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  1. My dad found an old electronics kit in the garage and, not really having much use for it anymore but knowing that I was more into retro electronics these days, gave it to me. Sure enough, I went to solder it. Couldn't test it, though: It turns out it was missing a transformer, and the accompanying documentation only listed a part number from the company that made the kit. Alas, while the company appears to (technically) still be in operation, it didn't respond to emails inquiring about the part. Not even to say "we can no longer provide support for that kit", it was simply a black hole. Ah well.
  2. Reminds me of the movie Hidden Figures, about the computers who worked at NASA, before NASA brought in the tape-fed, refrigerator-sized contraptions that people today would identify as computers.
  3. The whole OST that these folks put together is pretty cool. This particular find from the Gigaleak is why I support efforts to preserve videogaming history in all its forms, including (and perhaps most importantly) source code and assets! So I'm very happy that Nintendo has done such a good job of preserving their own history, going back at least this far, that something like this was possible. I know they must've been horrified by the gigaleak -- it probably represents billions of dollars of value, frankly -- but without it, we probably never would have had the chance to hear this.
  4. I guess there was a thing starting to come about a couple years ago called "Minimal Fab", which was a machine, or series of machines, that could do custom, small-scale runs of chips. Still far too expensive for an individual (unless you're Tony Stark), but within reason for a robotics, industrial tools, or tech company that wants to fab their own small quantities of chips. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20657398
  5. Hrrrng... if I didn't have a day-job that I loved dearly, I would be all over both this and offering to help out with the kernal. I mean, I'm continuing to work on the emulator; albeit in my own fork that I haven't formally announced here, but has been named dropped here by others. Suddenly, so many things I want to add to my precious hobby time. And I've previously worked with 2-way communications in microcontrollers for various sensors, so adding a PS/2 communication routine here sounds like fun to me. I hope someone pops up who can help out with this.
  6. I'm glad to see folks respect the difficulty of the kit, as I recall Dave questioning a year or so ago whether folks would be over-eager to buy a kit and then fail to assemble it -- and need extensive troubleshooting support, assuming they haven't simply toasted various components through their molten metal mis-mangement. As I said earlier, I'm also intimidated. Willing to spend money and try, but still intimidated.
  7. Yeah, I'm struggling to find more up-to-date information. If someone comes across it, could they link it here?
  8. You could... edit the title? You know, if you don't want to distract people who don't associate this website with politics, and thus gather the wrong impression. Looks like I can still edit titles on posts I made many months ago. I feel confident that this is within your power.
  9. Whether x16tial intended to insult isn't really the point, though. Personally, I read the title as an insult towards much of the community, and it seems I'm not alone in that assessment. I can't even imagine how such a supposed reference is supposed to be contextual enough on a site like this for most people to read it any other way. That's all I really want to say in this discussion.
  10. Capcom's artists have produced some really great music as well. It happens that as I went looking, the first video result's top comment was "This soundtrack is one of the reasons why i became a musician, true story": But I want to offer a special shoutout to an indie artist going by the name RushJet1. I absolutely fell in love with their remixes when they first started posting on Youtube, and I follow their Youtube channel to this day: Tell me the whole OST isn't absolutely rocking, I dare you: https://rushjet1.com/album/mega-man-3-remade
  11. Well, let's get this started with one of the most famous examples of video game music ever: The Opera Scene. I mean, there were other pieces of videogame music I've enjoyed and felt were very good, but if there was one title that cemented the idea in my head that I would be listening to game music for the rest of my life, because it was fantastic... that would be this. Square had and continues to have fantastic artists. Another master from their history includes Yasunori Mitsuda. The entire soundtrack from Xenogears is a masterwork.
  12. Is this still current?
  13. Those are some shmexy cases, to be sure. :3
  14. The PC market was also always much more heavily fragmented than the X16 would ever be. If the X16 were more of an open, customizable platform, with install bases in the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands, but with multiple competing standards on many subsystems and components, then X16 developers would be incentivized to write software with multiple hardware configurations in mind. But there will be one X16, and maybe the X8. And the install base will be in the hundreds, maybe (maybe!) the thousands. This is much less incentive for wide support, especially if folks write software to be released for free, as opposed to software they intend to sell. Or, to the extend that wide support is encouraged, it will be by developing to the minimum spec shared between the two machines.
  15. I suppose that's where the ambiguity of text comes into play, because I read it as almost the opposite -- he's open to releasing the X8, and it meets many of his programming/experience goals, but he's hesitant because it still falls short of the full X16e he had envisioned and wants to ship. Edited to add: If bifurcating the community between the two platforms is not a concern, then I think Bruce probably has the right idea. Get crowdfunding going with what can be shipped now (or imminently), and let the market sort itself out.
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