Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nuts and bolts

Today I'm back with a now familiar picture of the Fanatik 1, this time with the major parts labeled.

The system is divided roughly in two halves, the left half being the 'compute' part and the right half being the 'graphic' part.

Let's start with the CP (Central Processor). This is an Atmel AVR microcontroller, specifically ATMega162. This chip acts as the CPU, having access to the system's memory and some of the peripherals.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Faster than a speeding Panda

It's been more than a hundred days since I placed a pre-order on the demonic box. While those guys are still trying to sort out their nubs I certainly haven't been biting my nails idly.

Immediately after placing my order I set upon a quest. A quest to construct my own computing device. An so, after more than three months of planning, designing, etching, drilling and soldering I proudly present to you (lots of drum rolls and dramatic chords..) the one, the only, Fanatik 1!

Fanatik 1 is a one-of-a-kind computer heavily inspired by the classic 80's microcomputers, specifically the ZX Spectrum.

I should get back to you soon with more details on the F-1. I will also present you with a series of quizzes. Today the question is simple: Try to name as many Speccy computer game protagonists as you can recognize etched on the Fanatik board. The winner will receive an original browser cookie.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

And you though your dreams were weird

Last night I dreamt I was trying to provoke William Murdoch into inventing the water turbine. WTH?!