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HBO Redux

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 April 2016 · 94 views

Game of Thrones starts up again tonight so I reactivated my HBO Now subscription. Looks like they finally gotten their act together!   Last year the symbol next to Casting By  in the title sequence looked like it contained 4 crosses:

 
now you can see that the crosses are actually fleurs-de-lis:

 
Full screen:



Medieval Mayhem drops to #4

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 2, Medieval Mayhem 10 April 2016 · 192 views

while #3 spot has been taken over by none other than...
 
 
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Stay Frosty 2!  I can live with that ;)
 
Still only 4 reviews for SF2 though :ponder:
 
 
 
 
 


Quicker Input Switching

Posted by SpiceWare, in Monitor 11 February 2016 · 228 views

To switch inputs on my Dell P2715Q monitors I'd been hitting one of the four buttons(any will do) to active the monitor's menu:

 
Then hitting the second button from the top to specify Input Source :

 
In the Input Source submenu the first and second button move the selection up/down while the third button confirms the selection (fourth b...


Deep Color

Posted by SpiceWare, in Monitor 08 February 2016 · 275 views

This was unexpected: 

 
With the new monitors I'm now running at 30 bit color depth , also known as deep color .  The 24 bit color we're all used to is known as true color .  
 
So now that I know I have it, anybody know of something (photo, video, etc) where I can see it in action?
 
Addendum: what happen...


Apple Pencil

Posted by SpiceWare, in iOS 07 February 2016 · 170 views

I'd planned to pick up an Apple Pencil when I got my iPad Pro , but they didn't have any available and the backorder was for quite a while.  I checked their store a couple times in December and January, but never had any luck.  I checked online today and they were available in most of the Houston area stores, so I reserved one for in-store-picku...


4K Installed

Posted by SpiceWare, in Monitor 05 February 2016 · 211 views

Just finished getting the monitors installed and cables run to the various computers.  
 

 
Besides my Mac Pro, I have a couple work computers set up at my desk.  I had been using a 4-port DVI KVM, but when I checked out DisplayPort KVMs I got a bit of sticker shock - $950 for single monitor, $1400 for a dual monitor.  Th...


Going 4K

Posted by SpiceWare, in Monitor 04 February 2016 · 216 views

My new monitors arrived early!  I bought a couple Dell P2715Q UHD monitors with an ETA of Friday.  Of course the 15' cables are still on time, so I won't be able to set them up on the monitor arms until this weekend.
 

 
Addendum:  Hooked up one for testing.  Image quality is excellent!

 
Addendum:  Max resolut...


Convert Playstation CDs

Posted by SpiceWare, in OpenEmu 31 January 2016 · 274 views

Ran across my Playstation CDs last week and wondered if I could get them to work with OpenEMU .

 
So I took a look at the OpenEmu User-Guide and found the section on CD based games . I thought it was odd that the instructions for a Mac only emulator only listed Windows only tools for converting your CD to use with OpenEMU. After reviewing...


Jitter 3, Recovery Time

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stella 30 January 2016 · 236 views

Last time around I added jitter emulation to Stella, which became part of the official build with version 4.6.5 .  The jitter emulation basically moves the screen up/down in response to inconsistent scanline counts, similar to that which occurs on a real TV. I added it because people without an Atari would often write games with variable scanli...


The Story of Stay Frosty 2, Part 17

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 2 23 January 2016 · 211 views

As sometimes happens at the start of January, I came down with Cedar Fever - really bad allergies due to the cedar pollen. Technically they're Ashe juniper trees, but they're known in Texas as Mountain Cedar. The trees grow in the hill country (central Texas) so I don't normally get exposed to it - but when the wind blows just right (or maybe that shou...






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