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CI20 First Impressions...

on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:23

Imagination Technologies (see my CES 2015 experience here) kindly sent me a CI20 development board to check out after the show. I'll be doing a more thorough review later, but wanted to get some of my early thoughts and experiences down first. It comes loaded out of the box with Debian and enough space left over on flash storage NAND to install plenty of packages that will let you kick the tires (see the full tech specs here). I haven't done so yet, but you can also format Android onto an SD card and boot it as a second OS.

Arcade Coin Door installation!

on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 18:34

This took way longer than should have (see the full post up on the Arcade Cabinet project here). It was so simple once I borrowed my daughter's jigsaw. I simply had to modify the shape and size of the default holes cut for the cabinet, and shim up the bottom edge a bit. Came out looking pretty decent. Still need to install fans and a power supply, but can now actually run the switch that senses the coin entry off the I-PAC mini control board! Read on for the full ordeal, though it was really pretty painless.

Need a shooter accessory? Make One!

on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 02:56

What do you do when you get a really cool FPS game for Christmas, but not the fancy gun-like accessory designed to be used with it? You make one! Yeah, it looks like hell, but it works a lot better than it looks.It doesn't take fancy looks to make a passable "zapper" Wii shooting accessory; just a piece of wire conduit (or similarly elongated plastic casing/tubing), and some bungee chords. As long as you have a hardy piece of something in between, you would be amazed how deadly stable the aim and control of a home-made weapon becomes in the hands of the average human (even the totally weird