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    Retro gaming fan club with monthly meetings. Competitions, beer and pizza. Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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  1. Out of curiosity and by no means being unfriendly : why should we care these days about tape bootloaders and CAS / WAV file generation? Is there really anyone left in the world who would use a tape to load e.g. games on the Atari 8bit? To this day I remember that I as a kid had really mixed feelings (to say it in nice words) rgd. tapes. To me it always always a big pain in the a*s. Boot times were horrific, commercial budget tape games often had quality issues ("Boot Errors"), copying tape games to disk was sometimes close to impossible, time consuming and frustrating. I had only a short period of being an "Atari 8bit tape-only user" and it was terrible. The day my grandfather upgraded his 1050 to XF551 was my day-1 to become a true Atari user, because I got his 1050 Finally I was a first class Atari citizen grüße, \thomas
  2. Hi everyone, hope this is the right way to report or discuss a Fujinet bug. (At least I suppose it's a bug or some kind of incompatibility). To reproduce: A lot of XEX games in the Fandal archive (e.g. Galaxian) perform a warm start (e47e) in order to start a game. Many programs actually do this to initialize the computer. Typically it was called by tape games which displayed custom loading screens. So have a look at my set of Galaxian. 1) # Galaxian Fandal Orig -> Performs a reboot right after game was loaded 2) # Galaxian Fandal Fixed -> works (fixed) 3) # Galaxian Homesoft -> works For many years I used Rasters SDrive with Fandals games archive. I never experienced any issues with these games. Fandal said he has 400+ XEX games that are probably incompatible to the Fujinet XEX bootloader. Any opinions on this? grüße, \thomas Galaxian Fandal: http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=1942 Galaxian Homesoft: http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?dl=041|GALAXIAN #6 - Galaxian Fandal Fixed.xex #6 - Galaxian Fandal Orig.xex #6 - Galaxian Homesoft.xex
  3. To me the by far most comfortable option is to use the 8bitdo Mega Drive Retro Receiver and combine it with an 8bitdo SN30 pro+ wireless controller. The retro receiver requires a very simple 5V rewire adapter. Then you will get immediately a 2button Mega Drive compatible TOP ATARI controller matching today's controller standards (switch, xbox, ps3). https://www.8bitdo.com/sn30-pro-plus/ https://www.8bitdo.com/retro-receiver-genesis-mega-drive/ Big advantage of the 8bitdo controllers is the "Ultimate Software" that you can use to remap buttons (e.g. X-BUTTON = UP) and you have auto-fire directly included (use the star*-button). This setup supports two buttons, but it can be extended via Manterola's concept - not my usecase, as I'm very happy with 1b, 2b (e.g. Scramble) but it seems that it could be quite easily 2B+ (with patched games of course). grüße, \thomas
  4. Hi Wratchchild, can you please tell me where I can find the single ATR image?
  5. Hi Thom, i really like the way you publish your programs! Using github/open sourced and with very nice youtube-demos!! It's great to see that kind of professional development combined with our's old-mens-hardware 🙂 grüße, \thomas
  6. (4) add lightweight (non-boot) DOS&SDX compatible GUI for disk management I see similarities to Raster's legendary SDRIVE GUI which is perfectly runnable from SDX and after configuration it exits nicely to the command line.
  7. exactly. I have no other files on the 1B+ than those I want to be public anyway, but that "snooping" on my local subnet is my biggest concern.
  8. Hi there, this is probably just an indirect Fujinet question rgd. thh Spectranet TNFS demon (https://github.com/FujiNetWIFI/spectranet ) Like many from us Fujinet-users, I setup a local TNFSD on a low-end RPI1B+ (Which turns out to be just the right hardware for this matter). Let's say I now want to expose the TNFSD-port (16384) to my public IP. What do you say how secure that would be? Is it likely that the tnsfd service can be exploited? Would it be beneficial to setup some kind of local firewall on the RPI? (nftables, firewalld) Should I consider putting my RPI in an isolated subnet (managed switch, WAN access only) grüße \thomas
  9. that keeps me shocked. what a tragic loss. there are no words whatsoever that can change this sad story but I truly hope that his family and friends will be strong. I wish them all the best. Rest in peace Petr.
  10. money quote: Flickering (almost) always sucks. Please don't!
  11. Very good topic. I was also very frustrated to find out that neither Visicalc nor Syncalc worked on a typical SDX+HDD setup. I wonder if one of our machine code & system heroes could have a look on Visicalc binary. It used to be a very high rated productivity software. A pitty that it does not run on SDX. Today a few 30 years later we have Software-80 column E: drivers and/or native VBXE 80 columns support, >128KB RAM and harddisks with subdirectories. In 2020 it would be quite something to have a nice spreadsheet productivity software with support of those "advanced" possibilities. Maybe another approach is to have a look on other platforms too. Maybe there is text-based spreadsheet software for CPM, BBC Micro, C64, Apple2 that would be worth to port? On first look it is maybe much easier to port productivity software than those "crazy" game conversions like C64 Stunt Car Racer or BBC Prince of Persia. grüße \twh
  12. yeah. same question here. How do I cheat ? 🙂
  13. Hi, i'm completly new to this project. I find it awesome and I would like to build one device to contribute as tester. So what would be the right way to actually assemble one device? As a complete dummy to hardware I assume I have 3 separate domains to address: 1) order the hardware basket (e.g. esp, buttons, resistors, etc.) 2) order the pcb according to schematics 3) order the case according to the model .. 4) my turn: soldering, assembling, firmware loading, using. I see 3) can be done -> although I never ordered a printed case - but it sounds fun. But what I'm totally missing is 1) and 2) .. is this somewhere documented? grüße \twh
  14. well. it was more my point, that my whole understanding of my personal Atari 8bit experience is actually much more an "Atari 800" experience. When I was a kid growing up with an Atari800 XL (dad) and Atari 130 XE (grandfather), I had no idea of the Atari 400/800 early 80s home computer line. When I first time saw pictures of an Atari 400 I thought it was just an old-styled case of an Atari XL but otherwise the same. But it turned out that my world was 90% "Atari 800" and only 10% "Atari XL/XE". So to speak, the XL/XE line was a very unsuccessfull platform after all. (ignoring the fact, that XL/XE was of course able to run 800 stuff).
  15. The vest looks awesome! One question: Can the prince look more "similiar" accross the levels? First time I saw the "upper levels" the prince was noticeably recolored. I can see the reason, because the prince is mixed of colors of the level. Would at least the vest (next to the skin) be stable across the different level themes? Btw. there are only two themes right? Dungeon and Temple right?
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