Author Archives: Giacomo Vernoni

New version of the VIC registry site

In my (very scarce!) free time I have completely rewritten the site that hosts the registry for the VIC 1001 and VIC 20. If you’re interested in the technical details, the previous site was written from scratch in php, while now it’s based on the Laravel framework.

Besides the different “engine”, the new site brings some improvements for the users and under the hood. Here’s what’s new:

  • you can (finally!) edit your profile;
  • a new page lets you view in a thorough way all the details of a single VIC;
  • the registry table is now full width;
  • revision of all the texts, some descriptions of the VIC details are more precise;
  • rewritten some help text on the “add your VIC” page;
  • added a page with some statistics for the data in the registry: VICs location, motherboard type, country of production;
  • the filter you choose on the registry page is shown more clearly;
  • added some information about privacy;
  • added a contact me page;
  • registration now needs a confirmation of the email address to avoid mistakes and spam.

The accounts have been migrated on the new site; all the users need to request a password reset (Login › Forgot Your Password?) and click the link in the email.

As for privacy, the summary is: registration data, VIC data and cookies are only used to make the site work; there is no tracking or profiling.

The new site is available at the same address of the previous one: If you didn’t already, register and add your VICs! The more, the better :-)

If you have some suggestions, add a comment or contact me.


Sportron (~1978)

I found this console a couple of weeks ago at the usual flea market; usually I don’t look for these items (you need a warehouse to collect all the variants), but I liked it and for 5 euros I decided that it was worth the risk – flea market findings are often cheap but nobody guarantees that what you buy will work. At the end it was working fine. Continue reading

IBM 5100

IBM 5100 (1975)

Since the initial price of this computer was between 9 and 20 thousand dollars in 1975 (43 to 95 thousand dollars in 2018!), I didn’t expect to find it in a small town near the even smaller town where I live. A friend of my father-in-law gave him this IBM 5100 for free, probably because my father-in-law talked to his friend about my passion. This person ran a small repair shop, but sadly passed away shortly after and I never got the chance to ask him where this computer came from.
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Sega Master System (1986)

Sega Master System

Once a month I go to a local flea market where sometimes – not very often – I find something on the junk dealers’ market stalls. I have “rebuilt” the complete system in two months: the first month I found the main unit, a broken control pad and the power supply unit; the second month, from the same seller, I got the light phaser, a working control pad, and a classic cartridge of Sonic The Hedgehog. Continue reading