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[#] Tue May 04 2021 11:11:22 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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While it is great nostalgia to own the original classic hardware for retro computing platforms - it is expensive and maintenance and repair has become increasingly difficult. 

FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) platforms have become one of the most popular ways to relive classic machines without the hassles of owning the actual, original hardware. 


Most retro-gaming platforms today are a SoC (system on a chip) running an ARM processor, a Linux kernel, and a software emulator with a collection of classic titles pre-installed. 


This is an inexpensive, fairly satisfying way to re-experience the experience of games and machines gone by - but tends to lack in authenticity. The nature of software emulation means that it struggles with cycle accuracy, and this is why most of these retro machines get bought as a gift, used as novelty for a short while, then put aside in a drawer full of disposable electronics. 


FPGA is more like a reprogrammable hardware clone. and MiSTer is the king of the castle in this arena. 


I've got to get going right now, but I'll discuss this more, later. 

 



[#] Wed May 12 2021 15:24:19 EDT from smashbot <smashbot@www.chat2all.com>

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Tue May 04 2021 11:11:22 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

While it is great nostalgia to own the original classic hardware for retro computing platforms - it is expensive and maintenance and repair has become increasingly difficult. 

FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) platforms have become one of the most popular ways to relive classic machines without the hassles of owning the actual, original hardware. 


Most retro-gaming platforms today are a SoC (system on a chip) running an ARM processor, a Linux kernel, and a software emulator with a collection of classic titles pre-installed. 


This is an inexpensive, fairly satisfying way to re-experience the experience of games and machines gone by - but tends to lack in authenticity. The nature of software emulation means that it struggles with cycle accuracy, and this is why most of these retro machines get bought as a gift, used as novelty for a short while, then put aside in a drawer full of disposable electronics. 


FPGA is more like a reprogrammable hardware clone. and MiSTer is the king of the castle in this arena. 


I've got to get going right now, but I'll discuss this more, later. 

 



I have spent countless hours talking to Jeri Ellsworth and Jim Brain. I'm a big fan of FPGA myself, thanks for creating the room.



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[#] Thu May 13 2021 18:31:11 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Who are Jeri Ellsworth and Jim Brain? FPGA is pretty awesome. I've got an incredible collection of genuine retro-equipment - but I hardly ever do anything these days but dust it. I do almost all of my retro-computing on a MiSTer, a V4, and a MiST. 

You're welcome... 

One problem I see with FPGA is increasingly it is becoming attractive to the Cult of Nintendo and bringing a lot of the culture and atmosphere of Nintendo gaming to the community - which wasn't the case in the past. It was truly an 8 and 16 bit original/pre-crash crowd that was most active and vocal in the MiSTer scene in the past. Now they're drowned out by the "post-crash/NES and Later" retrogamers... who go on and on about their favorite fighting games and Japanese CFRPs. 

I have nothing in particular against this scene in the retro-gaming movement - but they tend to dominate everything the become interested in, just because of sheer numbers. 

 

Wed May 12 2021 15:24:19 EDT from smashbot <smashbot@www.chat2all.com>

 

I have spent countless hours talking to Jeri Ellsworth and Jim Brain. I'm a big fan of FPGA myself, thanks for creating the room.


 



[#] Thu May 13 2021 23:53:40 EDT from smashbot

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Thu May 13 2021 18:31:11 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

Who are Jeri Ellsworth and Jim Brain? FPGA is pretty awesome. I've got an incredible collection of genuine retro-equipment - but I hardly ever do anything these days but dust it. I do almost all of my retro-computing on a MiSTer, a V4, and a MiST. 

 



 



I'd love to explain... but Jeri is the same age as me and accomplished lots of the things I thought possible until my ADD and other self destructive personality traits got in my way. 

You can read about her here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeri_Ellsworth

I know that answer is sort of a dick move, almost like saying "google it" when someone genuinely asks a question out of curiosity and not laziness. Point being, the wp article pretty much sums it up. She was a commodore 64 junkie during the same time frame I can relate. 

Jim Brain, on the other hand, is one of the best reverse engineers I have ever had the honor of collaborating with. Jim is the brains (pun intended) behind Retro Innovations, he's an electrical engineer that hosts ted talks about lots of his projects. I have many a circuitboard like the ZoomFloppy and sd2iec... BUT most notably I am a huge fan of a c++ project he piloted called TCPSER. It is bascially a hayes modem emulator that answers telnet connects and pipes the I/O to lots of thing in /dev.

Both worked on a product of the sort you mentioned before, but not so much "disposable" because Jeri was all about FPGA, and timing was everything. She pioneered the C64DTV, and that was in a self contained joystick that sold out on QVC within hours of its release. 

I was in contact with lots of people that were FPGA freaks... but I refuse the Facefckbook, so if thats where they choose to live online, my loss I guess. 

There is still Lemon64.com... Kim Lemon is also an open-minded fan of the 6502 series processor and runs a few sites like Lemon64 and LemonAmiga. They appear to me to be a vbulletin experience, although the backend and how it handles stuff could verywell be phpBB. 

IF ONLY... Citadel had "SEARCH" and did simple searching of messages. I know we all have the source code, and grep has been invented. Maybe its time to mod this groupware with a search feature.

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[#] Sun May 16 2021 11:25:46 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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No worries - a link to an article does the trick. Thanks! :) 

 

Thu May 13 2021 23:53:40 EDT from smashbot

 

Thu May 13 2021 18:31:11 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

Who are Jeri Ellsworth and Jim Brain? FPGA is pretty awesome. I've got an incredible collection of genuine retro-equipment - but I hardly ever do anything these days but dust it. I do almost all of my retro-computing on a MiSTer, a V4, and a MiST. 

 



 



I'd love to explain... but Jeri is the same age as me and accomplished lots of the things I thought possible until my ADD and other self destructive personality traits got in my way. 

You can read about her here, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeri_Ellsworth

I know that answer is sort of a dick move, almost like saying "google it" when someone genuinely asks a question out of curiosity and not laziness. Point being, the wp article pretty much sums it up. She was a commodore 64 junkie during the same time frame I can relate. 

Jim Brain, on the other hand, is one of the best reverse engineers I have ever had the honor of collaborating with. Jim is the brains (pun intended) behind Retro Innovations, he's an electrical engineer that hosts ted talks about lots of his projects. I have many a circuitboard like the ZoomFloppy and sd2iec... BUT most notably I am a huge fan of a c++ project he piloted called TCPSER. It is bascially a hayes modem emulator that answers telnet connects and pipes the I/O to lots of thing in /dev.

Both worked on a product of the sort you mentioned before, but not so much "disposable" because Jeri was all about FPGA, and timing was everything. She pioneered the C64DTV, and that was in a self contained joystick that sold out on QVC within hours of its release. 

I was in contact with lots of people that were FPGA freaks... but I refuse the Facefckbook, so if thats where they choose to live online, my loss I guess. 

There is still Lemon64.com... Kim Lemon is also an open-minded fan of the 6502 series processor and runs a few sites like Lemon64 and LemonAmiga. They appear to me to be a vbulletin experience, although the backend and how it handles stuff could verywell be phpBB. 

IF ONLY... Citadel had "SEARCH" and did simple searching of messages. I know we all have the source code, and grep has been invented. Maybe its time to mod this groupware with a search feature.

Rant complete.