped it over.

I also have a few non-vintage game machines such as (from left) Jeri Ellsworth's Commodore 64 DTV, Jakks/Namco Arcade Classics, Jakks/Namco Ms. Pac-Man, Sega Megadrive Plug 'n Play, and Atari TV games. These are all-in-one device that plug straight into the TV and play a bunch of classic games.

The case of the missing NES

RetroChallenge 2012 Summer Challenge (In Winter) Begins!

The Challenge begins once again! Being in the middle of our Southern winter, and a busy time of year at work it is entirely likely I will fail to get anything of note done over the next month (July). I will nevertheless try to do something every day however trivial or silly it may seem.

Some ideas so far:

  • Finish scanning in the Hot Copter/Laser Hawk documentation and hopefully get a floppy drive ready to image the floppies.
  • Write some kind of program on my recently exanded Briel Altair 8800micro.
  • Or something else.

What will it be? Nobody knows! Tune in later, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.