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Motorola Macintosh computers (G3, G4, & G5)

Mon Jan 8, 2018 2:21 PM

Seems we don't have a classic computing area for Macintosh yet.   Funny.  Currently posting this with a G4 Mac (1.5 Ghz) Powerbook that was released on January of 2001.  Seventeen years ago!


With TenFourFox always updating the browsers for the Motorola processors the experience continues to be quite nice.   Perhaps that is why despite how long Macs have been with us (since the mid-80's) there is no section for them in the world of the retro because either they have not left or ever fairly aged Macs are simply only a minor inconvenience to use for everyday use.


Anyway, as weird as this might sound, I enjoy the "feel" of the Motorola processors.  Powered this laptop up from a long slumber as I had CD's I needed to make into .mp3s.  My MacBook Air did not have a CD drive you see.   An even better more "computer user" experience was system 9.  But all and all powering up this PowerBook G4 has not disappointed.  


Hard to believe they are almost old enough to graduate from high school.  :P


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Apollo Games Cartridges using eproms

Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:12 PM

Back in the 80's my Dad enjoyed taking Apollo game cartridges since they were relatively inexpensive and used eproms and would rewrite them.   I came across a Apollo cartridge the other day and it had a regular rom on it.


So in anyone aware of the Apollo cartridge productions, when the eproms were used and for how long.  Also any way to tell the eprom and rom productions aside from opening the cartridges?



2600 Flash Cart? (Aside from Harmony)

Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:45 AM

So I want to make a one off cartridge, is there flash solution for the Atari 2600 like the flash cartridge that Atarimax has for the Atari computers?






Bubsy for the Atari 5200

Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:17 AM

lot of people think Bubsy started on Atari (really the SNES and then Genesis) so .... sure... why not!   Here we have it folks...


BUBSY : Kitt'N Kaboodle

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This fun hack of Fast Eddie was made possible by Hack-O-Matic 3 and some coloring by KevinMos3 who has already made many good color hacks for Atari 2600 games.


The Woolies are at it again stealing Bubsy's stuff and this time they stole EVERYTHING and stored it on the planet Kaboodle!!!   Bubsy will need to JUMP OVER the Woolies to get it all back.  In the game you'll see objects Bubsy needs to collect on based on items he collected in...


Bubsy: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind.  (Yarnball, exclamation marker point)

Bubsy 2   (Nerf gun, Trading card)

Bubsy Fractured Furry Tales  (Ball with exclamation point, extra life shirt)

Bubsy 3D   (Rocket part, atom)

Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Respective   ("No Relief" gag from the fan made game)


And even the newest which came out recently that I'm enjoying...

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Bubsy: Woolies Strike Back.  (glowing yarn ball)


This was originally started on the Atari VCS/2600 and since the code for Fast Eddie for the 2600 and 400/800 were very similar, the Atari 400/800/XL/XE version soon followed


Finding it fun to put Bubsy on one more Atari system, the 5200 version was also created.   Not crazy about how this XL Conversion to the 5200 has Bubsy always running but meh... it's done.   If someone can figure out how to get the main character to stop running that would be greatly appreciated.





Fast Eddie and possible other versions?

Mon Nov 6, 2017 8:45 AM

My thoughts on Fast Eddie, and a request for a non-glitchy version of the game




So first off, I love Fast Eddie as a game.  Played it for hours on the Atari VCS and I think at some point in my Atari computer days I downloaded Fast Eddie on the computer off some BBS.   Played if off an on as one of my old go to games though on the Atari computer there were many better games so things like Minter 2049er was my new platformer by then.



(speaking ironically as this IS a "Platformer).


So fun introduction.  I've been working with Hack-O-Matic and it's true, Fast Eddie was a LAAAAZZZZYYYY port of the VCS/2600 version when brought over to the computer.  I was able to take the sprites I made in this post for a fan hack...




And apply them within a hour to this version for the 400/800




So all that went well.  The character sprites were line by line the same.  The coding for the ladders and background was laid out different.   Currently working on the Vic 20 version.  The Commodore 64 version is VERRRYY different, at least to Hack-O-Matic.


A Non-Glitchy Version?


So there the character to the left in the score rides up a little higher than the rest.  Anyone have a better version where this glitch doesn't happen?  Was this really how Fast Eddie was released and sold?   I  mean not that game testers or quality control was a thing so much back then but ... wow... even the title is off!  :o


If there is not a version, any hacker interested in fixing that and letting us know how that was fixed?


Fast Eddie 400/800 page

Fast Eddie VCS/2600 page