Miscellaneous Collection Photos and Such - Ongoing

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TI-99/4A book

Cool, old, cheap TI-99/4A book from Amazon. It even has the "original" bookmarks, apparently from the Richmond area.

Cool, old, cheap TI-99/4A book from Amazon. It even has the "original" bookmarks, apparently from the Richmond area.

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It's real! Bigfoot (1983) from Milton Bradley for TI-99/4a. Optimized for the MBX Expansion System.
It's real! Bigfoot (1983) from Milton Bradley for TI-99/4a. Optimized for the MBX Expansion System.

Sirius presents 20th Century Fox's Deadly Duck (1982) for the Commodore VIC-20. It's ducks versus crabs!
Sirius presents 20th Century Fox's Deadly Duck (1982) for the Commodore VIC-20. It's ducks versus crabs!

The Toy Shop from Broderbund (1986) for PC DOS. 128K and dot matrix printer required.
The Toy Shop from Broderbund (1986) for PC DOS. 128K and dot matrix printer required.

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Collector Hot Wheels
Matt Barton wrote:

Those hot wheels are amazing! I try to collect cool ones when I come across them. Are those vintage or new?

New, though tough to find. It's amazing what Hot Wheels is doing for adults these days, from music to videogame themes.

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Those hot wheels are amazing!

Those hot wheels are amazing! I try to collect cool ones when I come across them. Are those vintage or new?

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Three amazing new Intellivision homebrews: Scarfinger, Choplifter, and Deep Pockets.
 Scarfinger, Choplifter, and Deep Pockets.

The cool Deja Vu II and TV Sports Football for the Amiga, and the classic Pensate for the Atari 8-bit and C-64.
The cool Deja Vu II and TV Sports Football for the Amiga, and the classic Pensate for the Atari 8-bit and C-64.

RabbitJack's Casino (incomplete) for the Commodore 64's innovative Q-Link online service.
RabbitJack's Casino (incomplete) for the Commodore 64's innovative Q-Link online service.

SSI's Shiloh for the Atari 8-bit and a book of early PC DOS BASIC programs with sealed software.
SSI's Shiloh for the Atari 8-bit and a book of early PC DOS BASIC programs with sealed software.

Boxed High-Resolution Joystick Interface for the Tandy Color Computer.
Boxed High-Resolution Joystick Interface for the Tandy Color Computer.

TG paddles for the Apple II and a Coleco Adam data drive.
TG paddles for the Apple II and a Coleco Adam data drive.

The cool Hot Wheels Atari-themed car set.
The cool Hot Wheels Atari-themed car set.

The rear of a modded Atari Jaguar gamepad. My second type of Jaguar spinner.
The rear of a modded Atari Jaguar gamepad. My second type of Jaguar spinner.

A very miscellaneous shelf in a corner of my basement.
A very miscellaneous shelf in a corner of my basement.

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It's definitely quality
clok1966 wrote:

other then the feel (keyboard) how do you like it.. I have used 3 of the logitech ones.. (all failed) a Z-board, which i ...

I'll really put it through its paces by this weekend and will know for sure how much I like the typing aspect, but in my less-than-normal stress tests to this point, the typing part should be at least as good as I enjoyed in the Black Widow, despite the different feel.

Outside of the incompatibility with using it to wake from sleep on my desktop, there appears to be no specific issues. It does have one bit of software you download from the Website, "Ghost," which allows you to program those five top G keys (four of which you saw I swapped out - which is VERY easy with the included tool and the keyboard is built to withstand many keyswaps) and do other minor things, but there's not a great deal of flexibility there. For now, I have one of the five color presets (so you can program 25 different functions I guess and 70 macros, all stored in the keyboard's memory) set to do simple stuff like open the calculator, show the desktop, etc. Mundane stuff. I'm really bad with programming my programmable stuff for extra functions. In fact, all I've ever used that fancy gameboard to the left of the keyboard is to access five different commands in Diablo III! Pathetic.

Anyway, I'm not necessarily a good example for this stuff, because I primarily got this fancy keyboard for the typing experience and the lighting. That's what mattered above all else. It just turns out - as usual - that if it's designed for the demands of gamers, it's better than just about anything else available. That's why I'll probably always stick with gaming PCs for my main PC from now on.

Here is the keyboard's manufacturer page: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4179#kf

I certainly do appreciate the USB 3.0 pass-through connection, something I don't know of other keyboards replicating. The packing, packaging, out of box experience, etc., are also all top notch. You get your money's worth.

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other then the feel

other then the feel (keyboard) how do you like it.. I have used 3 of the logitech ones.. (all failed) a Z-board, which i loved the idea, hated the execution. Swapping keyboards layouts is awesome.. but to make it easy they fit kinda lose and sloppy so it feels cheap, there's way to much extra noise from the "play" and since you are laying removable keys from the contacts there is a weird feel to it all. Being able to buy a layout you like setup for specific games with keys labeled is nice.. it just didn't work half as good as it should have.I currently am using a AZIO Levetron.. mechanical but, ehh.. again.. its just not "right", the movable function keys are cool.. and work well, but i was never a F-Key user.. so they are above where I am not used to going.. from the doom days when the WASD was kinda standard.. Since we where playing competitively then.. we had key-binds for tons of stuff.. we moved to the esdf keys (one over) which in effect added 3 extra keys to bind to the left side.. so while standard users went UP for F keys (and the 1-2-3 keys) we went up, but also added an extra row on the left.. This has caused me considerable bitch sessions on unmappable console ports.. I dont like the WASD and its almost universally used, so yes, i create my own problems sometimes.. but 99% of PC games to this point have let me map to what i want. its sad to think the more tech and advanced we get.. I'm seeing more games with un mappable keys.. Up to this point I would say i loved my WOLFking Timberwolf the best but it was simply to large.. it was incredible for gaming and barely ok for typeing..while i game 90% on my home PC the crappy keyboard component was just no good.. The AZIO is ok, but I'm still searching.

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Agree
Shawn Delahunty wrote:

I'm a huge fan of mechanicals, and refuse to use anything else now, unless forced to when working at another person's workstation. Where did you order the Gigabyte board from?

I'm currently using a CM (Cooler Master) Storm Quickfire Pro that I got on sale at Frys. I love the switch type / feel, but I wish now that I'd gotten the Quickfire TK to have all the keys lit.

I got it from Amazon. I can't go back to a non-lit keyboard ever again. That's why it was so important for me to replace the Black Widow--the lights went out. Now that most keyboards are black these days, it's MUCH easier on the eyes, and this is coming from someone who's a good touch typist.

At work, I'm still rocking a 15+ year old Microsoft Natural (split) keyboard, but that's white, so it's OK. It's works well with the awful metal desks we have.

By the way, I LOVE my gaming laptop, but the darn thing does not have backlit keys. I sometimes use a USB light, which is annoying, to help out there.

One odd quirk with the Gigabyte, I can't use it to bring my computer back up from sleep--I need to use my mouse or the gaming pad to the far left. If I use the Gigabyte, it messes up its programming and crashes. Must be some minor incompatibility with my computer. Otherwise, it functions perfectly save for that one thing, and I highly recommend it.

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Sweet keyboard Bill

I'm a huge fan of mechanicals, and refuse to use anything else now, unless forced to when working at another person's workstation. Where did you order the Gigabyte board from?

I'm currently using a CM (Cooler Master) Storm Quickfire Pro that I got on sale at Frys. I love the switch type / feel, but I wish now that I'd gotten the Quickfire TK to have all the keys lit.

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Wow, that looks great!

Wow, that looks great!

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