Bring back your C64 to life

Well, I’d bring back mine to life if some bastard who I lent mine to 9 years ago would give it back (its probably a burnt out door stop now πŸ™ ) Slashdot.org is running a story on an ethernet adapter for the old personal computer. It apparently hooks into the expansion port of a Retro Replay card. The operation system Contiki has support for the card. Contiki featues a TCP/IP stack, a web server, a web browser, a VNC client and a GUI. Have a look here for a screenshot of this in action.

Apparently it’s not the only option for networking your C64 either. There is also The Final Ethernet as well. It looks like its more of a DIY job though, with no plans to put it into production. Also, if you’re still wanting to upgrade your C64, CMDRKey.com offer hard drives, CPU accelerators and RAM drives.

XMAME 0.74.1 released

A new version of XMAME has finally been released. You can grab a patch against 0.72.1 or the full tarball. I guess it should only be a matter of time when the FreshRPMs packages are done.

Changes since 0.72.1:

  • Everything from MAME 0.74 and MESS CVS.
  • Reapplied David Mitchell’s fix for the XInput inertial effect when a mouse or spinner is used. (Jake Stookey)
  • Added support for controllor setup via “-ctrlr“. Note that “-hotrod” and “-hotrodse” have been replaced by “-ctrlr HotRod” and “-ctlrlr HotRodSE“.
  • Added support for the Sun Forte 7 C compiler. (Greg Menke)
  • Added support for Mesa and Sun OpenGL on Solaris. (Greg Menke)

James Brown at the Basement?

I was driving to work today and along Crown St saw in big letters on a pole poster saying: JAMES BROWN. It listed support acts Professor Groove and Doug Williams. I got excited. I’m now not excited. It turned out to be a James Brown Tribute night with Professor Groove and Doug Willams. Bah! Hate it when I get my hopes up like that. 😑

Good Food in Sydney

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide for 2004 is out, and so are the hats. Looks like there some more restuarants to add to my todo list. harbourkitchen&bar is coming up for my first year wedding anniversary, so that’s one I can strike off the list. Time to start hammering the Entertainment Book.

Restaurant of the Year: Rockpool
Best New Restaurant: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Best Country Restaurant: Selkirks, OrangeMetropolitan

Three hats
Claude’s
est *down one hat
Marque *up one hat
Quay
Rockpool
Tetsuya’s

Two hats
Becasse *up one hat
Bistro Moncur
Buon Ricordo
Forty One
Guillaume at Bennelong
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar *new entry
Longrain
Lucio’s
MG Garage *down one hat
Otto *up one hat
Pier
Restaurant Balzac *up one hat
Sailors Thai
Salt
Sean’s Panaroma
Yoshii * New

One hatAlio
Aqua Luna
Aria *down one hat
Azuma *new
Bathers’ Pavilion
Restaurant *down one hat
Bistro Lulu
Cala Luna
Catalina Rose Bay
Certo Ristorante Cottage Point Inn
dish *new
East Ocean *new
Elio
Golden Century
Grappa
harbourkitchen&bar
Hugo’s
Il Piave
Jaspers
Kam Fook Chatswood
L’Unico
Milsons
Ocean King House Pavilion on the Park
Pello
Perama *new
Prime *new
Rise *new
Ristorante Riva
Sailors Thai Canteen
Savage *new
Sea Treasure
Shun Tak Seafood
Restaurant *new
Sushi-E *new
Three Clicks West *new
Wasavie *new
The Wharf
XO
Yings
Zenith on Booth *new

How to annoy and amuse people: Talk Like A Pirate Day

Don’t forget ye scurrvy dog that this Friday September 19th be “Talk Like a Pirate Day”. If you need help, you can polish up on your pirate vocabulary or get your sentences translated. For more Talk Like A Pirate Day info, there’s also the The Official British Headquarters for International Talk Like A Pirate Day as well. They also have provided a poster to alert your co-workers to the precense of pirates in the area.

And also, to add the most fun to the day, make absolutely sure that you’ll be armed with all the jokes. Click below to get on the action. And after that, they keep on coming

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Why Nerds are Unpopular

Some interesting reading from Paul Graham. A short extract:

Why? To someone in school now, that may seem an odd question to ask. The mere fact is so overwhelming that it may seem strange to imagine that it could be any other way. But it could. Being smart doesn’t make you an outcast in elementary school. Nor does it harm you in the real world. Nor, as far as I can tell, is the problem so bad in most other countries. But in a typical American secondary school, being smart is likely to make your life difficult. Why?

MAME 0.74 released

*sigh* My MAME collection is still sitting back at 0.71, and I haven’t had a chance to get all the updates of 0.72 and 0.73. One day. Looks like 0.74 is more of a minor update/bugfix from 0.73. According to MAME.dk the following has been added:

  • Apocaljpse Now
  • Bang! (japan)
  • Dancing Eyes (DC1/VER.A)
  • Explorer
  • Hangly-Man (set 3)
  • Quiz & Variety Sukusuku Inufuku (Japan)
  • MegaTech: Afterburner
  • MegaTech: The Revenge Of Shinobi
  • MegaTech: Shinobi
  • Kosodate Quiz My Angel 3 (KQT1/VER.A)
  • Natsuiro Mahjong (Japan)
  • Ojanko Club (Japan)
  • Miyasu Nonki no Quiz 18-Kin
  • Super-X (NTC)
  • Super-X (Mitchell)

The Windows version of MAME can downloaded over here. Unfortunately MacMAME and XMAME haven’t been updated since 0.71 and 0.72 respectively. πŸ™

Strangeness

I’ll have to find the original source of this. A friend sent this on:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Novation ReMOTE25

Wow! I think I just found my ultimate MIDI controller. It has 24 buttons, 8 knobs, 8 encoders and 8 sliders, a 2 octave semi-weighted keyboard, pitch bend joystick and plugs in via USB. All I need now is a decent laptop of my own and I’ll have a nice portable studio.

Looks like it weighs in at £299.00/€418,61, so I guess I’ll have to save up my money for a bit longer than I thought. πŸ™

Upcoming partying

There seems to be a whole lot of stuff going on at the moment. Last weekend, Darshan Jesrani from Metro Area (Environ Records) played at Mad Racket.

This weekend at tech-ni-kal are hosting former DJ Godfather cohort DJ Assault. September 19th (the week after) they’ve got Speedy J, then at the start of October they’ve got legendary Detroit Dj/Producer Kevin Saunderson of KMS fame. Bloody hell!

Also coming up is the Deep Space hosted night at Bar Europa in the City, Jupiter Jazz. More laid back styles than the usual Deep Space parties. It’ll be a nice selection of house and deeper techno. DJs on the night are Colour, James Bond, Patrick HAF, Phil Chan, RZ-1, Sleepy and XXX. And its free! Oh, its on Saturday the 4th October by the way.

The following night the Southern Outpost celebrate their 5th birthday up in Newcastle with 2300. It features Southern Outpost live, and a host of other DJ’s. More details when they come.

Akai to release new MPC

There’s been some murmuring around the web about an upcoming MPC, the MPC1000! Apparently it was uploaded to the Akai Pro website too early. The release date is set for September 16, so mark your calendar! An MPC I can finally afford! πŸ˜‰

Here’s the teaser flash animation from the Akai Pro site as well.

Update 10/09/03

French website Playback has some more information on the MPC1000. Unless you speak French, click here for the nuttily translated Babelfish version.

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