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Third 6TB drive installed in the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 August 2015 · 111 views

At the start of the year I moved a bunch of MKV files off the Drobo onto the 3TB drive hooked up to my Mac Pro.  
 
Since then that 3TB drive has filled up, so I debated setting up a Drobo for my Mac Pro.  I decided not to as the Thunderbolt Drobo's were last updated back in 2012. I'm holding off in hopes of a faster Drobo - the current Dr...


Warlords fix for XRGB-mini

Posted by SpiceWare, in Warlords 22 August 2015 · 133 views

In this topic about the exciting new RGB mod for the 2600, collinp reported that the XRGB-mini had problems syncing with Warlords. I took a quick look and noticed that VSYNC was set before the WSYNC, instead of after, which resulted in the sync signal starting late in the scanline.
 I did a quick hack via Stella to swap the order. The hack r...


Overscan Jitter 2, DPC+ Jitter

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stella 04 August 2015 · 151 views

I think the overscan jitter changes are finished. The prior build was done using an older version of Stella's source. I've updated to the latest version and migrated my changes over to it.
 
TIA.hxx
Change currentFrameBuffer
uInt8* currentFrameBuffer() const { return myCurrentFrameBuffer + myFramePointerOffset + myCurrentFrameJitter; }
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Overscan Jitter

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stella 03 August 2015 · 109 views

One of the limitations of Stella is it doesn't emulate the jitter that occurs if overscan runs longer/shorter than normal. This is a quick attempt to address this. TIA.hxx
Change currentFrameBuffer
uInt8* currentFrameBuffer() const { return myCurrentFrameBuffer + myFramePointerOffset + myVariableScanlineJitter*160; }
Add myVariableScanlineJ...


Playtesters needed

Posted by SpiceWare, in Space Rocks 19 July 2015 · 289 views

I built a special version of Space Rocks for a tournament to be held at the Classic Game Fest  next weekend.
 
The menu is gone, it's been replaced with this:

 
And every round starts out with 12 large asteroids

 
Left Difficulty controls a game timer: A = ON, B = OFF
Right Difficulty controls how long, A = 2:00, B = 5:00
 
St...


June Savings, Showtime

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 08 July 2015 · 131 views

No new content for June so the savings was $156.  At this point my cumulative savings of $3780 has more than paid for my investment of $3716 in the Mac mini DVR project, so I think I'll stop the monthly update; however, I'll still post the occasional entry when I check out things like Showtime's new streaming service . 
 
There's a num...


Thought I needed a new tuner

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 07 June 2015 · 236 views

This past week I noticed an issue where a few recordings were cropped:

 
I didn't think much about it at first as the episodes I noticed it on had been recorded multiple times, so I just watched another recording.  
 
I then ran into it when watching live TV.  I did some experiments and realized it was always occurring on the 3rd t...


New channel, BUZZR

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 02 June 2015 · 250 views

​Time for another channel scan as Fox added a new subchannel for the new network BUZZR .  As you might have guessed from its name, it's a channel devoted to game shows .
 
Pat Sajak  is one of the guest stars on the currently airing episode of Super Password .  There was some banter between him and the host (Bert C...


May Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 June 2015 · 247 views

I've been enjoying Game of Thrones on HBO Now so I've decided to go ahead and let the $15 charge for the next month go through so I can finish watching season 5, which wraps up in a couple weeks on June 14th.  I had a small balance left on the iTunes gift cards I received for Xmas , so I'm only counting $10 towards the monthly expense for content....


Coastal A's and Rods 23rd Annual Fun Run

Posted by SpiceWare, 25 May 2015 · 310 views

Coastal A's and Rods has a street rod event event, known as the Fun Run, down in Corpus Christi for Memorial Day Weekend.  
 
My brother-in-law Eric entered the Big Hot Wheels Toy that they brought up for the Houston Art Car Parade .  They won the Kids Choice award :thumbsup:
 







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