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  1. Been a while since I've been able to properly post here. Is anyone working on any Aquarius related projects? I'm planning to revisit my Aquarius related game ideas, having the Micro Expander makes that a lot easier! Barnie
  2. I've been out of the Loop with retro stuff , only occasionally dipping in. Discord is something I probably need to look at anyway, just a quick thought what does it give us that isn't available on AtariAge? Facebook is a pretty terrible platform for this sort of stuff so from the point of view a good move. Will sign up to the Discord this weekend. I'm now into finishing the 1st year of My Fine Art & Illustration Degree and am finding I've got more time to devote to hobbies which have sort of blurred into everything. First game project to complete is the Aquarius stuff, I need to take stock of where I got to and work out a plan of action.
  3. Another radofin link, mentions a lichtenstein subsidiary http://www.vintagecalculators.com/html/radofin_-_triton.html
  4. Some previous research on add-on electronics, links to a world of spectrum page that's now a bit broken but does contain details of the issue of home computer weekly.
  5. I wonder if looking into addon electronics would help? They were jointly owned by radofin and datel from memory
  6. Interesting question, one I've looked into now and again over the years. First some legal background https://www.begbies-traynorgroup.com/articles/insolvency/the-consequences-of-intellectual-property-rights-when-a-company-becomes-insolvent The issues will be were any rights sold on? I'd hazard a guess that patents have expired. As to copyright, depends on the software on question, did Mattel games retain their original copyright for example? What about licensed properties i.e Tron and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons for example. Most of the hardware in the Aquarius was off the shelf except from memory the PLA, character rom and basic. Maybe someone as a list of Any patents related to the Aquarius that can be checked? I'd really like to see an opensource 8bit basic to replace the Microsoft one on old micros. Is is historical research or are you looking at developing something commercial?
  7. I bought a microexpander on Ebay and got it up and running earlier this week, I wanted to be able to develop stuff easily and my original plan of using casettes is on the back burner. I think my plan now is to create a rom image release of what originally started out as robotwon 2525 and get some carts manufactured. Still a way to got development wise but this should help considerably. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10220538253224694&id=1184205523
  8. Awesome idea. I do wonder if it would be practical to make the keyboard compatible with other retro systems possibly have an adapter for various systems?
  9. I'm back at University next week to start my degree. I plan do some work on creating silicon moulds for some low quantity runs of various items as and when the opportunity arises for project work.
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  11. Sounds like a great idea, thinking out loud anyone that doesnt want to open the Aquarius has the other options available. How hard would it be to implement the USB interface from the microexpander Internally?
  12. A big thank you to Jay for my custom Aquaricart with 32k ram 😁 Very impressed by the whole package and attention to detail particularly with regards to the accompanying manual. Now I just need Bruce's microexpander and a way to physically attach both at the same time and a reliable tape recorder 😊
  13. Taking some screenshots from R-type on the Gameboy http://www.honestgamers.com/assets/4740/view/0.html ( I looked at this from the perspective of lowest resolution system that had a commercial R-Type release) I cropped the images to 320x192 then fed them thru cjmartin's bmp2aq . Scores could be added on the top line . It would be nice to say take the output of bmp2aq and convert to a rexpaint compatible format. A couple of the tests were done with full character set, the other with 80x72 bloxels Certainly with some decent editing and emphasizing the chunky look a decent translation could be achieved Barnie
  14. I've got http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=115&t=30306 andapart from some keyboard issues works quite well Has anyone else had a chance to look at this core? It would be nice if it can be brought into sync with someone of the recent and planned hardware addons My intention until I can get the Real Aquarius loading from cassette is to create ROM images to run on the Mist Aquarius Barnie
  15. Thanks. Amazing what could be achieved considering the limitations. As I want to load from casette whatever I do will need to fit into ram. Will post further when I've made some more progress Barnie
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