"Hackerboxes" is a monthly subscription box. Each month a new box is delivered with electronic parts with some kind of theme. This month's theme was "MEGA Retro."
I've seen these before and, while not a customer, think they are pretty neat.
Inside the box were an MOS 6502, a Z80, an Arduino Mega, and two unassembled Arduino Mega shields -- one for the 6502 and one for the
Z80. Assembly of the shields required soldering of about 10 SMD
components total (resistors and capacitors -- no chips), soldering of
the 40-pin sockets for the chips, and the 6502 shield required shorting one of two connections depending on whether the chip installed was an
MOS 6502 or a Western Digital W65C02.
That months box sounds pretty good, actually - most of the time they aren't EXACTLY up my alley... but with those three you can do a few cool projects. :P You got a winner. Was it a special Hackerbox, or just a regular monthly one?
I haven't been able to do much with them yet because I'm busy working on my PDP-8 FPGA project, but they do look like lots of fun.
I one day wanna do an FPGA, just because... which one are you working with?
Another place I love to goto to get boards to play with is just... GOODWILL. I like hacking around with keyboards, kid toys and anything that goes BEEP and BOOP; with a couple new knobs you can make new tones, beeps and boops... endless fun.
Glad to hear someone is really liking the Hackerboxes - MAYBE I'll have to order one. I mainly stick to wireless boards to connect my projects to, or upload Arduino code of many type... Github is your friend; theres so much out there to tinker with. I've enjoyed learning about Wifi hacking on the cheap. :P
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