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  1. You can leave the remote unplugged entirely. You just have to start and stop manually. Or you can buy one of these. They were from back in the 99'er Magazine days. (But don't actually buy one at that crazy price. I'm sure someone will come along with the appropriate circuit. You bring the 35mm canister.) https://www.ebay.com/itm/362913282202?hash=item547f51389a:g:cF8AAOSwIWBeRKNy
  2. I ran into enough problems in the earlier days of booking sites that I don't trust them and prefer the hotel sites directly. We once booked rooms for a bachelor party weekend via Travelocity, and on arrival half of them were smoking rooms and were told "tough". We ended up piling everyone in the non-smoking rooms instead.
  3. Nintendo's zapper worked by swapping out a frame while the trigger was down with the targets as white squares on a black background. LCD or plasma can't reproduce the timing precisely enough for the zapper to work properly. I don't know if the TI-compatible device you shared uses the exact same method, but I'd imagine it was similar.
  4. Any characterization on the length of the ribbon?
  5. I enjoy watching his videos, but I definitely find my self yelling at the screen for him to stop and look up documentation rather than guessing. That's especially true when he's outside his comfort zone of C64 or Apple II. That said, at least he's willing to branch out. 8-Bit Guy seems to go out of his way to exclude TI from his content.
  6. We always looked for excuses in our school projects to find ways to call that. So many twisted designs seen during our Compilers course...
  7. I've installed the Retrofixes composite kit in my O2, but it's got me scratching my head. When I power on, it goes from bright to dim to off in 5-10 seconds. Adjusting the pot doesn't seem to do anything but change the amount of time it takes to fade. Any thoughts on what I should test?
  8. Congrats on the release! Ran it on my Mac today, Catalina 10.15.5. To get it to launch successfully, I had to turn Gatekeeper off completely for the first run because the binaries aren't signed. Just permitting the first binary wasn't enough, because then it launches Python and fails. So I did this: sudo spctl --master-disable ./ooeygui sudo spctl --master-enable I only had to do this for the first run. I believe it marks the binaries as safe once you run them for the first time. I'll keep an eye out for a simpler way to deal with Gatekeeper.
  9. DigiCert sends reminders. Lots of reminders. "Ok, ok, I get it!" level of reminders.
  10. http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/speech_peb/speech_peb.html
  11. Same here. I've looked at the schematics floating around, but it's beyond my skill level.
  12. I like this idea. I really didn't want to crack open my PEB, so I upgraded my TIPI to 2.x the hard way (in-place distro upgrade, then manually update the TIPI software). If the card were mounted externally, I would have just re-imaged it.
  13. That's the model we have. Check out the channel "Tomb of 3D Printed Horrors" on YouTube for great instructional videos. I haven't found a need to attach it to a surface. The aluminum extrusions are pretty sturdy, but be sure they're square. Even check the base pieces that come pre-assembled. If there's one thing that drove me (and most other Ender 3 owners) nuts, it's the quality of the bed surface. The magnetic part is good, but the base metal piece often has tiny dips all over. It's very common to eventually replace the magnetic bed with a glass one (or just a piece of mirror from the hardware store).
  14. I had to go back and check the box. I would have missed the cassette hidden in the packing material. Thanks!
  15. O2 was my first console. My dad thought the keyboard meant it would eventually be more of a computer. Once he figured out it wasn't, he got me a used TI, which saw a lot more use. I'm finally near the top of the waiting list for the menu-driven multicart after ordering it after MGC last year. Once it's on the way, I get the O2 down from the attic to refurb.
  16. I tried to reset it back into keyboard mode any time I wandered by. Even with the full Dragon's Lair cab on site, I was still drawn to the TI version. I've seen a lot of weird behavior at LAX over the years, but I hadn't heard of any game theft before. I guess other than the VR/AR room, supervision is just periodic walkthroughs. Sigh.
  17. This one’s not my copy, but someone’s got theirs on display at Louisville Arcade Expo this weekend.
  18. I didn't ignore it. I just didn't have enough room in my luggage to get it home. 😀
  19. After squinting at the schematic, it sure seems like a sidecar modem. There's a 99532, both pulse and tone dialing, a momentary switch for manual pick, a line marked UART, and a "CD" LED that could be Carrier Detect. And I figured out the board layout. "A1" is the lower right. Letters bottom to top, numbers right to left. The 99523 is C5 on the schematic. It's the chip 2 spots right from the EPROM under the VHS label.
  20. If you just need to verify the PEB, drive, and controller are working, you can try running this TI Basic code:
  21. I poked around at this and determined that pip is a probably better way to distribute, since it's just Python script. Here's the setup.py script I used as a proof of concept: import setuptools with open("README.md", "r") as fh: long_description = fh.read() setuptools.setup( name='xdt99', version='2.0.1', scripts=['xas99.py','xbas99.py','xda99.py','xdg99.py','xdm99.py','xga99.py','xhm99.py','xvm99.py'] , author="Ralph Benzinger", author_email="[email protected]", description="TI 99 Cross-Development Tools", long_description=long_description, long_description_content_type="text/markdown", url="https://github.com/endlos99/xdt99", packages=setuptools.find_packages(), classifiers=[ "Programming Language :: Python :: 2.7", "License :: OSI Approved :: GNU General Public License v2 (GPLv2)", "Operating System :: OS Independent", ], )
  22. Wrapping up xdt99 into a packaging tool should be pretty straightforward. On Debian variants like Raspbian, you'd go for the .deb format and use apt to install it. On Mac, you could use Homebrew. In both cases, you'd provide a dependency spec to pull in the version of Python needed if it isn't already present. But as Matt mentioned, installing that package onto a TIPI would likely break things in a way that would make it tough to troubleshoot.
  23. Just up the road from me, so I could have saved the $25. Still way too expensive for my needs.
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