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  1. I do not understand why retro-computing development is still treated by some developers as something to be hoarded and not done publically, in the open. I know it's your decision, but I'm sorry, it's exceedingly selfish, and it robs the community of knowledge that will ultimately sustain it. I hope this practice ends someday. Seriously, what? you're going to be butt hurt that you sell 20 copies instead of 21?

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    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      and that's just in the last few years. I have contributions to many free and open source projects over roughly a 30 year timespan.

    4. CPUWIZ
  2. I have now written over a dozen PLATO terminals for IRATA.ONLINE, and have been ceaselessly promoting them for months...but have received almost no testing feedback, save for the Atari 8-bit version... if this were a capitalist enterprise, I would cut my losses and pull the plug on the whole thing.

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    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      You can attach a raspberry pi, or a PC running tcpser. This is what I do for development.

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      Yes I would probably do something similar if I had the interest. Generally I know the feeling from when people are asking of something, you make it work and publish it, and then crickets regarding feedback. Usually I find use of my own work at least.

    4. RodLightning

      RodLightning

      MiSTer project is starting to support some serial communications, will try PLATO with that when I can. Excellent work you are doing. :)

  3. 50,000 members, and the same 4 people posting. Welcome to AtariAge ;)

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    2. save2600

      save2600

      Careful what you wish for Flojo... with such a report, might just find out you're not so unique.   🤣

    3. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      Oh it's not about me, I just love data, charts, and graphs. 🤓

    4. Eltigro

      Eltigro

      I'm with Flojo... I love the end of year stats from the What Have You Actually Played threads on the Classic and Modern gaming forums.  I know I'm not unique, and not near the top, but I'm on here pretty regularly.

  4. They are remaking Death Wish, with Bruce Willis playing Paul Kersey.. I suddenly need to grab my tire iron.... GOD DAMNED RICH CUNTS!!!!

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Bleeccch! So GLAD I saw VALERIAN last night!! Hollywood may be out of ideas but the French are not! I say Support Good Sci Fi!!

    3. moycon

      moycon

      And now apparently not just superhero movies are required to use classic rock songs in their trailers, now it's EVERY movie! I heard Disney is getting rid of the Star Wars theme and using Mr Roboto in the Star Wars 8 trailers.

    4. retrorussell

      retrorussell

      Hopefully Jeff Goldblum won't return to rape his daughter in this movie. That would be even creepier than last time.

  5. I code or make hardware in my spare time, because my job as a solutions architect is anything but... a soul drain. fml.

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    2. roland p

      roland p

      Software Architect here, can I join the club?

    3. vidak

      vidak

      I'm a grad student philosopher, and it doesn't get any better in the humanities...

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      I've been a swiss army knife of an engineer, working professionally pulling paychecks since before I was a teenager (going on 30 years now), I had hoped that constant persistence, discipline, and creativity towards my goals would have landed me a role in an R&D lab, but no.

       

      I'm currently writing and applying to centers with quantum computers, as a last shot...

  6. Deutsche Bank has announced a layoff of roughly half of their workforce. Bail-out inevitable. Looks like our regularly scheduled financial crash is about to happen, if a few years late.

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    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      We all have. All this noise about an "economic recovery" has been complete and utter nonsense. It was a wealth grab for the .00625%.

       

      The acolytes of the Chicago school of economics, which has infected every country in the developed world, have taken to essentially bubble macroeconomics, ever since the dissolution of Breton Woods in the early 1970s, and thus we've been put back on the treadmill of "blow bubble up, pop, rich people collect all the prizes" ever sin...

    3. BydoEmpire
    4. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      here's one of those times I hope I'm not counted among the "rich"

  7. Does anyone have a GRiDCASE laptop they want to sell?

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    2. Clint Thompson

      Clint Thompson

      Man I would love one of these as well... pricey suckers!

    3. Clint Thompson

      Clint Thompson

      I've always had a sick fascination with the HP Omnibooks 300/425/525 series as well... very reminiscent of the Atari STBooks but without the cool ass orange glow of course!

    4. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      When I traveled to somewhat rough places, I had a Panasonic Toughbook. The airport security people would ask me to remove my laptop from the case. Ummm ... it is out of the case, it's just TOUGH.

       

      Ran GENS (Sega Genesis emulator) great!

  8. Wizard of Wor WIP: Player and monster shooting implemented. Now the kill logic: https://media.giphy.com/media/l4pTgf7ECH1iuvUrK/giphy.gif

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    2. masschamber

      masschamber

      well then I like it

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      NES? Oh Sweet! (Worried it was gonna be some "computer" game...)

