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Retro Gaming and Hardware / TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:52:52 PM »
Okay now you have my full attention! I must have this! I did not realize until recently that Konami had acquired all the rights to the Hudson Soft stuff. With this announcement I am very excited. I hope the games include not only Hucard but also CD. So far they are on the right track with a hand full of titles which includes one CD game, Y's 1 & 2. It will even offer the option of scan lines. Interesting.

Thought I would post up my first learning session with Photoshop as a paint program. I used a wacom tablet on my MacBook Pro with Photoshop CS6. Learned blending watching a instructional video on youtube.

You would think that the monitor stand to be a standard piece of equipment and not an accessory.  ::)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: N64 Clone Console?
« on: June 09, 2019, 06:07:31 PM »
This is a first as far as I have found for the N64.
When I say emulation based, I am referring to the Retron 5 that had android as its OS which dumped the rom into the system. It did not play from the cart. This made it controversial with gamers. All of the other Hyperkin consoles were system-on-a-chip and played from the cart.

But the stand is top quality and the best stand ever.  :))

Retro Gaming and Hardware / N64 Clone Console?
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:32:08 PM »
Well they finally went and did it. But it seems to be emulation instead of "N64 on a chip." Not sure I am happy about that. I think at this point I will take a "wait and see" attitude. I would rather see more of a hardware based clone rather than the emulation approach. It all depends if the console downloads the rom or plays directly from the cart. I am happy with the fact that the N64 is now being considered for clone systems. N64 on a modern HD tv is a little on the expensive side if you want 720 or better. I just hope it does not leave a bad taste in my mouth.   :-\

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:53:21 PM »
Great bunch of games! I was just looking hard at preorder myself and considering. Release in September. I am getting excited.

Using Windows I became very frustrated due to lockups, blue screens, and loss of data. I use graphic intensive programs, paint and photo editing, publishing stuff. At work, using it in my job, it is the same as always, plus the network sluggishness has now been added. Using Linux over the years has been the most pleasant experience in computing for me and it has met my needs. None of the problems and frustrations I encountered with Windows. I have to use Windows every day at work and it is still the frustration.

I will probably continue to use Linux on my desktop. But on a laptop, OSX is nice. I don't think it is as polished as Linux, but it does create a good productive workstation environment. I now have a macbook pro with, Logic Pro X, CS6, and Microsoft 2016 fully installed. I will also install Krita.

Are SSD drives limited on times you can write to? Or is that something that is so high that it would take years to reach the limit?

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Hybrid HDD or SSD drives?
« on: May 31, 2019, 09:50:25 PM »
Has anyone tried either type of HD? If so what are pros, cons? I may be behind when it comes to this type of tech. I am mostly a document, paint program, net suffer type of user. Old hardware has been my main rigs and laptops.

Yeah I know, double posting. Discipline me.  :-\

I think I get it now. Been thinking about what this guy said about Apple in the videos that I posted above. I don't think he "gets it." There are actually a section of the populace that is willing to shell out good money so that they do not have to run Windows in their computing experience. They are willing to put up with mechanical difficulties just because of the better computing experience with OSX. And I really don't think it is as bad as he is making it out to be. Understood that it would be natural for a computer shop to see the underbelly of a product. I have been using Linux for around 20 years. Did not realize it had been that long until I started thinking about it. I don't want to go back to Windows, ever. I will put up with it in my work environment but not in my home. Now that I have discovered a new toy to my liking, I have joined the ranks. I just ordered me a macbook pro mid 2012 model. This little macbook that I originally posted about, just upgraded it to 4gb ram. Makes a lot of difference in its performance.

So far my best computing experience has been Linux running on a Lenovo, desktop or notebook.

The one thing I like about the Macbook is the operating system and how tight it works with the hardware. But from my investigating I am finding out that the Apple company are total idiots. And the fans are worse. If this guy is anywhere near the truth then I have to ask myself, "why?" You have this big successful business selling junk that people continue to purchase? I wish I had the power to take over a business like this and change the product into quality stuff for the consumer. The concept is a very good one, just poorly implemented. This guy suggested a few that I am on the borderline of purchasing one of them. Not sure yet.

Anyway, I wished that it was not illegal to put the OSX on a computer that was not Apple built.


That is hilarious.

Did not realize there was a picture.

I am waiting for my memory upgrade to 4gb, $11.99. Also I will be ordering an SSD next week, Amazon has a Kingston 256gb for $29. Been doing a lot of investigation, reading, watching youtube videos. I know what I want to do with this thing now. Loving this. Have I become a "Mac-boy" in such a short period of time?

