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Memory Banking, DMA and Interrupts - How 8bit computers work

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Computers from the 1980s seemed to be quite limited in their abilities, there was a big drive to make a machine as cheaply as possible. Competition was fierce between manufacturers.

Videos

Esd Safe Soldering Station Hack

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Esd Safe Soldering Station Hack

Turns out my £20 soldering station does indeed work, but its claims of ESD safety are lies. Let's fix that!

Grandma Shark 20 Quid Soldering Station

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Grandma Shark 20 Quid Soldering Station

I bought a soldering iron for £20 from Amazon. Is it any good? Does it even work?

Building Z80 Computer RC2014

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Building Z80 Computer RC2014

I build a Z80 based computer from scratch, and it works!

Blog Posts

  • 2021 Review

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    How was 2021 for you? I mean, compared to 2020 it was a big improvement, but that’s a pretty low bar to aim for. Let’s focus more on the projects that I completed and what I learned from them.

  • Crap quality USB cables

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    I think I’ve just had a bit of a revelation… USB-C is the best thing ever. Not only because the plug isn’t polarised, but because if you want a true USB-C to USB-C cable there doesn’t appear to be any cheap crappy ones.

  • SMT Soldering and Atari ST Repairs

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    Yesterday I recapped my ST’s PSU which went well, nothing exploded. However when trying to boot the machine it kept crashing, especially when it went to the desktop.

  • Updated Website

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    I’m not a web designer, I find the creative part quite interesting but buggering about with templating languages and having to learn far more JavaScript and CSS than is healthy really puts me off.