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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, OPL3 audio, CompactFlash slot, VGA […]

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  

80s RetroComputing

This page is primarily about my 80s PC collection.  For my 90s collection, go HERE. My Collection Consists of: 2x PCjrs – one with 640k internal via Hotshot (detailed below) and another stock 3x XTs – 1 standard, 1 portable, and 1 custom project XT (will be detailed soon; currently rebuilding as of 07-14-2018) IBM PS/2 […]

90s RetroComputing

This page is primarily about my 90s PC collection.  For my 80s collection, go HERE. Remember the good ‘ol days of C:\>, SET BLASTER, Cubic Player, and the PCDOS DemoScene? The glory days of computing when you set your modem’s jumpers to COM1, IRQ4 and it always worked? Or when you made your mouse work simply […]

Logitech G500 Mouse Surgery

A mouse is very personal.  And the fact is, I don’t like how most of the modern ones feel.  This particular one, the Logitech G500, is about a decade old now (2009 release I believe).  I don’t do much gaming, but I find gaming input devices very good for productivity and image editing.  And us […]

Vintage Fan Collection

I love old fans, you know, the kind where your fingers are at risk while running. I like to keep them as authentic “as I found them” as possible.  Therefore, I’ll replace cords with cloth cords as needed, oil the motor, clean them up a bit, but otherwise leave the original patina intact. I currently […]