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  1. I might be wrong, but isn't that exactly what the -bas flag does? A quick test shows that a .bas file with the contents: 10 INPUT "WHAT IS YOUR NAME";N$ 20 PRINT "HELLO, ";N$;"!" RUN JOHN DOE does in fact result in: I'm not sure how well this works together with -prg and -run, but you could probably just start your text file with LOAD "MYPROG.PRG" RUN as a workaround. Hope this helps!
  2. There's Lua for AVR Microcontrollers: https://github.com/deemess/uLua
  3. I imagine Lua might be better suited for the hardware than Python or Ruby.
  4. Stefany was about to quit, but apparently she changed her mind! The Foenix seems to have a much smaller following than the X16, but I really hope her project succeeds, too!
  5. Yeah, that'd be a problem. Although I think you could use a ribbon cable to move at least one slot to the back or the side of the device and put an expansion card into a 3d printed case so it's like a user port cartridge. But I agree that due to the size of the board it probably makes much more sense in one of the later stages.
  6. I'm quite sure some people will build themselves all-in-one versions once it's available. If we're lucky, someone might even start selling them, who knows. A special case that can hold the mainboard and a stripped WASD keyboard does not seem too far-fetched to me. OTOH, I like the hackability that the regular case offers, so I'm not sure which version I'd prefer.
  7. I ordered the key tester from WASD and decided against the dampeners. They take the satisfying crisp feeling of bottoming out the key away and replace it with a mushy, rubbery end. Also, the dampeners are quite expensive. (Not saying they're overpriced - I expect most of the cost is in the work for installing them - just that it's probably not worth the money unless you really care a lot about making the keyboard as silent as possible.)
  8. If the RESTORE key is not used for other purposes by the X16, it shouldn't be hard to just use a tiny avr mcu to listen on the PS/2 lines and trigger the nmi whenever it observes a RESTORE key press. To me, this seems to be a rather clean solution, and nobody would have to drill holes into anything.
  9. So there won't be any kind of autostart feature that loads a certain program from the sdcard directly on boot? I thought there would be...
  10. I noticed that some of the keys on the WASD keyboard don't work in the emulator. For example "40/80 DISPLAY" or "RUN/STOP". I assume this is a shortcoming of the emulator and they will work on the real X16, right? When we have a RUN/STOP key, will ESC continue to work as a substitute for RUN/STOP? What about Ctrl-C? And F4 vs 40/80 DISPLAY? (I'm not really sure what I would prefer, but maybe it's already decided - I'm curious.) Also, I seem to remember that someone said that the RESTORE key will not be used, is that correct?
  11. Come to think of it, a Snow Crash / Cyberpunk themed Habitat-like game for the X16 would be really cool.
  12. I agree - this would be a great feature for an expansion card. And I'm probably not the only one who wants to build one just for the fun of it, so please don't take that away by including it on the mainboard. Seriously, though - I don't think that this would be likely anyway. Including a Wifi module that could probably emulate the whole rest of the system without breaking a sweat would feel like a weird design decision to me. (Yes, I suppose the VERA hardware could probably do that too, but going for an FPGA solution for the video was a necessary, or at least quite reasonable, compromise in my opinion.)
  13. Okay, point taken. I apologize.
  14. My thoughts exactly! Apropos - are there any news regarding the prototype development? It's been rather quiet in that thread here in the forum (but I don't know about the Facebook group).
  15. No, have a look here: https://github.com/commanderx16/x16-docs/blob/master/VERA Programmer's Reference.md The VERA does a fixed resolution of 640x480@60Hz, smaller resolutions are actually done via scaling.
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