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Scott Robison

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  1. On 1/26/2022 at 3:12 AM, martinot said:

    Well, I personally think we pure retro enthusiats can see beyond the religious wars and appreciate all nice 8-bit machines for what they are. 🙏

    I never had any Spectrum as young, and neither any Commodore machine, but the Spectrum Next is an really awesome new 8-bit retro machine! 🙂

    As my original response to the question said, I've thought about it, but I'm not "standing in line" for one. By which I mean I don't feel like ordering one and waiting an indeterminate period of time for it to arrive. The team is still working out supply chain issues.

    Waiting for MEGA65 is hard enough.

    Plus, I suspect at some point there will be Sinclair cores available for MEGA65. The reverse won't be true, most likely.

    In any case I've not ruled out ever having a Next, but not ordering one today.

  2. On 1/25/2022 at 2:41 PM, martinot said:

    Can not wait for mine! 😄

    It is really such a fantastic little extremly well made retro machine! 



    I'm sure it's awesome for people who have fond memories of Sinclair & Spectrum in particular. I'm just not one of those people.

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  3. On 1/25/2022 at 3:47 AM, paulscottrobson said:

    I think you'll have to stand in line for the Mega65 and X16 🙂 Though it is possible they may eventually produce a cheap Mega65 without all the fluff.

    I'm already in line for MEGA65, just waiting for supply chain issue of cardboard to be resolved.

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  4. On 1/14/2022 at 12:10 AM, codewar65 said:

    Waterloo on the SuperPET. *warm fuzzies* BASIC, Pascal, and FORTRAN. They never offered APL at my college. I did take up COBOL at university and ended up do stupid Y2K stuff at a job decades later...

    I had to take APL in college. I remember virtually nothing of it, and it is truly write only code (at least in the environment we used).

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  5. On 1/11/2022 at 7:53 PM, ZeroByte said:

    Why not just put an openssh daemon in front of a TTY and lie to WWIV and tell it it's a serial connection? Make all the init strings blanks. I think the only thing that might need to be messed with is the whole "ring/answer" thing that the software would expect to have to do... It would save all that extra code hacking on the comm side of things. All that would remain would be either a mod or middleware to make it think the forums' DB are its own DB.

    Other than the WWIV part 😄 That sounds like a great project to attempt once we've gone through the process of securing (not security) all the assets of the forum, and decide what software to use for the forum longer term, as Invision is "not cheap" (to be charitable).

  6. On 1/11/2022 at 7:13 PM, Edmond D said:

    Usenet forever, as well as RSS, plus two tin cans with string!

    I also wrote UUCP gateway software for PCBoard back in the day so people could provide internet email and usenet on their BBS.

  7. On 1/10/2022 at 10:50 AM, Wavicle said:

    Is there a place other than here and the FB group where official information may be announced? I try to follow both and didn't think the FB group was any better.

    I am not aware of any, which goes to my final point that not a lot of info is being presented anywhere at the moment. Just that on occasion David has answered a direct question, and it will be nice if that information can be shared here in a more or less official capacity (realizing we're only "official" admins and moderators of the forums and do not speak directly for the project; just that we can hopefully do a better job of mirroring information when it is available).

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  8. On 1/9/2022 at 11:42 AM, martinot said:

    Not to take anything away from David, but I was under the impression that it has been Perifractic that has paid 100% for this site, forum and forum software.

    That is correct. I mentioned what I did because of the disdain comment, inferring incorrectly that the belief was disdain was related to payment to continue to the forum. That has subsequently been clarified. All I can add to it is that the reason for not using the forum more on David's part is a lack of time to add yet another website to his daily activity. He does come here when he perceives a big enough reason to do so, but that's not daily.

    Now that we have active admin and moderation in progress again, I am hopeful we can fill in the role that many have expressed frustration with, namely that "official" information isn't presented here. It may not be first still, but an admin posting an official announcement to an official forum with a reference to the original location the information originated will hopefully alleviate some of the problem. As we get closer to a real launch of hardware, things will pick up, it's just slow now due to supply chain issues. It's not like a lot of new information is being presented anywhere at the moment.

