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Andrew Davie last won the day on September 12 2020

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  1. Reminds me of many years ago, when a guy came to the (video game) company I worked for and showed a C64 demo which did (frankly) amazing/impossible stuff. During the demo he gave, he accidentally loaded up a diagnostic version, so we got to see the timing bars on the screen. Couldn't for the life of me figure out how the demo could do what we saw with our own eyes... and so the boss paid this guy $5K (a LOT at that time) for the rights/source code. Once we got the code, we realised that "accident" was actually "on purpose" and it was a deception. The timing bars were fake, and designed to throw us off track. The actual method was interesting, but ultimately useless to us - as it took about 99% of the CPU time to achieve, leaving nothing for any game logic/other stuff. So, I'm just saying it has been known that people release fake/deceptive stuff to throw the good folk off the scent. So saying, maybe this board has nothing to do with the actual final product(s) and supposed capability.
  2. ... but wouldn't you expect to see holes in the board for the pins of the chips? I don't see any.
  3. I'm going to hazard a guess that you have an app on your phone where you enter your serial number. When you get a high score, you use your phone to take a photo of the screen (using the app), and this gets sent to them -- and they verify it and enter the score in the database for you. THAT WAS A GUESS I'M NOT SAYING THEY ACTUALLY DO THIS. I just don't see any pin holes on the board for an ESP, so it's unlikely to be included, IMHO.
  4. Haha yes, I struggle to reduce to as few as possible. This board is crazy!
  5. @ZeroPage Homebrew please add @AlienSoldier to the list. The purpose of the rules was not to exclude people, but to make it possible to include people.
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  7. Poll is closed. Thanks to those who voted. The clear winner is "Glacier Belle", which pleases me as it's my favourite by far. Here's a list of those who did everything right and thus are in the draw for the free PlusCart I offered. The winner will be drawn from a literal hat, on a very-soon episode by @ZeroPage Homebrew. @Prizrak (withdrawn) @CapitanClassic @MrZarniwoop @bikeguychicago @ZeroPage Homebrew (though I think everyone would be outraged if you won) @alfredtdk @Gemintronic @Pat Brady @Dan Iacovelli @Stephen @Rogerpoco @JasperAK @MissCommand @-^CrossBow^- @vitoco @groundtrooper @alex_79 (withdrawn) @Bomberman94 @quohog @sramirez2008 @7800 Guy May the best piece of paper win. No correspondence will be entered into, etc., etc.
  8. Poll is closed. Thanks to those who voted. The clear winner is "Glacier Belle", which pleases me as it's my favourite by far. Here's a list of those who did everything right and thus are in the draw for the free PlusCart I offered. The winner will be drawn from a literal hat, on a very-soon episode by @ZeroPage Homebrew. @Prizrak (withdrawn) @CapitanClassic @MrZarniwoop @bikeguychicago @ZeroPage Homebrew (though I think everyone would be outraged if you won) @alfredtdk @Gemintronic @Pat Brady @Dan Iacovelli @Stephen @Rogerpoco @JasperAK @MissCommand @-^CrossBow^- @vitoco @groundtrooper @alex_79 (withdrawn) @Bomberman94 @quohog @sramirez2008 @7800 Guy May the best piece of paper win. No correspondence will be entered into, etc., etc.
  9. Can you resist "Pharaoh Cart" - king of all cartridges? TutanCARTmun... The shell could have a CARTouche on the side. I'm printing a azure/gold one right now
  10. Here's another update to the shell STL files. This is the version WITH the SD slot. I've reworked the pin holders so that the gap for pins matches the size of the pins. Before there was a bit of round cornering going on, and the gap was also adjusted based on pin size, which was not what it was supposed to do. Now the pinholder size is constant (and a bit squarer internally) so that there's more logic to choosing pin sizes. I include three sizes of pins, but you probably want to print "3.2" as that's a good fit for me. Note that the pins are identified with the size across the top face, so easy to know what's what. Also the pins themselves don't adjust their width when the thickness changes. I fixed this some time ago but the change got lost due to poor version management here, so that has been sorted once again. Finally, I've tweaked the width of the "insert" into which the board itself clips. I've made the label itself ever so slightly shorter, as I was having trouble slotting it in - but this is untested here, so YMMV. I find that if I use the pins (i.e., the whole shebang), then when you push it together and insert one side "lip", you'll need to put the whole thing on the desk and give it a bit of a thump to get it all to snap together. It's now a solid fit and there's no way it's going to fall open once all clicked together. Don't use pins from previous designs! An aside; my printer give vertical lines/ripples on the sides of things as they're printed. I just found out this is actually the stepper motors causing it, not (as I thought) the belt vibration. It can be almost eliminated by printing walls very slowly. So, if you have the same issue then try setting your outline/shell speed to something low (say, 10mm/s). It makes a huge, huge difference for me. PlusCart Shell 20210307.zip
  11. approaching perfection... almost there. Been thinking, just as a challenge, of a mechanism for a protective flap/door. But, not this iteration.
  12. There's some shell refinements coming in ... very soon.... so don't do too much printing.
  13. Also... PAL60 is much better than PAL50. Not sure which you're viewing.
  14. Thanks. Brightness is easy to change in the code. Videos are next to useless IMHO as they don't generally show what it looks like to the eye... Video given looks MUCH more flickery than I expect it to look to the eye.
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