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Sad Day: The HAG is dead, RIP

I grew up listening to this man. I know it’s not hip anymore, and it was a different era then, but there are days now I turn off the tv and radio and fire up my old record changer and crank the volume up. Ole Possum, Buck and his buckaroos, Whispering Bill, the Man in Black and the rest of them are alive again and in their prime.

So few are left alive now. Fewer now. Something undefinable is being lost and there is nothing we can do to stop it. But at least we still have the music and the memories for awhile yet.

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Wizztronic 256k Memory Board Cease and Desist request

XF551s

I have been sent a cease and desist request from a Steve Cohen.  He is claiming he owns the copywrite on the Wizztronics 256k memory upgrade boards for Atari 800XLs and that he has licensed the rights to an unnamed third party.   He is demanding I discontinue offering my reimaged boards for sale immediately.

While I have no way to know if this is true, it doesn’t matter.  I am in no position financially to resist.  I have taken the product from my website.  I will still offer the memory chips necessary to actually upgrade the memory until my stock is exhausted.   Also I will offer the additional three chips necessary to upgrade the version of the board for the newer Antic to work with the older Antic (CO12296) until the stock is exhausted.

I wish I could say I made any money on this, but I didn’t.  The items did not sell very well.  I still have 75% of the boards made.   Still it wasn’t my intention to make money anyway.   From all appearances this board appeared to be abandonware.    I didn’t want it to only be available to a few collectors and a museum or two.

This Steve Cohen should get with this third party he claims has licensed the rights and find out why the product is not being actively produced and supported.    The only other place I ever found original boards was Best Electronics.  This was about five years ago now.  At that time I was told I had purchased the last one in stock and the owner did not expect to recieve any more stock as the item was no longer being made.  This may have changed, but I don’t see the item on Best website for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today 20 years ago

Years ago I was thinking about doing some pyrography on guitars.  So I went into Photoshop and started playing around with bits and pieces of photos I had scanned/copied from the net,  just trying to get an idea of how to position and manipulate images.  I came up with a few designs that I liked.   I actually had a Johnny Cash tribute design that I took to Nashville to have a guitar maker put on a custom tele I had bought off Ebay.  It came out okay and I still have the guitar, but the interest kind of cooled and I never did much more with the ideas.

One other design that I came up with was another tribute.  This time to a horrific event in my adopted home town of Oklahoma City.  I was away in the Navy at the time, but I can still remember the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as the radio reports started filtering into the shop where I was working.  I saw it mirrored in the faces of my co workers as they too listened to the shop radio and heard the news reports over the next few days.

No one I knew directly was hurt or killed, but the senseless slaughter of so many by a man who had worn the same mantle of military service as I had left it’s mark on me just the same.

Today is a day to remember,

OKCMemorialSwampAshRearRoutedTele copy

and to never forget.

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New projects and ideas

Well…..   the new year is nearly two months old now.  I’ve been in my new house for a little over three months.  Things are beginning to settle into a routine.  Things are becoming comfortable. 🙂

I am toying with several ideas for my next projects.  They seem to be a split between electronics and 3d design/print.  I suppose I’ll add to and edit this list some.  But for now….

Electronics                  3d design/print

[row] [column size=”1/2″] Reimaged SDX cart, Pass Through Cart  [/column] [column size=”1/2″] SIO Connector, Atari 8bit cartridge shell, 1050 Front Bezel [/column] [/row]
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First Time Ever

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or the first time ever I am going to try putting the XF551 boards on sale.  Suffice to say the sales of the original boards have been poor.  In spite of the voting for original board on Atari Age.  I have sold only three or four.

Development on the addon board has stalled.  I am waiting on the testing results from my cohort.

I realize that the cost is a stopping point for some.  But when you are dealing in ones and tens for parts, there is no cost savings to speak of.  I am literally giving my time away and barely paying for the parts.

Sale starts tomorrow.  I am putting a 15% sale on the original board variations and a 10% on the modern boards, of which I have only two left.  It will last a week or until sold out.

 

 

 

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New Town, New Home and working through the boxes

Well I’m back………  Almost.  🙂

I’m done with city life.  Small town is more my style now.  I’m sure I’ll miss somethings about the city, but being able to get from one side of town to the other in 10 minutes I don’t think will get old anytime soon.  Owning my own home is nice too.

Boxes are going to be my life for the next week or two.  Just when I think I’m making headway, I find another stack that was hidden behind the one I just emptied.  I swear my apartment was only 810 sq ft.

The kitchen is almost finished.  The bedroom, living room and hobby rooms are almost done too.  The guest bedroom seems to be the collection point for all uncategoried items.  One of these weeks I’ll start in on it.

BitsofthePast.com is open for business again. 🙂

 

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Moving to new home All shipments will be delayed sorry :(

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ell that time has come.  I am moving all my worldly possessions to a new temporary home. And then from there I hope to finally settle into the second home I’ve ever owned in few weeks.  Due to that I have to put up a notice that any purchases will be delayed until I get setup permanently.   Hopefully that will only be a few weeks, sometime around the middle of Oct.

On another note, I have sold the NextEngine 3d Scanner.  It just wasn’t doing what I needed it to do.  Not that it was bad, but a lot of Atari stuff is darkly colored and it just wasn’t picking up the dimensions without massive cleanup and that was way more time than I wanted to spend on it.

The Flashforge Creator Pro 3d printer has been a much better investment.  I am working on  modeling several Atari related cartridge cases, and being able to immediately print them within a couple hours for testing is a godsend.  It truely is a revolutionary device.  There’s new uses for the technology every day.

This is probably going to be the last post for some weeks until I get setup at my new diggs.  See you in a few weeks.

 

 

 

 

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3D Print/Scan

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]o the scanner hasn’t arrived yet. Should be in tomorrow. I did go ahead and pull the trigger on the FlashForge 3d Creator Pro printer. Trusty Amazon delivered on time and I’ve spent the last two days getting to know the quirks and idiocycies of the printer. I hope to have a youtube video published soon.

I understand the earth moved big time in California again this morning. I hope no one has been killed. For once the ground was somewhat firm here. We don’t get the earthquakes here like they do in California, but I don’t remember any quakes in my childhood. It seems like in the last three to five years Oklahoma has been getting very shaky. I for one would prefer the tornadoes. At least with them you generally have some warning and can get out of their way or go underground. 😉