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I started playing around using Retro68 on a modern Linux-based machine to do development work for old Macintosh computers in the spirit of one of my previous posts. In doing so, I ran into many problems while getting started and coming up with my own workflow. I hope that others can find this guide helpful in getting up and running with their own classic Macintosh dev stories.

Who can use this guide? Anyone who wants to get up and running with Mac development being cross compiled from a modern Linux environment as quickly as possible. I’ve laid out the commands and explanations in the most straightforward way I could with the simple goal of running a hello world application. I do not go very in depth as...

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If I had unlimited time on my hands I would work on software to make old computers more useful.

My ultimate goal is that I would like to be able to use a Macintosh Plus running System 7.x to:

  • browse the internet arbitrarily, meaning full execution of JS, full images (converted to grayscale of course!), etc
  • handle emails (using all the modern things you’d expect in an email client)
  • ssh into other machines
  • probably other stuff

I would achieve this by using a combination of:

The general idea is that...

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post @ 2021-02-04

here is my budget turbo miata parts formula.

Parts listed are for a 1.8L build, adjust parts for 1.6 as needed. Should be capable of more power than what the rods are good for and should do so for less than $2,000. Dyno tune to 220whp and stop. Only missing parts here are downpipe and exhaust. Take to exhaust shop for finalization. I would do everything but the turbo, turbo manifold, and boost controller on a supercharged build.

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post @ 2021-02-03
post @ 2021-02-03

Okay, well, maybe just a car body.

Some background links:

The idea is to:

  • take a model of the shell of a car,
  • thicken it to say 2mm,
  • slice it in to a bunch of panels,
  • print it.

I’ve been interested in 3D printing a car body for a while. I’ve read about some...

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Repairing and flocking a dashboard (specifically, a Destroyed Datsun 240Z dashboard brought back to life)

If you’re a person who’s in to old cars, you’ve probably experienced cracked or damaged dashboards. This is huge in the Datsun community where people commonly pay $1,000+ for NOS or remanufactured dashboards, or go with a simple dash cap for nearly $200 (see here for an example.) None of these options are very good.

I’m here to tell you that there are other options out there, for less money than even slapping a cap on the dashboard, and it will look better too. Flocking...

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post @ 2020-11-23

This is my very first blog post. I’ve been meaning to set up a blog for a while to post about interesting projects that I’m working on.

Things that I’ll be posting about on this blog include:

  • small programming projects and thoughts
    • especially javascript-based (nodejs or in the browser)
    • video game programming
    • engineering management?
  • app or program ideas and half-baked implementations of them
  • automotive modifications, restoration posts, aftermarket parts installs, guides, etc
  • dumb automotive ideas
  • children’s toy fixes (especially ones with small parts that are easy to break)
  • 3d printing stuff and other “maker” type projects
    • lots of small projects involving raspberry pis
  • power wheels repair and modification, parts installs, upgrades, etc
  • general DIYer stuff

I may do some youtube videos if things need further explanation than what...

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