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#3767046 CARTRIDGES -- Are you a collector or _________?

Posted by --- Ω --- on Yesterday, 11:57 AM

A follow-up question: once the FinalGrom99 is released, how many of you would still want to buy a physical cartridge for homebrew software? 

 

THAT is a very good question.  For me it would have to have something a regular cartridge or an FG99 can not do.  The only cartridge capable of this is the UberGROM like in the WiFi configuration by Acadiel.  




#3766938 TIPI - TI-99/4A to Raspberry PI interface development

Posted by --- Ω --- on Yesterday, 9:24 AM

So my 2017 wishlist is FG99 and TiPi.

Indeed an exciting year.

 

Total agreement so far.  Of course I also want a WiFi UberGROM when/if they become available assembled for my second system.

My main concern at this point is continued software support for all the varied devices. 




#3766932 TIPI - TI-99/4A to Raspberry PI interface development

Posted by --- Ω --- on Yesterday, 9:14 AM

:thumbsup:  :thumbsup:  :thumbsup:

Are you going to put out some form of documentation for setup and use for the technically challenged?  :P

 

I'm hoping for pre-assembled & ready to install myself.  :)




#3766895 TI-99/4A Software Conversion

Posted by --- Ω --- on Yesterday, 8:02 AM

 

Re.: Gotek/Lotherek. Can these drives be used as a second drive in my PE Box? (i.e. Can I do an exact binary copy from DSK1 to one of those devices in order to preserve and migrate the content to an emulator running on PC? I would need to mirror the content of the drive, including both Input files and program code.)

 

I never owned two drives and I was hoping there was an easy way to duplicate a disk.

 

Actually the << Lotharek HxC >> can be used as a second and even third drive in your TI at the same time (if you want).  For example, I have mine configured as DSK1 and DSK2 (at the same time) with an actual 3.5" as DSK3.

 

Yes, provided there is no copy protection on the disk and the disk does not push errors due to floppy disk degradation, it's easy to backup files, or the entire disk from one to the other.  My program of choice is DM2K.  

 

If you are thinking of going down the Lotharek path, you might want to check out << this link >> about a very affordable way to increase your storage capacity, providing you are using an unmodified TI floppy controller.  Just a heads up though, once you start using the Lotharek, you will probably not want to bother with that 5-1/4" drive anymore.




#3765347 OT: pɐǝɹɥʇ ƃuıdɯnp ;)

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 9:29 PM

I saw this image on the Internet and immediately thought of SWIM.  Maybe his next AtariAge Icon?  ;)

 

 

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#3765314 Fest West 2017

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 8:37 PM

Ouch! 




#3765162 FlashROM 99 & FinalGROM 99 - Image Repository -- (5/19/2017)

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 3:54 PM

RXB 2015

FinalGROM 99 Version --- (Includes both menu and non menu versions)

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#3765161 FlashROM 99 & FinalGROM 99 - Image Repository -- (5/19/2017)

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 3:52 PM

TUTANKHAM

FinalGROM 99 Version --- ( Do not rename the files )

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#3765137 Trying to learn TI programming

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 3:34 PM

 

Since I don't have anything extravagant for my TI, I may not be able to use it.  I'll look it up.  My first goal is to just get everything up and running.  Then I'm going to start tricking them out. 

 

Uh huh... THAT'S HOW IT ALL STARTS!   :grin:

By this time next year you'll probably have a full blown system!




#3765127 Fest West 2017

Posted by --- Ω --- on Fri May 19, 2017 3:26 PM

I also failed to get a group shot. 

 

There is always next year... IF  I decide to do this again.

While I cannot and will not commit yet, you might want to pencil in April 28th of next year... just in case.  :)

 

On another note:  After seeing those pictures of Airshack, I realize I need to drop a few pounds!




#3764552 Fest West 2017

Posted by --- Ω --- on Thu May 18, 2017 9:24 PM

Omega, have you ever used an MSX machine? They have that relationship between MSX-DOS and MSX-BASIC.

-M@

 

I've never used an MSX machine, but considering it's origins and relation to Microsoft, I'm not surprised.   :)

BITD, my TRS-80 Model III was the same way, which is something I really appreciated.  Execution of an assembly language program or a BASIC program did not differ much, other than having to type BASIC in front of the filename.  I've always been partial to the DOS environment as it's fairly quick, unlike the TI that requires you to go through startup screens or multiple menus, and other assorted BS to load a simple program.

 

While it's only my lowly opinion, I think a true DOS environment for the TI is way overdue.  With the FinalGROM99 on the horizon I envision some intriguing possibilities.  Now if RXB's BASIC comes to fruition, and it turns out to be as fast as implied, coupled with SAMS support, well... happy days!


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#3764342 RXB - Rich Extended Basic

Posted by --- Ω --- on Thu May 18, 2017 1:58 PM




#3764341 Fest West 2017

Posted by --- Ω --- on Thu May 18, 2017 1:57 PM

Rich,

  Sorry it took so long, but I've been slammed for time lately.   Someday I'd really like to see this as a 'stand alone' BASIC that works within a DOS environment, for instance being able to type something like, "BASIC PROGNAME" to run a basic program would be so cool, and upon completion return to the DOS prompt.

 

   Anyway, here it is...

 




#3763936 What do you think?

Posted by --- Ω --- on Wed May 17, 2017 8:25 PM

Compatibility is an interesting term, which sometimes seems to have a variable definition, usually dependant on the opinion of one who owns a piece of rare or hard to obtain hardware.  When I use the term, it's usually only in relation to what Texas Instruments released, not what a third party outfit released decades ago with marginal sales figures.  If I remember correctly, back in the day even Myarc & CorComp could not even get on the same page when it came to format compatibility on their FDC's, but then again, why should they?  They were in direct competition, why should they be forced to comply with some set standard, limit their options and be no different than their competition?

 

I do like backward compatibility, but I also believe in creating new and modern schemes or methods to accomplish a task, especially when it improves our systems and gives us all new and exciting capabilities.  In the end, the market will decide with their PayPal account.  The more choices the better.  One of the reasons the TI is so hot right now is because of innovation.  I seriously doubt people would find the TI very exciting if we did not have F18A's, FG99's or the promise of new toys like the TIPI.  




#3763594 What do you think?

Posted by --- Ω --- on Wed May 17, 2017 9:00 AM

 

On that path, I'd rather go for a 99105-based system. *That* would surely be an interesting thing with new challenges and potential.

 

If it could be 100% backwards compatible with the 99/4A I'd say sure... at least for me.  I, like many others, do not have any nostalgic ties to other systems, for example I never had a Geneve, so I'm simply not interested in one.  Now If a system appeared to be a 99/4A until 'unlocked' by the end user's choice that might be a different matter.  For example I was really impressed with the way Matthew180 did the F18A, it's a straight 9918 replacement... until the user decides he wants to use the 'extra stuff'.  In essence it satisfies most people in both camps.