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  1. This is awesome! Thanks for the info @Scott Robison, I didn't even know this project existed. I downloaded the PDF's and have been skimming them, the memories, just fantastic. A great reproduction. I think sometime after the holidays, I may get a set printed, give it a bit more time for errors to be found and corrected. I would just love to have those manuals on my shelf.
  2. We're actually doing ours on Tuesday (30th), becasue I had to work 12 hours on Thanksgiving. The joys of working in healthcare. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. I love spending the day at home with my family, making the huge meal, the smell of the food filling the house. The best part is eating so much you're in pain for the rest of t he day, but you don't care, becasue it's so good!. Oh, and leftovers! haha
  3. I have never actually touched a Chromebook, I don't even use Chrome, except at work. I'm a Firefox guy. lol I look at Windows as a "necessary evil" because no other platform can do everything I want it to do. So, I am stuck using it for most everything, and playing around on Linux, but not really being productive with it. Not as much as I am on Windows anyway. It sucks, but it is what it is.
  4. Not going to ruin anything for anyone, but I went and seen it, and if you're a fan of the series like I am, it's a must! My wife, daughter, and I went to check it out, being a Monday night we pretty much had the theater to ourselves. I really enjoyed the film, there is a lot of "fan service", and it was really well done. The way they did things was really respectful to the original films and it was well worth the $65 it cost, once you add in popcorn and soda. haha I seen the original two films in theaters when they released, no way I was going to miss this one, especially since it's one of my all time favorite film franchises. Also, if you go, there are two post credit scenes, one near the start of the credits, and one at the end. So don't run out of the theater, you wont want to miss them. Have you seen it? Plan on seeing it in theaters? What did you think?
  5. The MOST I pay for a Windows license: https://www.kinguin.net/category/19429/windows-10-professional-oem-key ($30 or less) They have been my goto source for a long time, activation takes a few extra minutes since you have to actually call MS and ramble off codes back and forth, but after several dozen keys, they have all worked great. Retail prices are stupid insane, and I have always bought OEM from various sources.
  6. I do admit, and as those on here who know me, I use my modern hardware to do a lot of retro things. Though, I do my fair share of purely modern things as well. I am sometimes flabbergasted at the complexity of modern games, seeing why it takes an entire studio, hundreds of people, truck loads of money, and months (if not years), to put out a single "AAA" title. On the flip side I also really marvel at small indie studios who put out amazing games with both modern and retro themes, with little to no resources at their disposal. For me that's one of the main reasons I like our modern hardware, there is so much computing power available that you can push the envelope of whats possible and create ultra realistic games, create a smash hit retro game that strikes that nostalgic nerve with players, and emulate most all of the platforms and operating systems of the past, all from your desk. That being said I am sitting here muddling through Arduino code working on making myself a portable FM radio, just becasue. Letting Steam update a long list of games, watching (more like listening) Adrian's Digital Basement work on a IBM PC 5160 motherboard, looking for some specific ROM's, and taking a bit of a break to mess around on the forums here. Multitasking! This is how I enjoy my days off work. You got to love modern technology.
  7. On a side note, has anyone else noticed that Raspberry Pi's are now made of pure gold? I mean, for the asking prices now, they may as well be. Stupid supply chain issues... Just about all the licensed sellers are sold out, so the second hand sellers on Amazon and eBay have skyrocketed their prices, they have always costed a little more, but nothing like right now. It's crazy. Makes me glad I have several to play with until all this passes. It just sucks for anyone looking to get one for the holidays this year. On a bit of good news, GeeekPi is not only trying to send me a new GPi Case, but becasue they are having shipping issues, are also refunding me the $70 cost of the case so I can order one directly from RetroFlag. So, if it all pans out, I'll end up with 3 of them. Now to do that before they go out of stock too. Now that's customer service!
  8. I look at this as a modern incarnation of "cramming extra power into a game cart becasue the console isn't powerful enough to do the job". In this case almost all the power is in the cart, but... I still think it's cool. I think I appreciate the work that goes into doing something like this just as much as the final result. The only "odd" thing I ever played Doom on was a TI-83 Plus calculator, but I played several games on it, and it's not all that odd since just about anyone who ever owned one tried that. Still, it's was neat, all be it ... slow.
  9. I share that opinion. While I love modern tech, many of the communities are more "toxic" than I care to deal with, so I don't participate in them unless there's a darn good reason. My time is precious to me, so I prefer to spend my community "geek" time here.
  10. Just picked up a couple "Wipeout" style games to try on Fanatical, and a "retro" style racer, we will see how good they are. Grip: https://store.steampowered.com/app/396900/GRIP_Combat_Racing/ Antigravitar: https://store.steampowered.com/app/621020/Antigraviator/ 80's Overdrive: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1381440/80s_OVERDRIVE/ I got a couple others as well, just to fill the 5 games bundle, but these are the ones I wanted to try the most. Not bad for $2.99 I guess. Link: Nitro Bundle
  11. As much as I love emulation, it has it's own world of issues that creep up from time to time, just like anything else. I have been struggling with 2 issues, one I think is a software issue that I have little control over, though I can't seem to find any documentation on my specific issue anywhere. I'm running the latest RetroPie, and every so often, a portion of the screen will go black, normally when first loading a ROM, or when coming out of the RetroArch menus. You have to exit and reload it to get it to go away. It seems random, and it happens on all of my Pi3's and the Pi4, hence why I think it's an issue with RetroPie itself. I posted a GIF of it earlier in this thread. More recently, I have been trying to fix an issue with my GPi Case where no controller is detected. I have torn the case down and inspected everything, tested what I could, and can find no faults with the internals. The controller runs via a USB ribbon cable between the Pi and case, and the cable appears fine, and tests fine using continuity, yet it takes several reboots sometimes to get it to detect the cases controller, if it does at all. I tried a different Pi, same issue. Thankfully, GeeekPi, the company I bought it from, said they will send me a new case, we'll see. I still wish I could fix this one. The joys of tech, both retro and modern!
  12. @Scott Robison After watching the 8BG's latest video on PETSCII Robots makes me really want the 128 version now! Again, excellent work sir! Love the features, look, and dual display option. Honestly, I want the X16, Amiga 500, and C128 versions now. Just in case the random browser missed the video:
  13. That reminds me of an incident many years back where a software problem cost me $100 because I was sure it was a hardware problem. Long story short, I was having issues with a sound card, the internet was young, info was scarce, and I concluded the card must be failing. So, I upgraded, got a new card, different model. Couple weeks later, I randomly learn via a forum it was a driver issue, and a patch was forthcoming. Yeah, that was defiantly a classic "Picard Facepalm" moment for me.
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