Commodore SX-64 Keyboard Repair

The Commodore SX-64 keyboard is usually the first thing to fail on these old systems. As such, I need to repair the keyboard on this SX-64 restoration. To begin, I’ll need to DIY an SX-64 keyboard cable from a 25-pin serial cable. I’ll use the SX-64 replacement keyboard cable to diagnose problems with the membrane keyboard itself and resurface the SX-64 membrane keyboard. Finally, I’ll rebuild the plastic shell of the SX-64 keyboard with Bondo automotive filler in order to get the SX-64 keyboard as close to the original stock look as possible.

10Q: Special Bonus Question

As in years past, we are offering you a Special Bonus Question in which you get to predict what you think will happen in the coming year–not just to you, but to the world around you. For this year’s version of the Special Bonus Question, we have teamed up with Larry Smith’s  Six-Word Memoirs, which recently published Six Words Fresh Off The Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity & Coming To America.  For this bonus question, be as local or as global as you like, so long as you answer in exactly six words.

New marriage. New life. New adventures.

10Q #10: When September 2019 rolls around and you receive your answers to your 10Q questions, how do you think you’ll feel? What do you think/hope might be different about your life and where you’re at as a result of thinking about and answering these questions?

When September 2020 rolls around and you receive your answers to your 10Q questions, how do you think you’ll feel? What do you think/hope might be different about your life and where you’re at as a result of thinking about and answering these questions?

This has been the most amazingly different year for me: jumping into more entrepreneurial endeavors (and the subsequent stresses and anxieties that come with them) as well as getting engaged (and married, in a few weeks). There’s so much in the air right now that I don’t know where to even throw the dart of expectations!

Barbie and I have talked about kids, but we’re not settled on that idea yet. We’ve got a lot of debt to pay off still, but we’re both making more money to get it taken care of. We’re on the cusp of a new adventure together, and it’s a lot of blank slate over the next 12 months, so we shall have to see!

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10Q #9: What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?

What is a fear that you have and how has it limited you? How do you plan on letting it go or overcoming it in the coming year?

It’s always been something in the back of my mind, but I have more recently become fearful of losing my ability to easily earn an income in one way or another–either through day job ending when I’m not prepared or contract work drying up. It cripples me with existential dread some times, and others it only drives me to work until I drop.

Gottagetitdonegottagetitdonegottagetitdone

It’s not the most healthy way to live long term.

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Commodore SX-64 Blank Screen Fix

In my quest to restore the Commodore SX-64, my first obstacle was the lack of video signal on the internal monitor. I needed to diagnose the Commodore SX-64 video signal before I would be able to move on to any other Commodore SX-64 repairs. In this video, I will go through the process to diagnose a Commodore SX-64 blank screen and step through how to repair a Commodore SX-64 blank screen. In this video, I’ll go over how to build a DIY Commodore AV cable, how to reseat Commodore chips, and how to replace a Commodore PLA chip.

Check out more Commodore SX-64 videos here

Watch the complete Commodore SX-64 restoration here

10Q #8: Is there something (a person, a cause, an idea) that you want to investigate more fully in 2020?

Is there something (a person, a cause, an idea) that you want to investigate more fully in 2020?

I have so many things that I want to learn, but only so much time to learn them! I think that my focus right now should be on improving my electronics design and manufacturing skills so that I can continue to develop my career as a prototype engineer.

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10Q #7: How would you like to improve yourself and your life next year? Is there a piece of advice or counsel you received in the past year that could guide you?

How would you like to improve yourself and your life next year? Is there a piece of advice or counsel you received in the past year that could guide you?

Get on top of the time stream! Get in front of the deadlines! Don’t take on more than you can reasonably handle. Start learning your real limitations and maximize the potential within the envelope!

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10Q #6: Describe one thing you’d like to achieve by this time next year. Why is this important to you?

Describe one thing you’d like to achieve by this time next year. Why is this important to you?

I’m still working toward the goal of being self-sufficient from last year, and I am getting closer to that goal. I’m building more work outside of the day job, and getting closer to it replacing my income. With Barbie and me getting married in a few weeks, I won’t need to rely on the day job for insurance or benefits, and I can throw more income at the pile of debt that keeps us from being truly free and independent from the outside world. I want to enjoy true freedom, and I want my children–should I have them–to experience and appreciate that freedom as well.

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10Q #5: Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? “Spiritual” can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.

Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? “Spiritual” can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.

For the first time in my life, I have experienced the emptiness that is the open sea. The vast, inky blue-black of night on the open ocean stretching into infinity is an entirely different experience, even if it is made through the confines of a modern cruise ship. There’s something different about being in situ on the water versus being on the beach looking out across the water. There is no land in sight, there is no refuge except this moving island of steel and fiberglass. It’s humbling, and it’s relaxing, and it changes the way you see the world.

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10Q #4: Describe an event in the world that has affected you this year. How? Why?

Describe an event in the world that has affected you this year. How? Why?

I try to not let so many world events affect my daily life–especially since they tend to be overblown by every keyboard pundit on the internet. That being said, the Hong Kong protests have caused me to reevaluate my online presence and my digital footprint by reminding me how much of our activity online is surveilled without our consent. Additionally, I’m trying to keep my carbon footprint as small as I can make it (within reason) because I understand that the current scientific consensus is that a runaway greenhouse effect is imminent and that–contrary to what the doomsayers may prefer–even little, personal changes here and there can lead to big changes down the line.

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