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In Topic: Guru input needed on possible development path idea

Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:02 AM

I've been thinking about this a bit…  I know the desire would be to create a modern desktop metaphor GUI, but … do we need or even want that?  If an alternative to Matt's 32k giving us a TiPi-compatible SAMS were to be created, or a P-box SAMS card with TiPi, you'd have access to a modern mouse.  All for that!  F18A Mk 2 should be able to give us the option of more colors, more sprites, more graphics in general.


What I wonder is … what if the text screen and the graphics screen were essentially the same screen?  That's not far from how the stock VDP operates anyway, but let's maybe improve upon that.  What if a program can take over the screen or part of it to render graphics on top of the text?  Again, almost the VDPs native mode, except there's no coordination or standardization.


I think about Contiki, a GUI program on the C64, but plain text for faster speed on the Apple II.  But its TUI tries to implement ASCII icons.  What if it could just draw graphics there?  What if it could use colors to use the text screen more like a GUI screen, and instead of being a character cell MouseText "arrow" or inverted block, the cursor were a mouse cursor that moved like you'd expect?


From where I sit, the desktop metaphor is going away.  It's not really used on modern versions of Windows and is increasingly less used on macOS.  The desktop is becoming a scratch space for a current project and the usual menus and the like are being replaced by program finders or selectors—pop up screens full of programs to choose from or search through.  A setup like this might lend itself nicely to a Norton Commander style file manager, or maybe you could run a modified beginners or extended BASIC that ran under it.  Multitasking maybe with a model like screen/tmux, either full screen or in subwindows, or maybe both?  And because programs would be cooperating, you could mix GUIs and text.  This IMO capitalizes on the fact that the TI, like most 1980s vintage computers, is pretty good at text, but still give you the power to use graphics wherever you need them.


I know I've often wished I could just switch tmux on my Mac or Linux machines to a tab with a GUI web browser in it.  I don't often tile things because I like being able to see what I'm doing with large fonts, but a split screen does have its advantages.


Throwing a pipe dream out there.

In Topic: A friend thinks I'm nuts using a TI, but two interesting topics came up.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:33 AM

Definitely the issue with the console is the internal power supply.  The transformer is pretty robust.  I'm interested in a power supply to replace the one in the PEB,.  Ideally I'd like it to be a DC-DC power supply, but I haven't really found a +5v +12v -5v supply.  The PicoPSU things exist—you could use a 7905 to get -5v and the regulator board could provide power switch and mounting inside the console.  If I were doing that, I'd probably have additional space on the PCB.  I've got a few ideas about things you might want to transplant inside the console if you had the option.  :)

In Topic: Tunnels Of Doom

Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:00 AM

I haven't gotten into this yet.  I should correct that problem.

In Topic: OT: pɐǝɹɥʇ ƃuıdɯnp ;)

Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:57 AM

i've posted in the OT about one of my non-nerdy hobbies, running. i'm wondering if it's not hazardous to my health, though.  ;)


i strained my MCL in my right knee and possibly tore it, but i have to wait to have an MRI done to confirm.


right now i'm up to a 'fast shamble'.  


I have one of those things.  I hate having to use it, so I try to be careful of the knee.


Unfortunately I'm dealing with another painful medical issue right now.  I'll be seeing a surgeon about it Tuesday.  Two surgical options exist, and one of them requires a nearly one month recovery.  I won't be able to get around the way I usually do during that time.

In Topic: Finding the perfect Black & Silver HDMI Monitor for the F18A MK2

Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:53 AM

Get a silver speaker bar on that thing and you're golden.