Welcome to my blog space.
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