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Andrew Roach @ajroach42

bought a Pi Model a+ today because it was on sale for $10.

I was planning to get a Pi 0, but the Model A+ has full sized ports, which I prefer.

I'm going to rig up a little project with it for a family member.

Basically, I'm going to make it a broadcast CRT.

I'll hook up a 256 GB flash drive, load it down with standard def public domain movies and TV shows from archive.org and set a script to shuffle through them, full screen.

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Plug the pi in to an RF modulator, hook that up to a cute vintage TV (I'll be on the look out while I'm out this weekend, or I'll pick one up on Craigslist or eBay) and flip it on. It'll cycle through the onboard footage.

In an ideal world, I'd separate the videos by genre and make a genre selector knob that hooked up to the GPIO pins, or at least a skip button or a back button.

But I don't know if I'll have time for that alongside everything else. I'll at least get the basic functionality.

@ajroach42 get a multi-channel agile modulator or four, and a bank of Pis streaming multiple genres, then just use the channel selector to change genres

@ajroach42 I think that's a really neat idea! Are you going vintage enough that composite wouldn't be an option, or is RF an aesthetic choice?

@ifixcoinops My goal is to go with a 10" or smaller black and white TV from pre-1970, or otherwise go with a portable TV of some sort.

My ideal TV for this would be a very early one, if I can find one that functions. Philco era.

Most of those don't even have coax in, and I'll need to get one of those adapters to convert coax to antenna screws.

It all depends on what I can find.

@ajroach42 what site did you purchase it from? that's my favorite Pi 1 model and I'd like to get one before they're all gone

@ddipaola grabbed it in person at the local Microcenter.