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Quicker Input Switching

Posted by SpiceWare, 11 February 2016 · 50 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 butto...


Deep Color

Posted by SpiceWare, 08 February 2016 · 118 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 happens...


Apple Pencil

Posted by SpiceWare, in iOS 07 February 2016 · 87 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, 05 February 2016 · 124 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, 04 February 2016 · 124 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!



Convert Playstation CDs

Posted by SpiceWare, in OpenEmu 31 January 2016 · 183 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 · 148 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 · 145 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...


Looking back

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 11 January 2016 · 229 views

Hard to believe, but its been three years since I cut the cord . I did so because I estimated $800 a year in savings while still being able to watch the shows I wanted to watch. Those savings would be what I used to pay DirecTV ($146 a month) less purchasing shows à la cart - buying seasons via Amazon, iTunes, and physical media (Blu-ray & DVD s...


The Story of Stay Frosty 2, Part 16

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stay Frosty 2 09 January 2016 · 172 views

After posting about only concentrating on ROM savings, Thomas replied:
 

He started reviewing the code then came back with:

So I brought him up to speed on DPC+'s FastFetch mode, which overrides the LDA # command for faster access (by 2 cycles!) to the DPC+ registers. Thomas started coming back with changes like:
 

Our first day of optimizi...






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