Happy New Year everyone! This is Frank Palazzolo and I just wanted to chime in on this thread. The tape images I am working with came from Dan Blitz's collection, which eventually was sold to Alex Pace. I used two different systems to do the dumps - initially I used a "Gen 1" simple stereo cassette player with two passes. The "Gen 2" system I did consisted of a TASCAM 4-track player/recorder which I modded, working with a data acquisition system. Unfortunately, I didn't get to dump everything with the "Gen 2" system, however. So, I do have recordings of "Super Football", as well as other tapes mentioned on the internet.
You would think I have all the data I need - but some of the cassettes had some damage, and the system I cobbled together back then wasn't perfect. I am going through the images now, recovering and verifying the data with some python scripts and by hand as needed. I'll post a link soon with the list of images, and their status as far as recovery goes. I may need help with image recovery at some point - and it may be worth trying to re-acquire some of the images eventually. But I don't even know which ones at this point.
So far I have recovered 3 images in their entirety - Family Budgeting, Geography Challenge, and Crosswords1. I haven't run the last 2 in an emulator yet. Can't wait to try it though
I am upgrading the emulation in MAME as well, so that it can run the various programs. I believe the emulation of the BASIC programs is complete - I just need to get it back into a recent build of MAME. Emulation of the assembly programs, Physical Conditioning, Conversational French, etc. will probably need some more work in MAME to run properly.
Thanks for all the interest - I'm glad to be working on something again that people want to see