Welcome to my blog space.

Personal Summary

My name is Tony, I live near Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.

I have many interests, but my main hobby’s are retro computers (collecting and repairing old computers and their history) and also designing and building electronics projects especially microcontrollers based.


Too many cool projects and not enough time – that about sums things up. Recently I’ve been working on my X-One retro style video console using Yvo’s VDP video kernel as well as Zuzebox which is my interpretation of the Uzebox the retro-minimalist homebrew game console. I’ve also been designing some Arduino projects and some good old fashion analog synths.

Why name your blog ‘Zuzebox’?

Well, I always find it hard to think up a decent name for a project and I usually end up joining random two words and my blog got its name from a similar thought process ;-).

In this case, I was reading about Konrad Zuse a German Engineer who in the 1930’s and 40’s designed and built some of the worlds first electro-mechanical computers. Zuze’s first machines were built from discarded telephone relays which is something most hobbyist or amateur engineers can relate to.

Around the time I was planning my blog, I was building a Uzebox which is a retro-minimalist open source game console based on a 8-bit AVR microcontroller using various parts I had salvaged.

So being lazy and I added a Z to uzebox and came up with Zuzebox.

ps. If you’re about to throw out any old home computers from the 70’s or 80’s, please don’t send them to the land fill I’m sure we can come to some arrangement to give them a new home

13 Responses to About

  1. Jason says:

    I was wondering if you have any video footage of your XMOS based X-ONE project? We would love to add it to our YouTube channel if you do.

  2. jmg says:

    [“35MHz oscillators have proven difficult to get a hold off (If anyone know where we can get them off the shelve without a large MOQ then drop me a comment)”]

    If you can’t find a module, allowing the PCB to take
    a 74LVC1GX04GW (SOT23-6) allows you to support any crystal.
    Digikey list plenty of 17.734475MHz Xtals, in a range of packages – even cylinders like a watch crystal.

  3. Jeff Audenard says:

    Hey. Nice blog. Do you have a RSS feed I can subscribe too ?

  4. Phil says:

    Hiya Tony

    Ah! Still no MiniPi I/O (x16 I/Os) PCBs or PCB files available to allow others to build on your experience and gain RPi experience without having to start from scratch – soo unhappy – buga!

    Don’t really need something as big as a GertBoard to start with – your x16 I/O board would have been just the ticket for a manageable starting point, but initially too much work involved in having to build it from scratch in a PCB program I’ve never used before i.e. Designspark?

    Are you ‘possibly’ ever going to release the PCB design file so others can create/order the board? I hope you will, but fully understand if you don’t want to. It would just be a shame as many good things are being done with RPi’s at the moment but many are wasting time retracing the same old ground others have already tested and got working.

    May well just have to bite the bullet and get designing from scratch – would rather work from a starting point though – yes there’s the schematic but even a semi blank PCB design file would be such a head start i.e. the size of the Mini I/O board including correct GIO header position – maybe that wouldn’t be such an intel-prop give-away and won’t endanger any of your future plans i.e. commercials if you did decide to finally sell the boards yourself.

    I know in the world of RPi it’s such early days, but sometimes, some people in this RPi space have really good ‘simple’ designs but for whatever reason either loose interest / don’t have the time in persuing them or move on to other much bigger designs (i.e. GertBoards) and leave their own behind but forget the benefit a simpler design could have in the learning curve of others i.e. in all the aspects of design, build, manufacturibg prcoess, programming and testing.

    Here’s hoping for some crumbs to be feed the RPi flock?

    May well turn up to one of the Makers Space open days in Newcastle one of these days – when I’m not on shift at work, so that I can try to reduce the learning curve or at least up the pace.


    (re-posted here incase you DTRONIXS site is not monitored)

  5. chris says:

    i have a question do u have a CODESYS add on or somth for the ARDUINO??

    please contact me! thx alot 🙂


    i want to download , ciarcia vol3 , where i can download pdf

  7. Isiah Domingo says:


    I had a question regarding the “ESP8266 More Web Links” page on your website. Are you accepting suggestions for the page?

    If you are, I would like to suggest adding All About Circuits. They are an extremely active electrical engineering online community that provides both interesting content and useful resources for Electrical Engineers. Here is the URL for their website if you would like to have a look:


    Let me know what you think of this suggestion or if you need any additional information!


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