    4. SiberianSpForces
  9. Working on a port of Wizard of Wor to the NES, first the graphics: http://i.imgur.com/RGkzU2U.png

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    2. Jess Ragan

      Jess Ragan

      Surprised there's a useful development environment for the NES! How easy is it to use?

    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      Lots of little utilities for graphics management, and the compiler of course is a CLI app. Which is just fine with me, using make to tie it all together. Right now, I'm spending a considerable amount of time shrinking all the graphics ever so slightly to fit well inside 2x3 sets of tiles (each graphic is on average two pixels too large due to the slightly different screen size). Once this is dealt with, I'll start writing the game logic. I've already been patching the game in MAME...

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      oh, and I'm using emacs for text editing.

  10. I WANT MY TWO DOLLARS!

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    2. DZ-Jay

      DZ-Jay

      Just ski down the slope, and if anything gets in your way... turn! <makes repeated hand gesture to turn>.

    3. Master Phruby

      Master Phruby

      Only if you buy this for a dollar.

    4. accousticguitar

      accousticguitar

      No, I can't swim!

  11. I _REALLY_ am tired of this elitist attitude that permeates the homebrew communities that implies that "I am so awesome, that releasing code would tarnish my awesomeness."

    Seriously, get the fuck over it. 

    You will not get rich selling homebrew games.

    What you WILL do, is continue to silo important knowledge that should be shared and improved upon, to the detriment of all.

    And no, don't bother replying with a defense, there is none; only a stark ugly revelation of character.

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    2. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      I'm no developer, but I would assume there's something private going on besides just arrogant bluster. Guesses: 

       

      - what if someone sees my spaghetti code and laughs at it, or I get a reputation for doing stupid things? Or people see that I'm just not that good?

      - what if someone steals my code, changes a tiny amount of it, and claims credit for something that is mostly mine?

      - what if someone makes unauthorized reproduction cartridges with my code?

      - what if I want to change it or keep my options open for commercial rights? putting out source would close off those options.

      - it's MINE, I can do as I please with it. 

       

      I know you had a particular case in mind when you wrote this -- and I totally agree in that case, but I can also see that the decision is deeply personal. That said, yeah, release the code, help others, make things better for everyone. 

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      50-50 share alike or the man is gonna get you from the night.

    4. RevEng

      RevEng

      Yeah, releasing source code is the way you pay back for the free and open code, tools, and examples, that every community has.

       

      Having released much homebrew code, I appreciate there's certainly an amount of humility involved in releasing it. One often rushes through certain sections of code, and not everything is pristine or perfectly architected. This is made much worse when you're less familiar with the problem-space that you're working in. Also, tight 6502 code is always going to be a bit spaghetti.

       

      If the code works without bugs or performance issues, you don't bother going back. Or at least I don't bother going back. I consider my personal coding hours one of the system resources too, since I don't have an infinite supply.

       

      I just hope that people reading my source code do so with a bit of generosity of spirit. If in the end they think I'm a dummy, oh well. At least I know I'm not.

  12. The good thing about mania is that it focuses your passion to try and get things done. The shitty part is, when you've exhausted yourself, and you've failed, you feel lower than dirt.

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    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      I have written this damned routine, 15 times.. 15 different ways, both in theory and implementation. I am apparently not good enough to be called an engineer.

    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      ...much less a computer scientist.

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      I _NEED_ to _TALK_ to somebody about this...with less lag than a fucking message board..because my brain WILL NOT LET THIS GO... I HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHY LARRY WAGNER'S ALGORITHM FAILS WHEN I PEEL IT AWAY FROM THE COMBAT CODE! I am making a plea for ANYONE that I can talk to, who understands the problem, over Skype, Hangouts, whatever.. I need a chalk talk.. BADLY! :(

  13. A soul draining week... I am burnt the fuck out. Unable to hack on anything. Fuck :(

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    2. Papa

      Papa

      book juice?

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Seep will help...And good coffee the next morning!

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      *SLEEP* haha

  14. and with the XF551 from @dafivehole, Nina's Atari XEGS is now complete. :) 

     

    Image may contain: screen

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    2. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      ^ Exactly!  I strongly agree with all of the above.  Classic home computers were closed systems with a limited but intricate set of rules.  They encouraged exploration, and they did indeed help to develop the ability to focus, whether they were used for programming (which is what I was interested in as a kid) or for systematically writing a diary.  I also agree about the need for private spaces; very psychologically important, especially for young kids.  I'm looking forward to reading your article!

