Panaflo computer fans

Panaflo fans have some of the best CFM to dB ratios when compared to other standard fan offerings, and are currently available from 80 to 120mm sizes.
Panaflo are some of the quietest and highest quality fans you can use in your PC case.
The feature reverse voltage protection and use a mass termination style for connecting LED wires, allowing for easy interchangeability from 3-pin to 3+4 or 4-pin connections.
Panaflo’s unique Hydrowave bearing (HWB) technology addresses the traditional weakness of sleeve bearings – axial friction. By utilizing this system, the thrust plate “floats” on a circulating film of oil, which greatly reduces axial friction and the bearing’s deterioration. Put simply, these are excellent fans, at an excellent price.

Fractal Design Define R3 window

Fractal Design R3

The Fractal Design Define R3 is easily one of the sexiest and most well design computer cases available today. It’s incredibly quiet, and very well thought out. But, the one thing it’s always been missing is the option to buy a side door with a window. But NOW YOU CAN! Fractal Design have released a window for the R3, available in Arctic White or Black Pearl. The bad news (for Australians) is that PCCG aren’t going to sell them. I emailed them a few weeks ago and apparently their supplier isn’t going to stock them.

SD Floppy Emulator

SD floppy drive

The SD Floppy Emulator allows you to emulate any 34 pin floppy disk drive, but instead of using hard to find floppy diskettes, you can use an SD card (standard SD up to 2GB, or SDHC up to 32GB). The SD Floppy Emulator can be used on PCs, Amiga, Atari, ZX Spectrum and many more computers that were originally equipped with a floppy drive. I am VERY tempted to get one of these for my Atari STe.

uIEC/SD for Commodore computers


I’ve got a few old Commodore computers (2 x VIC-20s, and a C64C). I don’t have a floppy drive for them, but I do have a Commodore datacassette player…. which I don’t enjoy using. Luckily there is a modern day solution! There is a HUGE and active community making things for the Commodore computers of the 70s and 80s, and one of the best things is Jim Brain’s uIEC/SD adapter. It lets you load all your favourite (new and old) Commodore floppy images via an SD card. Which means you can store a massive amount of software for the Commodore 64/VIC-20 on a single SD card. I’d love to take one of these back in time to 1984 to when I was busy pressing buttons on my datassette trying to load a program on my VIC-20.

Buying a vintage Commodore 64

Commodore 64

I had a VIC-20 when I was a kid, but somewhere along the way it was given away, or maybe even thrown away. So now, as a 30+ “adult” I’ve recently purchased 2 VIC-20s to relive my childhood dreams – one of them is MINT in box and cost me plenty, the other is bashed around and is perfect for daily use. BUT my dream was always to have a Commodore 64. My neighbours had one, and I always felt inferior with my lowly VIC-20. So, as part of my “getting everything I want” plan, I’ve just recently bought a Commodore 64C (yes, with the fancy “new” case). It had a few dead keys, but I managed to fix them by cleaning the contacts with a pencil eraser (isopropyl alcohol isn’t enough!). My C64 was made in Hong Kong, and has hand written QC marks inside the case. Looks like most of the boards were hand soldered. This is what I love about “vintage” electronics. They were made by someone, not something.