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Edmond D

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  1. Do you mean something non-Windows?
  2. Plain old 00000409 US despite being Canadian. While I occasionally speak Quebecois, I don't use the multilingual or "French" Canadian keyboards. What's the impact of adding more keyboard layouts? I'm not against them; I think more users having support for their preferred language would be great.
  3. Welcome! I gave a read of your BoxLambda FPGA project. It sounds intriguing and I hope you achieve your goal in designing & developing it. As for the X16, I hope that the first ones ship this year. It will be a great post pandemic project.
  4. Thanks - it looks like that one has to create an account, then search out the discussion group before seeing any real content.
  5. Is there a direct URL? I'm not a fan of separate applications.
  6. I'm still working thought TNG thanks to Netflix (on the last season!) It seems so "retro" now that I'm watching Discovery, since my preference is for a season long story. I prefer that to the somewhat stand alone episodes where the plot line follows the same arc timing every episode with only the planet and aliens changing each show. I've kinda dabbled in Picard clips (thanks Youtube), but alternate universe time travel conspiracy theory really seems to be an amalgamation just of too many things. The video trailer above seems to be a good collection of special effects/CGI of the ship just flying about, rather than the human element and interaction that really drives any story. Another Star Trek sounds nice, perhaps I'll get to it when I'm in a retirement home.
  7. Thanks for the next rev of the emulator. I'm surprised at the size differences based on the platform (I hadn't noticed it before.) Any comments on why the wide difference?
  8. I rewatched the video. Somehow I remember him mentioning the delay on the X16 project, but that could have come from another source as many things blend online when I'm tired. The one item I thought would be good to take from this modern implementation would be the ROM'd diagnostic program. I think it would be a great feature to have built into the X16. I've watched the many videos where the retro-repairer attempts to load up and use such programs to restore an old machine. At some point the X16 will be a retro retro computer that would benefit from such firmware.
  9. I believe he alludes to the X16 project in the video. I'll have to go back and look again, as I was watching it in the livingroom and not infront of the office keyboard (and monitor.)
  10. I assume everyone else would like to hear that too, and the sooner the better. I'm content to "camp out" and use the emulator until that happens.
  11. I'm not sure that backwards compatibility is warranted. It presents a lot of problems. How would the emulator know which ROM to load after it starts? How would the program know to request a specific version of the ROM? It invites a mess of issues which just makes the emulator more complex. The final physical shipping product won't have backward compatibility with older ROMs, so the emulator shouldn't need to have it either. Most programs might need to need to be updated when the X16 ships; my assumption is that developers will transition their programs that they feel are valuable to the shipping platform rather quickly. As you've discovered, older version of the emulator works. Making older compiled versions of the emulator available for download with clear instructions on how to run them side by side would be useful to those who want to do so. Also marking the current uploaded programs with what version of the emulator will help too. That being said, my hope is that there is a minimal amount of work done as the platform evolves to keep programs and the emulator all working together in whatever versions. Rather, I'd like to see the effort go into the physical shipping of a release product.
  12. You're not on the list - https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/SDR
  13. Wg=hat version the emulator are you running? Hectorlabs is using R39 I ask because I've run the game on R38 without issue, but have yet to try R39. There were changes to some file loading stuff in the emulator between these two versions if I recall correctly. One can use the "Try it Now" function at https://www.commanderx16.com/emulator/x16emu.html?manifest=/emulator/156-attack-of-the-petscii-robots-shareware-/
  14. Edmond D


    I'm not following the first couple lines of code; it appears the comments are incorrect: .const a = $01 .proc proca .const a = $01 lda #a ; $02 <snip> X. lda #a ; $02 where in the compilation the value is $0801: $A9, $01 LDA #a <snip> $080C: $A9, $01 LDA #a if a = $01 in line 1 & 3, plus the assembled code shows $01, how come the comment on line 4 & X is ";$02"? Am I missing something?
  15. those appear to be some sort of unit - I think I saw one being used/explained in a video somewhere. In the opening of Adrian's X16 video it appears he's using a standard power supply -
  16. There was a case being planned see but it was later shelved . Search the forum for more info. I assume that the prototype boards are being run off of modern productized supplies, so I don't have a concern that when the X16 ships that one would have to source/construct a custom supply.
  17. Anyone up for Toilken Ring? I just couldn't resist. Whole bunch of communication devices - http://www.nationaldatamux.com/Gandolf.htm - I believe I've used some of them in my past retro days.
  18. I was out trolling for some humour. I suspect now I'll be watched by some evil eye. Anyway, for those here for the long run, they'll know that any physical communication media has its limitations and will adapt.
  19. I've dealt with a whole bunch of improper "proper" RS 232 devices in my life. I use to have a book that was more or less a lookup/cross reference of a ton of devices to what their actual pin-out were so that a person didn't have to sit down a work one's way through. RS-232 was perhaps the worst standard in that no one checked/enforced compliance, unlike today where standards like USB make life vastly easier. Of course standards are changed/improved over time and fragment till the next one comes along to replace it. I was once part of a company that was manufacturing a DTE device. The put one full serial port on it implemented in hardware, and a second one with only Tx, Rx and Gnd wired up. When a customer asked for a second full serial port, management came to the team and asked if it could be done by implementing it in firmware without redesigning the device/circuit board. Anyway, for the hobbit who is running RS-232 over longer distances they would/should be aware that RS-232 isn't the ideal standard and choose devices/interfaces that were designed for the distance and the environment they are deploying in. PS - yes, you choose your words carefully, but others are sometime vague or unaware.
  20. A MAX 232 chip uses a charge pump to generate levels that work for RS-232 transmutation with only a 5 V chip power supply. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAX232 and then onward to the data sheets. In industrial applications, having a maximum swing of voltage for signalling is great, as these environments usually have high noise and long cable runs. In an hobby/office environment signalling voltages can be a lot less and still work well.
  21. It looks out of date, since it used the older R38 version of the emulator. When will the demo use R39?
  22. Thanks for there rewording, appreciated. I'm not sure exactly if its a trivial matter to update the online emulator or not, or even where it falls in the queue of things to do. I did hear that the forum transitioning might take some time. Anyway, I'm happy to see that the forum, emulator and X16 codebase is moving "forward." As well, that there is a active and vibrant community here.
  23. What a great discover/isolation of the issue you are encountering. I assume that those who wrote the ROM code will be able to track the issue given this great description and provided code. Perhaps the community needs a couple of volunteers to get issues from the forum into the correct issue database - https://github.com/commanderx16/x16-rom/issues
  24. With only 3K the VIC 20 didn't take a whole school day. When at school with a 32Kb PET, we'd stick to one game to avoid wasting time with waiting, as we'd be asked to do school work while loading.
  25. Perhaps I misread/misunderstood this post in the thread - I assume that with the conversion of the forum that updating the web emulator would take some time. It currently boots in R38.
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