    3. dafivehole
    4. RockyRaccoon

      RockyRaccoon

      Looks great, and interested in the article!

  15. IRATA.ONLINE meet in roughly 30 mins at 10a CDT: https://meet.irata.online/demomeet/

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    2. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      Works now. :-)

    3. RockyRaccoon

      RockyRaccoon

      May I ask what this is about? Google Searches suggest... something to do with rope? >,>

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      @RockyRacoon, http://www.irata.online/ -- It is an online service, resurrected from PLATO, that I have created and am providing to the entire retro-computing community, and I give regular, or even impromptu demonstrations of it

  16. #Atari8bit My daughter Nina, played her first game of M.U.L.E. as a Leggite (pink), and she won! I'm very proud of her :) (I was the blue human) ;)   RIjcgCY.jpg

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    2. carlsson

      carlsson

      And she didn't even play the beginner Flapper species. I see you played a full 12 rounds, Standard or Tournament? (TBH I think Standard was a waste of mode, I would rather have wanted a 6 round Tournament for short games)

    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      Yup. Standard, and I'm _VERY_ proud of her. :) 

    4. Joe C.

      Joe C.

      It's pretty impressive

  17. I think the hardest problem that I have with VCS development, is that I can't think structurally, everything has to be within the context of a video frame, so it all becomes a big bowl of pasta...

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    2. jd_1138

      jd_1138

      big bowl of pasta with a homemade marinara sauce/meatballs. Homebrew game/homemade food!

    3. iesposta

      iesposta

      Unless you program at the Thomas J. level where Star Castle Arcade actually schedules calculations in later frames when it can not all be done in one. Aaaahhhh!

    4. iesposta

      iesposta

      Spaghetti code always stopped me in Atari 800XL basic. Things just get hard to follow quickly. Maybe that's why batari Basic works so well. You have small 4K banks that you get to switch between, making even a 32K program easier to keep track of what's going on?

  18. The bugs in the TI-99/4A GCC compiler are going to be the death of me, this time, unsigned char data types producing unpredictable results after bitwise operations. sigh.

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    2. DZ-Jay

      DZ-Jay

      @tschak909: is that nick a reference to Kraftwerk?

    3. PacManPlus

      PacManPlus

      boing... boom tschak!

      (ping!)

    4. tschak909
  19. It showed up! This system had a former life in the NSA, and is not supposed to still be here...yet... https://imgur.com/gallery/WCO1sIZ

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    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Isn't that the same machine used to control the guns in Aliens?

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      The unit used in Aliens is a GRiD Compass 1129. This is one series newer, larger screen, full IBM PC compatibility, 80386SX/20 CPU.

  20. For everyone on here: Do not deal with @AtariGeezer. We built a #FujiNet board for him on the condition that we would share code. This turned into "I'll do it if" .. after he received the board.

    This guy is 100% mud, and should be considered untrustworthy.

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    2. orpheuswaking

      orpheuswaking

      I hope you post this in the fujinet threads

    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      @orpheuswaking Since he has been banned from the thread, I am dropping it. He got a free board from us, hope he cherishes it.

       

      @RockyRaccoon To Recap:

      AtariGeezer has been working on his own ESP8266 based device. He had been talking as if he had a working implementation of a number of things, such as a N: network device, an R: device, and a working TNFS client that did file level sharing. Kept sharing little snippets of code, when I asked about them, he became cagey and said, "Do your homework."

      He saw what we were doing and started talking with us.

      Since @mozzwald had recently produced a working prototype based on the ESP32. Geezer asked if he could get one. mozzwald said only if you contribute code to development. Geezer said he would, so Mozzwald, on his own dime, built and shipped him one (we haven't charged anything for any prototypes, to anyone, nor do we intend to.)

       

      Geezer receives his prototype, pictures start showing up in other threads (he has one picture with it attached to his 1450XLD), and he starts talking about the functionality he's done.

       

      "Great, can we see code?"

      "Yup! When it's perfect!"

      ...ok, fine.

      A bit later, Geezer responds with: "Here's something to wet your appetite, to get rid of that state machine loop." after which he posts part of the main loop of his firmware. Ok, thanks. I see calls to R: device stuff, to N: device stuff, to TNFS stuff. Great.


      and had he left it at that, I would have said nothing, and just written this off as a "he grifted a board" moment, and if some code had shown up, I would have been happy about it.

       

      But he didn't. 

       

      He posts a binary of his latest build, and I asked about source code.

       

      He responds with:

       

      "I'll post it when you post your N: an R: handler."

