Greetings, lovers of hacked up portable things! It’s been about a month since I’ve updated so I thought I’d fill ya’ll in on what’s going on (my favorite Four Non Blondes song, you know…)
First and foremost, I got to meet Nolan Bushnell at the 2003 Classic Gaming Expo in Vegas! I thanked him for what he had done, which may have seemed a little vague, but I was thanking him for creating the videogame industry! Maybe I should have specified that… C’mon, I was nervous! Honestly, if I could go back in time and tell myself, age 13 or so, that I would someday meet Mr. Bushnell, my 13 year old self woulda crapped his pants! (call Christopher Lloyd, I smell a hit movie!)
In other news, I now have my own CNC router. Some of you will probably think that was more news-worthy than meeting Nolan Bushnell, well, what can I say? He’s Nolan Bushnell!
Anyway, about the router… We had an old router at work that was replaced 4 years ago because it was becoming too out-of-date for our company, but for me it should be fine! I’ve had to fix a few things, but I got such a good deal on it that I can certainly justify that. Besides, I can hack up and modify an old router! If I tried that with a new router the bank would show up at my door with pitchforks and torches. Luckily the XY transit controls are kind of worn out so I get to replace them with a nice JOYSTICK!
The best part about a cheap machine is I don’t have to pass the cost onto my customers. And the money I save will go directly into my MGD account!
The thing weighs more than the Titanic so being the Transporter and taking to a Final Destination is gonna be tricky. Perhaps I can hack it up and make ROUTERp…Â I will keep all of you posted on my progress!
The first project I plan to build with my router is my NESp. Yup, I am making one. In fact, it’s all wired and designed, just needs to be routed. I’m ‘saving’ the construction of it as kind of a present for myself. It’s barely larger (XY wise) than a cartridge and runs off 4 AA’s. It’s gonna ROCK THE CASBAH!
After I get that thing outta my system I plan to build A LOT of VCSp’s and VCSp kits! Kits will include the casing and instructions. I also hope to build new and different custom portables quite often, to save myself from monotony.