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  1. The Bi-Weekly British Backtrack – Disco Fever Pinball Restoration 02

    Welcome back, I didn't expect you so soon. are you sitting comfortably? Well I'll begin.

    Eager to get this thing working I started off by assembling the table, first by bolting the back box onto the cabinet, and once it’s physically attached with the bolts there are all of the connectors that link the playfield to the circuits in the back box and also a grounding strip.

    Better not to get them mixed up.

    Williams connectors are coloured and shaped so that ...
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  2. The Bi-Weekly British Backtrack – Disco Fever Pinball Restoration 01

    I really should stop listening to people sometimes, especially when they suggest that I need to add something to my minimalist home arcade, and even more so when that something is a pinball machine.

    Yes, this is going to be about my next adventure in arcade machine repair, and in particular about the 1978 Williams System 3 pinball machine, Disco Fever, but first how did I come to own it?

    I’d never really been a huge pinball fan because I’d always been much more into ...
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  3. The Bi-Weekly British Backtrack – A year older or a year younger?

    A year older, a year wiser, a year younger. Well that's the way it feels.

    Twelve months ago I sat here (well it was over there in the other chair actually, but you get the picture) and I wrote about the Christmas gift I was getting the next day, the Amazon Kindle. That Kindle is still going strong and is still being used almost daily. In fact it is so good out of the box that it's one of the few things I haven't hacked. I bought it to read on and it does that admirably well by default. ...
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  4. The Bi-Weekly British Backtrack – F1 (World) Grand Prix

    These two week waits seem to fly by, much like the subject of this blog in fact (See what I did there?) This time we’re immersing ourselves once again into the world of Formula One.

    Of course you remember one of my early postings about the Papyrus game Grand Prix Legends, and we’re moving forward in time from the era in that game, from 1967 to another truly great age of Formula One, the early 1990s.

    We’re looking at one of my favourite games of all time. That would ...
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  5. The Bi-Weekly British Backtrack – Dragons Are Real You Know!

    Hands up America!

    Actually I probably shouldn’t say that to you should I? Does that count as Terrorism now?

    Let’s try this:
    Hands up if you’ve heard of the Dragon 32?
    Hands up if you’ve heard of the Dragon 64?
    Well, you’re just about to.

    The Dragon 32 and the Dragon 64 computers are from the real heyday of the home computer boom in the 1980s and they take their name from the Company that made them, Dragon Data Ltd who were based in ...
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