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    Last year: Port Royale 3, Pocket Trains, Minecraft, Master of Orion II, PacMan 256, Katamari Damacy, We Love Katamari, NY Times Crossword
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  1. I too, am highly unlikely to travel. I am going to put my energy into the weekly Zoom meetings.
  2. Oh that's a good idea. I thought about GenLink being able to do that, but this works on a 4A.
  3. Here is mine, SuperSave. It works on the typical relocatable code. It allows you to put some or all of the E/A utilities into high RAM next to the files you load. Otherwise you can try GenLink...
  4. Alright, YEAH! I've heard artrag's results and liked them. Yours is really intelligible once you know what it's supposed to be saying. The intonation and slope at the ends of words comes through, its a big hint to the brain. And, this style would be pretty fun as robot or boss voices in a game. Again, WOW!
  5. Enormous fun I've had laughing along with a chiptune. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk3peGy1v60&feature=share
  6. Oh wow. I finally saw that turkey in the modern era. When it was first advertised in the TEX-Comp catalog, 3 of us (8th graders) pooled our money to buy it. They didn't ship it. TEX-Comp refunded our money. I thought the game had gotten cancelled.
  7. I wasn't the one paying the money, for a lot of things BITD. Thinking back, I don't think I got any disappointments when I spent my own money (Blasto, for instance, or the Markus Weiand Adventure Editor.) All considering, I think $200 for a used CC9900 expansion and 2 DSDD drives, in 1984, had incalculable returns. I still have one of those puppies, reading 100s of disks into Kryoflux. I worked for the summer of 1987 , at minimum wage, straightening pins on salvaged ICs ,and keeping inventory in Wordstar and Lotus 123. That money went toward a new Geneve 9640. Since I used the heck out of it until 1992, I consider it good value. Last night, I found out I can buy a pin straightener for $7. If only I had one back then, I could have asked for a raise.
  8. I guess it would be nice to have a function on the TI end to tell the Pi to 'git pull' or 'git add, git commit'. In case of any merge conflicts, abort and you'd have to login to the PI anyway. That's still useful. I guess Stevie can open the txt as DF128? no DV80 involved? so native format CRLF and all? Then write back to a TIPI disk as native format? For other editors, If the file conversion was managed, I would be happy with a step where the file lived on the PI volume, and I used cmd-line login to the PI to use git. I could imagine a git wrapper on the PI that kept both TXT and DV80 versions. It converts the whole TXT directory over to DV80 TIFILES after a pull. It converts the whole DV80 TIFILES directory to the TXT directory before a commit/push. How I use gitlab now: I currently edit on a PC, assemble with xas99, 'make' into a dsk image with xdm, test in Classic99, commit to Gitlab on the PC command line. So, no DV80 files in that flow. However, with some TIPI in the mix, I could usefully switch back and forth from PC to 4A for any debug/edit/commit cycle. At the very least, I commit the dsk image to gitlab, so it could be pulled onto the TIPI from the cmd line. (but right now I am still loading it onto a CF card with Ti99dir, then using 4A+CF7+. I fried my TIPI with 12V.) Not asking anybody else to write software! If I get my TIPI fixed, I'll try to write that git wrapper (I already wrote a nice DV80 extractor in C)
  9. You could use MESS. I *am* making progress on hardware I feel bad sitting next to a Geneve 9640 not powered on, where I could be trying to keep up with developments. It's exciting what Beery is doing with Geneve sources. My goal is to support existing software with no patches!
  10. This is some seriously impressive translation to our humble SN76489! In flashitback.sid in particular, around 21:14: This song has a lot of notes in the 3rd voice that bend up/down while echoing 4 times. Here is one that goes F-4 G#4 C-5 D#5 four times, while the volume fades from 9F to 04. Since you have a .sid file, is the volume data from a register capture? What if the SID's envelope generator was loaded to produce this effect? In that case there would not be all the volume values in the capture. Do those have to be emulated? (I don't know much about SID, but it has a volume envelope generator onboard. Just wondering.) Also, I see 8 bit volume values. What's the scale for these?
  11. It looks like this is coming along nicely! Do you have an enclosure for the printer?
  12. I have new beige keyboards, but no black ones. (in Texas) I have a beige one in a black/silver console (in Milwaukee storage). I got some heat for showing it in public. Maybe we can swap? (when we can travel and meet up again.) (Old Radio Shack stock I got from a Milwaukee User Group member.)
  13. Cross-posting from IDEA thread: Well, side car and Pbox flex cable are different things, but carrying most of the same signals . The Geneve2020 "hardware compatibility" interface card would have the 16 to 8 bit multiplexer like the 4A, generating wait states, and include the buffers/drivers like the P-box flex cable foot. Then there would be a 50-pin SCSI cable to a new card in the pbox, which replaces the flex interface card. I think of it as the "8 bit compatibility card" and it would supply physical GROM/ROM from cartridges as well on the 8-bit bus. Actually, I hope someone else will make it. (It is totally optional. You get 8-bit vdp, speech and sound from the MSB on the 16-bit bus.) Making a sidecar port might be a matter of same signals, different cable. I dunno what gotchas there might be. How it will work. The memory mapper stores a bit, per page, that goes out over the backplane to indicate an access to an external 8-bit bus multiplexer. It's called the PBPTHP, for P-box Pass Through Page. When a page has the PBPTHP set, is mapped in at an address, say >4000 in GPL mode, and there is a memory access to >4000, the PBPTHP line is asserted. You can also set the PBPTHP on a CRU range. Seeing the PBPTHP, the P-box controller would run the memory cycle out to the Pbox. So, if you had a Geneve/Tipi in the P-box, then you would set things up to assert the PBPTHP when you want a Raspberry.
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