I have been spoiled by Linux. And I believe the Linux OS is more developed and powerful than the OSX. With Linux I can simply search and find the piece of software I need and set up my work station in hardly any time. The problem with Linux is hardware. That is where it falls short. You can do a lot of research and put together a rig to run your OS. But when it comes to laptops it becomes a serious hunt with word of mouth and other user experiences.  With an Apple laptop you are purchasing a complete package, hardware with an OS built around it. That is its strength. It falls short in the area of software. It is basically built for specific users that purposely use a laptop for something like writing, publishing, graphic art, or business, and yet limited to those programs made for it. Linux is more diversified. That might be because it is a community supported OS. I find my Macbook intuitive in my experience so far, but difficult in finding software or software alternatives. I think the Macbook will fall into the area in which I use a laptop and computer in general, it will just take a little time in getting my programs together. It is just most will need to be purchased, not free like Linux.

Sorry Grindspine I just can't game on my computers. Just can't get into it. And I really don't even have an explanation as to why. Maybe I was traumatized as a kid in some way that subconsciously I reject computer gaming. Maybe it was when I was watching Forbidden Planet. Maybe my mother dropped me on my head. Don't know.

Arctic Fox is a forked and rebranded Pale Moon 27.9.4. It seems to be a recent work for older Mac OSX 10.6 and higher. It works and makes this book up-to-date when going on the net.

What I like about this? Might sound weird, but I like the feel of the chiclet keyboard. The OS is somewhat a little familiar in feel. I have had no trouble getting around and much of it has been easily simple. I feel at home. Some of that might be that, like Linux, this OS is based on UNIX. Or it used to be. I not sure anymore, it might be a branch of BSD, or at least based from that OS. I know that I have toyed with some versions of Linux, in the past, that has had this as a theme.

The book still runs good. Nice sharp screen. The only trouble I am having right now is that the laptop does not recognize the battery. From my searching, that could be that the battery needs to be replaced. They didn't warrant the battery. But for $40 dollars what can you expect. I got more than I thought. More than my money's worth.

Okay I was tempted. I was on eBay looking around where I probably shouldn't have been.  ::) This computer place had 21 macbooks, 2008 build, for $40 each, this past weekend. They all quickly sold. Ummm... took the dive, as one of those 21, and here I am typing this on that book.

It is one of the books that has a 2.4 ghz intel core 2 Duo running OSX 10.6.8 Snow Leopard on a 160gb. It only has 2gb memory, but I have another two on the way and am going to order an SSD drive.

Believe it or not but this thing is newer than my lenovo laptop that I have been using for years with Linux. And this will be my first taste of 64bit instead of that old lenovo which is 32.

First thing I had to do is find a web browser because Safari was crap due to being so outdated. I am using Articfox which seems to be running very good. And I am finding that it will work with Facebook, youtube, eBay, and this forum.

This is really an investigation. My Daughter is concerned that Windows 7 is about to be no longer supported by Microsoft. And when that happens then there goes the Anit-virus support. I suggested she look elsewhere like Macintosh. So I have been on this thing since I got home this afternoon and I am liking this very much. This is from someone who has used Linux for almost 20 years. Of course if she decides to go this route it will be a much newer Mac. This is just to become familiar with the difference.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Mai Valentine
« on: May 06, 2019, 10:07:09 PM »
A very Happy Birthday to you!!!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Blade Buster on the NES!!
« on: May 05, 2019, 11:29:10 PM »

As a gamer, I love these types of shmups. From what I can understand this is a homebrew game especially designed for the NES and put on a reproduction cart. It is a vertical scrolling shooter in the style of Super Star Soldier, Blazing Lazors, with that warm fuzzy Hudson Soft sort of feel. It even seems that it has that music of Super Star Soldier in the first stage. Gameplay is so fast with no slow down similar to Summer Carnival. Graphics are standard fair of these arcade shooters of the past. This is true retro arcade shoot’em up love expressed in this wonderful game. You get only the choice of a 2 or 5 minute “high score attack” sessions, but that is okay. It is one of those games that you can sit down to if you only have a moment and addictive enough if you want a long play. High score survival is my thing. I have only been able to make it into the second stage so far. This and Summer Carnival are the closest you are going to get to a bullet hell shooter on the NES. I want so much to have more of these type of homebrew games. To me, they are worth every penny. Been a great and exciting weekend spent with this highly recommended NES game.

General Discussion / Re: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 05, 2019, 08:55:05 AM »
So there is still a shred of hope? Maybe something to not be ashamed of if you are a Sonic fan? That would be a relief.

