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  1. My 4096 color demo would probably be affected. I'll update it to R41 this weekend. @Wavicle could you then test this on hardware with the latest Vera?
  2. I would assume there were style guides all developers had to adhere to. Otherwise they didn't get official approval. And then I'm not sure who actually produced the cartridges? Only Nintendo? Or if others, then they only got a license if the software on them complied with the style guides etc. Nintendo wanted to ensure a certain level of quality. But that's guesswork from my side - does anybody here know?
  3. Of course... these days I do that.
  4. I'm fine with demos, sometimes they evolve into games etc. But I fully agree on cracktros... I hated them. As for standardised title screens: Not sure about that. I think I'd prefer to keep my individual and artistic freedoms to do whatever I think is suitable for each game or software. Maybe I would settle to a certain standard of my own over time. For Bixx for example the title screen and options/instructions are one screen. For Invaderz I opted for a separate title screen and another screen for instructions/options because there wasn't enough space for both on one - and I wanted to show off the graphics I created (and what the X16 can do).
  5. I've now updated Brixx for R41 . The zip still contains a PRG vor R38 (BRIXXR38.PRG), so the "Try Now" button in the download section still works. If you use it with the current emulator - or real hardware - use BRIXX.PRG. Also loads properly from SD-Card now, including progress bars during loading all the graphics and music assets (as those now take time...) Further some improvements on the YM2151 implementation: it now plays properly on real hardware - thanks @Wavicle for testing and pointing me to the right direction what to fix...
  6. Maybe. We use approx. 6kWh during a day right now. That's excluding the car, but including the washing machine, dishwasher, home cinema, cooking, baking, home office everything else etc. I estimate that when we don't use dishwasher, washing machine, dryer etc. that we come down to half of that. We are only a 2 person household, the apartment is 100 m2, our fridge only has 60l capacity (basically everything is smaller than in the US ). We have a panel in each apartment and there is reserve space to add such things. Regulations requires that, so that you don't run out of space immediately. I'm not a certified electrician, but my father is... so he took care of the power company and the permits, I helped with the installation. So basically I have an additional 3-phase breaker (actually it's a switch, you are right) in the panel now (everything is 3 phase in Switzerland). This means I can only power one phase from the car, but that's totally fine for an emergency situation (kitchen and living room are on the one I chose). The connection is done via a so-called "blue plug" (usually used for RVs and boats) in the garage. The power company doesn't care that much where the power comes from, it could be a gas-generator or in my case an inverter/powerstation. I've tried it once, to see if everything works and it's fine. It's not an automatic setup, far from that. I have to dismount the back bench of the car, to get to the DC/DC converter connectors and hook up the power station. The station then is recharged by the car, while the stations inverter provides power. I've tested connecting an inverter directly, which worked, too. But I'm worried about drawing such a high load over the DC/DC converter directly. So the power station acts as a safety buffer. Of course losses will add up, so you are right, probably it's more like 14 days, considering that. But I think that's quite cool. If I just had some PV to recharge...
  7. Mine is basically my electric car with a external 1kWh power station which I connect to the DC/DC converter which charges the internal 12V battery. I can connect this up to one circuit in our apartment (additional breaker to disconnect from the grid). That's the one where the fridge is connected, plus some other sockets. Of course we would have to re-connect stuff to those other sockets. Then we also have a one-plate electrical stove for cooking, which only draws 1kW max - the power station allows up to 1.2kW. Then we have a small 500W room heater, just in case. The car is usually charged to 60kWh which should last at least for 20 days for the fridge, lights, basic appliances and some cooking. If we have to heat a room, then it might be 5 days. I'd like to put up solar, but because of regulations (condo building) that's not going to happen. In Switzerland it's been well over 20 years in our region since we had a unplanned power-outage. And even the planned ones... (construction work etc) I think that's been 10 years. So I basically prepared for the unthinkable, but because of the war in Ukraine, now you never know...
  8. Yes - on the Atari ST I used a 8x12 front in certain software where this was possible (in monochrome 640x400). That gave me 33 lines of text which was much easier to read while still offering more content on screen.
  9. You can convert mine, too. You could give everyone a DM notice and those who want can delete whatever they don't want to be converted, right?
  10. That should be plenty. I also don't expect the library to support multiple revisions later. Just the latest. The version should just help to know which library revision to use for a particular file. Or maybe we will have converters later?
  11. Not this time for Switzerland. They've pulled all Star Trek content from Netflix just the day before Discovery started. We could then watch that on PlutoTV at fixed times. This doesn't happen this time. We either have to wait until Paramount+ gets going here in autumn, wait for free TV or resort to 'other sources'...
  12. Maybe you can consider to add a version number to the header, so any code could react to changes (or throw a proper error message).
  13. I would be fine with that, so you could move "00000807 Swiss German" further down in priority and if it falls out of the top 12, then so be it.
  14. I use 00000807 Swiss German. Not very common...
  15. Oh no... Turns out the show will run on Paramount+ only, which isn't available in Switzerland . And I don't want to subscribe to another streaming service anyway. So I won't watch it until it might appear in free TV in a few years...
  16. Sure I will ! The show has all the ingredients for 'proper' Star Trek. Hope they don't ruin it.
  17. This must be my games Brixx and Invaderz, as that's the exact message I've implemented. I think I've stated in the download area they are only compatible with r37 or r38. Sorry for that. But I'm on it to make them compatible with r39. I'd just like to provide both versions, so that "Try now" still works (which is still r38) as well as with r39 (to run on a local install). I'm not sure how to achieve this in the download section.
  18. I remember this issue from a few years ago. Intel HD Graphics 520 and 620 (or their drivers) seem to cause this issue. See this article here: https://discourse.glfw.org/t/most-frames-are-not-drawn-on-intel-graphics-and-windows-10/1395 Don't know if this helps to solve the issue. According to your source code you already use glFenceSync() in combination with glClientWait(), but maybe try with glfwPollEvents() as suggested in the post above.
  19. You can have both emulators on one machine. Just have separate directories.
  20. I wonder what happens to the "try now" feature. Will software be able to specify which emulator version to use or will almost all software in the download section break?
  21. Yes, but that's just the default addresses for the different locations of bitmaps, tilesets, charset, sprite data etc for mode 128. It's always better to read those base addresses from the VERA registers at F9C0 and use those instead of hard-coding screen access. Then software will then adapt automatically, no rewrite needed. I prefer to define my VERA layout myself anyway, this way my software always knows where all the stuff is located.
  22. That's what a SD-2-IEC device does - which already exist. Maybe not super fast, but they will work.
  23. Thanks a lot for the update, this is much appreciated. It would be a pity if this project would just stall forever, so I'm hopeful it will continue. As for the workarounds presented: I think that's absolutely fine. It takes lot of load off the CPU while kind of fit for the time period. Will this handle the mouse as well? That's kind of a bummer, but I understand it. It means we need another device to connect to the board - and it will be a lot slower I assume? Will the SD card interface stay on the VERA board or will it be dropped entirely? Because I might take a look at the FAT implementation. I've implemented FAT like file access on embedded systems about 20 years ago. Although I assume the issues here are more bus timing related, rather than managing the FAT etc.? If the SD-2-IEC solution is not a lot slower then it's probably not worth pursuing the VERA SD interface at all.
  24. I wonder what this means for the X16 project. Is this change related?
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