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.
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 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.