Jaycar kit: Audio Playback Adaptor for CD-ROM Drives

This Audio Playback Adaptor for CD-ROM Drives was released with a Silicon Chip article back in November 2007, approaching two decades ago.

I just purchased the last two available from Jaycar, they no longer have any stock.

I now own three of these babies, and it is my hope that I can use their components to build some electronics that implements enough of the ATA protocol to unlock OG Xbox hard drives. I reckon my chances of success are pretty slim, but it will be fun trying!

This is them:

They’ve been on the shelf in a warehouse for years, check out how dirty they were:

For the record here is a screenshot of this item on the Jaycar website after I purchased all their stock:

Chinese AM/FM radio kit (attempt 1)

So I got myself a 1set AM / FM stereo AM radio kit / DIY CF210SP electronic production suite. Here’s me preparing to put it together…

And here’s me failing with the surface mount integrated circuit and ruining the circuit board:

I think now it’s time to learn more about SMD soldering and to check out those who came before: CF210SP.
Here’s a picture of the PCB I ruined:

Full set! 1,283 projects to do…

I think this is just so super duper cool:

I call these, variously, 500in1, 300in1, 200in1, 130in1, 60in1, 30in1, and 10in1. Or, collectively, Xin1.