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on December 3, 2008 - 5:19pm
So I'm talking to my brother Ed on AIM today. He flew in for Thanksgiving from Florida and we got to spend some time together, eat delicious steaks, and jam with my other brother Tito and Ed's friend Carmine. Lemme tell you that after a case of Bud, I play drums like Keith Moon and Tito can shred "Dirty Deeds" on vocals better than Bon Scott. Carmine also wrote an insane riff, only problem was we all were too drunk to play it well... Anyways I'm chatting about his flight, and how my Dad got him sick, and than he says this..."so I'm making a homebrew 120gb drive for my xbox today." I question him further on it, and he sends me here (http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=660096). After a quick scan of this document, I realize this shit ain't easy. This, after he told me a few days ago that he made cymbals for his rock band 1 drum kit with HIS BARE HANDS. I couldn't do anything but smile. You see my brother Ed follows in the footsteps of my father, who is straight up into electronics. He loves them. You know those weird circuit boards and iodine and wiring and capacitors and all manner of strange things that Radio Shack carries yet no one seems to buy? My dad LOVES that stuff. He used to take me and Ed to the computer shows, where they'd do presentations on the latest unveiling of the Atari 800, which was a computational beast at the time. This machine was hot shit. A fully integrated computer crammed into a case the size of a small typewriter. Take that Apple!!! We'd go to flea markets, usually held in gravel filled parking lots, and buy computer games in a plastic baggy because they really didn't sell games in stores at the time. It was a long drive down there, but we'd be rewarded with a McDonald's Hot Cakes breakfast, and if you were really hungry, you'd get the Big Breakfast...We have broadband internet now, but my dad was overjoyed when he got home his 1200 baud modem, and trolled the usenet and Compuserve for people to chat with and trade programs. My dad once wrote a program on his trusty 800 for my mom. She loves to play Pick-3, so he wrote a program that would pick numbers for her at random. Oh, did I mention he soldered together a board that let the computer SPEAK these numbers? And you know how your fancy XBox 360 and PS3 controllers rumble when you get hit? Well my dad specced out a system where your controller would actually ELECTROCUTE you when you messed up in the game. Unfortunately, he never got to make a prototype. So when my brother Ed told me about his foray into hacking that Xbox drive, I smiled, knowing full well my dad taught his sons well. That's all for now, Im scoping out a new SSD drive that I'm dying to install in my laptop...