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Welcome Ken Shirriff from Righto.com!
- Ken uses a metallugical microscope and the hyugens software package to stitch together the images.
- Inside fake RAM chips
- Armour etch will remove the top layer of oxide
- Analyzing a vintage 8008
- Mining bitcoin with pencil and paper. Ken made a video of this as well.
- Mining bitcoin on a Xerox Alto!
- Xerox Alto , precursor to (all computers, but also the) Xerox Star
- Alan Kay
- yCombinator contacted Ken to rebuild theirs.
- The IBM 1401 demo lab
- Living computer museum in Seattle
- Smalltalk –
- The 76477 sound chip
- Integrated Injection Logic
- Day 31 of restoration
- The Alto had the first version of tons of modern computer peripherals:
- Laser Printer
- Ken displayed his work at the recent VCF
- They found a disk with an early version of Voice over IP!
- Bell Labs discovering big bang (microwave background radiation)
- Sinclair calculator simulator
- Ken was inspired by the Visual 6502
- CuriousMarc is a YouTube channel that followed the Alto rebuild
- TI Calculator simulator
- Ken uses lots of patents like this one from TI
- There are interesting things happening in Mac chargers (and the ripoffs)
- DS2413 1-Wire switch
- iPad chargers were interesting as well
- Sprite_tm talking about FTDI parts
- Ken also tears down vintage parts like the 555
- Figured out transistors on die from books, LT Spice
- Transfluxors – core memory
- Read more on righto.com or follow Ken on Twitter as @KenShirriff
Anders Westman says
One retro chip I’d love to see inside is the old handheld Nintendo Game & Watch games.
Some say that it is all pure logic, no processor, no code. Just a table and some shift registers.
I dont know – but would love to know! 🙂
Nicolas Allende says