Good Morning Everyone! A few days ago, I saw an image of Building 26 on Microsoft Campus being demolished. This building was pretty special back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. It turns out, I was involved in the Windows 2000 beta cycle myself so I happen to have some video and pics of events tied to it and the subsequent release. There are a few photos of me in there too, and lots of folks involved in the Windows 2000 release. Goodbye 26, we had some great memories and insanity!
**UPDATE: We have found a tester. Thank very much to everyone who responded! We will post another update once the card has been fully tested.**
Please share, retweet, help us spread the word however you can. Maybe you have a friend with a nice computer collection or maybe you have one yourself. We need someone who has a Yamaha C1 Music Computer. It looks like this:
James at Lo-tech has designed a Yamaha C1 HDD interface that will allow a CompactFlash card to be used as a hard drive in a Yahama C1 Music Computer. The Yamaha C1 Music Computer uses an MFM hard drive, over time these commonly quit functioning properly which, of course, renders the machine very difficult to use to say the least. Here is the development thread started by James on the Vintage Computer Federation forums.
As you can see, the prototype is ready to go, now we just need someone to test it for us:
Please contact us if you have a Yamaha C1 Music Computer and would be willing to do some testing.
We’re happy to introduce another prototyping board to our catalog. Take a look at the Commodore 64/128 Cartridge Port Prototype Card v1.0 for more details. You may find it handy for your next Commodore project!
Commodore 64/128 Cartridge Port Prototype Card v1.0Product on sale
Kevin and I met David Murray at Retropalooza back in October, you may have seen a post or two about our visit there here on our blog. On a side note the coupon code from that post is still good in the store. Anyway, it would seem Kevin and David have a lot in common because since that meeting they have been getting together to work on various projects. So when David reached out to Kevin about his dream computer, he was intrigued. Next thing I know Kevin is… well… just take a look…
We have ordered a small run of PCBs for the Video Development Board for the Commander 16 Prototype so we will have them available soon.
Stay tuned, we have more headed your way!
I’ve got more “Foam and Foil” Capacitive Pads for KeyTronic Keyboards stocked now and they go fast! I am punching up more each day as well as getting more material ready to try avoid going out of stock again. The weather has been cutting into curing time as humidity can make this take a bit longer. Please rest assured I am doing what I can to stay in stock, hopefully I am ahead of the game now. However, if do you arrive at the store only to find they are gone again, just send me an email and I will personally contact you as soon as I have more listed again. Thank you for your patience!
We are having a 15% off of EVERYTHING sale! Back in stock are the TI-994a to Atari Joystick Adapters and I am working on getting more KeyTronic foam and foil pads in stock again now. I hope to have many bags available soon. I was adding a few here and there but they sold too quickly to even post an update so please keep an eye out for them. Happy holidays everyone!
As promised I’m finally getting around to sharing photos from our fun weekend at Retropalooza VI. All of us had so much fun! There were panels for Kevin and I as well as Lily and Ed. YouTube personalities for all, it was great! The people, whether the average Joe or YouTube personality, were all so nice. We are very lucky to be part of such a wonderful community of people!
The first thing we did was stop by this booth where Ed got to play a fun game, for just a little bit. It’s called Hellworld by Skullpixl Games, Ed enjoyed this game and is looking forward to it’s release.
As we left that table we immediately saw James Rolfe aka the Angry Video Game Nerd and creator of Cinemasscre signing autographs and taking photos with his fans, so we took this quick photo from afar. We didn’t wait in line for an autograph, this time, but we did attend part of his panel. It was so packed that they had to move it to the main room last minute. Because of this we weren’t able to hear him all that well. Since we didn’t want to miss other panels, and couldn’t hear him well anyway, we ended up leaving early and giving some other people our seats. Kevin and I both have been fans of his for many years, possibly before Ed was even born. He is a pioneer and a legend in the game and movie review world and has a reputation of being a super nice guy. I definitely believe that to be true! I have a feeling we’ll have another chance to see him again next year, I hope!
I posted this silly video when we were waiting for the room change for his panel. 🤣😂
Here is the short snippet we got during our short stay during his panel.
