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#3908995 TI99/4a modern expansions availability

Posted by Ksarul on Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:35 PM

There are more PEB boards out there than you might imagine, although a lot of them are difficult to find now. There is a SASI controller (the Myarc personality card, very rare); an MFM hard disk controller (The Myarc HFDC, relatively hard to find); an IDE controller (Nouspikel IDE, hard to find at the moment, but I am busy slowly reimagining it with through hole components); two different SCSI controllers (one from WHT and one from SNUG, both somewhat hard to find). There is a handful of double density disk controller cards (from CorComp, Myarc, Atronic, SNUG, and even TI), lots of memory cards (including a 1MB SAMS card that is still available--or better said, it will be as soon as I get my next batch of boards in), and all kinds of really odd but useful cards, like the MBP Clock board that also has analog I/O lines; the IEE-488 card, the aforementioned speech board for the PEB (there are actually two choices here, as the CorComp Triple Tech board will do this too); and all kinds of RAM Disk boards.

#3908792 Royal game of Ur

Posted by Ksarul on Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:13 PM

There are also apparently two versions of the rules--one with three dice and the other with four. . .

#3908174 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Ksarul on Sat Dec 9, 2017 6:04 PM

Not exactly a safe seller to buy from either. . .he's a bit hit and miss when it comes to functionality of delivered items (or hidden damage that isn't mentioned in the listing).

#3905345 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Ksarul on Tue Dec 5, 2017 7:04 PM

Note, that one looks like it may not be a Mitsumi keyboard. Mitsumi's had much more of a square effect to their keytops. . .here's a beige one that isn't Mitsumi.

#3901975 Flying Shark

Posted by Ksarul on Fri Dec 1, 2017 9:26 AM

I think I like it better with the plane shadows, but that too is just personal preference.

#3901973 High Score Competition (December: Driving Demon)

Posted by Ksarul on Fri Dec 1, 2017 9:23 AM

Did anyone snag the three Frogger source code files before the server dropped the site? The interview itself is available on the Wayback machine (they snagged it on the 17th of November), but the files weren't part of the grab, unfortunately. I turned the Wayback version of the page into a document file, and I can upload it here after I convert it to PDF if anyone is interested.

#3897318 joystick adapter question

Posted by Ksarul on Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:00 PM

The diodes make the adapter much more stable. . .

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#3896625 Good Thanksgiving thoughts

Posted by Ksarul on Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:38 PM

I'm pretty sure my wife is genetically incapable of maintaining happiness in stretches longer than can be easily measured in milliseconds--and having more than one of those millisecond-events in a 24-hour period is so unlikely as to be legendary when they do happen. . .LOL

#3896581 Good Thanksgiving thoughts

Posted by Ksarul on Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:51 AM

Deep fried or smoked, I could go with either of those delectable options right now. I will settle for oven-roasted though, as She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed isn't into either of the other options. . .

#3896063 Good Thanksgiving thoughts

Posted by Ksarul on Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:39 PM

My wife always asks me when the litter of puppies in my belly is going to be born. . .so I am well past the skinny stage of life. LOLOL

#3893329 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Ksarul on Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:47 PM

They are Qualification Run cartridges. Generally TI made 100-150 of a cartridge as part of a test run before letting the line go into full production mode. They ran the assembled cartridges through QC to verify that everything worked right on the line and that the cartridges themselves worked afterwards. If the test run passed the QC check, they initiated full production. All Qualification cartridges are identical to production cartridges with the exception of the label (sometimes typed, sometimes hand-written, and sometimes a production label on a two-tone case). Some cases have dates (leftovers from prior production runs) and some don't. Some are two-tone cases or cases in one color that are different from the color of later production copies. The only ones that can really be classified as true prototypes are the ones on EGROM boards (rarely seen in the wild). Note that some cartridges that made it through the qualification process still didn't go into production (I have a qualification copy of Crossfire that fits that description, along with a whole series of the Milliken cartridges as double cartridges that actually need the teacher/class disk to work--a disk I don't have yet).

#3892282 I think THE Beery Miller may have shown up!

Posted by Ksarul on Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:46 AM

Though we didn't get to talk much at Chicago last year, I too still have and use my Geneves. I even ported a few of the Tomy Pyuuta games over to it a couple of years ago using the same methods Barry Boone used to port the US Tomy Tutor titles over.

#3891339 TI Invaders Source Code

Posted by Ksarul on Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:46 PM

The disk only came with the object code. The photocopy of the printout is the only copy of the source code I've seen in the wild. The same went for Parsec until I took the printed source, scanned it in, and ran it through an OCR followed by about 20 runs to correct errors. Paul Urbanus was of immeasurable help in that process, as he and I tag teamed for the error correction cycles.

#3889928 Has procrastination ever paid off in your TI hobby?

Posted by Ksarul on Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:10 PM

I understand that problem entirely, Vorticon!

#3889397 To socket or not to socket - TMS9900

Posted by Ksarul on Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:25 PM

Here is one good one, and I buy stuff from this vendor all the time. Here's another one that ends up a little cheaper because it only gives you two (instead of six).