Retro Computing

C/64 Ads from 80s still have some to say on 2021?….

The Commodore 64 is a fascinating machine. It is the single best selling computer model in human history. The fact that the C64 still holds that title in 2021 — close to three decades after being discontinued — is nothing short of amazing. Because it makes me smile, let’s take a quick stroll through some of the …

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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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Tic80

TIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. https://github.com/nesbox/TIC-80 278 forks. 3,007 stars. 170 open issues. Recent commits: #1232: noise detection fix, nesbox #1566: sdl renderer fix, nesbox #1566: fixed touch gamepad rendering, nesbox #1597: fixed keyboard input on linux, nesbox #1481: added cart drag & drop to the main window, …

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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. 44 stars. 1 open issues. Recent commits: switch to my …

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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 28 forks. 140 stars. 2 open issues. Recent commits: make checksum.py work under both py2 and py3 (#4), GitHub Makefile: fix checksum …

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