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Posted by SpiceWare, in Space Rocks 19 July 2015 · 237 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 · 104 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 · 208 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 · 204 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 · 219 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 · 290 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:
 



Tuner firmware update

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 24 May 2015 · 180 views

Been over a year since I checked the firmware on my tuners, so I downloaded the update tool  and ran it:

 
I have the older HDHR3-US model, current version is HDHR4-2US .  Looking at the firmware changelog I see that not much changed for my model since the 20140121 firmware:
Release 20150406 - HDHR3-US/DT/EU models: Fix reboot when...


Useful Site

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 May 2015 · 192 views

Cut Cable Today  - they have a nice comparison of DVRs for use with an antenna .  
 
My folks plan to cut the cord in the near future, they'll probably go with the Tablo , their top pick.  The Tablo didn't exist when I start this project, else I might have gone with one.
It sits on your home network (does not directly connect to y...


April Savings, HBO Now

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 05 May 2015 · 253 views

No purchases for April, so $156 saved.  Now at $3478 for the cumulative savings since January 2013. Only $238 left to pay off the setup.
 
 
As you may have heard, HBO Now  is up and running.  At the moment you can only sign up if you use an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple TV) or if you have internet service via Optimum....


DPC+ARM - Part 12, Gamepad Support

Posted by SpiceWare, in DPC+ ARM Development 03 May 2015 · 178 views

NOTE: This is an advanced Atari 2600 programming series. It will not cover basic things like triggering a Vertical Sync, what a Kernel is, why a timer is used in Vertical Blank, etc. If you need to learn that, check out with the following:
Collect - detailed development of a 2K game
2600 Programming for Newbies - use the Sorted Table of Contents topic...






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