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Re: YOUR favorate game era.

in Milliways
1st gen: 1977 to 1982, the age of the 2600, coin-ops, and the Colecovision. The release of the C64, and the Apple II series going gangbusters all the while. "modern" gen: 1985 to 1995, is the overall best time, I think. When PC gaming came into its own, before things got bloated and crazy. Under A …

Re: Happy 40th IBM PC

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IBM's loss was everyone else's gain. I can confidently say you'll never see as open a platform ever again. None of our current corporate behemoths are likely to repeat the mistake we're celebrating. Yes, very much to our extreme detriment and disadvantage. The spirit of "openess" is absolutely dead …

Re: Most important games

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the Oregon Trail Generation , because many Xennials in this country were exposed to the game Oregon Trail , since it was a popular educational game that was installed on many computers in school labs at the time. The fact that this game was so prevalent and familiar to so many people that an entire …

Re: CD-Burners

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Thank you all (especially bestemor) for outstanding info. The more we have on BD-Rs, the better, so it won't bother most, I'm sure, if this thread has more scans. But, it is just because of information like this that we, as consumers, can help each other avoid all the rubbishy products being sold …

Re: Most important games

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Ah, yes, I forgot the original Need for Speed for DOS. It was for driving games what Doom was for the FPS. NFS required a beefy system for the 640x480 30fps graphics. I remember playing it with excellent speed on a Pentium 233 MMX overclocked to 292 Mhz back in the day! Everything else paled in …

Re: CD-Burners

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Well, I still have some hopes for blu-ray discs, with the 'Panasonic' Japan-made ones being the only ones worth spending any money on. Sure, they cost up to 2x what the best Verbatims go for, depending on your location, but the error levels are/can be significantly lower (5x-10x !). (I intend to …

Re: Most important games

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Wolfenstein 3D Doom and before those, probably Myst and the King's Quest series, particularly KQ5 with its wonderful and rich graphics. I remember reading at the time 1990 or so that all of the art in KQ5 was painted on canvas and scanned in. At crummy 320x190 resolution. I just wish those original …

Re: Post covid price drop

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The price hike is scary. I've got stuff I've accumulated over the last 30+ years, just sitting around. I hesitate to go down the rabbit hole of selling any of it. For then you're dealing with potential problems of picky sellers, packaging fragile components to sell, dealing with "lost" packages, …

Re: 4:3 4K

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No, 3:2 is 1.666 aspect ratio, not 1.5 Please, use your calculator. 3/2 = 1.5/1. I can not even imagine how you got your 1.666 result... It seems to be a brain fart that we can get while being sleepy. 2/3 ? 3/2 ? (2/3 = 0.666) + (minor correction to 1.5) = 1.666 Yes, that's exactly what it was! I …

Re: 4:3 4K

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not 4:3 but the closest one so far :) Huawei MateView 4K HDR aspect ratio 1,5 No, 3:2 is 1.666 aspect ratio, not 1.5 What we need is a 4:3 HD display which is backwardly compatible with all the old standards 320x200,320*240, 640x480, 720x480, etc. I'm so tired of compromising with either stretched …

Re: Legend of Sword and Fairy - english patch

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There were rumors, or even some source code of SDL being ported to DOS, but no complete version. I thought all of this was given up years ago, but SDL port in DOS would be excellent, as then other games using SDL could also run in straight DOS.

Re: Legend of Sword and Fairy - english patch

in DOS
Thank you very much for your lengthy explanations, PalMusicFan. The depth of analysis is very much appreciated. This goes a long way into explaining why an English translation of the DOS version, running in DOS, has not been done yet! According to your #4 above, a new English bit-mapped (8x15) font …

Re: FTP is dead (in Mozilla Firefox v90)

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Seems like lately there are a lot of threads about (some program) has ended....there was this, my thread on XP, the one about VGA BIOS support....etc ... because we're getting awfully upset with the castration of "old" features, which, if kept, would do no harm, and suddenly being eliminated throw …

Re: Legend of Sword and Fairy - english patch

in DOS
Where, if known, are the offsets in the DOS executable for the hard-coded Japanese language Kanji? And, would it even be possible to hard-code English text directly into the DOS executable? Probably not, or next to impossible, correct?

Re: FTP is dead (in Mozilla Firefox v90)

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Bad news, indeed. The insecurity of FTP is totally irrelevant for sharing public stuff via anonymous FTP. DOWNLOAD ALL THE VALUABLE STUFF FROM FTP SERVERS WHILE YOU CAN! Heed this warning, please download FTP archives of useful old files before they're axed for good. Very bad, when things are …

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