[rescue] Anyone build this kit?

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 17:16:11 CDT 2021

> On Sep 30, 2021, at 16:03, David Griffith <dave at 661.org> wrote:
> o;?My reply is at the bottom.  Please put your reply there too.


>> On Thu, 30 Sep 2021, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>> I recently went looking for a serial terminal for various hobby reasons,
>> soon discovered that actual serial terminals can be quite expensive, even
>> crusty ones.
>> I came across this on Tindie, and decided to give it a try. It looks like
>> pretty flexible, to the point I can probably easily attach it to the case
on a
>> low-res LCD display for a zero footprint serial terminal. It uses a PS/2
>> keyboard and a VGA monitor.
>> https://www.tindie.com/products/petrohi/geoffs-vt100-terminal-kit/
>> It's a bit pricey at $52 + $10 shipping, but if it works as good as
>> of the reviews says, it's a bargain.
> The cost there is because it's a complete kit.  For a one-person operation
to make up complete kits to go with the boards, the costs add up quickly. From
that page, you can get a naked board for $18 + $10 shipping.  That one is
excessive.  The board is barely any bigger than my Bluebox-AVR board, which I
sold for around $15 + $2 shipping.
> Fortunately, all the design files and such are available at

I understand the price, and as I said, if it is as advertised, I'm OK with the
price. Heck, if he took that design, built a case/bracket to mount on a VESA
bracket behind the monitor and assembled the unit, I'd happily pay as much as

$10 shipping means he doesn't want to think about shipping, he just stops it
in a priority mail box and lets it go with the mailman. But yeah, $10 to ship
a bare PCB that could easily fit in a #10 envelope is kind of abusive.

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