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Forum: OT - General 21 February 2020, 14:41
Replies: 22
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Posted By E-Penguin
Sigh, I wish I hadn't looked now, I've made more...

Sigh, I wish I hadn't looked now, I've made more work for myself. Ignorance is bliss... ;)
Forum: OT - General 21 February 2020, 00:18
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
We certainly have less dense chips, although we...

We certainly have less dense chips, although we are getting towards early-2010s capacities in some cases. We have solid state memories with capacity close to 1TiB (SDRAM), which is actively...
Forum: OT - General 19 February 2020, 21:59
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
I certainly learnt a lot from kerbal space...

I certainly learnt a lot from kerbal space program, about orbits and stuff (that's not my area so I found it enlightening). I don't often get time to play games at the moment but I have a soft spot...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 16 February 2020, 09:47
Replies: 15
Views: 572
Posted By E-Penguin
You can do the same to them - get them to build...

You can do the same to them - get them to build you a guard hut and fully staff it for you. I also do it with warehouses to nick their stuff.
Forum: OT - General 10 February 2020, 18:57
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
We're in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace! I've just...

We're in Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace! I've just sent my first commands to it in flight. Very pleased with how it's all going. Did anybody watch the launch on the news?
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 09 February 2020, 17:52
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By E-Penguin
Can you mix Screen with Display?

Can you mix Screen with Display?
Forum: OT - General 09 February 2020, 17:40
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Today is the big day. I go on shift a few hours...

Today is the big day. I go on shift a few hours before launch. The cataclysmic storm of Doom currently thrashing Germany is meant to peak just around lift-off. Should be dramatic! (weather in Florida...
Forum: OT - General 06 February 2020, 18:54
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Halfway through the launch dress rehearsal. So...

Halfway through the launch dress rehearsal. So far, I've done a binary diff between software images and found exactly nothing interesting. Another 4 hours to go. Sometimes space isn't that glamorous...
Forum: OT - General 06 February 2020, 00:42
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
I'm lucky enough to get paid for doing something...

I'm lucky enough to get paid for doing something I really enjoy. :)
Forum: OT - General 06 February 2020, 00:12
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
There are several things to consider, mostly...

There are several things to consider, mostly significant are radiation and environmental extremes.

Radiation affects things either by flipping bits at random or basically shredding delicate...
Forum: News 05 February 2020, 22:21
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Posted By E-Penguin
I mean the whole 'flying down a canyon' thing....

I mean the whole 'flying down a canyon' thing. Mind you I was never really sure what was going on so I just blew planets up at random
Forum: OT - General 05 February 2020, 21:45
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Why do we use old tech? Two reasons - it takes...

Why do we use old tech? Two reasons - it takes time to space-qualify hardware (materials act differently in space so special processes and materials need to be developed), and flight heritage. Nobody...
Forum: OT - General 05 February 2020, 18:03
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Mars Express, my previous mission. That's the...

Mars Express, my previous mission. That's the HRSC camera, the first 3d camera on a Mars orbiter. The pictures look a bit computer-generated due to the processing they do but they are actually real....
Forum: support.Hardware 05 February 2020, 15:36
Replies: 16
Views: 388
Posted By E-Penguin
Never bothered, because my old A500s seem to work...

Never bothered, because my old A500s seem to work fine and the general consensus is that they don't need doing (the problems are more with the surface-mount caps). Also I'm cheap.

I imagine it...
Forum: OT - General 05 February 2020, 15:34
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Pics of it being hoisted on top of the rocket....

Pics of it being hoisted on top of the rocket. Tomorrow we have the "dress rehearsal" for launch, the last time we'll talk to the spacecraft before launch day.
...
Forum: OT - General 05 February 2020, 00:34
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Platform processor is an ERC32, which is a space...

Platform processor is an ERC32, which is a space qualified SPARC V7 basically. The instruments have a variety of things but LEON IP cores running on FPGAs are the most common.

We use RTEMS as the...
Forum: Coders. Blitz Basic 04 February 2020, 23:38
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By E-Penguin
Shiny!

Shiny!
Forum: OT - General 04 February 2020, 23:04
Replies: 22
Views: 701
Posted By E-Penguin
Let's go to space - less than a week until launch

As some of you already know, my day job is flying interplanetary spacecraft for the European Space Agency. Specifically at the moment, Solar Orbiter, which launches next Monday at 5am German time.
...
Forum: support.Hardware 04 February 2020, 22:02
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By E-Penguin
Exactly. And a mini USB cable and charger for...

Exactly. And a mini USB cable and charger for power, which you probably have lying around. I've seen mods which allow the reset of the amiga to also reset the arduino, which saves a bit of hitting...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 03 February 2020, 17:27
Replies: 14
Views: 592
Posted By E-Penguin
They had high hopes for the HOMBRE chipset, which...

They had high hopes for the HOMBRE chipset, which could supposedly have taken the fight to the PC for a bit.