General Discussion / Re: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:24:12 PM »
I'm not really liking the obsession with live action movies when it comes to video game or cartoon characters. I would rather see a good CGI animated movie.  Pixar Animation Studios where are you?

General Discussion / Re: Gaming Headsets... why must you suck?
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:54:02 PM »
SO … my Logitech G35 died.  Technically the plastic piece that has G35 on it broke... therefore, the headphone on the right side keeps falling off.  I'm thinking of a duct tape way to fix this. 

General Discussion / Re: Avengers: EndGame
« on: April 28, 2019, 09:35:27 PM »
I have heard that the movie did not have the same feel as previous Avenger, or Marvel, movies. And I have heard that it felt rushed to the theater. I am seeing negative reviews that it is not the best Marvel movie and that, as dark as it was, that Infinity wars was a better movie. How do you see this movie without giving any spoilers?

General Discussion / Re: Avengers: EndGame
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:01:07 PM »
I had a worker that went to see it last night. He told me that you cannot pee, there is no intermission.  :o Three hour movie, so beware, all the popcorn you want but no soft drink.  :))

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Hyperkins RetroN 1 HD= NES Gaming
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:15:47 PM »
Not sure. Could it be the chips surrounding the NOAC on the PC board, don't know. I do know that everyone does have their particular twist when it comes to the NOAC that they use in their clone consoles. Some characteristics are inherited as it seems that everyone has built their take on the chip from the same root source tech. Hyperkin has been very successful with the Genesis on a chip being that it is playing Virtua Racing, a first as far as I know. It is evident that they are working on the NOAC to make it better. It seems that the NES is a very hard system to backward engineer. One of the characteristics of the NOAC is that there are 23 games in the NES library that it will not play. Been that way for any clone that was out there. Only recently are you starting to see compatibility with Castlevania 3. There are some clones that are better with the color pallet, Gamerz Tek clone NES has a better color pallet than the Hyperkin unit here. There have been a lot of improvements over the years. I still have my Generation NEX which it has trouble and issues with certain games, graphical glitchs for example.

Most hardcore purests hate the NOAC "as it is" due to the flaws in game playback, or compatibility. I find the gameplay intact even though there are the sound effects that may be off in pitch. And the grass may be brown in some games instead of green, like Jurassic Park. Instruments, notes, in some of the in-game music is very different than what they should play. I personally have an advantage, or it may be a dis-advantage, all according to way you look at it. I have never owned the original NES. So I do not really know how the games should look and  sound. Even though there are those issues I'm having fun and that is what matters to me. People out there, mostly casual gamers, are purchasing these things and having fun. I sometimes look at youtube just to see how far off a game it. Gives me an idea of the unit's compatibility.

edit: Oh no!! The money bags in Castlevania have a pink tint! We're all gonna die!!

Over the Holiday weekend I started moving my stuff around and packing away some things. Right now my console gaming focus will be NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, N64, and Gamecube. That is the way my gaming area is setup now. What really lit the fire was going through my carts and making a list of every game that I have on the NES, Genesis, and SNES. I was shocked to realize that I have more SNES games than I do on the Genesis, but that is mainly due to my large Super Famicom library I now have, much larger than my US library. I am gearing up to increase my NES library as it stands at a little over 80 games. That is just not right, so much out there that is good.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Targetrasp!
« on: April 22, 2019, 06:31:07 AM »
The Studio Ghibli collection is good. I have the same thing and my Family and I love the whole anime work. Great collection.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Targetrasp!
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:05:07 PM »
Happy Birthday! And may you game on into your sixties!  ;)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Hyperkins RetroN 1 HD= NES Gaming
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:55:38 PM »
Castlevania 3 has been a troublesome game for clone systems. Only recently has there been a breakthrough. Most still cannot play the game. There are about 23 games in the NES library that clone systems will not boot, or play. Castlevania 3 has been on that list as is Rad Racer 2, and my Gauntlet. My Gauntlet game will boot, but the graphics are rearranged in the first board. You cannot finish that board because of that.

Clone systems have been backward engineered to mimic the original hardware. They are not perfect and they do not necessarily play the games perfectly . But I find it interesting just how close they are getting. These latest Hyperkin consoles are great for the budget minded gamer wanting their retro gaming on an HD TV. They offer the best option for those who can't afford the more expensive route. You just have to overlook that maybe some sound effects might be in a higher pitch, music a little off, graphics might be a different tint, or completely different colors. But the game still plays the same.

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