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posted by LaminatorX on Friday February 21 2014, @05:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-don't-care,-I'm-still-free.-You-can't-take-the-garage-from-me dept.

demonlapin writes:

"Brian Benchoff at Hackaday has an ambitious new project: a homebrew computer based not on a classic 8-bit processor like the Z80 or 6502, but on the 16-bit Motorola 68000. It's a backplane-based machine with wire-wrapped connections planned. His first summary post is here. Blinkenlights are planned."

[ED Note: With so much commercially available hardware getting more and more locked down, projects like this are a good reminder of what is possible for a dedicated enthusiast.]

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Friday February 21 2014, @12:05PM

    by Nerdfest (80) on Friday February 21 2014, @12:05PM (#4254)

    I did a project very similar to this in school (one class for the board and one for the OS), and yeah, that was tricky, but not ridiculous. The bit problem for me was that mine was wire wrapped (by hand) as well and I discovered an intermittent problem on the board that acted suspiciously like a wire broken inside its insulation. Instructor said if it failed during the evaluation I failed. Ended up re-doing all the wire wrapping in one long session and amazingly didn't screw it up. I still remember the feeling of getting a wire-wrap pin stuck up under your fingernail to try to push down those top couple of winds .. good times, and bad times.

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  • (Score: 1) by Jerry Smith on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:16PM

    by Jerry Smith (379) on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:16PM (#4837) Journal

    I still remember the feeling of getting a wire-wrap pin stuck up under your fingernail to try to push down those top couple of winds .. good times, and bad times.

    Cursing is the language we all have in common, I guess.
    I was glad when the emulators and simulators became good enough to take a good lot of the hardware trial&error of my hands (them being both left).

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    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.