Not much.I guess it's time I give an answer as well.
So, what could I have done differently?
Theme here.Well, in my opinion: Not much.
No. It was a very conservative approach.Was that a bad approach?
Used the leftover unpopulated boards as Christmas cards?What would you have done in my place?
Well the whole point of the Pyra's design is that a "2.0" shouldn't have to be a necessary thing until far into the future as the SoC, RAM, and eMMC are all on a separate board. So basically, we can have "generational" upgrades simply by changing just one part (the SoC daughter board).I don't mind the waiting so much, but the question that's gnawing at me is: now that we've done all the hard work of designing and implementing the Pyra, how much effort will it take to create a Pyra 2.0? (Assume we use nearly identical case, screen, and inputs, and just upgrade the SOC/PCB.)
The eMMC is on the CPU board IIRC, so if a SoC with UFS was picked for an upgrade then UFS could be used without a problem. It would probably have to be used in fact to keep enough MMC/SD ports free on the SoC for the sockets without resorting to a switch.Speaking of daughterboards, hey ED what's the chance that a future board could have embedded UFS instead of eMMC? I don't think the speed would be necessary, but I'm curious to see if it can be a possible future feature.
Messing about with liquid metal like some kind of Sauron Orc is half the fun! Well, compared to automated production, the mild chaos of manually pouring stuff is messy.The moulds have already been made, by milling them from a relatively huge block of aluminium. I also did the wet sand casting of aluminium at school (I wasn't aware it was borosilicate sand, but that makes sense) and still have the junior hack saw handle I made using it.
I'm not sure how often these moulds will need to be recreated. They've been specially coated and hardened (or will be soon, I've lost track on that) to increase their robustness. If they do need to be recreated I suspect they'll get a new block and remill it from the original computer data. I'm not sure how often aluminium parts are casted that way any more - if you mill everything in a CNC mill you don't need a furnace on site, so long as you buy all the aluminium in pre-alloyed. I guess having the furnace on site in this day and age is a bit of a health-and-safely palaver you don't need if you can avoid it, and is probably more common in craft circles than industrial ones these days.
Edit: Re matzezu, I can't recall any farming type simulators on Dreamcast - all I can think of is 18 wheeler which was a truck driving arcade game. I doubt you'll find anything too in-depth on PS1 either - the games were a lot simpler back then. I think there was a farming simulator game on the 3DS though.
Jeez, my memory of this is ancient, but melting points and such and... I got taught the plastic injections for Psion 3mx are iron. My engineering teacher actually showed us Psion documentarys to write essays about, and i stressed his patience level with like 1000 questions. What that do sir.!!!?Hmm... I had thought that the molds were actually milled from steel. Currently not tempered so it is a touch easier to work with, but will be tempered when 'done'.
I used to order around a bunch of steel for the companies I worked for and for my own projects, and some quality-specialized wholesalers deal had this category "Steel for injection molding" of alloys, and based on that I would suspect the same thing, but then again I never dealt with casting so tyhe hell do I know. If we really need to know this to bore (or infect with nerdiness) our grandchildren and it hasn't been said yet, then let's just wait for ED to satisfy our curiosity about itHmm... I had thought that the molds were actually milled from steel. Currently not tempered so it is a touch easier to work with, but will be tempered when 'done'.
If you want extra transparency, Colchester Lathe Co likely have roots to Dutch slavers. At the height of the slave industry boats were sent out with rowers knowing only one third would survive. They were considered biologicalal fuel and factored into business running costs. However the dutch settlers in Colch were migrants looking for a better life.I absolutely love seeing the development process so transparently. Getting all this insight into the creating of a device to me is more valuable than having the device itself. Even if I never get it, my preorder money is not wasted, I've gotten my value already.
I do hope we're getting close though, it's been a really long time!