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Recovering Data From Floppies With Errors

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Those of us of advancing years will remember the era of the floppy disc. Maybe not that of the 8-inch drive, but probably its 5.25-inch and …

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Repairdown: Disklavier DKC500RW Control Unit

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If you’ve been kind enough to accompany me on these regular hardware explorations, you’ve likely recognized a trend with regards to the gadgets that go under …

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I Went To The Moon And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

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It’s been a long time coming but Fran finally has a DSKY display, a replica of the user interface display found in the Apollo Guidance Computer. …

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Tearing Apart Pulse Transformer Switches

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If you like mechanical keyboards, you like switches. Historically, switches were weird, with strange capacitive rubber dome switches in Topre boards, buckling springs in the IBM …

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Animated Pixel Lamp Is A Must For Any Chiptuner’s Bedroom

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Lamps are quite often simple things, designed to light an area and perhaps add a touch of style to a room. Of course, it’s 2019 now, …

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The Multi Pass Def Con Indie Badge Has A European flavour

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It has been fascinating to watch the rise of the #BadgeLife community in North America, and a little sad when viewed from a European perspective that …

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Hackaday Links: June 2, 2019

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The works of Shakespeare, Goethe, and Cervantes combined do not equal the genius of Rick And Morty. Actually, the word ‘genius’ is thrown around a bit too much …

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New Circuits with Old Technology

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Before the invention of transistors, vacuum tubes ruled the world. The only way to get amplification or switching (or any electrical control of current) back then …

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So, You Want To Buy A Mainframe

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The computers we are used to working with are more likely to be at the smaller end of the computational spectrum. Sometimes they are very small …

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Casting A Cannon Is A Lot Harder Than You Think

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We’ve seen backyard casting, and for the most part, we know what’s going on. You make a frame out of plywood or two by fours, get …