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by ThomH
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Software houses
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: Software houses

While I've heard of software house from the UK and France I've not heard of any from rest of Europe is there any ? You mean just those that released Oric software? All I can think of offhand is AD Elektronikk, which was a Norwegian company that published four or five educational titles. EDIT: Five,...
by ThomH
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

Well, my interest is that I wanted to make an Oriclopedia video presenting the various emulators, what they are good at, limitations, etc... and it would be a shame to skip over yours simply because I don't have any Apple hardware around :) If there's any footage I can supply for any purpose — a th...
by ThomH
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

Sorry, yes, that was phrased in an unduly downbeat manner. What I meant was: developments are small, and incremental, and each one may therefore be fairly uninteresting. Especially as a lot of them are fairly standard emulator features that few authors would defer until almost the emulator's fifth (...
by ThomH
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

It's probably not worth trickle-announcing what's going on with Clock Signal, but in case it's of interest to anyone: SDL/kiosk-mode users can now instantiate a new machine without providing a piece of media, can override any of the emulator's default hardware picks if supplying a piece of media, an...
by ThomH
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Demos
Topic: Barbitoric and Buggy Boy demos on youtube
Replies: 9
Views: 14533

Re: Barbitoric and Buggy Boy demos on youtube

By luck, I happen to have once implemented it in GLSL for the sake of a StackOverflow answer, which means I can immediately provide the lookup-free per-pixel code : void main() { /* Each sheet is coloured individually to look like ripples on the surface of a pond after a stone has been thrown in. So...
by ThomH
Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Operating systems, utilities and other serious software
Topic: Is BD-DOS lost to time?
Replies: 36
Views: 5984

Re: Is BD-DOS lost to time?

I'm the last person who should end up in physical possession of it, ever, but I can definitely chip in towards purchasing it with/for @iss, if it's for sale. I suspect we won't get a second chance.
by ThomH
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I am now an Oric Atmos owner!
Replies: 9
Views: 1714

Re: I am now an Oric Atmos owner!

Oh, I didn't realise who you were! I watched your first QL power-on video the other day, in which the lack of a power switch caused you to miss the key moment.

I'm at work now so can't watch the Oric video, but my favourite is Don't Press the Letter Q.
by ThomH
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Meurtre à grande vitesse, why there is not a TAP file?
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Meurtre à grande vitesse, why there is not a TAP file?

WAV is a bit dodgy because technically it's only a container format ... as you're claiming that you support WAV and you don't really. Just a subset. I claim nothing! :) Not my tools, not my problem! Oh, sorry! That was very poorly worded. Read it "one is claiming to support WAV...". It was not mean...
by ThomH
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Meurtre à grande vitesse, why there is not a TAP file?
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Meurtre à grande vitesse, why there is not a TAP file?

I don't think the TAP format can capture anything that's not a completely normal, regulation Oric data stream, it's just a file with the decoded bytes from the tape. Any tape that uses a special saver/loader that introduces weird stuff will be un-representable as a TAP. This I think is the stronges...
by ThomH
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

Update: there's a new release , which fixes everything other than providing intermingled content if multiple Jasmin drives are selected and contain disks. But, Byte Drive done, Jasmin drive selection is no longer a function of address access order, the AY volume curve is better matched to real hardw...
by ThomH
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

Thanks, I'll give it a shot when I get back to my development machine. As well as that, and the Jasmin drive select thing, I think I've also found an issue in the relative volumes of my AY channels — the curve I'm modelling isn't quite right with the result that channels at the loud end are too far ...
by ThomH
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux
Replies: 117
Views: 66310

Re: Clock Signal — an Oric emulator for macOS and Linux

A new release is out which: resolves a potential undefined memory access at Oric startup, which I hope is responsible for the misbehaviour discussed above; and adds multi-drive support for the Byte Drive 500. I've also rejigged the way that certain dull timing issues work, but a notable outcome shou...
by ThomH
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Demos
Topic: Real Time 3D example
Replies: 26
Views: 5587

Re: Real Time 3D example

drawing only those edges that are connected to at least one front-facing surface does the trick Sorry but I don't understand how we determine what is a front facing surface. It makes me think of normal vector calculation implying costly cross product operation. Is there a cheapest way ? You work ou...
by ThomH
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Demos
Topic: Real Time 3D example
Replies: 26
Views: 5587

Re: Real Time 3D example

How do you deal with hidden segment in space ship at 1:30 ? I lifted that directly from Elite — the object is convex, so drawing only those edges that are connected to at least one front-facing surface does the trick. I'll bet 1337 does the exact same thing. I was also lucky that the computer I wro...
by ThomH
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Operating systems, utilities and other serious software
Topic: Is BD-DOS lost to time?
Replies: 36
Views: 5984

Re: Is BD-DOS lost to time?

Oh, I had missed that the disk controller is in the cable; I'd assumed that the WD-or-equivalent was either in the box that is primarily a PSU, or in the drive itself*, with the cable just being the machine-specific ROM and whatever is necessary to do that machine's address decoding as input to the ...