We’ve all seen the many attempts to bring old systems kicking and screaming into the modern world, unfortunately with varying levels of success. These efforts to add modern hardware to an old system will sometimes be a work of art but the downside is it usually results in a fair amount of butchery to the original case.
Your own opinions may vary on this topic but personally, I don’t like to see broken systems cut up and altered in this way, retro systems are getting rare enough as it is without needless damage being done to perfectly good spare parts.
Thankfully I can put my high horse back in the stable, as Jagged-Path’s VicPI project is a great example of doing a project sympathetically. JP (as I’m calling them) has taken an old broken VIC-20 and managed to repurpose it into two devices – a generic USB keyboard that can be used on any modern computer as well as a fully standalone Linux system. With some planning and clever use of the existing holes as well as off the shelf components, JP ends up with a cool little device to muck around with. The best part is that they haven’t had to hack the original case, making the mods totally reversible.
One has to wonder if they are going to run the VICE emulator on the PI, it would be fun to have every Commodore system available to use with the bonus of being HDMI ready.
Jagged-Path’s Indestructable page can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/VicPi-Revitalize-Your-VIC20-for-the-Modern-Computi/