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Cheaper Pies

With the launch of the Raspberry Pi 2, the pricing of the old B+ felt a bit out of shape. For $35 you got either the newest model with ARMv7 and far more CPU power, or the older B+ with … Continue reading

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Python without an OS

Josh Triplett just did a presentation at PyCon demonstrating Python running in GRUB and EFI. He has a full interactive Python 2.7 environment, including the ability to peek and poke at memory, including the framebuffer. What excites me about this, … Continue reading

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MEGA65 – a modern 8-bit system

Paul Gardner-Stephen and MEGA, museum of electronic games and art, just announced the MEGA65. It is a modern day 8-bit computer. It is compatible enough with the C64 to run old ROMs and programs, while it supports modern interfaces such as … Continue reading

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miniSpartan3 – an affordable FPGA board

The miniSpartan3, from Scarab Hardware, is an affordable FPGA board. As the name indicates, it comes with an FPGA from the Spartan series. At $25, you get a XC3A50 FPGA, while at $35, you get a XC3A200. This puts the board … Continue reading

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CANtact – hackable CAN interface

The CANtact, by Eric Evenchick, is an open source car tool. It lets you connect to your car and interact with it over OBD II. The hardware and software are open and available from the project’s github. For those who wants … Continue reading

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SigRok lets you measure instructions

The SigRok project produces open source software for interfacing various types of measurement devices such as logic analyzers, oscilloscopes and more. The target is to provide cross platform software that words on Linux, OS X Windows, Android and more for … Continue reading

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Kryoflux – low level floppy controller

When working with retro computers, you sooner or stumble upon aged disk media. Unfortunately data is lost. Various solution exists such as gotek, C64FC or custom hacks. However, when encountering old, unreadable disks, there is still hope. The problem is that … Continue reading

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This is a Windows only tip, so I’ve not played much with it. However, Embrio does look like a perfect experimentation kit. Take an Arduino, connect your peripherals and draw the solution. It even lets you work in a live … Continue reading

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It is time for another round of Retrospelsmässan – the retro gaming fair #1 in Sweden.

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Follow-up on the Nyuzi Processor

I recently wrote about the Nyuzi Processor, referring a Phoronix article. Commenter Timothy Miller was kind enough to point out that the source article fails to recognize Jeff Bush as the author of the Nyuzi Processor. Visiting his github page, reveals a … Continue reading

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