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Re: dogs in video games

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Kingdom O' Magic is a hilarious and (IMO) highly underrated adventure game from 1996 that parodies some well-known fantasy stories, myths and characters, mostly those from Tolkien's works. The game features quite a few memorable NPCs, one of which is a dog named Timmy. (Also, I noticed you spelled …

Re: Retro flight sim playthroughs

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I remember what a breath of fresh air it was to see the voxel-based graphics in Comanche: Maximum Overkill . The terrain looked so much more organic and lush than the typical detail-lacking low-res CPU-rendered polygon graphics in the pre-3dfx era. In addition to that, the game struck a pretty …

Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

Indeed, I don't know of any Pentium laptops that did not come with on-board Sound Blaster compatible sound support. (If anyone reading this knows of any, please share!) However, I'm pretty sure that even the most demanding of the later protected mode DOS games still supported 486 systems. They …

Re: PCMCIA Sound Cards

The Wavjammer still fascinates me the most, simply because it's apparently the only PCMCIA sound card that was supported natively by at least some DOS games. What set that card apart from all those alternatives, to justify the development of DOS drivers for it? Perhaps the company that released the …

Re: Best CGA & Hercules monochrome games

Wow, there are even more games that supported that resolution than I thought! I remember playing many of them on the M24, aways thinking that cyan/magenta/white was how those games were supposed to look in CGA mode. Also, M24 monitors didn't have the integrated circuitry to display brown, so that …

Re: Best CGA & Hercules games

@digger Well, looks like at last i have good motivation for some screenshoting and image trimming ahead ;) ...sadly the only game with not "already taken" palette i remember right now is Popcorn - and red looked so much better than magenta ;) Fun fact: the Olivetti M24 that I played games on as a …

Re: What do you drive?

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By the way, it wasn't my intention to completely hijack this thread. The topic is still "What do you drive", after all. I'm sure that posts about "What would you drive" are about as far as we can get away with here. "What do you think people will be driving" is too much of a stretch. :sweat_smile: …

Re: What do you drive?

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where are all the hydrogen stations? Germany has quite a lot. Japan has even more than superchargers. South Korea has quite a few too. Many western and northern European cities have them too. Hmmm, I checked on-line, and I'll admit that there are indeed quite a few more hydrogen stations in for …

Re: What do you drive?

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The environmental impact of battery production, although a legitimate concern, has been somewhat overstated. The largest problems are ethical sources of key materials, namely Nickel and Cobalt. Most Cobalt in particular is mined in the Congo, often by child labourers under terrible circumstances. …

Re: What do you drive?

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I don't think you and I are going to agree on this point any time soon. That's okay, though. :slight_smile: (To be clear, I'd still definitely prefer hydrogen over continued use of fossil fuel combustion in transportation. But I firmly believe that BEVs are more economical, and energy-efficient, …

Re: What do you drive?

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I just realize that it's only fair for me to point out that I work in the EV charging industry myself. :sweat_smile: That being said: if your reasoning is accurate, then where are all the hydrogen stations? And the diversity of choice in FCEVs? Simple economics drives whichever option is more …

Re: What do you drive?

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The DoE initiative for nuclear powered hydrogen production is on par with electrical battery charging as far as cost goes. It uses off-peak electricity to produce hydrogen, in which the power plant sells for a profit at the same rate electricity is sold at. Even then, why not use that nuclear power …

Re: Using an ISA VGA card on an AVR

It's fun and interesting to follow your progress with this project, manawyrm. I have a question, by the way, which I admit isn't entirely on-topic, although somewhat related. You mentioned using the USB CDC-ACM protocol, and how it met the performance needs for your project. How is the latency? I'm …

Re: What do you drive?

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Oh, I forgot another (very practical) downside of hydrogen: The lack of choice between available Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). There's the Toyota Mirai, and I believe Honda and Hyundai have models too, and that's pretty much it, as far as I know. And they are all very expensive. The choice in …

Re: What do you drive?

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Hydrogen, at least for cars, has a few major problems and disadvantages over battery-electric vehicles (BEVs): Lack of infrastructure High cost of building the infrastructure Low efficiency, especially compared to battery-electric vehicles You can't charge them at home, which is especially …

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 clone with x86 basis

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I have one of those "pack-of-gum" form factor pocket computers lying around with an Intel Bay Trail SoC. It's basically a passively cooled clone of the first generation Intel Compute Stick. It supports Intel VT-x and it's enabled out-of-the-box. And this is not "immature" technology. It's been …

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