Project started in 2000 finally finished – Atari 2600 Junior Single Chip Portable!

When I first starting buying Atari 2600 consoles for modding purposes back in 2000 (right after my website became famous) I was lucky enough that my first Atari 2600 Junior had the ultra-rare “single chip” variant inside.

Of course this was “portablization catnip” for me so I desoldered it and tried to make a custom PCB.  My skills at the time weren’t up to task and I feared the chip dead. Had I know then how rare it was (I’ve never found another since) I probably wouldn’t have tried but can’t change that now.

Flash forward to fall of 2018 and I come across the project in a junk box while moving out of the Ben Heck Show shop. Decided to give it another go and I have help this time – my friend Parker Dillmann has an intact single-chip 2600 Junior so we can cross reference to it.

I documented this near-year-long process in the video below. You can also click here for the full photo gallery with notes.

Now that the project is done I would be willing to sell it – contact me if interested.

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 125

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Parker, Chris Kraft and I discuss all the games we played in 2019, including but not limited to:

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Outer Wilds
  • Shadow, or maybe Rise, of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
  • Borderlands 3
  • …and many more!

It’s a long episode, sit back and enjoy!

Benheck.com Episode 124

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In today’s episode Jones and I discuss The Streaming Wars:

  • What all services are coming.
  • The confusion when TV shows go exclusive to channels they didn’t originally appear on, such as CBS shows not going to CBS All Access.
  • Which of the new services we think will do well and which will fail.
  • Is Netflix like the video store, where people will rent (watch) anything new, regardless of quality?
  • And a wild tangent about how neither of us liked Avengers: Endgame.

Enjoy!

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Controller Monitors now have PS4 support!

Using a flex PCB adapter and some bodged IC’s inside the monitor itself I have achieved PS4 compatibility for the 2018 model Controller Monitors! Has all the same features as the XB1 controller including data logging and automated playback.

I plan to now offer a choice of what controller comes bundled with the package or you can choose to order both controllers for an additional charge.

The monitor’s mode can be toggled by holding USER button as you power up the unit and will stay in that mode until you toggle it back. I have also sectioned off separate banks of EEPROM so the XB1 and PS4 controller fine-tuning adjustments are preserved no matter what mode you’re in.

I will update the product page and documentation soon, in the meantime if you’re interested or want to inquire about getting an existing unit upgraded let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benheck.com Podcast Episode 123

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In this episode Parker and I discuss:

  • Star Citizen. Will it ever come out?
  • 3D TV is dead. Also a discussion on how matte paintings look in hi-def and fake 3D movie conversations.
  • Huawei – what’s up with this scandal? Actual threat or political special interest for Samsung?

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 122

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It’s a Ben and Jones episode! In this episode we mostly discuss Disney, including:

  • The Fox takeover – how will this affect future films?
  • Jones’ take on Captain Marvel.
  • We try to think of what (if any) non-Disney movies come out this summer.
  • A discussion about superhero movies in general, including Ben’s impression of Suicide Squad.
  • Which ones of the 94,612 upcoming Disney live-action remakes we think will be successful.
  • Ben complains about “geezers with guns” and Hollywood refusing to let old things go.
  • And yes, we discuss The Last Jedi again.

Enjoy!

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Benheck.com Podcast Episode 121

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Just Parker and Ben this time. In this episode we discuss:

  • Self Driving Cars!
    • Is it the future? Who will it affect first?
    • What pitfalls we foresee.
    • Ridesharing vs public transportation.
    • How badly will automated vehicles screw truck drivers?
  • Is EA competing with itself? Are too many games coming out?
    • Does Apex Legends disrupt other games from their parent company?
    • The new Tomb Raider games compared to Uncharted.
    • Where does Anthem land in all this?
    • Ben’s feelings on the upcoming Battlefield V Battle Royale. (BattleRoyaleField)
  • “New Retro” 8-Bit computers
    • Parker doesn’t understand the appeal.
    • Can nostalgia be manufactured?
    • The sad tale of the Coleco Chameleon.
    • Ben talks The Gigatron and other kits/projects he’d like to build.
    • We discuss what kind of “retro computer” project we’d like to make.

Enjoy!

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