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John commented on John's blog post Insulated Nerdvana
"That is just the tip of the iceberg of game systems :) I can't wait to get them all set up."
Nov 23, 2014
John replied to Jamie's discussion Mac SE/30 help with a CF card
"Cool! Now that it's up and running, just curious, what are you going to put on it?"
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Bradley Mattice commented on John's blog post Insulated Nerdvana
"GameCube and Dreamcast, nice."
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"Nice Prototype! I've always liked that case design."
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Insulated Nerdvana

This is the downstairs where the arcade games will be. I'm trying to decide whether to call it Arcadia or Arc80s.Here is the upstairs, the future home of my MacAttic…See More
Nov 16, 2014
John commented on Brian Bijeau's photo

My desk

"I like your choice of keyboards! I just picked up a spare keyboard II to do the same thing once I find a usb to adb adapter :)"
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John commented on John's blog post Honey I Shrunk the Computer
"That is an odd resolution! Are you using Raspbian on the Pi? Also yes on the setup I set it up on my Laptop and then simply transferred it to the Pi with a USB drive."
Oct 30, 2014
Nick S commented on John's blog post Honey I Shrunk the Computer
"Hi John, Thanks so much for the reply. The monitor has given me some trouble so that may be a separate issue (I couldn't get the Pi to boot higher than 592 x 448 despite it being a 2560x1440 monitor) -- but I will try your disk1.dsk - disk6.dsk…"
Oct 29, 2014

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Insulated Nerdvana

This is the downstairs where the arcade games will be. I'm trying to decide whether to call it Arcadia or Arc80s.

Here is the upstairs, the future home of my MacAttic…


Posted on November 16, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Honey I Shrunk the Computer

My 1/3 scale mac is done! 

The Outside

I made the case using white …


Posted on August 20, 2013 at 8:30pm — 38 Comments

Apple Pi

I recently purchased a Raspberry Pi with the idea of making a 1/2 scale model of a Mac Plus. This is one those "Because I can" projects with no practical use (my favorite kind!). The Raspberry pi is a tiny little computer approximately 4" x 2.5" x .5" in size. As tiny as it is it can run lot of very cool apps including some old school emulators, as Derek has shown,…


Posted on June 30, 2013 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

Our Quest is at an end.

Yes folks, it's finally finished. The Banana Jr. lives! I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the final results.…


Posted on October 23, 2010 at 9:44am — 15 Comments


So this last Saturday, after doing the 3d anniversary podcast, I tackled a project I've been putting off for a while (what a surprise!). What you see in the photo below are five Laserwriter IIs.

These were bought at a school sale several years ago and promptly shoved into an already overburdened garage to await their fate. When you buy stuff at one of these surplus sales you take a risk as you are not allowed to try anything first. At $5 at… Continue

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Comment Wall (84 comments)

At 9:42pm on December 5, 2007, James said…
I hope we can get something going for our listeners here. It's really a great set of tools!
At 7:17am on December 8, 2007, John said…
Woot! I left a comment.
At 5:37pm on December 12, 2007, James said…
We have evidence that John was here! Now let's see if we can get more than just a "woot".
At 7:35pm on December 12, 2007, Braden said…
No friends!? I'll be your friend.

Dig the site, brother
At 4:49pm on December 16, 2007, Wholly Mindless said…
Yo Slacker! At least James should be your friend... Unless of course James is still mad at you for getting him mixed up in this "Podcast" thing.
At 6:06pm on December 17, 2007, HeathBar W. said…
Thanks! If you want the story behind it, I posted a comment on James's page.
At 8:32pm on December 17, 2007, Wholly Mindless said…
Say it, "Mac Slacker" fast enough and it almost sounds rude!
At 8:56pm on December 17, 2007, Wholly Mindless said…
Sounds like something you'd say about your bartender when you've had too much.
At 1:52pm on December 18, 2007, Ken said…
I was unaware that Magritte was a big fan of the Mac platform.
At 6:12pm on December 23, 2007, Ken said…
Merry UltraWisconsin Christmas to you.

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