Category Archives: retro

Reliving Heathkit’s Glory Days Through a Teardown and Rebuild

In its heyday, the experience offered by the Heath Company was second to none. Every step of the way, from picking something out of the Heathkit catalog to unpacking all the parts to final assembly and testing, putting together a Heathkit project was as good as it got.

Sadly, those …read more

Continue reading

Posted in classic hacks, Heath, heathkit, rebuild, recapping, restoration, retro, signal tracer, teardown | Leave a comment

A Pocket Retro Computer Anyone Can Build

Not satisfied with any of the DIY retro computer kits on the market, [Leonardo Leoni] decided to make his own. Built using only the finest through-hole technology and powered by the ATmega328 microcontroller, his diminutive 8-bit computer is easy to build and even easier to develop for. Whether you’re looking …read more

Continue reading

Posted in 8-bit computers, Arduino Hacks, atmega328, basic, qwerty, retro, retrocomputing, sh1106 | Leave a comment

The Descendants of Ancient Computers

Building computers from discrete components is a fairly common hobby project, but it used to be the only way to build a computer until integrated circuits came on the scene. If you’re living in the modern times, however, you can get a computer like this running easily enough, but if …read more

Continue reading

Posted in bipolar junction transistor, bjt, computer, computer hacks, cray, discrete, frequency, parts, retro, supercomputer, switching, transistor | Leave a comment

Simplify Your Life with This Pocket Rotary Cellphone

With its constant siren song of distraction and endless opportunity for dopamine hits, a smartphone can cause more problems than it solves. The simple solution would be a no-nonsense flip phone, but that offers zero points for style. So why not build your own rotary dial pocket cellphone?

Of course, …read more

Continue reading

Posted in 3g, adafruit fona, ATmega2560V, cell, Cellphone Hacks, dial, mashup, phone hacks, retro, rotary, trimline | Leave a comment

Flip Phones Are Making a Comeback

If you’re the kind of person who hates this new generation of smartphone users and longs for a nostalgic past, you’re not far from the new target demographic for many commercial phone manufacturers. Major phone companies like Motorola and Huawei have been developing foldable versions of conventional smartphone designs, intended …read more

Continue reading

Posted in flip phone, phone hacks, retro, smartphone | Leave a comment

Foam Board, Old Electronics, and Imagination Make Movie Magic

When it comes to building sets and props for movies and TV, it’s so easy to get science fiction wrong – particularly with low-budget productions. It must be tempting for the set department to fall back on the “get a bunch of stuff and paint it silver” model, which can …read more

Continue reading

Posted in decoration, Fallout, film, misc hacks, movie, props, retro, sci-si, sets, tdd, tty, vintage | Leave a comment

Odd-Sized Military Headphone Connectors, Tamed!

Military headphones, at least the older ones, are like few other sound reproducers. They are an expression of function over form, with an emphasis on robustness over operator comfort. Electrically they most often have high-impedance drivers and annoyingly proprietary connectors for whichever obscure radio system they were a part of. …read more

Continue reading

Posted in connectors, headphones, repair hacks, retro | Leave a comment

Modern Linux Runs On Ancient Toshiba

While Microsoft no longer supports those of its operating systems that were in heavy use into the early 2000s, support for old hardware is not typically something that you will have to worry about if you run Linux on your machines. Sure, there will be driver issues from time to …read more

Continue reading

Posted in aosc os, intel, laptop, linux, pentium, retro, retrocomputing, t4900ct, Toshiba | Leave a comment

Giving The Amstrad CPC A Voice And A Drum Kit

Back in the ’80s, home computers weren’t capable of much in terms of audio or multimedia as a whole. Arguably, it wasn’t until the advent of 16-bit computers such as the Amiga that musicians could make soundtrack-quality music without having to plug actual studio gear up to their machines. [Michael …read more

Continue reading

Posted in amstrad cpc, chiptune, DECtalk, drum machine, midi controller, MIDI instrument, retro, retrocomputing, sampler, speech synthesis | Leave a comment