One of many humbling issues about writing for Hackaday is the breadth of expertise amongst our colleagues, regardless of one’s personal abilities or achievements there’s in all probability for all of us a degree of impostor syndrome once we have a look at their work. This week supplied a reminder of this, whereas taking a more in-depth have a look at the crowdfunder for a documentary about the Galaksija, the Yugoslavian 8-bit laptop from the Eighties designed by our colleague [Voja Antonić]. Not solely will the documentary be produced, but additionally they’re recreating the Galaksija as a package, so you’ll be able to experiment with this historic laptop for your self. The marketing campaign has reached handed its objective a pair instances over however nonetheless has a couple of days left, so soar in in case you are .
With the benefit of having the ability to attain out to [Voja] as a colleague, it was time to safe the straight dope on the undertaking. Although he’s not spearheading it, other than showing within the documentary he’s additionally produced the brand new Galaksija PCB to make the most of double-sided manufacture and take away the wire hyperlinks that had been a function of the unique.
In that sense this isn’t a lot a clone of the unique as an up to date model from the identical designer, with just a few different updates reminiscent of key switches and connectors the place the precise authentic part might now not be sourced. A very fascinating side-tale comes from a reprint of the primary Galaksija journal. Picture-reproductions of the unique printed footage didn’t yield good outcomes, so [Voja] constructed from scratch a wholly authentic Galaksija, fastidiously recreating the framing of every step proven in these authentic images.
This undertaking has confronted its fair proportion of obstacles earlier than launching on CrowsSuppy, so it’s superb certainly to see it obtain its funding with time to spare. We sit up for seeing the outcomes, in the meantime you’ll be able to see a promo video in Serbian with Youtube’s English subtitling under the break. You’ll be able to learn [Voja]’s writing on the machine in Hackaday articles previous, however don’t miss the chance to satisfy him at a reside occasion — he’s the mastermind behind a lot of hardware badges at Hackaday events.