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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

rvalles A500+, A600, A1200 (192 comments)

Because they're way too big, plain and simple.

The collectible ones are IMO the keyboard models: A500+, A600, A1200.

A500+ is the good ECS one. With 1MB chip and kickstart 37 pretty much guaranteed. I don't own one, but I have an older A500 with the little mod to get 1MB chip, which is almost as good.

A600 is the "bring along" one as it's smaller. Supporting IDE HDs is obviously very convenient. Kickstart 37. Real problems include hardware tending to break more than A500+ and software requiring numpad, which the A600 lacks. Lack of expansion options used to be an issue, but there's some interesting hardware now, such as a crazy fast (relatively) FPGA based accel board.

A1200 is the option with AGA. I own one paired with a 68030 accel board. Together with whdload it's godly for playing Amiga games on the real hardware.

about 6 months ago

New Musopen Campaign Wants To "Set Chopin Free"

rvalles Re:Going to waste bandwidth on useless audio forma (142 comments)

There are many reasons why 44.1KHz or 48KHz 16bit music is mastered at much higher quality, even if you never see those masters. Musopen is simply making those masters available.

You can then derive 48KHz 16bit or whatever you please from those masters, or just download such files which Musopen will also make available to you.

about a year ago

SDL 2.0 Release Improves 2D/3D Rendering, Better Audio & New Features

rvalles Staticlinkable to closed software not a good thing (42 comments)

With SDL 1.2, if there was a bug on SDL... or if in need to run the game on the new directfb/wayland/whatever frontend, updating SDL was enough.

With SDL 2 linked statically against some closed game... not so much.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

rvalles online riichi mahjong (279 comments)

I favor online riichi mahjong. I usually play at Tenhou. Games are pretty short and entertaining.

Tenhou: http://tenhou.net/
How to play at Tenhou, including links to introduction materials for riichi mahjong, in English: http://arcturus.su/tenhou/

about 2 years ago

GNU Hurd To Develop SATA, USB, Audio Support

rvalles HURD's largely irrelevant at this point (274 comments)

On top of using the archaic and slow Mach and having failed on attempts to move past that, HURD's an hybrid system, not a pure microkernel system. They're running their drivers in kernelspace.

Ironically, there's a free hybrid system much younger than the HURD which already has USB and AHCI: https://www.haiku-os.org/

To get a feel of how nasty Mach is, I recommend grabbing the slides from this talk:

Here's three actually free interesting microkernel and multiserver systems with a pure microkernel architecture (drivers are isolated) which are actively developed and have reached major milestones recently:
Genode: http://genode.org/
HelenOS: http://www.helenos.org/
Minix3: http://www.minix3.org/

Any of them three is more interesting than the HURD. Moreover, they mostly have support for AHCI and USB and run on more than just 32bit x86.

about 2 years ago

PSP Emulator For Android Released

rvalles Not "for android" but portable (89 comments)

OP title is very misleading. This is a new PSP emulator that has been written from scratch in c++ with portability in mind, so it's not locked to x86. It doesn't have to be run for Android, nor is it made with Android as the main target. It also failed to link to the project's website at http://www.ppsspp.org/.

Previous leading PSP emulator is written in java: http://jpcsp.org/

A C++ conversion of it was attempted at some point but it never gained steam. PPSSPP might, as it was founded by people who've made successful emulators before (Dolphin, a GC/Wii emu) and has already gathered the attention of many relevant names in the emulator development scene.

more than 2 years ago

PSP Emulator For Android Released

rvalles Re:Yeah right (89 comments)

For a while, it has profited directly from having a third one, as these days, the VU can run on its own thread, so it's one for GS, one for the VU and one for EE.

more than 2 years ago

Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11

rvalles Re:Client Side Decorations (455 comments)

I see those buttons and scrollbars as something completely different. As you say they're *IN* applications.

ICCCM and the new WM hints X11 api being great or sucking has little to do with the subject at hand.

Fortunately, if some posts here are right, CSD is a Weston "feature", not fundamentally imposed by Wayland, so those who don't want CSD won't be forced to use it.

Long term things might normalize either way (or not). I'm certainly not jumping on the CSD bandwagon, as I don't see what the problem is it supposedly solves.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

rvalles Debian then Gentoo (867 comments)

Debian stable potato (2 week) -> Debian sid (2 year) -> Gentoo ~testing (10 year).

more than 2 years ago

GBA Emulator Released For the DSi

rvalles Not for the DSi (66 comments)

Wrong heading. Should say "For the iPlayer" and not "for DSi".

About DSi, once DSi mode is properly cracked, it should give access to 133MHz ARM9 (up from 66MHz) and 16MB of RAM (up from 4MB), which might make this iPlayer device not needed.

more than 5 years ago

September Indie Game Round-Up

rvalles touhou 11 (23 comments)

They apparently didn't notice th11: Subterranean Animism.

Too bad.

more than 6 years ago



OPUS 1.1 released

rvalles rvalles writes  |  about a year ago

rvalles (649635) writes "Xiph.org just released a major update to their OPUS codec. OPUS 1.1 offers major improvements over last year's 1.0 release.

OPUS is a general-purpose, very flexible, open and royalty-free audio codec that offers low-latency and high quality/bitrate, incorporating technology from Skype's SILK codec and Xiph.Org's CELT codec. Its first release beat everything else last year at 64kbit/s in a listening test held at HydrogenAudio."

Revolutionary antiviral from MIT Lincoln Lab

rvalles rvalles writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvalles writes "MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers developed and tested a revolutionary antiviral which activates apoptosis in cells infected with viral dsRNA. It's called DRACO (Double-stranded RNA [dsRNA] Activated Caspase Oligomerizer) and it's been developed as part of a program called PANACEA (Pharmacological Augmentation of Nonspecific Anti-pathogen Cellular Enzymes and Activities). It should be effective against almost if not all viruses, so it's likely going to entirely change the way we deal with viral infection."
Link to Original Source

BKO: Boot Linux from HTTP

rvalles rvalles writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rvalles writes "BKO provides a way to boot Linux with a minimal client-side requirements. All that's needed is an Internet connection and a minimal (less than 64KB) client-side tool which can be installed on usb drives, cdrom or floppy disks. It downloads the next stage via HTTP and brings up the whole system from the Internet.

It currently offers a few LiveCDs, distribution installers, and some tools like memtest86."

Link to Original Source

rvalles rvalles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rvalles writes "Daimonin, a free software MMORPG available for Linux and Windows featuring isometric graphics and a live player community, released its fourth beta after years of development. Highlights for the release include a many-times-as-big world, new graphics and music, a new client skin, a new tutorial for new players and a new quests and events system."


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