• Making a Fake Floppy Click

    The whole world has moved to solid-state media; my laptop, a 2017 Apple MacBook, has an SSD, no fan, and runs perfectly silent in nearly all cases. With floppy drive emulators, the benefits of solid state and modern media types can be brought to older machines as well; but sometimes that silence can be a bit unnerving. So what can we do about that?

  • Porting a Project from Concat to Webpack!

    Last year, I started work on Aspect Star 4. I used this as an opportunity to switch from my older “engine” (which I tend to affectionately call “master.js” because most of the non-game-specific stuff lives there) to a newer system using TypeScript and the PIXI.js engine– and after making a basic, “jump around a level and change aspects”, I stopped for awhile. Now I’m picking it up again, but it’s structured a bit ugly– how can we make this a little easier to code for?

  • Replacing the CPU in a Tandy 1000HX!

    What’s the difference between the Intel 8088 and the 8086? It’s all in the pins! The 8088 used an 8-bit address bus, and the 8086 uses a 16-bit address bus. This can be a big slowdown– you take two data fetches to get as much as just one– and there’s very little you can do about it after the computer is built. But what can you do?

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