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New Keyboard

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 October 2015 · 152 views

Back in January of 2013 I picked up home theater keyboard for use with the Mac mini that drives my HDTV. The keyboard worked OK, though typing on it was a bit tedious and I had minor communication issues with the USB dongle that necessitated the use of a USB extension cord to get it out from behind all the AV equipment.
For the past few months I'v...


Posted by SpiceWare, in Collect 18 October 2015 · 194 views

The Houston Arcade Expo is less than a month away!  I'll be giving my presentation Saturday November 14th, at 7pm  and, as always, I like to revise the presentation with something new.
Last summer I started the series Collect  with plans to use it in my presentation at the Classic Game Fest over in Austin.  I eventually r...

Block apps in Facebook

Posted by SpiceWare, 13 September 2015 · 243 views

Just a followup to this old blog entry  on how to block applications from your Facebook stream.
On the top-right of the Facebook page is a triangle shaped menu, click on it then click on Settings :

Select Blocking from the list of options on the left:

Scroll down to find the section titled Block apps :


Third 6TB drive installed in the Drobo

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 25 August 2015 · 254 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 · 282 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 · 231 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.
Change currentFrameBuffer
uInt8* currentFrameBuffer() const { return myCurrentFrameBuffer + myFramePointerOffset + myCurrentFrameJitter; }

Overscan Jitter

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stella 03 August 2015 · 169 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 · 425 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

June Savings, Showtime

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 08 July 2015 · 183 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 · 291 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...

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