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Re: Do you dislike the British?

in Milliways
To "dislike the British" because of England, would be a disservice to Scotland and Wales, which are also part of (the island of Great) Britain. And therein lies part of the problem. Those islands (including Ireland) have such a fractured identity. Sometimes it's "the UK". Sometimes it's "England". …

Re: What game are you playing now?

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^I like this post. "Back to basics" - where it's often most fun. My Mrs likes to have an occasional smash on the catchily-named " Tetris: The Absolute: The Grand Master 2, PLUS " using my arcade cab, and no other version will do. But even on a original Gameboy (or is that.. "particularly" on an …

Re: Most beautiful Dos-Games for a 486...what are your favorites?

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Partly depends on your other hardware. A modest 486 CPU (~40-50Mhz) with a $100-at-the-time VLB card would run Doom fine*, iirc. Versus say, the same 486 with a 1MB Trident ISA card. Evidence : Up to ~400% framerate difference between the lowest and highest cards. *for a given value of "fine" - …

Re: Most beautiful Dos-Games for a 486...what are your favorites?

in DOS
Partly depends on your other hardware. A modest 486 CPU (~40-50Mhz) with a $100-at-the-time VLB card would run Doom fine*, iirc. Versus say, the same 486 with a 1MB Trident ISA card. Evidence : Up to ~400% framerate difference between the lowest and highest cards. *for a given value of "fine" - …

Re: A troubleshooting guide for Caluser2000.

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Namrok wrote on 2021-07-08, 18:05: Is it really a lie that everyone who tries to keep a computer working ends up quietly weeping? Going back to the scale... Filename yesorno.jpg File size 33.78 KiB Views 592 views #slight_exaggeration

Re: Retro computer builds that surprised you the most because they worked better than expected

A long time ago when I was much younger and stupider, I foolishly threw away a bunch of old gear. Many of us have such stories. In particular, I was cleaning out a shed, and roughly shoved some old Socket 7 gear into plastic trash bags. The bags also contained random rubbish and bits of dirt etc. …

Re: What hardware do you think belongs in a museum?

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Upon further reflection, I can't help but think of Windows 95 and the world wide web (with the Pentium and ATX standards developing on the hardware side) as being the turning point between the previous and current "overall styles" of computing. Before, PC was a minority niche with a steeper learning …

Re: What hardware do you think belongs in a museum?

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I agree with the time frames already discussed, all have fair points. There'll never be one absolute perfect answer/year. I know it's not a moving/relative reference, but the turn of the millennium is another very simple milestone which anybody can relate to. A somewhat inversion of the hopeful …

Re: Most beautiful Dos-Games for a 486...what are your favorites?

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"I mean, shall we really talk about how much of Europe's population is currently obsessed with swinging one's leg at a sack of air?"- Haha, I must have missed something. What is this trend called? It's called "kicking Boris Johnson in the nuts". No it isn't, I jest. It's the game known as football. …

Re: graphics that over promise and under deliver

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This reminds me of the concept "uncanny valley" which used to be bandied about quite a lot 10-20 years ago regarding robotics, cinema movie special effects, and computer games. A term often used to describe the mixed experience of hyper realistic technology : it fools the surface of the brain, but …

Re: graphics that over promise and under deliver

in Milliways
This reminds me of the concept "uncanny valley" which used to be bandied about quite a lot 10-20 years ago regarding robotics, cinema movie special effects, and computer games. A term often used to describe the mixed experience of hyper realistic technology : it fools the surface of the brain, but …

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