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  1. My guess is that these images most likely (since they're about 4x larger than typical) have each quarter track from their source A2Rs represented in their respective WOZ files. The WOZ images could probably be reduced in size as it's very likely that there are duplicates among those quarter tracks. As far as AppleWin is concerned, I wouldn't take anything coming from that emulator seriously as it doesn't seem to properly support WOZ images of any kind (it would seem they're making some kind of assumption in their WOZ handling that is incorrect--what would they do with an image where each quarter track is actually unique?). TL;DR: There's nothing wrong with these images, though it's very likely they could be shrunk down in size because of duplicate quarter tracks.
  2. Hmm, I would have thought that the Ultima Trilogy would have surfaced by now, but I guess 4am (and whomever else is putting out fresh WOZ images) is too busy with other things (that guy is a machine , and yes, I saw the pix of the hundreds of pounds of floppy disks at KansasFest). So here's a version I made a while back, and I'm pretty sure they all work. Don't know who did the original A2Rs, as they didn't put their name in the contributor field. They're in WOZ1 format, as these were done before there was a realization of the need for a WOZ2. N.B.: If the emulator you use doesn't detect a Mockingboard in Ultima III, you can force the MB configuration screen to come up by pressing CTRL-M when booting up. ultima-trilogy.zip
  3. What this thread needs is more taco haiku: Shells, lettuce, meat, cheese Together, in harmony So very tasty
  4. We were there for the weekend, and it was nice to see a developer's booth there for a change instead of all the other vendors selling "pixel art" and other pop culture crap that had no relevance to anything "retro gaming" related (there was a lasik booth there FFS). Sadly, it seems like the quality of CGF has been steadily going downhill year after year, as it seems the focus of the event is now mostly on people shifting junk rather than on games on old systems. Some of the things we noticed this year compared to last year: Only two panels this year, and one was the same guy from last year (the This Controller Sucks! guy), the other being a couple of authors of retro-themed books (to be fair, I thought they were interesting, but I seriously doubt they'll be back) Fewer arcade machines than last year, and most of the machines had their sound either muted or turned down very low Fewer bands than last year More vendors selling things only tangentially related to retro gaming, if at all related We all agreed that the best thing at the show was the Spiderman pinball (at least this year, they had the pinballs on free play, last year they didn't) which, while ten years old, isn't exactly retro. There were only four pinballs there as well and the others weren't exactly stellar. Same goes for the arcade machines they put out, they weren't exactly great and there were at least of couple of iCades mixed in as well (why bother with crap like that?). I'd say unless the organizers do something to radically change things for the better, I can't see them lasting much longer. I don't know if we'll attend next year, especially if it keeps going on its downhill slide like it has for the past few years.
  5. For some reason I thought that this had been posted on Atari Age some time in the distant past, and if it has, the search can't find it. So I'm posting it here, now, for your reading pleasure*. *Reading pleasure not guaranteed, your reading pleasure may vary N.B.: This is version 8 by John Matheison, if there's interest in the earlier version I will post it in this thread as well. Jaguar Technical Reference v8.pdf
  6. With a title like "Smoke and Mirrors", they need to get Derren Brown to promote it.
  7. That El Reg article didn't disappoint, and had a great laugh in it: Not to mention "distancing the hardware from any lingering 'retro-box' impressions" by using the names VCS, 400 and 800. 🤔
  8. Just finished watching "Isle of Dogs" and it occurred to me that maybe Wes Anderson thought to himself, "hey, I'm gonna make Atari cool again!" The beautiful thing about this is that not one red cent went to the shambling skin-suit-wearing corpse of Not-tari for the privilege.
  9. Holy crap, is it October already? It's close to being finished; it's in the last 5% or so phase of polishing. It's also in the hands of beta testers right now, and some have come up with issues, that while not game breaking, take off a little bit of the shine. It was shown at PRGE again this year, but I haven't heard any feedback on how it was received.
  10. Since Taco Bell is only vaguely related to tacos, I'd say you're skating on thin ice there.
  11. The real question is, do you like Wensleydale?
  12. With all due respect to the as-yet-unnamed guy who is a friend of CPUWIZ, the fact that he's there means nothing. Curt Vendel has friends (no doubt, highly competent people too) who are close to this project as well, and he has publicly said that his confidence level in this thing ever coming to fruition is very, very low. The pictures with people in them are obviously staged, and the board they have is pretty much something anyone can get their hands on; there is nothing to show that they are even running anything on the board and there's no way to know from the pictures whether there's a real picture on the monitor (given their propensity for faking those, I wouldn't be surprised if it weren't). All in all, this looks like another cynical play by Not-tari™ to make it appear that they're doing something when they have nothing. Not-tari™ has shown that they have no problems with lying, and they've done nothing to show that they are trustworthy now. Sorry, but I don't buy any of it.
  13. Honestly had no idea that nuatari was a thing. How about Not-tari?
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