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Two million pounds of ice on a subtropical island!

Posted by SpiceWare, in Houston 01 January 2017 · 176 views

My sister likes to bring my nephew and a few other kids for an extended weekend to do some holiday sightseeing in Houston. I try to find something different to do every year, and this year was no exception!
They got here on Saturday, the 17th, and we started them off making Melted Snowman Cookies: 
bake sugar cookies
frost them with white cook...

extra hardware!

Posted by SpiceWare, 11 December 2016 · 292 views

Received a question via Messager that I'm going to reply to here as others may find it interesting as well:
Long story short, extra hardware in the cartridge.  
Short story long, one or more of the following are added into the cartridge:

Extra ROM
When the Atari was designed ROM was expensive so they only...

TabloTV Part 2

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 26 November 2016 · 245 views

First off I see that Tablo's having a Black Friday sale .  Free antennas (just pay $12 for shipping) and discounts on Tablos.  As of Saturday morning one antenna model is sold out, but another remains available as do the Tablo discounts.
When we set up the antenna we took a small TV outside and plugged it in via a coax cable...


Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 20 November 2016 · 176 views

Was down at my folks' place yesterday.  We installed the antenna using the existing coax cable from their old satellite dish.  I wasn't able to remove the old mounting plate as their roof had been redone and the upper bolts were blocked by a new piece of metal trim.

I then climbed through their attic to find the other end of the coax an...

fire TV

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 13 October 2016 · 359 views

My fire TV arrived today, it's quite small:

I don't have a new TV yet, and my old TV won't support it, so I have it plugged into one of my 4K monitors.  4K content looks awesome on it, as though I were looking out a window:

I've resubscribed to HBO NOW and had an unexpected surprise - another 30 day free trial :D :

I did ha...

I've thought about it

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 August 2016 · 389 views

In regards to the iTunes Store support failure , I've decided to continue purchasing à la cart TV content via iTunes due to how much better it works with my setup - namely because I can't download episodes from Amazon to my Mac mini and must stream them with occasional picture quality issues.
For HBO and Showtime I'll most likely resubsc...

iTunes Store support failure

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 August 2016 · 373 views

I enjoyed season 1 of Killjoys , so when season 2 showed up for pre-order in iTunes back in June for $19.99 I bought it.
I didn't start watching the series right away, but when I finally got around to watching episode 1 I thought it was rather odd that it ended without any ending credits.  So I dropped iTunes Support a note on July 23rd:...

Stay Frosty, Part 9

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 16 July 2016 · 339 views

The prior update stirred up interest in Stay Frosty in the Holiday Cart Forum. Supercat didn't care for how the melt trail worked, to which I replied it was just a kernel test to make sure it showed up on the correct scanline, while atari2600land and vdub_bobby asked for clarification on the planned game play. I clarified that while the ultimate goal woul...

Stay Frosty, Part 8

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 12 July 2016 · 280 views

Thomas Jentzsch and I had a brief discussion about the snowman's movement: Thomas: I'd like the snowman's movement a bit more "realistic" (e.g. with a bit acceleration and inertia).  Me: Hmm, hadn't thought about that. Any sample source you can suggest for me to take a look at?
Revisions to the movement would start a few days later and would...

Stay Frosty, Part 7

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 11 July 2016 · 237 views

The first "playable" build! Collect all the ice blocks then exit the bottom right to the next level. These two levels are in the final game. The snowman controls are a bit odd at the moment, left/right work as you'd expect while up moves you upward. However, if you're not holding up then the snowman will fall unless he's standing on a platform. The m...

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