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  1. skeezix

    Pyra ancestors poll

    yeah, thats why I stepped back from dev here after the Pandora; I have so little free time, that any projects of mine take foreeeeever to get anywhere. I've been trying to get back to more of that, as the kids get older, but not there yet! Latest shenanigans is turning an old DC motor from a...
  2. skeezix

    Pyra ancestors poll

    Pandora still has a great soundsystem and huge storage, and of course the crazy community. (I'm still using old Debian mods for it, not kept up to see if anyone more recently has done it...) Batteries are getting long in the tooth but still works alright :) .. edit: for Other; I rolled my own...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    Are all the Pandora batteries the same? I made one a billion years ago when the exploit first came around .. (blew my mind at the time.. an active BIOS on a battery?! so cool..), on an original PSP battery (the thick one.) So, I keep it around, and used it on a PSP Slim I got later .. couldn't...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    $64 or $45 seems a pretty good price point (jeesh, so cheap!), but they're not super high powered (5xxMHz) and essentially all very standard old components, hence the price. So, good stuff for the disposable option, and should be plenty fast enough for SNES and such, so probably pretty darned...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    Arduino is pretty slick, since it makes things easy, and encourages 'blob reuse'; theres tonnes of good code snippets around you can just drop in, or little libraries .. for LCD or servo or etc etc. Myself, never much a fan .. ie: Arduino started and seems to still mainly be on the low end...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    The STM32F4s etc have no problem emitting VGA; you don't need all that many MHz to emit it, really. (I was doing it before the bitbox, and I was going to release a kit.. but small kids and lazy, never got around; then he cleaned up that space, so good for him :) .. The STM32 architecture does...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    The ESP is a pretty handy little chip, but I don't think it had any LCD peripheral driver built in; it does have SPI etc etc, and you can get some LCDs that have SPIC and I2C interfaces (some even with basic primitives like blit, rectangle, fill, fonts, etc), so you know.. not a bad idea...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    Neat, and cute; sort of like my own homebrew machines :) I was never a Nintendo kid, so have no attachment to the GBAs and such; we have an original GBA ("game girl" we call it, for my oldest daughter :), and a clamshell GBA SP; but not much of a library for them. Course, GBA being essentially...
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    Good dumb mobile retro-gaming console? What do you use now?

    As an exercise, lets keep Pandora and Pyra off the table*; if you just want to have an easily pocketable (ie: small), and relatively inexpensive (ie: okay to carry around in a pocket all the time, or to a beach, or tossed into your backpack, etc) mobile console for retro gaming.. whats hot these...
  10. skeezix

    Just a bunch of pics

    I'm sure you've checked all the usual sources for conflict-free, but the Tantalum caps in some specs are not too much more expensive; tantalum in general is pricier than you like but the conflict free.. 10x the price is okay in small quantity? I've never looked too hard, but we have Kemet...
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    Getting closer...

    Lol; "The Osbourne Effect" strikes again :)
  12. skeezix

    Pyramon - product idea for ED? Small HDMI monitor

    Sure; most racks I've worked with have either monitor or panel, and keyboard/mouse in each rack, or readily available on the bench or hanging from side of rack. I mean, if you've got a bunch of racks around, do it right, keyboards are cheap; if you have a single rack in your home basement...
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    Pyramon - product idea for ED? Small HDMI monitor

    ebay has hundreds of options; Ididnt' read the thread in detail, just popping by .. but you can get VGA-only, HDMI+VGA, HDMI only, composite.. all kinds of options, for $20-$100 depending on the features, size, speed, etc; at this level you're tending to uncased panels and boards, but you can...
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    Pandora on the eevblog?!

    Did I write 2017? I will go back and edit the comment. It was 1 or 2 in the morning, and that'd be a fatfinger .. 2018 was what I typed in my head :) I just wanted to jump in and get the mention in, so people would go hit the Pyra site. jeff edit: Caine -- yeah, I don't have the time to keep...
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    Pandora on the eevblog?!

    I had just been showing one of mine around again to a few peeps, and still using it for Audacious quite a bit. So had the thing in my hand, and flip on eevblog and wham! ... eevblog is a a huge influence in the electronics nerd community, and one of the few YTs I watch regularly, so it was a...
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    Pandora on the eevblog?!

    Well holy crap, Christmas for the Pandora :) Dave of the eevblog got a Pandora in the mailbag! Rebirth edition :) jeff edit: Look at 32mins in
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    gp32x status?

    This is probably a simple answer for someone with a better memory than I.. Years ago (search says around 2008) gp32x went down and hando wasn't around, but I recall we had a big kerfuffle and it was preserved? or moved the content to gp32x.de (now here)? or did we import it all in one of the...
  18. skeezix

    Torontonian Pandora

    With an official BBS and secret handshake too ;) I for one don't have much spare time :(
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    Torontonian Pandora

    Theres a few around town for sure :) I was one of the parents of the pandora, and I'm a Torontonian! I know a dozen folks with one around here too.. jeff
  20. skeezix

    pcb 3d printer and the future of homebrew systems like the pyra

    "Multi-layer" is mentioned; any details? See, I've often thought about making a simple CNC machine; I started a heavy duty CNC machine, but didn't do my research on the amount of stress, and it bent itself all to shit :) (Also, CNC of metal and wood makes a _serious_ mess, and I didn't want to...
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