You may have noticed I like to put up web sites to document my hobby projects. In that spirit I have put up www.w2dhs.com for me to post about my various Amateur Radio projects. “W2DHS” is my Ham callsign assigned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC.) It’s very similar to callsigns issued to TV and Radio Stations (WNBC, WNEW, etc…)
I restored my 1987 Williams Space Station Pinball machine a few years ago and have been meaning to put up a site to document the process. I finally found the time to do just that, and you can find it at:
With the advent of Facebook, the need for frequent updates here has subsided so there won’t be too many family-oriented ‘blog’ entries going forward. I will continue to post things here that I want to be public – Recipes, Project Links, etc.
I have moved all the family photos to Goolge Picassa Web Albums, which has recently combined with Google Plus. This allows for tagging people and other benefits, and I don’t need to maintain another custom web site.
Picassa is only up to date through 2010 or so. I will be updating it in the next few months.
I have signed up for Google Email Hosting for my immediate family members. If you know someone that recently changed to an @santoro.com email address, they are a family member of mine but not necessarily directly related to this site.
If you are a family member and want an @santoro.com address delivered via GMail, give me a call and we will set it up.
If you are not a family member but do have the same last name, keep an eye out here, I may be selling addresses for a reasonable price shortly.
Life is hectic with work, college hunting, and other personal items. As soon as it slows down I intend on updating the site and Photo Gallery. I have about a year of digital pictures to name, tag, and post to the Gallery.
Previously the Photo Gallery was ‘hosted’ on a PC in my basement, but that had caused some reliability issues. In February I began working on moving it to the Santoro.com server but ran into some difficulties. It may be a few months before I can spend a day or so working on it.
The Gallery will be back though, and when it is it will be faster and more secure.
It’s been four years since I built my “Mamenation” arcade machine, and we have enjoyed it thoroughly .
The technology has come along way in those four years and Mamenation is HUGE, protruding rudely into our den. With the recent LCD price reductions it is now possible to build a slimmer arcade cabinet than was previously possible with large, deep CRT tube-style monitors. All these facts, combined with the fact that I haven’t built anything cool in a few years, made me decide to build a new, slim arcade machine. I will be selling Mamenation to fund the new project.
Last time around I did paper sketches and it wasn’t conducive to quality work. This time around I used the opportunity to learn “Sketchup,” a free 3D modeling program from Google. It has a rather steep learning curve. I have spent about 15 hours with it so far and am now just starting to not be spastic with it. In the end it was worth it because it gives you the ability to look at your creation from any angle before it ever exists.
Here is the design I am leaning toward:
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I have ordered all the parts that I need and should start construction soon if work doesn’t keep me working late too much.