Archive for the ‘Hacking’ Category

Winner, Name that Ware August 2019

Monday, September 30th, 2019

The ware for August 2019 is the main logic board from a Brother QL570 label printer. Congrats to Adrian for nailing it! Great sleuthing work, email me for your prize.

Name that Ware, August 2019

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

The Ware for August 2019 is shown below.

This was a victim of an *ahem* “minor water spill” in my lab (oops) so I tore it apart to check for damage. Fortunately, it was distilled water so it survived without any ill effects.

Winner, Name that Ware July 2019

Saturday, August 31st, 2019

The ware for July 2019 was an Adtek aISA-P21, 16 input, 16 output isolated parallel I/O board. I really do admire how clean, crisp and orderly the board layout is on this one. It definitely bears several hallmarks of a Japanese design aesthetic, from the style of the SOICs to the font choice to the general organization and tidiness of the board assembly.

Congrats to Adam for nailing it, email me for your prize! I’d love to know more about how you knew what it was — had you encountered the board before? Or just a lot of sleuthing through the Internet. Either way, I didn’t expect anyone to get this one down to the exact make and model.

Name that Ware, July 2019

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

The ware for July 2019 is shown below.

ISA, I say! Back in the day when all it took was a couple 7400 series chips to talk to a computer…now we use a small computer just to properly negotiate power before talking for real over standards like USB-C.

Thanks to Nava for contributing this ware, found at Akihabalast, “Akihabara final waste disposal site!”.

Winner, Name that Ware June 2019

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

The ware for June 2019 is a Mitsubishi Volume Pro 500. Gratz to Jean for guessing it, email me for your prize! It’s a neat if not obscure bit of computing history.