       

      So our agreement suddenly turns into a tug of war on conditions, and rather than fight that silly battle, I decided to call him out on it. I called him a douche. I fully admit I went full nuclear, but in my defense, I've dealt with people like this, my whole life, and if you don't smack it down head-on, it becomes a bigger problem later.

       

      He responded, understandably, quite derisively. Which got him banned from thread.

       

      So yeah, 

      if he had just shut his mouth and not made it about me, this wouldn't have happened. :)

       

      -Thom

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      Since this posting, roughly on Jan 10, he has started his own Wifi Modem thread, where he deliberately references the board that mozzwald built for him. He still doesn't seem to be very interested in releasing code, opting instead for just releasing binaries. ok then.

  21. To anyone who can, I will pay for a universal power transformer that can power an atari 8-bit and a couple of peripherals, simultaneously.

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    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      Ideally, something that can handle multiple devices and multiple voltages for different computer systems and their peripherals, simultaneously. I have multiple retro-computing systems that I am having to periodically swap out.

       

      But I will settle for a single transformer that can power multiple 9VAC devices.

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      Why not just connect all the power supplies to a surge protector?

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      Because I have over two dozen different computer architectures that I have to swap through on the bench to do PLATOTERM development. I do not want to have a whole bunch of bricks sitting doing nothing drawing load. I want a univeral PSU that I can quickly change to the target system, and not have to spend time threading or unthreading power cabling, or leaving an ocean of bricks and wiring to get tangled over time. Sigh.

  22. Of all the 8-bit assemblers, I love AMAC. Now I just need a better editor. :)

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    2. doctorclu
    3. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      This was written in a variant of AMAC.

    4. tschak909

      tschak909

      Correct, it was done in a cross-AMAC (CAMAC), that ran on the Data General MV/8000. It would be great to have source code for it. Right now, I am in the middle of writing a better text editor to replace MEDIT (which, while good, does not work with anything other than the standard ANTIC display)

  23. @jeffpiep successfully booted Total Replay v4 from a DigitalOcean server using the prototype #Apple2 #FujiNet which is connected to the #Apple2 plus via SmartPort! Yes, this is an Apple2 being booted from the internet. :)

     

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      So that's Atari, Commodore, Adam, and Apple...  On to the Tandy lineup next?

    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      @idolpx is working on moving his C64 project code into FujiNet, so that one is next.

      -Thom

       

    3. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Ah, cool.  For some reason I thought the Commodore was already pipelined.

  24. I joined AtariAge in May 2006.

     

    I had spent the previous seven years attempting to build a start-up company during the dot-com boom-bust cycle. It failed, horribly, and left me in a state of misery, dejection, and despair.

     

    I was burned out, and partially catatonic from 2004 until 2006 from the entire experience.

     

    I discovered AtariAge, and rekindled my love for the Atari 8-bit computers, where I started. and I started coding for the 8-bit, again. and it helped me remember why I loved computing in the first place.

     

    ...and I found my way back to sanity.

     

    Since then, retrocomputing has been a constant fixture in my life, to counter-balance my day job, to keep reminding me, why I do what I do. To keep me sane. We all make each other better.

     

    Thank you.

    -Thom

    1. Shawn

      Shawn

      At least you realized it was a futile effort and moved on. 2006? Ya, the dot com bubble had years ago burst by then even for most of whom made it at one point and then crashed.

    2. tschak909

      tschak909

      There are reasons I hung on, that I can't go into. It was a very dark time in my life, and there were some very shady figures around me.

       

      -Thom

    3. Shawn

      Shawn

      Well at least you moved on and you can talk about it as part of your past which clearly has nothing to do with your future :)

  25. Thus far my experience with the retrocomputing communities at large, comprised of: 

    (1) lots of users, who can't code.

    (2) lots of developers who can't be bothered to help other developers.

    Makes me question the sanity of doing a large project.

    1. jaybird3rd

      jaybird3rd

      It's not like it was in the old days, that's for sure.  I'd love to help out with more projects--and to finally get some work done on my own projects--but for me it always comes down to a lack of time.

    2. RockyRaccoon

      RockyRaccoon

      Why do I need to code or develop to be a part of a retrocomputing community? I've used lots of these computers growing up and I like them now. I know very little about coding but I like fooling with things and playing games on them. That's just how it is. 

    3. tschak909

      tschak909

      I am doing something that hasn't been done before: building an on-line system that stretches across to every single retro-computing community, and to date, to facilitate this access, have written a terminal program from a single code-base that stretches to over TWO DOZEN different retro-computing systems, to be able to access the same content.

       

      ...I'd just like some help, because I am fucking exhausted.

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