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\$ – Anindo Ghosh Jan 11 '13 at 15:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ And you're fine with the LED integrated into the chips!? \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Jan 11 '13 at 17:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's didn't bother me until now, so thanks for that :) \$\endgroup\$ – John Burton Jan 12 '13 at 9:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop Hahaha! That gave me a big laugh, thanks Olin :) \$\endgroup\$ – abdullah kahraman Jan 12 '13 at 19:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wow, who would of thought this would be my best question? \$\endgroup\$ – Phil Frost Jan 12 '13 at 23:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ Dang, I just realized it's a breadboard. \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Jan 13 '13 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 '13 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\$ – Nick Alexeev Jan 13 '13 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 '13 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 '13 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\$ – abdullah kahraman Jan 16 '13 at 9:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JoeBaker I've posted the screenshot to this thread. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Jan 18 '13 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 '13 at 23:15

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 '13 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\$ – Anindo Ghosh Jan 12 '13 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\$ – Anindo Ghosh Jan 12 '13 at 10:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO Have to ask.. where do you see a 12-pin DIP? \$\endgroup\$ – user17592 Jan 15 '13 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 '13 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 '13 at 22:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk: something like this? \$\endgroup\$ – Phil Frost Jan 12 '13 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 '13 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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