I can make a time machine


I used to love playing Computer games in the 80s – many an hour was wasted playing Super Mario, Sonic, Space Invaders etc etc. I was pleased as punch then, when I discovered that the world of Retro gaming is alive and well. There’s more than one way to make your own Retro Gaming machine – today I will talk briefly about using a Raspberry Pi, but I’ve also had some success using a Sony PSP, but that’s for another day!

The great thing about this project is that the hardware is relatively cheap. Any Pi will do, including the £4 Zero! You then need a power supply, but again an old Nokia phone charger will fit the bill, an SD card – you’ve probably got a spare lying around – an HDMI lead – a case – and a knock off usb game pad – less than £20?

If you are really ambitious you can even install the Zero in an NES cartridge – I’ve made 2 with a couple of cable adaptors, a cheap USB hub, and a glue gun.

The key to all this though is the software. The nice people at retropie.org have produced a disc image with all the menus and emulators you need. It’s very easy to set up.

The last part then centres around the games themselves. These are available as ROMs – direct copies of the original chip coding that was found in arcade machines or on cartridges. Just google and you will find 100s of sights of questionable quality. I always head off to emuparadise.com. Everything is there!

please have a go – if you need help or have a question please drop me a comment below.

Breathing life into a OLD iMac

I don’t know why, but in the space of a week I bought 3 G3 iMacs. After a severe telling off from the wife, I convinced her that I would sell 2 and then get the 3rd one I paid for free!

So, I picked up a Blueberry 350mhz, and strawberry 400mhz, and finally an Indigo 450mhz.

All three switch on, but the Blueberry CD Drive eats discs, and makes a horrible whistling noise. The Strawberry one seems Ok, and the Indigo one – the best of the three is filthy, but appears to be the best spec. No keyboards or mice with any of them.

I cannot find a replacement CD drive on eBay, so I have cannibalised the Strawberry one for the Blueberry G3. I bought a 40gb HDD (the original was only 6gb!), and have put that to one side for later. I managed to get a matching blueberry keyboard and mouse but discovered today that half the keys don’t work – so that’s going back.


I plucked up courage during the united spurs match – we were a goal down after 6 minutes to CRACK open the Blueberry and put in the DVD Drive and HDD (10gb) from the Strawberry. After a nail biting hour or so, I had done it!

…and yes it works.


On eBay as we speak – wish me luck.