Project List:

I started this list a few years ago as a motivational tool. I figure if you can see what I'm working on, I'll actually make progress. It also helps me look back on completed projects.

Some of these are half-baked ideas without any serious progress, but enough motivation to want to try. Others are projects I've started, and then left for dead. I've got so many ideas and projects, I need to keep track of them all. Many are just concepts without any physical manifestation (yet), and those are marked in gray. Items marked in gold are top priorities.


Arsonbot fireball cannon completion - final assembly & programming
Zumo robot completion & programming
Hero Jr. BASIC terminal program storage system
Hero Jr. sensor "hat" - flashlight control?
Hero 1 rebuild
VCFed Hero 1 repair (some motors, a few sensors, I/O board, battery cage) - I/O board planned to be replicated
D2 beetleweight combat robot assembly - need batteries charger before full assembly

Old Computers:

IBM 5150 repair and case refinishing
IBM 5170 repair and case refinishing
Commodore 128T
Commodore RTC board (VIC-20 maybe?)
Commodore VIC-1541 drive re-alignment
Toshiba Satellite T1960CT Battery Replacement
Toshiba Libretto 70CT Battery Replacement
Altair 680 Replica Kit Assembly
Reverse engineering paper tape punch & reader - Made some progress with this one! Needs additional modifications
Zenith ZVM-122 monitor repair
Data General Nova 1200 Restoration - Built new power supply! Need to fix core boards, configured for additional serial, front panel and logic debugging
Ohio Scientific 540B-1 replica color video board build - built, debugging
Looking for schematics and/or service manuals for the GRiD 1530 prior to repairs.

Less Old Computers

C*NET Asterisk server - need to install OS
Commodore PC40-III web server (Setup)
AST Bravo upgrades - fresh 95A install complete, 5¼" floppy installed, VLB card not worth it
Setup VMs for upgrade of web server
Offsite storage server - awaiting SMB share configuration
Setup dot-matrix printer website logging
Debugging various 5¼" floppy drives - several seem to be hit/miss, 3 appear to work fine


Mechanical PBX build - a dream which will take a ton of time, learning, and parts before it can be realized
Fix Northern Telecom phone x2

DIY Electronics:

Homebrew 6502 computer "Cactus" build - Top Priority
Homebrew optical paper tape reader
PiDP-8 case completion
New NES Zapper Mod
Aether Rifle MK II prop for Teslapunk Voltigeur costume (nixie/dekatron?)
Reverse engineer tiny IBM monitor
IBM 49-key Soarer's mod reprogramming
Homewbrew .mp3 Player
Design and build 6507 badge
Rebuild C64DTV
Test Passive vs. Active EGA splitting for simultaneous display/capture
Build Pi into shell of bricked T19XX Satellite - gathering parts, testing fitment
Repairing SL-1700 turntable - bad right channel, poor speed control response
Rewire brass floor lamp - gathered parts, dissassembling
Reverse engineer Sanders 720 keyboard

Completed Projects:

These are the things I've actually accomplished. It makes the previous list seem far less daunting.

Built modern replacement power supply for Nova 1200
Added photo galleries to website
"Fixed" PVM (by dusting it)
Replaced Extron DVS-304 power supply
Upgraded Multi to GTX 1080TI
Commodore VIC-20 brightness/color phase repair
Assemble workbench lighting
Repair and configure Data General Nova 1200 to run BASIC
Setup CanoScan FS 2710 SCSI film scanner
Confirmed C64C SID chip working
Repaired VIC-20 from broken data bus buffer and BASIC ROM socket
Built Snark Barker (Sound Blaster replicaa)
Toshiba Satellite T1960CT Refurbished, Windows 95 installed
Fixed VIC-1540 floppy drive
Install Iomega Buz on Vega
Repair Keytronic Trak101 keyboard
Assemble new electronics workbench
Setup SDR Pi 4
Install new server UPSs in colocation and move servers accordingly
Assemble Glitchworks R6501Q SBC
Find suitable floppy drive for AST Bravo
Replace failed tube on nixie clock
Configured new XP powerhouse "Tima" with music collection
Upgraded to RS16x16 composite video switcher, integrated mixer into home audio chain
Rebuilt desk, A/V infrastructure
Packed workshop for transport
Built PET composite video adapter
Repaired and modernized power supply for Xetec Super Graphics Gold printer adapter for C64 & VIC-20
Repaired power regulator in Heathkit H89, and upgraded to switchmode
Replaced battery on Nexus 7 tablet
OSI Challenger 4P repaired - RAM replaced, keyboard repaired, short to ground eliminated, linear PSU replaced with higher amperage switchmode, A15 installed, fan added.
Repaired Nova 1200 PSU, reformed capacitors, dummy load tests
Design, order, and assembly my first PCB
Build new Windows 7 utility machine "Multi" and salvage previous install
VIC-20 War Dialer for VCFMW 14 in-house phone network. Made more calls than everyone else combined!
Configure new iteration of Vexus VM host
Rewire composite video infrastructure
Setup XJ-8 - it's running and doing its job!
VIC-20 custom paint job, switching regulator upgrade, KERNAL ROM mod
1541 switching power regulator upgrade
Replaced Vega's 5¼" floppy drive
Repaired Mini OSI-300 kit (bad diodes)
Repaired Cactus Seed, minimal 6502 machine
Repaired Glitch Works 8085 SBC Kit
Aether Rifle MK I Baker dekatron upgrade
VIC-20 motherboard swap/refurbishment
Desktop tethering over SDI to TV
LightChii SSD + GPU upgrade
Vega power supply replacement
VIC-20 PET keyboard repair
Commodore PC40-III HDD Replacement using XT-IDE Rev 3
Repair Commodore rotary phone
Prepare and deliver VCF Midwest talk and not make a fool of myself
Connect the Cactus to the MOnSter 6502.
Prepare and deliver DEFCON HHV talk and survive to tell the tale
NT2017 Rotary Cellphone build & rebuild
Toshiba Satellite P25-S507 screen replacement
Breadboard Grant Searle's minimal chip-count 6502 computer
Overhaul home network
40th anniversary 6502 badge build
Tiny serial terminal kit build
Commodore 64 rebuild, PLA, & RAM repair
VIC-20 rebuild + C16 keyboard splice
IBM 5170 customization & configuration
Live unboxing of IBM 5170, and basic configuration
Configure new HDMI twitch signal path for VGA and composite
VIC-20 refurbishment
VIC-20 custom ROM
PET 2001-32N picture dropout & nonlinearity repair, datasette port repair, keyboard intermittent response cleaning
Toshiba 1910CS/200 new Windows install (with no floppy drive!)
Hero Jr. full upgrade
Hero Jr. post VCFEXI repair (RS232 issues, wheel encoder sensor issues)
H89 New FDD installation
Zumo robot sensor board
Custom desk build
Libretto Windows 95 install
Vega rebuild
Windows 2000 & XP reinstall on Pentium 4
BMO MK I & MK I Kai builds
Gameboy Advance SP screen replacement
H19/H89 custom EPROM
H19/H89 composite video combiner board
Cast aluminum Commodore belt buckle
Mini OSI-300 kit build
1802 ELF Membership Card build

This page was last updated on 5-23-2022