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  1. Can't argue with that! Software wise, no one needs real retro computer to have an authentic TTY experience, because almost any keyboard/screen combo can be attached to perfect software emulation on the other end. Using CP/M while sitting a real DEC VT-100 would feel very retro even if the OS is provided by a dusty old PC that's aging gracefully under a desk 500 miles away. It's for this reason that I feel the "human interface devices" are more important for the overall retro experience than the computing circuitry, with the only exceptions being if one wishes build, modify, or study the hardware. For instance, I don't generally use VICE on my desktop, because it just feels like I am using my desktop, because... I am using my desktop. Now if I invested in a Commodore monitor and a Keyrah for my VIC20, I'd be happy to use VICE in that setup, because it would feel like I am using a VIC20/C64 (especially if I tortured myself by using a tape deck too lol). Anyway, I encourage you to consider the ways you can fully immerse yourself in the era to get the most out of the experience. An old looking screen, an old feeling keyboard, a few vintage magazines and books, the oldest coffee mug you can find, and your phone shoved to the back of a drawer where it can cease to be a yammering naggy-pants for an hour... Maybe a stale ashtray for maximum authenticity... Live the dream, man!
  2. So I have been off gallivanting around the Internet for the past year or so, looking for retro stuff, and I stumbled upon this whole group of stuff that I didn't previously know existed. You can play retro TV set, arcade, and computer games in the handheld Gameboy/PSP form factor! There are many newly made handheld game machines, with 2.8" - 6" screens, that are designed to run emulators on Linux or Android. Here's a website that catalogues them: https://www.rghandhelds.com/handheld-specs Totally insane how many there are and how many companies make them! You can buy new shells, screen upgrades, battery upgrades, and multi-game-carts, for older devices, like the super cool looking Gameboy Advance. Checkout how cool this new GBA chassis with white buttons looks. They make game controllers that mount onto smartphones. Combine an older phone with a mount-on controller and software like RetroArch and you've got a really neat retro handheld retro gaming setup. The emulators have a ton of screen filters and scaling options that make the beautiful new LCD panels look like larger, clearer CRTs or dot matrix displays, so you're not stuck with the super clean emulator look. Anyway, it's really amazing how many systems can be emulated using these handhelds. They are a lot of fun! And many of them last for 4+ hours of straight game play before needing a charge. Personally, I have two of the lesser expensive systems, the Powkiddy Q90 and the Retroid Pocket 2+. They cost me $45 and $145 CAD after shipping, respectively. The Q90 plays up to Gameboy Advance well, while the RP2+ can do SNES, N64, and some Android games, like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Fruit Ninja Classic. Being an Android device, the RP2+ has amazing battery life and even leaving it standby, I only charge it once or twice a week, depending on how often I use it. Truthfully, I don't play the retro games as much as I thought I would, but I really do enjoy laying in bed playing the original Gameboy version of Tetris on my RP2+, like I used on my original Gameboy back in the ancient times. I also like playing the C64 version of BurgerTime on it. Here are some helpful links: https://old.reddit.com/r/SBCGaming/ - Good starting point, with lots of links and chatter https://main.retro-handhelds.com/ - Helpful blog https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroGameCorps/videos - Video reviews of many devices and firmware https://retrogamecorps.com/ - Another helpful blog (Above Youtuber's blog) I'm not here to sell ya anything, just sharing some joy!
  3. TTY only graphics, no sound... So close man, so close! The X16 is over-engineered, "too much" really. There's something to be said about a ZX Spectrum with a faster CPU, more RAM, and SD card storage - Would it be amazing? No. Does it need to be? No! If someone made rudimentary graphics and sound for the Z80-MBC2, along the lines of the ZX Spectrum, then it would be an ideal little retro computer to do retro things with. Something between "too much", "not enough", and "the Colour Maximite is weird".
  4. That is a neat model! Kinda surprised there are model kits for old game consoles (says the guy who has a C64 mini and original VIC20 as desk ornaments, both of which are in storage, because I am out of desk space...).
  5. Those are nifty. I think the choice to colour the extra labels is interesting... something vaguely familiar about that look, but I can't say why. I like them, but at ~$73 CAD that's outside of my "for shits and giggles" budget. I already have two sets of custom keycaps I'm not using and I don't have a chassis that would do these justice, so I'd have to get that too! Incidentally, if you're in the market for SA profile keycaps, take note that some of the sets out there don't have the correct heights per key row. The white/red set I bought look and feel amazing, but they were hard to use. For example, when pressing W the S was so tall that I had to purposefully reach way down over it to avoid pressing it as well. Basically, they are all too tall. Bummer too, because the looked amazing with the red backlight on this keyboard. Anyway, nice find!
