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Re: Design choices you will never forgive

in Milliways
I am a big fan of flat design, minimalism and simplicity. I find it more productive and more useful, more direct and intuitive than silly skeuomorphism. Outlines. I just wished there were outlines. A 2D design can be nice, if it sticks to certain rules. Nintendo Wii had such an interface with its …

Re: Design choices you will never forgive

in Milliways
DOS was good for 8088, and acceptable for 286. Yes. It was good for 8088. At very least. And MS-DOS was a good alternative to the 8086 port of CP/M and featured a better filesystem. Well, a good alternative to the initial CP/M-86 releases, at least. DOS Plus and Concurrent DOS had a good CP/M core. …

Re: Design choices you will never forgive

in Milliways
Anyway, when the 386 became mainstream, the Sound Blaster was already there as well... In my personal, likely slightly bit 'perverted' alternate reality it was other way round. I had a PAS16 in my 286 first, since CD-ROMs were everywhere and the PAS16 was the SCSI controller card for my CD-ROM …

Re: Design choices you will never forgive

in Milliways
Would it have been that costly to have gone with something like Tandy sound instead? Note that Tandy cloned the IBM PCjr - which indeed *was* costly. The Covox was a really simple device. While it used up CPU resources, PCs could have had way better sound if something like it had more widespread …

Re: Design choices you will never forgive

in Milliways
CGA, EGA and the IBM TTL monitors? CGA was too low-res for business use and didn't feature an 640x200 4 colour mode, even. EGA was guilty for not featuring a 32 colour, despite being necessary in IT. (My country's national online service BTX did require it to be displayed in full colour.) Amiga had …

Re: Win3.1 under DOSBox: .iso files as CD-ROM?

in DOSBox General
Hi, you can enter the imgmount command into "Run" dialog of both Program Manager and File Manager for example. Another possibility is to use the MS-DOS prompt, of course. It can be full-screen, too. If nothing changes, try to enter rescan command. It'll update the simulated file system inside DOSBox …

Re: Windows for Workgroups animated advertisement

Same EtherExpress 16 in the German version as well... Oh, I see, thanks for the info! 🙂 I think that's a good thing, maybe. So WfW had an official NIC bundle, beyond national boarders, I mean. So EtherExpress 16 was some network card counterpart to Windows Sound System, maybe. If so, it would be …

Re: AI users?

in Milliways
But the question is: why? 🤷‍♂️ This place is very obscure by comparison, very niche in the eyes of mainstream. Why do have certain people or groups an interest to have their bots participating here?

Re: EGA DOS benchmarks?

in Marvin \ Video
If anyone can help me come up with some way to measure and record performance in a program or game utilizing EGA graphics modes (preferably a lower resolution and one of the higher EGA resolutions) I have the hardware to do lots of testing. Oh, I'm afraid I'm just a layman here. 😅 I'm not so much …

Re: Best CGA & Hercules monochrome games

Let's just copy Tandy's, Amstrad's or Plantronics' homework. Fair enough. Plantronics is closest to IBM CGA, I think. Also in terms of release date. It was been released shortly after CGA. Plantronics had offered an upgrade to full 32 KB of video RAM, for example. IBM CGA had 16 KB physical memory, …

Re: Best CGA & Hercules monochrome games

Thanks, I admit I have a bit of a love/hate-relationship with CGA. One one hand, I love to tinker with it, while simultaneously wished there was "more". There were missed opportunities so to say. Like a 4 colour mode for 640x200 resolution or a 640x400 mono mode. Both would have helped at …

Re: Games of the 80s and ways of playing them today

in Milliways
@Namrok Hi there, I think you did make a good deal here. Most NOACs aren't perfect, but neither bad. Small graphical glitches and imperfect audio are the most prominent examples. The latter is because both the NES and Sega Genesis had an, um, unconventional audio stage. They use some sort of …

Re: Games of the 80s and ways of playing them today

in Milliways
Sad to hear! 🙁 But maybe Elite 128 is worth a try? It's a Commodore 128 version of your favorite version. I also remember that VICE has C128 emulation, too, among other things. There's a video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9xMuskMERw

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