Roger Taylor | 1 Apr 01:38 2007

Re: Sockmaster's Stunt

At 02:49 PM 3/31/2007, you wrote:
>Sock,
>
>I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with what you 
>pulled off - this is just utterly amazing. I played with it for a 
>bit, the graphics and sound - everything is just beautiful!
>
>Now am seriously wondering what else is possible - the possible 
>catalog of software just greatly expanded - if others can understand 
>what you did (and any other limitations can be overcome).
>
>My only regret is that this had to wait till today to occur, and not 
>back in the heyday of the Rainbow - but that's just nostalgia talking.
>
>Once again, great job - and I can't wait to see what else happens!

Every day we drift into new ways of thinking.  Programmers just seem 
to get smarter and smarter at what they do, so in more time there is 
no telling WHAT can be done on a stock CoCo that hasn't even crossed 
our minds today.

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RJRTTY | 1 Apr 01:43 2007
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Re: [coco] webcam

People,
I am sorry to  report that the webcam probably
won't happen this year.   I have a  laptop but I
only have dialup and W98 on it.
It's my fault, I  should have upgraded after
last year's fest and took care of this  myself
instead of depending on someelse to do
it.

I am  going to make a point of putting a webcam
up and running BEFORE the next fest  and upgrading
to a new machine and up to date software.

This old machine is just not up to the task of
modern applications and should  have been retired
long ago.   I will work with Roger in the time  before
the next fest after I upgrade and we will have it
ready by  then.

Roy  

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Dennis Bathory-Kitsz | 1 Apr 02:54 2007

Absence

Hi all,

Your list admin will be gone for a month, so I hope the great backup admins
are listening & can help out from April 7 through May 9.

My music takes me on a three-week residency in Portugal and a week
residency in the Netherlands. I'll be on very occasional dialup in rural
Portugal (in Nodar, which even Google Earth doesn't list), so you won't
likely hear from me from April 7 to 30. From then until May 8, I'll be on
broadband again in Utrecht, and then back home for sleep and awake again
and attending to backed up email on May 10.

Dennis

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Roger Taylor | 1 Apr 03:31 2007

Re: [coco] webcam

Dialup and Windows 98 is perfect, Roy.  I've got a client doing this 
24/7 for 3 years.  We can do this if you want to download the webcam 
software tonight or tomorrow morning.  Webcam32 and CoffeeCup WebCam 
are great even if they put an "unregistered" message at the top of 
the images, but I think one of those gives a 30-day trial with no messages.

Set the software to compress 75% jpegs and upload at 15 to 20-second 
intervals.  This is a common dial-up solution and I'm a guru at 
it.  I can walk anybody through this if you can get a connection to the net.

If not, we still appreciate the effort and I'm still wondering what 
happened to Dave; not for the webcam problems, but because he just 
vanished while we were in talks and hasn't wrote me back in 3 
weeks.  I've posted over and over about this and nobody else has 
heard from him apparently.

So again.... Does anybody know the status of DAVE KELLY of this CoCo list?!?!

At 06:43 PM 3/31/2007, you wrote:
>People,
>I am sorry to  report that the webcam probably
>won't happen this year.   I have a  laptop but I
>only have dialup and W98 on it.
>It's my fault, I  should have upgraded after
>last year's fest and took care of this  myself
>instead of depending on someelse to do
>it.
>
>I am  going to make a point of putting a webcam
>up and running BEFORE the next fest  and upgrading
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John Kowalski | 1 Apr 04:17 2007

Re: Sockmaster's Stunt

Thanks Andrew!

Yes, it would really be nice to see some more people port additional arcade
games, console games or even programs from other 8-bit home computers onto
the Color Computer.

It's my hope that this will encourage others to try.  There are plenty of
other great games out there that the CoCo is currently missing.

For those who missed the announcement, check out the web page:
http://www.axess.com/twilight/sock/dk/index.html

I'm also attempting to put up a video clip of the game in motion on YouTube.
I'll post a link when it's finished being processed.

At 12:49 PM 31/03/2007 -0700, CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts wrote:
>Sock,
>
>I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with what you pulled 
>off - this is just utterly amazing. I played with it for a bit, the 
>graphics and sound - everything is just beautiful!
>
>Now am seriously wondering what else is possible - the possible catalog 
>of software just greatly expanded - if others can understand what you 
>did (and any other limitations can be overcome).
>
>My only regret is that this had to wait till today to occur, and not 
>back in the heyday of the Rainbow - but that's just nostalgia talking.
>
>Once again, great job - and I can't wait to see what else happens!
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John Kowalski | 1 Apr 04:24 2007

Re: Sock unveils his CoCo mystery!

