“Trash-Picked” Technika 15.4″ LCD TV Repair

In preparation for my shed (slash new workshop) being finished, I wanted to get my hands on a small LCD TV for testing my machines whilst I’m working on them, which I could mount in the upper corner of one of the back walls. Annoyingly, most current LCD TVs on the market start at 19″,Continue reading ““Trash-Picked” Technika 15.4″ LCD TV Repair”

ZX Spectrum 48k Charity Raffle

This year, I am raising money for the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation to help them continue their “Meaningful Encounters” programme, which my employer supports. The programme focuses on a group of young women (Year 10 students), and aims to help them get started with STEM careers. This is extremely important, as there is still a disproportionatelyContinue reading “ZX Spectrum 48k Charity Raffle”

Upgrading an Acorn BBC Model B

I recently won a charity auction for a BBC Model B bundle on eBay (see my original blog post here, and CRT restoration here). The Model B was a common sight in British schools during the 1980s thanks to the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project. It’s common for certain components in vintage electronics to deteriorate withContinue reading “Upgrading an Acorn BBC Model B”

Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT Monitor Restoration

I recently won a charity auction for a BBC Model B bundle on eBay (see my original blog post here), which included a Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT colour monitor, a common sight in British schools during the 1980s thanks to the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project. The monitor was rather worse for wear: it was coveredContinue reading “Microvitec CUB 1431-MS CRT Monitor Restoration”

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2A/+2B/+3 PSU Build

I like to keep an assortment of working power supplies for various vintage computers in an accessible manner, alongside all my test equipment, so I can easily power up pretty much any computer or board that I might need to. However, I’m often reluctant to use most original power supplies, as they are inefficient, unreliable,Continue reading “Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k+2A/+2B/+3 PSU Build”

VIC-20 2-Prong PSU Restoration

I like to keep an assortment of working power supplies for various vintage computers in an accessible manner, alongside all my test equipment, so I can easily power up pretty much any computer or board that I might need to. Most of the spare power supplies I use have been bought alongside computer bundles thatContinue reading “VIC-20 2-Prong PSU Restoration”

My *New* Acorn BBC Model B

I recently won an eBay charity auction for a BBC Model B “Micro”, which came bundled with a Microvitec CUB CRT monitor, an Opus 5802 5.25″ FDD, and some miscellaneous items like joysticks and boxed games. What’s especially interesting about this machine is that it has been signed by Stephen Furber, the principal hardware engineerContinue reading “My *New* Acorn BBC Model B”

My *New* Dragon 32

I recently bought a Dragon 32, yet another 1980s 8-bit computer to add to my collection. I’ve owned several in the past but none of these came with a working power supply, which are difficult to replicate, so I’ve been looking forward to putting this one through its paces. The computer was basically new inContinue reading “My *New* Dragon 32”

Cheetah 125+ Joystick Repairs

I recently bought a large job lot of vintage computer equipment, among which were about twenty joysticks in varying condition. These had been stored for decades and required a good clean-up; all worked fine except for four Cheetah 125+ models, which had varying problems. A couple of them were in their original boxes, and IContinue reading “Cheetah 125+ Joystick Repairs”

My first blog post!

My name is Adam Wilson, and this is my first ever blog post, on my first ever website. I’m an electronics engineer by trade (my job involves developing software, firmware, and hardware for embedded industrial applications), and for the past few years I’ve been collecting, repairing, and restoring vintage computers in my spare time. ThisContinue reading “My first blog post!”