We also attended The 8-Bit Guy panel and talked to him quite a bit on Saturday and Sunday. Kevin and David are working together on a few things now. You may have already seen a couple of our products in a video or two of his on YouTube, as well as a little mention on a certain video. 😉 I’ll be sharing more about those in another post.
Here’s Pat the NES Punk. We shot this during his panel where he showed a preview of his upcoming documentary he plans to release. It looks very interesting, looking forward to watching that soon.
This is Lily with Gaijin Goombah, she watches his channel often and wanted a quick photo. Lily was pretty popular at Retropalooza herself because of her costume. Lots of people stopped to get a photo with her and she got lots of looks from everyone. It was a really fun part of our Saturday visit there. She decided to dress in her ‘civilian’ clothes on Sunday. I hope to see lots of photos floating around of her online. Let us know if you see some!
This was taken on Sunday after Gaijin’s panel. Kevin and I didn’t attend as we decided to got to the Game Chasers panel while Lily and Ed attended Gaijin Goombah. We did like the Game Chasers panel but apparently we missed quite a bit here. Apparently Ed had a question during the Q&A portion where he proceeded to get “grounded” by Gailjin for asking if he copied MatPat aka The Game Theorist. Note, don’t ask a YouTuber if they are copying another channel! 😂 It was all in good fun and Ed even received a free memento for his great question! He was so nice and signed his old plushie for Ed. This was, by far, Ed’s favorite part of the entire weekend! I’m hoping to find video of this panel so I can see it for myself. Again, if you see this around, I’d love a heads up.
Finally, here are a couple more photos we took with other people attending Retropalooza. We did attend more panels and saw a lot more. There were sellers of all kinds, gaming competitions and a cosplay contest. The kids both purchased some great art, other merch and Ed played lots of games! We all had a great time, we will definitely be back next year and may even have our own booth setup.
If you also attended Retropalooza maybe you saw a few of these cards floating around.
If not, that’s OK too. You are welcome to use this coupon code in our store too! It is a one time use for anyone who knows the code. Just apply code RETROP10OFF at checkout here in our store.
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We attended and even had a booth at the very first Retropalooza six years ago! Back then we were selling old carts, consoles and other fun retro goodies. Our kids were much younger then but still had fun helping us work the booth. 😄 We also met one of the Game Chasers and even had him sign an Atari 2600 E.T. cartridge, which we still have.
This year we didn’t get a booth, however, we will be attending just for fun and to meet some more people in this great community! This year Retropalooza VI has a great line up of guests and it looks like it will be a ton of fun for everyone. We are very excited!
So if you are planning on attending, hopefully we’ll see you there and maybe you’ll find a sweet business card with a sweet coupon code. 😉 We hope to get some photos, if we do we’ll post them along with a sweet coupon for all of our Internet friends as well! 💗
After a couple of SOL users were having issues with the pads working consistently and some experimentation along with lots of input from the vintage computer community we decided the closed cell foam I was using was just a tad too short for the SOL. Since I was going to be changing the foam anyway, and had requests for foam more like the original KeyTronic pads, I thought meeting customer demand was the way to go! I went ahead and moved away from the closed cell foam and opted for more resilient and taller open cell foam that is just like the OEM foam. Now the keys feel more like they did when they were new from KeyTronic. You can find the new pads here:
These new pads have officially been successfully tested on the following computers: Compaq Portable, Apple Lisa and the Franklin Ace 1000.
We would love to add your computer to the official tested list after installation. Please don’t hesitate to write a review here on the product listing or you are welcome to just send an email letting us know about your experience using these pads!
Our goal is to provide fully assembled pads that require no deconstruction, cleaning, cutting, punching or gluing for all KeyTronic keyboard restorations. All feedback is welcome and appreciated!
To see the saga of the pad revisions you can visit this older blog post. It includes links to the vcfed.org forum where the vintage computer community gathered to help me get this all figured out. It also contains photos of the machine Kevin built to help me make these pads more efficiently!
Here is a short video of a very nice customer installing these new pads in his Apple Lisa:
He used a nifty tool from a wax/pottery/clay carving and spatula set on Amazon or eBay. Here are just two examples to help get you started looking for these tools if you don’t already have a tool you can use: