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Re: What's the dumbest retro mistake you've made?

Ah I see! Well, I never had a game console, and just assumed that they just work like computers, eg, game speed independent of frame refresh rate. To me it was much more fun to share and enjoy many games with my friends on cassettes for the PET 2001 and then with Apple II diskettes. The Atari 400 …

Re: Are Acer fanboys a thing?

IMHO it's a mixed bag: While ALi chipsets were praised on SS7 MB, most DIYers I know disliked Acer's complete systems for their proprietary designs and sub-par components (when compared with Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, i.e. companies selling components in retail). A typical example was the ... Aspire …

Re: What's the dumbest retro mistake you've made?

PAL is trash. Screw whoever thought that giving us Europeans 17% slower games with squished graphics was a good idea. PAL is not trash. You obviously haven't experienced Never The Same Color. This was why PAL and SECAM had been developed in the 1960s as alternatives which didn't, for example, show …

Re: What's the dumbest retro mistake you've made?

Another mishap: Late in 1980 I was making my own Apple II language card replacement (using a 74LS14 to save me from using the stupid cable that was only used to generate CAS from RAS). While testing it I slipped with the oscilloscope probe. Don't remember to which 4116 voltage supply pin the short …

Re: What's the dumbest retro mistake you've made?

40 years ago I lent my Apple II to a friend during my vacation. His mom placed a flower pot onto it, let the water pour over, and it killed the PSU. Well, it was not my mistake, and his parents paid the replacement PSU, so no problem, and it was not even retro (at least back then), but I still find …

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