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Rob Daviau's picture

Full CDTV Package

Full CDTV packageFull CDTV packageLet me say first and foremost I am loving this THEME idea! Concentrating on various retro platforms is a smart idea. As I've said in my other posts, I have always considered the Amiga platform as shafted and often overlooked and underrated. I DO own an NTSC version of CD32. As for the CDTV, well let me say that when that came out I was young and very poor, but man did I want one of those. I too had forseen the future of computing as being optical disc based and multi-media driven, so the debut of the CDTV was awe inspiring to me; I mean the heart of an Amiga 500 with optical drive, digitized video in a sleek BLACK interior? Holy crap, I am not sure if the BLACK version of the 1084 monitor came to US / Canada, but man I wanted one, and combined with the CDTV? Well damn, look for yourself!

Bill Loguidice's picture

A Mess of Activity Leads to a Fortuitous Conclusion... [Photos inside!]

After literally taking four hours to drive home in this afternoon's New Jersey snow storm for a trip that usually takes me around one hour, I didn't expect much from my night-time activities. My curiosity got the best of me, however, as a second cheap video capture solution came today, a Cardbus TV Card, to go along with my oft-talked about Adaptec GameBridge TV USB adapter. I was very curious if this new solution would give me the results I was after - capturing those systems that the GameBridge had trouble getting a sync on, like the Apple II and Panasonic JR-200U. After having the seller e-mail me the contents of the CD-ROM that he forgot to include, I was able to install the card to my trusty Gateway Tablet PC and after I looked up a registration code for the included InterVideo WinDVR 3 (turns out the registration code was in the zip file after all), I was in business. Or so I thought. Long story short, after multiple cable variations and going back to my usual InterVideo Home Theater application, I was getting the same scrambled result I was getting with the GameBridge, and in fact in some cases getting less of a result. After spending way too much on this, I was about ready to give up, when I decided to try a solution I was thinking about and others agreed was a possible answer - using a VCR as an intermediary between the vintage system and the capture device. So I went into my very-much-needs-to-be-organized-and-cataloged storage area under the basement stairs to grab an old VCR. I hooked it up and was unable to switch to the video input because I didn't have the remote.

Bill Loguidice's picture

1,001 Boxed Computer Games from the 1970's to Present - Requests for Reviews and/or Detailed Photos Taken!

OK, it's not really 1,001 boxed computer games, it's actually 1,035 as of this writing by my best cataloging efforts (hopefully not missing more than a couple), but 1,001 has a certain literary ring to it... Here's the link. Anyway, this has taken me months of free time here and there to inventory. I just stuck to basics - Game, Platform(s), Publisher(s), Box Type (I winged that) and Genre (winged that too). This is ONLY boxed computer software - no videogames (consoles or handhelds), and only stuff that was commercially released (or at least appears to be). Inventorying my boxed videogame collection will take another long period of time independent of this. General photos of the computer software on their shelves, is here. Finally, the list of systems currently in my collection is here. A high percentage of those computer systems listed, both common and rare, have representation in my boxed software collection.

So, why do I bring this up? Simple. I'm taking requests. It's very important for me to share my collection in as many ways as possible and this is certainly one way to do it. Do you want to see photos of the box and insides? Would you like a review? Would you like a simple overview? Screenshots? It doesn't matter as I'll try to accommodate it in a structured, orderly manner. Of course, requesting something like Archon or Elite would be rather silly, since information on those is readily available and redundant--requests for coverage of common items really doesn't do anyone any good, does it? Let's try to make it interesting and useful for everyone.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Mystery Bally Professional Arcade (Astrocade) Solved! (Lots of photos!)

I had recently acquired my third console in the line known popularly as the Bally Astrocade, but in reality went by many different official names, including Bally Home Library Computer and Bally Professional Arcade since its initial 1978 release. This one was a bit different though, as it had a mystery notch cut in the top of the cartridge port and came with two chips hand labeled "Galactic Invasion" and "Bingo & Speed Math". Both were officially released, so that makes the necessity for having these on separate chips a bit odd. While "Galactic Invasion" (1981) was released with that title - it was originally going to be "Galaxian", which is what it was a conversion of - "Bingo & Speed Math", which was originally known as "Speed Math and Bingo Math" in an original catalog, was officially released under the name, "Elementary Math and Bingo Math" (1978). Were these perhaps prototypes of some type? First, some photos...

Bill Loguidice's picture

Rare Commodore 64 (C-64, C64) pixel art unearthed!

While not exactly as monumental or groundbreaking as my tongue-in-cheek title would imply, in my small world it's something fun that I wanted to share--original pixel art (much like AA staffer Mark Vasier's wonderful icons that we often use on blog posting headers, like the C-64 icon to the upper left) not seen since the mid-1980's. Without further ado, here's the public unveiling of original artwork done by myself and late friend, Ed Beck, done back in our youth on the Commodore 64, armed only with lots of time, a joystick and crude, but effective art programs.

Bill Loguidice's picture

Visual Inventory and Off-the-cuff Timex Sinclair 2068 Observations - Part I of II

Even though it's been in my collection for a few years now, I've had little direct experience with the Timex Sinclair 2068 (1983). It was time to inventory everything since someone wished to purchase one of my spare units.

Bill Loguidice's picture

New Evidence - The Nazca Lines were made by robots!

Yes, you read that right, the famous Nazca Lines in Peru were made by robots and I have proof! After unleashing...

yakumo9275's picture

Retro CP/M

Recently Ive become interested in retro cp/m... There are three nice CP/M machines on ebay right now,

A Xerox 820-II (keyboard, monitor, disk drives), A KAYPRO 4 Portable PC (looks like bills portable C64), and a HEATHKIT HF-241...

Bill, besides the kaypro II, do you have a IV or any other cpm machines (ex the c128)?

Bill Loguidice's picture

Can you guess what's missing? (Heathkit H8)

Filed strictly under "fun" rather than a true contest, I was wondering if anyone can figure out the one (1) thing missing from this highly collectible Heathkit H8 computer system. The fact that the top cover is missing does not count, since I removed it so the inside of the system could be seen. In actuality, this unit is self-contained and ready to function as intended save for one key item. First correct answer to describe that key item gets a round of applause from all AA'rs and admiration from your fellow geeks everywhere!

You can view the images here. I highly recommend that after you click on an individual photo in the set that you go to "All Sizes" and pick "Original Size" to get the maximum detail.

larzini's picture

Kill Screens

I am inexplicably fascinated by my discovery of the kill screen. And, no I didn't reach the 256th level of Pac-Man.

Note to someone: Make a t-shirt with the Pac-Man kill screen covering every square inch and you will have a buyer.

If I buy two can you reduce the shipping charges? Sweet.

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