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  1. A strange hidden feature of the IBM MDA card...

  2. WiFi232's Evil Clone

    I'll admit it. The idea of the Wifi232 is brilliant and everyone ate it up while someone made a small fortune.

    The problem however is that it contains one of the worst things you can find in a hobbyist community: Greed.
    As awesome as it is, Paul Rickards seems to of gone out of his way to make sure that while you can buy units from him pre-assembled ($50USD + $15 international shipping) or in simple kit form ($33USD + $15 international shipping), you cannot go out and just ...
  3. IBM System/360 and System/370 console button replica inserts

    In case you need some stopgap inserts in a /360 or /370 console, until you find the originals (which I have found is very difficult).
    They pass the 'Six foot Rule' test ie. they look good from 6 feet away.

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  4. PTAP2DXF - make paper tapes without a punch

    If you have a paper tape reader and no punch, you can now make real working paper tapes using a normal home stencil-cutting machine.
    I've written a small command line utility that can take a .PTAP (or any other binary or textfile) and generate output that these
    machines will cut. that your reader will read.
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    It can easily make repair pieces for existing old broken tapes from any byte offset. In addition it can ...
  5. Mastervoice ECU (The Butler in a Box Tries again)

    Two years ago I made another blog entry discussing the Mastervoice Butler in a Box.
    As a refresher this was a late 80's product that gave you X10 home automation in a small box with speech recognition and speech synthesis. Overall it looked great on the outside but on the inside it had a number of questionable ...
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