And here's the link to the YouTube video of the game in motion!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DQgd5p-Z5DY

>Sockmaster just officially released his CoCo mystery game in the CoCo 
>Cafe, and there's a banner/link there for getting to his page so you 
>can download it.
>
>
>
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L. Curtis Boyle | 1 Apr 04:35 2007
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Re: [coco] webcam

On Sat, 31 Mar 2007 17:43:01 -0600, <RJRTTY@...> wrote:

> People,
> I am sorry to  report that the webcam probably
> won't happen this year.   I have a  laptop but I
> only have dialup and W98 on it.
> It's my fault, I  should have upgraded after
> last year's fest and took care of this  myself
> instead of depending on someelse to do
> it.
>
> I am  going to make a point of putting a webcam
> up and running BEFORE the next fest  and upgrading
> to a new machine and up to date software.
>
> This old machine is just not up to the task of
> modern applications and should  have been retired
> long ago.   I will work with Roger in the time  before
> the next fest after I upgrade and we will have it
> ready by  then.
>

Is it at least possible to post some pictures on Roger's site from the  
Fest, then?

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Gene Heskett | 1 Apr 04:39 2007
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Re: Importing CCRs

On Saturday 31 March 2007, Kevin Diggs wrote:
>Gene Heskett wrote:
>> Yes I am Art.  The first 'tape' recorders used a rouge coating (to get
>> the iron in a fine grain condition for the higher frequencies) on one
>> side of a 1/4" wide kraft paper tape.  Between the surface roughness
>> of the kraft paper (your basic brown paper bag paper) and the lack of
>> an exciting bias field, the recordings were poorer technically than
>> even todays $10 machine can do.  Head life was often less than 500
>> hours due to the highly abrasive nature of the rouge too.  When the
>> advent of an AC magnetic bias was discovered, which linearized the
>> magnetic properties, the distortion dropped from 80% to 5% in one
>> swell foop, with an accompanying improvement in the noise ratio by
>> about 20 db.  Then it was found that any harmomic distortion in this
>> high frequency bias (running at 80 to 120 khz) also had a pronounced
>> effect on the background hiss and by the time they were done
>> finetuning that and the tape coatings, we have bidirectional stereo
>> recordings at 3.75 ips with 15khz top ends and 60 db snr's.  And
>> distortions were gradually lowered, while peak recording volumes which
>> in the 50's were hard clipped at maybe 6 db above the 2% distortion
>> level, to almost 16db above the 2% distortion levels.  2% was
>> generally where the VU meters were calibrated to show 100%.
>
>You are a bottom less fountain of fascinating facts. Make sure you eat
>plenty of broccoli, carrots, peas and corn. Get a Black & Decker Handy
>Steamer if you have to.

I appreciate the flowers, thanks.  Got one FWIW.

>What is rouge? Is it like rust water?

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coco | 1 Apr 04:52 2007
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Re: [coco] webcam - Roys converter...

So, how long is the waiting list on the converters? I am on the list at
my other email address (same domain name, sales instead of coco) :-)
Does your converter use a PIC or something? I made one a while back
using a method of digitizing the analog rgb into a line memory and
outputing each line twice to d/a converters. It worked okay, but when I
saw yours I added my name to the list by emailing you - your picture
quality is better than the one I made. I think I could perfect the
circuit, but for the price, I think I'd rather have one of yours. :-)
-Robert

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Coco] [coco] webcam
> From: RJRTTY@...
> Date: Sat, March 31, 2007 10:47 am
> To: coco@...
> 
> People,
> 
> Well Dave  Kelly hasn't shown up yet and I can't find anybody
> else who has an internet  connection who can put the webcam
> up on the chat room but I will keep  trying.
> 
> Good news is Mary is here and I have sold out of  
> converters... :)
> 
> wish you were here
> 
> 
> Roy  
> 
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coco | 1 Apr 05:00 2007
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Re: Hex calculator (off topic)

Yes, I know. Microsoft as a company now is much different than when it
began with Bill and his pal. In the early days I had a lot of respect
for the man - he created Microsoft BASIC for the Altair, without having
the benefit of owning an Altair. If I remember correctly, he wrote an
Altair emulator for the machine that he did have access to in order to
create the BASIC, and it actually worked. Although that might not seem
impressive in this day and age, it was back then. However, I have to
agree, it's gone to hades now-a-days. Honestly, I think if not for
microsoft and intel, we might actually have better CPU architectures
than we do now. I often wonder what would have happened if IBM had used
Motorola processors for their PC's. Imagine, then, the industry would
have fueled further development of an architecturally superior CPU. :-)

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [Coco] Hex calculator (off topic)
> From: Alex Evans <alxevans@...>
> Date: Sat, March 31, 2007 12:02 pm
> To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts <coco@...>
> 
> On  30  Mar 2007, at 4:32 AM, coco@... wrote:
> 
> > I can't be a Bill Basher - everytime I turn on the CoCo I am  
> > greeted by
> > Microsoft BASIC :-)
> 
> Just because MS once did a few things right hardly inspires much  
> sympathy for them in me.
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