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Thanks to all who are answering my questions. I will enjoy this. I am using both Linux and Windows 7. I dual boot and use both operating systems. I got Visual Batari Basic to run about an hour ago. I had a few problems that I figured out thanks to all of the information on the forum. Please keep posting any suggestions.
I have programmed assembly language in the past for the Commodore 64, Texas Instruments 99-4/A, and some SX programming. It has been a very long time and I didn't do a great deal of it. What I would like to do is find some good code that someone else has written and figure out how the program works and make modifications. Something that has good descriptions. Basically reverse engineer it. I have always learned best that way.
I hope to have something to run in a few days. Please keep any suggestions and files coming. I hope to be active and contribute here.
I would highly recommend MrSQLs assembly framework. it seems spot on for your experience and tastes. His framework gives you a great template to work off of yet never interferes with the flexibility of assembly.
I'm definitely intrigued by this thing as an emulation box. Not all flash carts are as easy to get or as high quality as the harmony cart so this would be an easy way for me to play tons of games on my TV. And at $100 USD it is cheaper than some flash carts.
After that literally everything else it could do and run would be a bonus. I'm interested in getting it for the FF3 port alone, though I'd like to see that other Final Fantasy game available at some point. I think I've fairly settled on getting one as the price is definitely right, so now I'm just waiting for the retail launch.