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Re: Stuff and Things.

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JezC wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 5:14 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:33 pm It is entirely possible I have been labelling my plugs. You now, for reference
Did I hear someone say OCD?
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Very possibly...
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Icky wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 5:25 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:33 pm It is entirely possible I have been labelling my plugs. You now, for reference...
You seem to have joined the labelling club, welcome @rubber_jonnie :D
I've been a member a while, but only just come out...
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Re: Stuff and Things.

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rubber_jonnie wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:33 pm It is entirely possible I have been labelling my plugs. You now, for reference...
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Not quite the same, but it reminds me of my VGA switcher box:

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Looks like I lose some points for having hand written labels though! :lol:
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:10 pm
rubber_jonnie wrote: Fri Jul 01, 2022 4:33 pm It is entirely possible I have been labelling my plugs. You now, for reference...
PXL_20220701_153159501.jpg
Not quite the same, but it reminds me of my VGA switcher box:


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Looks like I lose some points for having hand written labels though! :lol:
Can't beat a nice bit of labelling :D
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:10 pm Looks like I lose some points for having hand written labels though! :lol:
It's certainly better than my switcher, which has never gotten labelled, and therefore the switching technique is generally "push buttons until the right thing appears". :lol:
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derkom wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 7:42 am
mrbombermillzy wrote: Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:10 pm Looks like I lose some points for having hand written labels though! :lol:
It's certainly better than my switcher, which has never gotten labelled, and therefore the switching technique is generally "push buttons until the right thing appears". :lol:
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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derkom wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 7:42 am
mrbombermillzy wrote: Sat Jul 02, 2022 11:10 pm Looks like I lose some points for having hand written labels though! :lol:
It's certainly better than my switcher, which has never gotten labelled, and therefore the switching technique is generally "push buttons until the right thing appears". :lol:
Switcher?! I just pull cables?
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stephen_usher wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 9:58 am
derkom wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 7:42 am

It's certainly better than my switcher, which has never gotten labelled, and therefore the switching technique is generally "push buttons until the right thing appears". :lol:
Switcher?! I just pull cables?
I do have one VGA switcher, and it is labeled, but only 2 channel.

The retro area on the other hand has a 4 channel RCA (Composite and R/L audio) switcher that I really should label :)

My HDMI switcher is automatic, so it's not labeled :)
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Mmmm, that feels better:

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Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Ok, so I'm running out of connections for stuff!!

Now I have the Xbox out in the retro area, I need 5 composite switches to feed the Retrotink, but only have a 4 port switch, so I need to have a delve around in my cables and see what I can use as an alternative, I'm sure I have a SCART or composite to HDMI which would mean I can use one of the free slots in my HDMI switcher. That'll be a tomorrow job I think as I have a wedding to go to later.

Happy to say I have a few other retro bits and bobs on the way too:


A 32K RAM expansion for the TI 99/4a:

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It does come in a 3d printed case BTW.

A joystick adapter for the same:

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And a Joystick adapter for the Dragon:

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I have to say that the place I've been getting stuff from on eBay, 8Bit-Tronics, is great. It's been a one stop shop for some good add ons, like FinalGROM, CoCoSDC and the joystick adapters (There's stuff for other machines too), and the chap has been very communicative and helpful too. Not only that but his prices are very reasonable as well.

Web site is at: 8bit-tronics, I'd definitely recommend a look and if you don't see what you want on the eBay store, you can contact him directly to see what he can do for you.
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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