I realized it's a breadboard, and the ICs are not across the channel in the middle. It's been bothering me since.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You win the ElectroGeek Award for January! :-) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 11, 2013 at 15:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ And you're fine with the LED integrated into the chips!? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 11, 2013 at 17:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's didn't bother me until now, so thanks for that :) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2013 at 9:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop Hahaha! That gave me a big laugh, thanks Olin :) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2013 at 19:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wow, who would of thought this would be my best question? \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Jan 12, 2013 at 23:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Dang, I just realized it's a breadboard. \$\endgroup\$
    – Passerby
    Jan 13, 2013 at 0:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ I had always written it off as perfboard, I never noticed the red and blue lines until now. I CAN'T UNSEE IT NOW. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Baker
    Jan 13, 2013 at 1:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ Have anyone notices that the faint background has a schematic of the Atari? The title block is on the far right. Don't know if the schematic is real or made-up. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 13, 2013 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Nick Alexeev It's real as far as I can determine. There's a version with better contrast here(the top schematic). \$\endgroup\$
    – AndrejaKo
    Jan 15, 2013 at 2:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Where are you seeing this Atari schematic? Can you post a screenshot? All I see in the page background is a square grid. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Baker
    Jan 16, 2013 at 5:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoeBaker it is probably because of your monitor or your gamma settings.. Plus, it is already dim and have poor contrast.. If you look carefully around the "breadboard" in the title, you will see it. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 16, 2013 at 9:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoeBaker I've posted the screenshot to this thread. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 18, 2013 at 7:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you look closely there are no springs in the breadboard, the holes are closed with white plastic ;o) \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Feb 1, 2013 at 23:15

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I believe this would be classified under artistic license. If you want a rundown of what is wrong, here's what I notice:

  • There's no wiring
  • The pin pitch is twice as coarse as the breadboard holes
  • The 5x7 LED arrays are lit up without any apparent source of power
  • There are LEDs in the IC packages
  • There are 10 and 12 pin DIPs
  • There aren't enough holes underneath the LED arrays
  • All pins will be shorted to at least one other pin

It doesn't bother me.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I suppose that's true, but now I'm all the more bothered. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ On reading "There are 10 and 12 pin DIPs", I searched a bit, and it turns out I just cannot find a single 10-pin DIP IC. Found many other components in 10-pin DIP (LED displays, DIP switches, resistor packs and of course sockets), but not a single regular IC! I wonder why that is? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2013 at 10:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hmm, finally located a 10-pin DIP part: NTE1450, 5 Watt audio power amplifier. Why are 10-pin DIPs so uncommon? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 12, 2013 at 10:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO Have to ask.. where do you see a 12-pin DIP? \$\endgroup\$
    – user17592
    Jan 15, 2013 at 18:37

No, because the type of breadboard we currently use looks kind of cool as the title -- but let's be honest, it is no good anyway. Real breadboards always look like this ;-)

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Except when they look like this:

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[It worked][DO NOT show Olin!!!].

Dude, you weren't, like, upgrading Dolby SR when you hacked this?

Dolby Breadboard, Source:

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    \$\begingroup\$ It might be interesting to have a site logo that spells out something with a messy breadboard design like that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jan 11, 2013 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah. That's why I said the current logo looks good to me. I might try to hack one, though... \$\endgroup\$
    – zebonaut
    Jan 11, 2013 at 22:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk: something like this? \$\endgroup\$
    – Phil Frost
    Jan 12, 2013 at 2:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @PhilFrost that but with real components and for our header. The current header looks very nice currently though, although invalid. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Jan 12, 2013 at 2:47

Here's a screenshot (enhanced) showing where to look for the ATARI title block. If I look at my LCD monitor at 45° angle, it stands out a little bit more.

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Even though it is short circuited, it looks nice. The display just needs a blue tint for a VFD look.


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