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  9. On 1/8/2022 at 12:45 PM, Strider said:

    I came here becasue the X16, @The 8-Bit Guy and @Perifracticlead me here, but I stay becasue of the people I met here, and the fantastic interactions with like minded retro enthusiasts. This is the first "retro" forum I have ever actively participated in

    I think this is true for many, perhaps most of us. I know it is for me, and it's why I volunteered to help if I could. I don't want to see the forum disappear. I don't mind using other social media, but this is a far more useful for the community due to it being indexed by search engines and easier to find info than on FB. So FB has its place, but so does this forum.

    That being said, I appreciate people have to make their own decisions as to where they spend their time. FB has a lot of eyes just like YT, so it makes sense to be there as well.

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  10. On 1/7/2022 at 11:11 PM, x16tial said:

    I think disdain is appropriately used, and I did say *borderline*.  it just doesn't make sense to me.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to come off as dismissive of your opinion, I was just sharing mine as well.

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  11. Having talked with David a lot over the last few months, I don't think disdain is the right word. I think it is a matter of he's already invested "five figures" in the project trying to push x16 up the hill. Checking the price for the Invision forum software shows that it is not cheap.

    It's not a matter of disdain for the site, it is a matter of making decisions on where to best spend his money. He might come to a different decision than others would, but it's his money to decide how to spend.

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  12. On 1/7/2022 at 6:34 PM, martinot said:

    Question; now that David is not interested to neither put money or time into the forum; is it not time to make it true independent and remove the "Copyright © 2021 8-Bit Productions LLC. All rights reserved." on the front page?

    Seems weird that a member driven forum should give the copyright to a commercial company (that has not even financed the site).

    Copyright is owned by the original author. In as much as the non-forum material had copyright assigned to 8-Bit Productions, it would be up to the author and/or 8-Bit Productions to change the copyright of that material.

    In as much as individuals create content for the forums (be they forum posts, demos, utilities, games, whatever), they maintain the copyright on those themselves (at least according to US law).

    There may come a time to more clearly delineate what is and is not the intellectual property of 8-Bit Productions, but for now it doesn't really do any harm. Also, at the moment, there is no legal entity that could assume the copyright anyway.

    Look at the copyright as being "the forum templates and configuration currently are the property of 8-Bit Productions but not the total content".

  13. I'll just go on record saying that ME wasn't as bad as people remember it. That does not mean it was great, but as someone else already said, Win98 Third Edition / service pack would have been a better idea.

    The biggest problem with ME was trying to be all things to all people. Trying to allow legacy drivers to still work in a new driver model I think was their biggest mistake. That led to more instability than anything. The problem was largely legacy drivers that didn't do things right, and their decision to allow it.

    Still, I'm sure they made money on ME. Maybe not much or any from business or upgrades, but a lot of computers wound up being sold that year with an ME license attached. It did what they wanted by keeping the cash flowing until they could get XP out the door.

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  14. On 1/2/2022 at 3:37 PM, Dacobi said:

    That's were my assembly knowledge falls short.

    My current code is:

        LDY #$00
        LDA mstring,Y
        CMP #0
        BEQ L4
        JSR $FFD2
        JMP L3

    How would I change that to an address in A.:.Y ?

    The easiest way would be to store A & Y in a zero page pointer that you can use to index indirect.

      ZPPTR = $42 ; whatever address in ZP
      STY ZPPTR+0
      STA ZPPTR+1
      LDY #$00
      LDA (ZPPTR),Y
      BEQ L4 ; You don't have to compare with 0 first, load will set zero flag for you
      ; the rest goes here

    Edit: assuming I'm understanding the question and that A has the high byte and Y has the low byte.

  15. On 1/1/2022 at 9:36 PM, TomXP411 said:

    Same here. Over the holidays, I bought parts for my MiSTer (including a serious power supply upgrade) and a Minimig board. I'm also strongly considering the Multisystem board and a Mini Pet. Thing is - I'm out of room. So I need to make some changes to either my acquisition habits or my living space. 


    I've received my DE10-NANO a couple days ago, though the multisystem is at least a couple months out.

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