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Vintage IBM 5150 + 5161 Project (Original PC)

This is my IBM 5150 PC with expansion chassis.  Main unit contains twin 360k floppies and expansion contains twin 10MB hard drives. The two look good together.  This is basically your maximum 5150 PC configuration, with 13 ISA slots total. Inside the main 5150 unit with floppy drives. The cards, from left to right (top […]

Vintage 386 Project

This is a 386 build in an XT chassis.  AMD 386DX @ 40MHz, 8MB RAM, 1.44MB + 1.2MB floppies, 600MB IDE HDD and CD drive. ALI M1419 386 motherboard Cards are my favorite clone SB from a Packard Bell, VGA and IDE+Floppy Controller  Running IBM PCDOS 2000 ATI VGA Wonder-16 Video Card Packard Bell Clone […]

Vintage 286 Clone Project – Rebuilding My First PC

My first computer, received around age 9 or so (1990), was a 286 clone made by the Korean Hyosung Computer Company.  I kept the motherboard and HDD, a Seagate ST225.  I finally got around to re-building it though with upgraded subsystems.  The original had the ST225 20MB HDD and 5-1/4 floppy.  I will likely add […]

Vintage 486 Project

This is an IBM PS/1 Re-build.  Spec: 64MB RAM / Evergreen AMD DX5-133 CPU upgrade / MSDOS 7 / Floppy Emulator / Generic GUS / IBM 4GB HDD / Resound OPL3 Like it just came off the assembly line Originally had a 3.5″ and 5.25″ floppy with a slow CDROM.  Replace with Floppy emulator, IDE HDD […]

Vintage TurboXT Project – 1985 Dream Machine

This details my TurboXT building adventure.  All of my other XTs are genuine IBMs, running at 4.77MHz, with Intel or AMD 8088 CPUs.  I decided to take my crustiest of the IBM machines and rebuild it with a TurboXT clone board.  I also wanted certain extras, like NEC V20 CPU, Yamaha OPL audio, CompactFlash slot, […]

Mobile Solar: Pickup Mounted 300w Off-Grid System

I’ve been putting some form of solar on my truck for many years now.  It started with a 25w module on my 1997 Tacoma, which expanded to 150w.  Then that truck broke and I had this shiny new 2015 Tacoma with no solar.  It felt incomplete.  The first iteration was a full-size SolarWorld 285w 60 […]

Home Made R/C Tank

I’ve always thought tanks were cool, ever since I studied WWII in middle school. I then wanted to have a remote control tank that was quite large. The only solution to this problem was to build one. I did hours of research on the ‘net, looking for others who have large R/C tanks. I came […]

Solar Assisted Battery Backup System

This DIY system consists of a Schneider XW6848 inverter, Schneider 60-150 charge controller, 12 AGM batteries, and 3 SolarWorld 310XL modules on a mobile frame.  This permits me to aim it at the sun during the winter and get more power during an outage. The battery bank’s specification is 48v @ 300aH (14.4kWh), and consists […]

Ink Therapy

My body is a canvas.  These works of art were all done by Tiffiny Kaetzel at American Tattoo Studio in Knoxville, Maryland. Stylized logo of OKCupid, where my wife and I met in 2009 The tree, the last piece to go on my back, finished May 2018.

Palletwood Furniture

These pieces were made from recycled palletwood.  My wife and I intend to offer pieces up for sale at some point if time and our disabilities ever allow it.  Right now these pieces were made for ourselves and family. The website can be found at http://www.palletablepieces.com/ Corner shelf Desk Workbenches Coffee Table End Table