Retro Computing

HP 42s the BEST calculator and its FAST MODE

The HP 42S accompanied me throughout my university career, secretly designed for me some function graphs and with its 7KB alphanumeric also managed to make me keep some secret notes. I bought it on December 5, 1992, paying it 229,000 lire, a year before I started university (about 200€ now considering inflation * ). I …

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Commodore 4194304 is here: Rasperry Pi 400

Rasperry Pi Trading announced the RasperryPi 400, a whoppy 1.8 Ghz x 4Gb RAM (about 4096Mb or 4.194.304 Kb) Rasperry in a plastic keyboard case. We just read a teardown, and only the lack of a good mechanical keyboard leave it a bit behind a Commodore 64 :) Please keep in mind Rasperry Pi SD …

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Tic80

TIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. https://github.com/nesbox/TIC-80 223 forks. 2,350 stars. 132 open issues. Recent commits: fixed crash on export, Nesbox removed panel with numbers from the music editor, Nesbox #912: n3ds text input fix, Nesbox #912: better keyboard input handling, nesbox #912: fixed keyboard input, nesbox  

Commodore Retro Magic Dream: Pyc64 supports I/O on real emulation

I am happy to announce pyc64 now supports save and load programs on top of real emulation. Irmen point me to the right code to look, and I implemented the fix in the weekend; happy hacking!   Commodore-64 simulator in pure Python https://github.com/irmen/pyc64 6 forks. 39 stars. 1 open issues. Recent commits: check for roms …

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MacBookPro 2009 & macOS 10.8 save diary

Nove anni fa, e nove mesi prima della nascita di mio figlio comperai un MacBook Pro mid-2009, da 2.53Ghz con Intel Core 2 Duo (“Penryn” da 2.53 GHz  codice P8700) Oltre a funzionare ancora adesso, ha subito un upgrade con disco SSD Smasung 840 PRO, con un kit molto ben fatto che rimpiazzava il masterizzartore …

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Commander X16: retro magic dream

Some time ago I mentioned the Pyc64 project, a “differently emulated” C/64. There’s a much more ambitious project that’s going under pressure, it’s called Commander X 16. Commander X 16 has been started by David Murray and three other guys. David’s desire was to create an 8-bit computer similar to the C/64 but a little …

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ESP8266 VGA OUTPUT

This is a VGA library for ESP8266. To use this library you need only 1 resistor and one DSUB15 connector. VGA signal generation based on https://github.com/hchunhui/esp-vga (thanks for your awesome works). [….] The library implement a 512x480px framebuffer with 1bpp, where each pixel is stored as a single bit. The framebuffer is stored inside RAM and require …

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Coming soon 8 Bit computers: from 1977 to 1985

Hi all! I decided to write a book called “8-Bit Computers: Retro computer history in the ’80”. It is my first book on this topic, so I need you comments & advices! A small extract is right here for download. You will be able to buy the Kindle edition for little as € 0,99 by …

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C64 Kernal and ROM Hacking

Michael Steil just published a repository you can actually USE to hack C64 Kernal and ROM. A nice idea you can play with using VICE emulator… Commodore 64 BASIC and KERNAL Source https://github.com/mist64/c64rom 17 forks. 92 stars. 2 open issues. Recent commits: Makefile: fix checksum generation for basic.bin (#1)The Makefile executes some shell commands to …

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Georg Rottensteiner C64Studio

Ok this is a bit embarassing! Even in 2019, there is a IDE for C/64 which is still mantained! C64 Studio is a full .NET IDE which can connect to [Win]Vice for debugging. It seems Deutsche guys are very strong on C/64 Developmenet on these days….