Thanks guys for the info, much appreciated. Perhaps the firmware devs could remove some of the seldom used fast loaders that were added that are only in a couple of games to make room, or is this an oversimplification?
Would be cool if someone could write a uIEC specific firmware so as to utilize it. I wish I had the skills to do this.
Good to see you over here. As is pretty usual, I agree with you. We really need updated software for these devices. It's a bit over my head too.
I just recently realized there are more than one type of PSU for the C-128! I have a few of the 4.3A power supplies, but I have discovered two different part numbers for 2.5A units. Since I have run across this, I aim all of the 2.5A units for use on C-64s. The ratings are always printed on the case, so check yours to make sure what you are using.
Yes, I know you can do manual checking and set any "mouse pointer" you want. It sounds like you implement a nice strategy: manual "hour glass" plus check for prior instance. The OS will automatically add "hour glass", but I hope we agree it is not bullet-proof (despite 20 years of development). Thanks for tip about using Task Manager... really sad that a modern user should need to resort to such things.
The task manager works well as a last resort. This one is hard to comment on without knowing your configuration, but generally if you have a fairly fast CPU and plenty of RAM your multiple starts really shouldn't happen (unless you are really to fast on the mouse button ). Since the hour glass/spinner has nothing to do with how the program is actually loading, I generally just ignore the stupid thing, and just wait until the program pops up. (easier said than done, I know) I guess the old 8 bit machine were more honest, since they usually didn't go for this graphics gingerbread at all.
If you are not afraid to disassemble your monitor, you can replace your defective speakers from an old "boom box" or "clock radio" (but a clock/radio usually only has one speaker, so you if you want stereo, you might need to scavenge two clock/radios).
Going slightly off-topic, I always wondered how a C64/128 would sound if connected to a Bose Sound System... these are extremely over-priced clock/radio/CD players, but people say the deliver amazing sound quality... if you get one of these used (at a yard sale or eBay), I bet it would work very well... and most of them are "cream color" to match the color of a 64C/128 (but not the old bread-bin 64).
I used to have my C-128 running through my Sony Stereo system. about 300 watts, with huge speakers. It was really a bit to much.
If you enjoy an active/social pet, then yes, dogs are great! Cats are good for people who want a "low maintenance" pet
Thanks for adopting from the SPCA. Now you get watch Tink grow up, and enjoy her companionship for many years to come (God willing). They are like children? Except they cost a lot less and never talk back to you!
A shelter or rescue organization is my first thought when getting any animal. About the only time I didn't use one was when I got love birds - those I got from the breeder. This pup is learning fast. We even talked her out of chewing up shoes already .
I just realized tonight, for the first time (sadly), how easily pets (cats/dogs) learn where home is.
So somebody in my house (no names will be mentioned) got a cat a while back... she has been an indoor pet for the past few months... I call her "scaredy cat" because she is very timid. Only recently was she brave enough to venture outside!
So tonight after she ran outside, I later went outside to smoke and she just ran into the house as soon as I opened the door.
I have had this experience with other pets in the past (cats and dogs), but it wasn't until tonight that I thought about how easily our pets learn where home is! No training is necessary.... they instinctively learn this stuff!
Just one example of God making our lives a little less complex? Don't you wish your own children could learn more things instinctively like this?
I guess this surprised me because there are many other small mammals I see outside on a regular basis (like squirrels and foxes) but I've never had one of them run into my house when I open the front door! (One time an owl flew into our house... but that is another story!)
Anyway, life on planet Earth is pretty interesting...
I'm with you on this one too. I am a dog guy, but I don't hate cats. Our family just got a dog from the local ASPCA. She's a nine month, mostly Whippet who is still learning everything about life. Yesterday was her one week "birthday". She is learning to socialise quite well, with people and other animals. I have had dogs for most of my life, and really enjoy their company. This pup, named "Tink", has already developed a nice, even personality. It's going to be great to watch her grow and learn. Speaking of Tink, she just showed up asking to go out. I can't refuse her that one. Later....
Strangely (IMHO), many US states have/are suffering from severe drought and forest fires (like Alaska, California, and Texas), yet where I live (Kentucky) we are "suffering" from excess rain and floods.
Hah, we are not REALLY suffering... occasional floods are actually typical, and a good rainy season means a bumper crop for all the farmers! Hey, I ain't a farmer so don't trust me on this... but if I had to predict the economic impact, I would guess the extra income of a robust harvest would/will offset losses from flooding.
What about you guys? A drought? A flood? Rain as usual?
It is now the middle of August (22nd to be exact) and we are having pretty nice weather here. I can offer another thread on this subject to help give you all an indea of what's going on: www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=57606 Yahoo news seems to think we are all in serious trouble with the Global Warming problem: news.yahoo.com/feeling-heat-earth-july-hottest-month-record-150129081.html# But we haven't seen this problem around the Washington D.C., Baltimore Maryland area. There is a member of Lemon 64 who lives up in Baltimore MD, and he confirms their weather is much like mine here in Annapolis, MD. This morning at 9:00 am it was sunny, Partly cloudy, and 73 F. Right now it is 1:30 pm and it is 78 F and sunny. The last week has been like this. Damn nice weather.