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6502 breadboard computer: part 3 – the return

I last posted way back in October 2020 about my progress with my Ben Eater-style 6502 breadboard computer. Having my own Kim-1 or Acorn System 1 type single board computer was a childhood dream, and several decades later I was … Continue reading

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The distraction of distraction-free word processors

I’m currently not writing at least three books. At least one of them, I am convinced, is an amazingly good idea. I’ve written a dozen chapters, at least one of which doesn’t make me cringe when I read it back, … Continue reading

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6502 breadboard computer: part 1

The first computer I ever used, probably in 1977, was my older brother’s KIM-1. This was a bare, single board computer that was really just a development kit for the 6502 microprocessor. It just had 6 numeric LED displays and … Continue reading

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Printing text on an LCD display using switches

There’s a YouTuber called the 8-Bit Guy who’s made a fantastic project where he gets text on an LCD display just using switches instead of a micro-controller or computer. He made his (video below) in a nice box with chunky … Continue reading

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micro:bit OLED compass

These 128 x 64 pixel OLED displays are inexpensive and provide a great way to augment micro:bit projects. They’re easy to wire up using a breakout board and 4 female-to-female jumper wires. Just connect it like this: OLED / micro:bit … Continue reading

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