A gentleman over on the comment section of Youtube reminded me that SCART, a French acronym (Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs), is called Péritel in France and SCART literally everywhere else 😄​

I've yet to make a proper introduction here, but while that simmers a little longer I'd love to share this project of mine with you.

I've collected 18 episodes of the 1983 television show, Whiz Kids, in English and Italian, 13 in French, and 7 in Japanese, and made them available for everyone on the Internet Archive. Some of the English episodes were sourced from a partial PAL DVD release and may be in better quality than you've ever seen them. Please enjoy and share with your friends and associates. It's not too late to become a fan of this very cool but short-lived show that inspired a lot of young people in its day, and continues to inspire me.


RT @slava_pestov
BeOS had all sorts of useful APIs. We need to go back

It is with sadness that we note the passing of John Birkett, proprietor of the legendary eponymous surplus radio and electronics store on an unassuming street in the British city of Lincoln, at the age of 93.

hackaday.com/2022/05/20/rip-jo #RIP

He has been a fantastic source of esoteric parts and electronic assemblies for many decades, and electronics enthusiasts from the UK will have unwittingly seen parts which passed through his hands.

Dry #retrobrighting surprise this morning.
up front - this #c128 case was quite yellow all over.
Left: top case after ~4h in the chamber yesterday afternoon - meh.
Right: bottom case that i put into the chamber around 7pm yesterday and left it there over night. It looks... good.

I have no explanation for this.

Highly recommend following @chronrevisited and their blog. Great insight into what is now an important source of computing history.

In particular, their recent review of a 1985 prophetic episode about computers in politics is really worth some contemplation.


Been a while, drawing I've done this week, going to colour it and use it in the background on the page of a book. Also this is one of my favourite games. #bubblebobble #arcade #retro #retrogaming #dragons #arcadegame #art #MastoArt

Progress this morning before the day job kicks in: I have an externally clocked VIC-20! Internal timing being driven my an ICE40 FPGA. It’s a couple cycles slow but getting there. Now to start on video signals. The math makes my brain hurt. More coffee #commodore #vicsrevenge

A few pics I took from the Computer Museum of America in Roswell, Georgia. This was part of my birthday trip recently, so I'll have some more to share later as well!

The Master System is a massively underrated system with some interesting peripherals


These are pages that are popping up as I try to find more software for the Basic Master computers, including this list of computers - a few of which I've never heard of #retrocomputing #xp www2d.biglobe.ne.jp/~oga/pc/ol

RT @HereBeDragons3
Doing a bit of research ahead of the 1982 Retrofest at @computermuseum next weekend and found this benchmark table in PCW - what a fantastic breadth of machines were available by the end of 1982! (and don't forget to come - it'll be awesome and supports the wonderful museum too)

So I've changed my basic shooter code from VT100 console to the Pi Zero Terminal using ASCII encoded bitmap sprites as is supported by the current piGFX version. However, I seem to get artifacts, the little white spots left by the "UFO" enemy sprites.

Am I correct in my assumption that sprites with piGFX are prioritised / layered by their index number when drawn to the screen?

While digging through newspaper archives earlier, I came across an item from 1985 about Jack Tramiel deciding to run a full-page ad touting the Atari ST...in Macworld.

So I looked up the ad. And oh, is it glorious. #retrocomputing #atari

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