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About thetick1

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  • Birthday 01/01/1973

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    NYC Metro
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    I'm collecting interesting classic hardware, modern retro hardware, and into all kinds of emulation.

    My retro consoles and computers:
    Atari 2600, Atari Portfolio, Atari Lynx, Atari Flashback Portable 2017, ColecoVision Flashback, Intellivision Flashback, BittBoy, TRS-80 Model 100, Timex Sinclair 1000, Commodore Vic 20, Commodore 64, C64DTV, Power Mac G4 Quicksilver, Libretto 100CT, NEC MobilePro 750c, various IBM AT/XT PS/2 and Thinkpads (800 PowerPC, A22m, T42, R50e and 500).
    Various mid 90's Unix workstations with X11, Motif, custom GUIs with TK.
    Lots of Arcade Minis and Plug and Plays!
    Favorite emulation tools: MAME, RetroPie, VICE, Amiga Forever, Stella, Altirra

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  1. My son who is 10 now but a bit on the autistic scale will spend a few hours modifying sprites in Stella or C64Studio. He then is so excited to play his mods. He's only interested in changing the graphics and not interested in the game mechanics. A few times I did get ....the oh please please dad find the number of lives and make it huge! Hahaha.
  2. I recently found my personal holy grail of early computing! I was at my mom's place for Christmas and while digging out some of my decades old Legos for my son, I found my first programming book from the early 80's! So I finally got around and found all the programs on-line at http://www.vic20listings.freeolamail.com/book_volcanicgames.html and even the entire book at https://ia600707.us.archive.org/3/items/RetroGameDesignAndProgrammingBooks/CosmicGamesForTheCommodoreVic-201983.pdf It was so much fun to see the games I typed in, and remembering all the hours of testing I put in to slightly modify the games to make them cooler. It was also great to play the bunch that I never typed in. Granted these games are all V2 VIC20 CBM BASIC with some PEEKS and POKES so they are pretty lame compared to even the commercial VIC-20 games but these jump started my interest in computers and my IT / Programming career. What is your most fond memory of early programming ? My wife just rolled her eyes and said yea we all know you are a major computer geek. In my defense she never complains when my pay check arrives.
  3. Upcoming sorted by date: Brooklyn GeekFest -- TBD ? Staten Island GeekFest -- TBD ? Vintage Computer Festival East -- Wall, NJ - April 24-26 2020 Long Island Retro Gaming Expo -- Garden City, NY -- Aug 8-9 2020 Retro World Expo -- Hartford, CT --Sept 19-20 2020 A Video Game Con -- Meadowlands in Secaucus, NJ -- TBD Weekly: Retro Video Game Day -- Grand Central Library -- NYPL -- every Friday Monthly: Digital Press hosts NAVA last Saturday -- Clifton, NJ Needs update ? Digital Press2 -- Springfield, NJ
  4. Anyone know of a list of the Atari Flashback 9 firmware revision history? There were a bunch of firmware releases this past year. A few comments here and there point to a Space Invader crash fixed, delayed audio improved and likely some other changes. I see there was a new firmware release a few weeks ago and then one just a few days ago -- V. 2.1.1 (released on Nov 28, 2019)
  5. Wow this looks great for the price. Looks my original BitBoy might be retired and added to my personal mini-museum of the unused (otherwise known as the basement shelf).
  6. They might have a reference board .. anyone with a few hundred dollars can buy a reference board and be an AMD customer. What I suspect will be missing is any functional game. They will likely "show off" the AMD SDK where the they changed the login title from AMD SDK to Atari SDK.
  7. Like Trebor mentioned above.. I remember something was just a bit off on the original 7800 version. I have not played the new 7800 version and it has been many years since I played the original 7800 version.
  8. Lots of recent articles with quite a few details. Sounds like the NVidia Shield (AMD version) might actually be shown. Article claims Atari is "holding private preview meetings with press, retailers, and content partners." https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/06/11/1867120/0/en/Atari-Brings-the-New-Atari-VCS-Video-Computer-System-to-Life-During-E3-2019-Launching-Official-Presale-in-Partnership-With-GameStop-and-Walmart.html We'll see!!
  9. Well said. Atari SA is just one of the thousands of AMD customers of the AMD chip. AMD is not doing anything other than selling Atari SA a few reference boards and an option to purchase as many reference boards as Atari SA can afford. There are no custom chips and no big manufacturing contract and not even an Atari SA designed motherboard.
  10. What is the exact model number of integrated graphics as some of the older integrated graphics are not supported and won't even work with the recent Windows 10 releases except as a generic vga. For example Intel HD Graphics 3000 (released Jan 2011) is not supported and the Windows 7 drivers will not work with recent Windows 10. If your PC is 10 years old it's very unlikely the integrated Intel Graphics will not work other than generic vga (640x480 with only 16 colors).
  11. The C64 version of Impossible Mission is much better but is still very difficult. I owned it the back in '84 when it first came out and it was my favorite game for a very long time. I was only able to beat it about a year ago with unlimited time. Also I really enjoyed Impossible Mission II which is a lot easier. I was able to beat Impossible Mission II after awhile way back in the late 80's.
  12. Not sure if expected but I was fumbling with the controls and got hit a bunch of times. With the controls left and right go til end of screen unless hit spacebar to shoot. That might just be VM anyway then the screen got all messed up after my ship got hit. Note I was running from Virtual Box using DOS defaults, your invaders.img as a boot floppy and 16M of memory.
  13. Very cool. In that video the shots and movements of the invaders are very fast. I'll have to run on an old 486 or even 286 and see if the speed is proportional to CPU. Thanks for sharing!
  14. Yea I'm buying a few more to hand out as Christmas presents. I'll create custom USB sticks for the lucky recipients.
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