A few years ago I scratch built an arcade cabinet that still gets used today.  I’ve been talking about a virtual pinball cabinet for years.   It is time to finally pull the trigger. Update 1 Even after spending a number of hours browsing vpforums and the HyperPin cabinet forums I still wasn’t totally sure… Read More

I have built my 2nd 3D printer.  This time it is the FolgerTech FT-5.  This printer is large (300x300x400mm) and with a modification or two, very solid.  It took about 15 hours to build in it’s stock configuration.  At $500 this printer is an excellent value however I definitely cannot recommend it to newbies.  Like… Read More

I’m really enjoying kayak fishing and after considering a bunch of non-permanent, portable finders like the FishHunter or Deeper I decided to pick up a Lowrance Mark-4 CHIRP fishfinder/chart plotter on clearance.  There are a lot of expensive options for mounting the thing however I wanted to minimize the holes drilled into my precious boat while maximizing the… Read More

The previous iteration of lilmikey.com lasted a decade!  The first post there was 3/25/2006.  I’ve owned the domain itself for over 15 years now. Sometimes you just have to hit the reset button. lilmikey.com is my (Mike Randle’s) blog page.  It will soon be full of techy insights, dumb projects, and assorted other detritus.  You… Read More