  6. That is a good deal! My low-end laptop has the Celeron N3450 version of this SOC (with LPDDR4 2400MHz rather than DDR3) and I'm able to play Minecraft for Windows 10 in Win10 Pro on it at 1366x768. It runs Linux very well, apart from the battery life being poor compared to Windows. So the cpu/gpu alone on this board makes it a much better deal for computing than a Pi, but it also has a SATA port which is infinitely better than booting from an SD card or USB. Would be neat to put one of these into a C64c case with a KEYRAH keyboard adapter and custom ports/covers for the rear. Add your favourite USB controller, OS, and emulators (probably up to Gamecube) and it would be a very capable retro-modern machine. There are celeron/pentium mini-pc units on AliExpress that cost a bit more, but include the RAM and storage. Some are even tinier than this SBC. So that's another way to go if you're looking for a plug-in computer. One thing this SBC doesn't have is simple GPIO pins, but a Pi Pico or Arduino UNO could be used for that kind of thing. Any thoughts on what you will use it for?
  7. https://www.retroreversing.com/famicom-nes-development-kit/
  8. The Colour Maximite systems are effectively this concept. One system that is both the programming and execution platform. They also boot to directly to a unified programming and execution environment. Bonus: Said environment uses the BASIC language at roughly the speed of native C64 machine language. Really bummed out that wasn't able to get either.
  9. Will this computer serve a purpose for an end users or is this a project where you design and build a computer simply for the joy of doing so, regardless of the resulting machine's purpose? Totally fine either way, of course; I was just curious.
  10. I've been interested in computerized music since the late 1990s, not enough to really stick with it sadly, but I've done some stuff here and there with Impulse Tracker, Mad Tracker, Rebirth, Reason, and Sunvox. So when this popped up in my Youtube suggestions for some reason, I figured, "what the heck, I like that song"... Wow man, I honestly had no idea software such as this existed! It's kind of insane how realistic and complete this reproduction sounds, given that it's made with just software. Compare that to something as advanced as the Amiga in the 1990s... let alone sound tracking on the 8 bit computers... And this Garage Band software is just crazy science fiction. Heck, it's used on a touch screen even! It's amazing how far music production software has come in the last 40 years. From boops and bleeps all the way to writing a realistic sounding symphony using a device that fits in your pocket (I suppose a pen would also fit in one's pocket). I've never been a fan of the "chiptune" sound, but I do appreciate it in the context of the catchy songs included in many Nintendo and Sega games I played back in the late 80s, early 90s. So I wonder what kind of music production software folks will come up with the Commander X16.
  11. That's a real bummer. Bell Canada has the rights here, so these shows broadcast on the SciFi channel. Netflix also has all the old shows. I checked the Bell "watch online" website just now, but the new show hasn't been uploaded yet. It probably won't be available until 9PM EST, because that's when it airs on cable TV.
  12. Neat stuff. Good work! Uniformly changing selection size: Rectangle or Circle Select Tool Menu: [X] Expand from center [X] Fixed [Aspect Ratio] GIMP Menu: Select > Shrink... (or Grow...) > Do the math and enter a number to shrink/grow the selection
  13. As a lifetime standard ANSI US 104 layout user, it pains me to say that the majority of laptops and Chromebooks sold in Canada come with a 00011009 Canadian Multilingual Standard keyboard. My kids use that layout. Bleh! Anyway, for what it's worth, it's a popular layout here.
  14. We rented it on the cable tv thing. I watched 3 times. Like any movie, it had some technical issues, but in all the ways that matter this movie was everything that it should have been. They put a lot of effort into making it feel like a Ghostbusters movie, rather than just a movie in that universe about some of those people. The sounds, the music, some of the jokes and their comedic timing, and the physical references to items that were in the other movies, made this one feel like another Ghostbusters movie. That's great! All I wanted as a fan. I think it would have been better without the older brother and the girl friend, giving all that screen time instead to Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace and Logan Kim to develop their characters and have more adventures/discoveries, especially as a team. Like cut out all the Finn Wolfhard stuff, put Rudd driving Ecto 1, and Coon discovering Egon's motives earlier, then use the extra screen time to have a new ghost busting team build to the climax where they're in over their heads and the old guys step in to help them win... But, it was good enough. I liked it. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some awesome to enjoy...
  15. I like your hat. I wear a straw hat of a similar style around the yard, but it's not something I really would have thought I would wear. My dad wore one like it when he was gardening, so I picked it up for giggles when we were in Cuba a few years ago. But ya know, I quite like your hat, Bruce, and I wonder... would something similar suit my ugly mug? I do need a new hat before bald spot burning season begins...
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