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  1. For Bubble Bobble, aim initially for 100K, then push that to 200K when you hit it. Keep building your score up in steps and you should have a pretty good challenge on your hands. FWIW, I'd recommend reading up on the various secrets, etc. the game has. If your initial focus is just on score, I wouldn't start worrying about them until you're consistently over the 300K mark, but they are good to know about.
  2. Bear in mind that in order to make the type of video you're talking about, someone would need to have complete, uninterrupted access to the machine for at least an hour, if not longer. All machines on the floor are set to free play and are open to anyone to play, so coordinating a time to do this between all parties when it won't disrupt attendees' ability to play the game is tricky. And, frankly, it may not be something the owner of the machine has any interest in doing. That's his prerogrative; he's the owner, so gets to decide what happens with the game. I'm not saying that this is the case, but it is a possibility. Patience. ROM releases have been held back before due to people getting overly-demanding about them. I get that you're anxious to see it, but nobody is obligated to release anything, and it would be unfortunate if enough people annoyed everyone responsible for the release to the point where they just say 'screw it' and can the idea completely.
  3. True. All of our equipment is connected to UPSes, but that's only good for cleaning the grid side. The output side can generate its own problems which have the potential to be shared between machines. Multiple interfaces on the host acting as fileserver wouldn't be necessary - just place a switch between the Ataris and the PC / Raspi / Whatever. Agreed. I'm waiting to see what the final hardware design looks like; TNFS is already fairly mature, so from the software side it's really just a question of implementing it on the ST. Assuming that the FujiNet hardware can be easily adapted to the ST, it should be possible to come up with a working prototype relatively quickly.
  4. Yep, he's the guy who brought the machine to CAX in 2000. Known quantity.
  5. Well, I just officially abandoned this idea for STs in favour of #FujiNet. IMHO, FujiNet has the potential to offer a much more seamless experience to data access than the idea I'd proposed, and I don't see the sense in going down a different track when there's no clear benefit to doing so. So... Work is continuing on the 8-bit side, and it appears to be maturing *very* nicely. Has any consideration been given to the 68K side of things, or is it early for that? As I see it, three things (in broad strokes) need to happen: Hardware: wifi adapter. TNFS implementation for 68K. Interfacing TNFS with TOS' disk handling. Are there plans underway, or is that a bit further off?
  6. After some consideration, I've come to the conclusion that an ACSI-to-USB solution may not be the best way to approach the underlying issues it seeks to solve. The idea has merit, but it also has limitations that can probably be solved more flexibly (and elegantly) via network-attached filesystems. With that in mind, I'd invite anyone interested to take a look at the #FujiNet Project. Yes, it's being implemented on 8-bit machines at this time. However, from discussion with one of the main developers, it should be possible to implement the underlying TNFS protocol on any machine that wants to connect to FujiNet or private fileshares. With the previously-suggested ACSI-to-USB interface, the ST has to do its file accesses via a USB-attached host. Under the FujiNet model, everything happens without the need for hardware other than the FujiNet WiFi interface. Also, FujiNet doesn't rule out the option of local network-attached storage; if your storage host can run TNFS, then you're as good as if you were USB-connected to it. I don't believe that the ACSI-to-USB idea is without merit, and it really does warrant further exploration. However, given what can be accomplished with TNFS, the flexibility it offers appears to be a better approach.
  7. AFAIK, there is no comprehensive inventory of MM2's hardware. Having said that: In all likelihood, it's either one of the latest System 2 titles that Atari made, or is based on (or at least closer to) the Dual 68K hardware. Those are both assumptions made on the basis of when it was in development and testing.
  8. Question: did you have a cartridge inserted when you powered the machine on? Have a multimeter? Start by checking the power output of the adapter. If the adapter's shot, replace it. You can even use a generic one provided that polarity, voltage, and amperage are within more or less the same specs as the ones listed on the adapter you currently have. Beyond that, you'll need to do some circuit-level troubleshooting.
  9. Just took a look at the O'Tacos website. Almost every ingredient they show is something that I really like - it's just not something that I would ever want to see in a taco. Speaking of unusual tacos: if anyone ever finds themselves in the Pasadena, California area and can't decide between Mexican and Indian food, give California Chutney a shot. It's basically Indian food in taco form using naan instead of a tortilla or shell. They also use a DIY approach to ordering, so you can pretty much tailor your food to your taste. Haven't eaten there in about 5 years, but the last time I did it was really good.
  10. Just curious, since I see a 1200XL sitting there: any issues with using the FujiNet on one of those? I realise that SIO power is probably out of the question without modifying the XL, but does everything work OK with the OS?
  11. Have to admit that I do occasionally get an almost overwhelming craving for their crunchy tacos at times - and for some reason, I really like their fries. Nah, for the most part I'm working from home these days and when I do have to go on-site they're not usually on the routes I end up on. This means that I usually end up having to make the arduous 2.5-mile trek over there to get my fix 😜
  12. Correction: Bubble Bobble has multiple endings (bad, good, and true). See https://bubblebobble.fandom.com/wiki/Bubble_Bobble for more info regarding how to achieve them, but you will need play with a second player in order to get both the good and true endings. Reaching both of those will keep you busy for quite some time.
  13. I wanted tacos, but ended up at Del Taco. Close enough. And yep, that's the El Yucateco Mayan Sauce on the tacos.
  14. After spending a couple of days reading up on how ACSI functions, I think this is possibly doable with some caveats: There will need to be a microcontroller (PIC? Arduino/custom?) or similar between the ACSI and USB busses, but that's not a surprise. The ST's DMA chip should be a non-issue provided that the microcontroller understands the need for flushing it at the end of data transfers. Keeping the ACSI and USB busses in sync may be... Interesting. Not sure if I can invest a whole lot of time into trying to figure this out, but will look back into it after the New Year.
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