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by Symoon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: RIP Ian Sinclair
Replies: 5
Views: 95

RIP Ian Sinclair

He was the "I" in "IJK Software" company.
I learnt today of his passing last month.

Thoughts for the Sinclair family.
by Symoon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

Yesterday, I corrected a bug in the 1.3h version. It became visible at the latest Oric meeting when I tried to convert the TAP of Retroric's game (Electroric). It seemed to load but didn't run. The reason: when the last byte of a memory page was using a specific encoding (1 sinusoid for '1111', whic...
by Symoon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Technical questions
Topic: Telestrat failure?
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: Telestrat failure?

Thanks ISS. In my newbie mind, I thought electronic chips would last forever ;)
by Symoon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Technical questions
Topic: Telestrat failure?
Replies: 14
Views: 508

Re: Telestrat failure?

One of my Telestrats and two power supplies were heavily tested by Nightbird yesterday. Verdict: it's the Hyper-Basic ROM that is damaged. That means all the ones I tested were damaged. So, apparently, Telestrat cartridges don't age well . Nightbird tells me they can get erased with time. What I don...
by Symoon
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

That's because it's a major debugging tool for me ;) Euphoric already doesn't work anymore, and without Oricutron I'd be blind to understand what happens in case of failure (even with it, it's not so easy :mrgreen: ) Can I strangle you? With all my love? ;) I understand that it is useful when the h...
by Symoon
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

So many improvements one after another that I am now officially completely lost as to what the actual progression is. :D Well, I'm currently stuck in a "nothing works" warp: Orics not working, phones not working, computer not working as expected, and similar things at work, so I can't work at all o...
by Symoon
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Cross development tools
Topic: CC65 to DSK
Replies: 76
Views: 5634

Re: CC65 to DSK

Does anyone here have a PASE or IJK joystick interface? I am implementing both in 8bit-Slicks (and emulating them on the 8bit-Hub), but don't have the "real" hardware to test that it works correctly... I do and could do some quick tests during this very busy weekend. sadly I don't have a disk syste...
by Symoon
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You Suffered A Catastrophic Failure, Please Surrender Your Server
Replies: 14
Views: 426

Re: You Suffered A Catastrophic Failure, Please Surrender Your Server

Ouf! Thanks for the time spent running this place. I've been away a few days and didn't notice anything! Stupid question but would it be complicated to backup the whole disk(s) running the forum, let's say, once or twice a week? You know, with a sort of Ghost or Macrium thing. Would require some dow...
by Symoon
Mon May 27, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

One of the ideas might be, instead of a dictionary for a whole program only, to use a part of the dictionary for a sub-disctionary for each page loaded. (...) It has to be checked is if the loading time of those 6 bytes saves actually time with the gain thanks to this dictionary. I simulated the ne...
by Symoon
Sat May 25, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Cross development tools
Topic: CC65 to DSK
Replies: 76
Views: 5634

Re: CC65 to DSK

Looks nice!
Same here about the controls, on the 1st attempt I thought I couldn't accelerate ;)

One of my lap wasn't counted, I suspect I drove too much off-track at some point.
by Symoon
Wed May 22, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

One of the ideas might be, instead of a dictionary for a whole program only, to use a part of the dictionary for a sub-disctionary for each page loaded. For instance a 6-bytes long dictionary, that would be loaded after each page crossing in memory, and specific to the next page. If you take the 1st...
by Symoon
Tue May 21, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

Ouch, having LOADS of new optimization ideas... If things work as I hope (no gaurantee), it might save about 18 bytes, extend the dictionary from 18 to 21 bytes, and save time on repeats.
by Symoon
Sun May 19, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: "Autoroute" by Peter Shaw
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: "Autoroute" by Peter Shaw

Hey thanks a lot Dave :D
I guess that's why I didn't spot "M4" in the book - only had a very limiited time to search (the train wouldn't wait for me!) and I was hoping to find "highway" or someting like that.
I guess M4 stands for "Motorway", a word I'm never using thus had almost forgotten.
by Symoon
Sun May 19, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Tape and floppy disk converters
Topic: Novalight - very fast tape loading
Replies: 113
Views: 7480

Re: Novalight - very fast tape loading

1st successful loading with Novalight 1.3! :lol: Oricium now loads in 15.3 seconds (instead of 16.3 with Novalight 1.2). Some options are still broken and need to be fixed, and testing on a single file is not enough, so I'm being carfeul with the "happy register" so far. But I'm glad it finally wor...
by Symoon
Thu May 16, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: "Autoroute" by Peter Shaw
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: "Autoroute" by Peter Shaw

Yep, he did! Some (all?) are listed here: http://www.defence-force.org/computing/oric/library/lib_coding_basic/index.htm I checked (quickly!) in "Games for your Oric", but couldn't find anything that looked like "Autoroute". I don't own "More games for your Oric", so it might be in there. Or maybe a...