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  1. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Nils: I'm not sure yet. A 4-way certainly won't work because if it's mounted in the normal position, it will have no diagonal controls. But an 8-way joystick still only has 4 microswitches; it just allows two of them to be activated at the same time to indicate diagonal movement. The problem is...
  2. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    One more thing to think about before you buy your buttons!!! Does the keyboard-emulator device you guys are planning to use have some kind of modifier button? The KeyWiz that I'm using has a "Shazam!" button (I'm not making that up) that allows me to change the key mapping for all the buttons...
  3. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Actually, there is a game I've come across that doesn't work with the normal joystick layout: Q*Bert. We were trying to figure out why, and my friend said that the Q*Bert arcade cabinet actually had a 4-way joystick mounted at a 45-degree angle since you're trying to move Q*Bert in diagonal...
  4. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I did use the Dream Arcades premium set on Dave's recommendation. I'm very pleased with all of it. The buttons and joysticks all have the authentic look and feel you'd expect. The joysticks are very tough, too. We've been trying our best to break them, and they just take the punishment. I'm...
  5. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    It looks like you guys made great progress... that's a lot of cabinets! They're gonna look great. I wrapped up my own MAME project over the weekend. Instead of a cabinet, I built a pair of controllers. The boxes are built out of 1/4" MDF painted black with Rustoleum Hammered spraypaint...
  6. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    FWIW, I'm busier than I was two years ago. :)
  7. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Jeff's tips for getting a smooth painted finish on MDF. 1. Don't invest too much time sanding the MDF until it has been primed. You will never ever get rid of the fuzzy texture. If you have to sand something, sand the edges smooth. 2. Prime it with nothing but regular original plain-jane...
  8. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I did some testing last night, and confirmed that my little EPIA M9000 system just doesn't have the balls to do MAME. And believe me, I've tried everything. My P4 1.8, on the other hand, can play just about anything. It doesn't start dropping frames until you get to modern 3D stuff like Tekken...
  9. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    You can email it to me, but my HTF email is invalid. Instead, use jeff at boxybutgood. com.
  10. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Sounds good to me. How about high noon?
  11. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I can do lunch tomorrow (Tuesday) and bring the discs for Jay.
  12. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Yeah... I'll post pics of the MAME console and controllers in a week or two when they're painted and pretty. Like Dave says, I'll be finished with the discs PDQ.
  13. Jeff Meininger

    Brand new meet thread - Austin

    Nope. I've got a wicked bad case of "overcomitted syndrome". I'll read the reviews when it's all said and done, though. :)
  14. Jeff Meininger

    Brand new meet thread - Austin

    Hank: Nils was using Star Wars Episode II DVD for the dark scene. The scene has Obi Wan moving through shadows in a dark cave on the planet where Christopher Lee is. The specific frame has a partially-lit Kenobi in one half of the screen, and a characteristic rock formation on the cave wall on...
  15. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Sorry to see you go, Mark. At least you'll still be in Texas. :) Are you going to be working downtown in the 'Dallas Arts District'? That would be pretty swank. Downtown Dallas is pretty cool, actually. I won't envy your commute, though. With any luck, you'll find an apartment near the light...
  16. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    It's at G'town in the pic. I'm keeping it there until July, and then it will go to Lago. As for the ordnance, take another look at the picture. Do you see the little hinged window area in the pilot's side window? That's where the pilot can reach out and pull off the duct tape that holds the...
  17. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Yeah... I'll build a plane someday. The speaker project was a lot of fun. I think it was like a gateway drug, though. What kind of insane person wants to spend years building a plane in their garage? Now that will be a project! :D It will probably be a few years before I start. The time and...
  18. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    My latest project idea is to build an ANR system, as used in ANR headsets, but without the headset. I believe this could be used to attenuate the propeller noise in the cabin of a small plane. There is at least one commercial vendor of a built-in solution for this purpose, so I figure the idea...
  19. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Leroy: nice drivers. What are you building?
  20. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    For the cost of a sheet of 1/2" MDF and a little bit of white paint, Dave's "dive in movie" screen could be a one-time-use disposable sort of thing. It's heavy and bulky and a p.i.t.a. to store, so just store it in the trash can when the party's over. Or give it to Hank so that he can recycle it...
  21. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    I really enjoyed hosting... it was fun. :) The table was big enough, the tunes were clearly audible, and the BBQ was tasty. I had nothing to worry about.
  22. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    Scott: no need to bring the chips... Hugh and I have that covered. Please do bring chairs. I have some nice ex-Casino cards, but your Kem cards are pretty sweet so bring those if you want. Hank: No need to bring your table top. My table is rectangular and currently covered with a GREEN...
  23. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    Cool. It's settled. It'll be here at my place. Take-out will solve the hunger problem. Unless there are objections, I'll pick up a wide variety of goodies from Rudy's BBQ. CONFIRMED:MeScott, my brother in lawScott OliverHankHugh Johnson MAYBE:Mike Braithwaite: I don't think I've met him. He...
  24. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    Here are the challenges that face me: 1. I forgot that liquor stores are closed on Sunday. I said I was going to provide b00ze, but all I'll be able to provide is beer (if the grocery store will sell it to me on a Sunday). 2. If we start the game at 5PM, I now realize that people are going...
  25. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    Poker Game! Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! 5PM until whenever we're finished!! Some BBQ and beer provided! Feel free to bring some b00ze! Yes, it's really at Jeff's house!
  26. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    Yeah... Sunday games tend to end earlier because of that darn Monday morning alarm clock problem. Hank, Scott: If either of you can host, that's cool. My brother in law and I would be happy to bring some tasty beverages and some munchies so that your stashes don't get raided too badly. And we...
  27. Jeff Meininger

    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    If there were a poker game this Friday or Sunday evening, I'd be interested. My brother in law from Canada would be interested, too. He came to a game at Scott's house last year. He took quite a few $100-chip-hand shots of tequila as a matter of fact, as a first-time hold 'em player. I might...
  28. Jeff Meininger

    Austin Movie Nights!

    Looks like there are no takers for my first-ever movie night tonight, so I'm canceling it. It's just as well... I have a lot of work that I should be doing instead. :)
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