Ultimately the sheer economy of scale meant everything converged on PC hardware (even...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 February 2020, 09:25
Replies: 483
Views: 113,554
Posted By E-Penguin
It would be great if they offered AHI drivers for...

It would be great if they offered AHI drivers for it
Forum: News 31 January 2020, 17:30
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Posted By E-Penguin
It's quite "Captain Blood", isn't it

It's quite "Captain Blood", isn't it
Forum: support.Hardware 31 January 2020, 17:03
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By E-Penguin
The nano. I got this one: ...

The nano.

I got this one:
https://www.ebay.de/itm/plipbox-Adapterboard-Bausatz/352893137492?hash=item522a11f254:g:AVwAAOSw1jpb8bpx
Forum: support.Hardware 31 January 2020, 14:09
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By E-Penguin
https://lallafa.de/blog/amiga-projects/plipbox/ ...

https://lallafa.de/blog/amiga-projects/plipbox/

I built mine following the instructions here. A guy on ebay was selling the PCBs and I found a cheap source of parallel port connections there too
Forum: support.Hardware 31 January 2020, 11:54
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By E-Penguin
You can build yourself a plipbox for around €15,...

You can build yourself a plipbox for around €15, using Chinese knock-off arduinos and various bits scavenged from ebay.

The speed of the ACA500+ isn't the issue so much as the processor type;...
Forum: support.Hardware 31 January 2020, 10:32
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By E-Penguin
I had a plipbox (parallel port) and it was...

I had a plipbox (parallel port) and it was alright, good enough for a bit of file transfer in the background. Now I've got an X-Surf 500, which is only really worth doing if you've got a 020+ card...
Forum: Amiga scene 29 January 2020, 16:08
Replies: 12
Views: 1,636
Posted By E-Penguin
Other than having an MMU, is there really that...

Other than having an MMU, is there really that much difference between an 68020 and '030?
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 26 January 2020, 12:37
Replies: 24
Views: 1,348
Posted By E-Penguin
I never created much beyond the "hello world" and...

I never created much beyond the "hello world" and "guess a number" type programs in amigabasic from wb1.3, back in the day.

I made a game for my son last year, the phenomenal Father Christmas vs...
Forum: Amiga scene 21 January 2020, 00:05
Replies: 234
Views: 7,713
Posted By E-Penguin
In a world where it's possible to drop a grand on...

In a world where it's possible to drop a grand on Amiga hardware without much effort, spending a few tens of £/$/€ on software doesn't seem unreasonable... £20 was about 2 pints last time I was in...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 07 January 2020, 01:25
Replies: 62
Views: 3,703
Posted By E-Penguin
The A500 is perfectly sized to balance one's...

The A500 is perfectly sized to balance one's A1200 on
Forum: News 06 January 2020, 19:03
Replies: 13
Views: 1,141
Posted By E-Penguin
Smart to do it only at the end :) Maybe you...

Smart to do it only at the end :)

Maybe you could get the blitter to do it for you - you could create 4x 1-bit bitmap views of the screen (BitplaneBitMap) and do individual blits for each colour,...
Forum: Amiga scene 05 January 2020, 10:41
Replies: 63
Views: 5,313
Posted By E-Penguin
Whdload is brilliant, just so much less faff than...

Whdload is brilliant, just so much less faff than with disks
Forum: News 29 December 2019, 19:51
Replies: 13
Views: 1,141
Posted By E-Penguin
How are you counting the number of pixels of a...

How are you counting the number of pixels of a given colour? Just scanning the bitmap or something clever? (if were me I'd keep a separate counter per player and increment / decrement with each pixel...
Forum: News 29 December 2019, 19:46
Replies: 48
Views: 4,976
Posted By E-Penguin
I kinda want one just to support amiga...

I kinda want one just to support amiga development, although that €400 would go some way towards an 060 card for my A1200...
Forum: OT - General 22 October 2019, 23:40
Replies: 14
Views: 1,094
Posted By E-Penguin
You've clearly never driven on the German...

You've clearly never driven on the German Autobahn..
Forum: News 18 October 2019, 22:25
Replies: 137
Views: 16,585
Posted By E-Penguin
Excellent work!

Excellent work!
Forum: Amiga scene 15 October 2019, 15:32
Replies: 111
Views: 8,409
Posted By E-Penguin
Amigans could argue about how many sides a...

Amigans could argue about how many sides a triangle has!
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 15:55
Replies: 35
Views: 3,147
Posted By E-Penguin
Chucky had one on show at Amiga34. ...

Chucky had one on show at Amiga34.

Honestly, this is going to bankrupt me.
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 13:44
Replies: 35
Views: 3,147
Posted By E-Penguin
It drove a full-HD screen and played Quake more...

It drove a full-HD screen and played Quake more smoothly than my PC did back in the day. It's a very tempting proposition for the RTG aspect alone, which is difficult to add to an A1200 unless it's...
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 11:47
Replies: 35
Views: 3,147
Posted By E-Penguin
I played on one of these at Amiga34. It's awesome.

I played on one of these at Amiga34. It's awesome.
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