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Retro

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Retro

I went to the local big-box hardware store to get a new doorbell chime. I found one that was made by Heath/Zenith. When I saw that, it brought back a lot of memories about kit building in my first 20 years of life. While I was growing up, I built many Heathkits, from ham radios to test equipment to a computer based on the Z80 processor and running CPM. So when I got home I googled Heathkit and found this website which brought back a lot of memories: http://www.heathkit-museum.com/ Now I find out that they are going to get back into the DIY kit-building business.  It will be interesting to see what kind of kits they come up with. More info. . . Related articles The Soul of an old heathkit (makezine.com) Share this:Click to share on Google+ (Opens...

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Rewiring

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 | Comments Off on Rewiring

Spent the last several weeks rewiring parts of my 80-year-old house. It all started with me trying to get the front doorbell working. I had to change the transformer, rewire the back doorbell, and add a new AC line. In the process I thought I would add/split some existing lines. My office is on the second floor. There I have several PCs and a server, RoadRunner modem for Internet and a wireless router. When this particular room was rewired, who knows when, at least they put in plugs with a ground. Unfortunately, they probably didn’t have an inclination that someone would someday fill the room with electrical/electronic devices. When a space heater was on, it would trip the breaker and several battery backups would start singing! Well I ran some new lines to the office to split the computes and servers from...

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