Lyonsden Blog

A blog about Commodore 8-bit & 16-bit computers, retro tech and the odd gadget or two…

Sam's Journey

Sam’s Journey

Ordered Sam’s Journey months ago and it finally arrived today. A brand new cartridge game in 2018 for the Commodore 64! Presentation of the box and its’ contents is fantastic – can’t wait to play it! If you would like to...

Repairing a Roctec floppy drive

Repairing a Roctec Floppy Drive for an Amiga

This is a guide to repairing a Roctec floppy drive for an Amiga 500 computer.  I thought I’d write this up as much for my own benefit as other peoples so I can refer back to it in another 20 years! LOL. If you ever pop a disk in your...

Lego Mini Cooper

Lego Mini Cooper Build

Just thought I’d post a few pictures of my latest Lego build – the Lego Mini Cooper! This time it’s the legendary Mini Cooper in proper British Racing green. I thought this was a fun build and a bit simpler than the Ferrari I built...

Ranger Rover Sport Bluetooth Audio

Adding Bluetooth Audio to a Range Rover...

If, like me, you were disappointed to discover that your beautiful, highly specc’d Range Rover Sport Mk1 did not come equipped with Bluetooth Audio then I have a solution for you that will cost less than £20. Once you’ve got hold of...

Lego Creator: Ferrari F40 Build

After a recent trip to the Lego Discovery centre in the Trafford Center in Manchester I noticed that they have started doing some very cool looking cars as part of their ‘Creator’ series. My wife kindly treated me to the Ferrari F40...

Changing a Boogie Board Battery

A couple of years ago I bought a cool looking gadget called a Boogie Board from Firebox. Intention was to attach it to the fridge-freezer and use it as a paperless notepad for shopping lists, reminders and so on. It has performed that job...

Xbox One Midnight Launch

Queuing up at my local Game store for my Xbox One ‘Day One Edition’ Forza bundle. Not buying much else though, just an extra gamepad and a years Xbox Live subscription. Plan is to start downloading my games as soon as I get...

Forza Zeotrope

Forza 5 ‘Zeotrope’

Just watched this and it really captured my imagination. As a PR stunt they guys at Turn 10 have setup hundreds, if not thousands of static photos from Forza 5 around the outside of a racetrack… then hurtled a McLaren 12c supercar around...