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3000 Mobile Phone Motorola 8500x

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Let’s look at one of the world’s first mobile phones - the Motorola 8500x - released in the mid 1980s for £3,000. That’s over £7,000 today!

Videos

Upgrading My Atari ST to 4MB

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Upgrading My Atari ST to 4MB

I upgrade my Atari STFM to 4MB of RAM using a Marpet XTra RAM Deluxe board

Tired Psu Repair My Atari 520STFM

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Tired Psu Repair My Atari 520STFM

So just how bad is a nearly 30 year old power supply? Let's find out!

Unopened Decade My Atari 520STFM

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Unopened Decade My Atari 520STFM

Come with me for a nostalgic trip around my Atari ST that I had has a child that has been sat unopened for the past 10 years

Devlog 02 - Layer 2 Graphics

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Devlog 02 - Layer 2 Graphics

An overview of the Spectrum Next's Layer 2 bitmap display

Devlog 01 - Spectrum Next Programming Languages

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Devlog 01 - Spectrum Next Programming Languages

How to get started programming the ZX Spectrum Next

Blog Posts

  • Home Assistant Solar Monitoring

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    I think I’ve managed to make Home assistant tell me how much money the solar power I’m generating would be worth from the grid, and how much running things off solar/battery instead of the grid is saving me.

  • Image Shortcode Test

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    This is just a test of some image loading code I found online. If it works there should be a nice scaled image, and an image gallery.

  • Workshed Tidying

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    My workshed is mess, I can barely get into it and I have a bunch of projects that need starting. Let’s fix that… Over the summer it was way too hot to go in my shed - a problem I need to solve for next year - and it just turned into a storage area, with things being pushed in and the door hastily closed.

  • Ms Powertoys Remap Keyboard

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    I’ve got an IBM Model M keyboard and like using it on my PC, but one of its problems is the lack of Windows keys. There’s a bunch of keyboard shortcuts I use almost daily and not having a Windows key makes it annoying.

  • DIY Home Solar Finished

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    After a week of testing and tweaking, my DIY solar shed upgrade is complete. And it seems to work pretty well! Last week I bought a solar panel, inverter and some lead acid batteries and set up a solar system in my shed, with the intention of powering my servers.