Author Topic: Weird and surprising old school tech  (Read 4116 times)

Twed

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #90 on: July 11, 2016, 01:12:41 AM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitance_Electronic_Disc

Movies on vinyl. Not LaserDisc, this is actual vinyl. And rather than vibration it works via electical capacitance.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #91 on: July 14, 2016, 02:07:33 PM »
I appreciate this is neither weird nor surprising now, but let's reverse engineer a Sega Saturn CD in under half an hour!

I've not actually watched it all yet.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #92 on: July 14, 2016, 02:36:36 PM »
That is ridiculous, watching that on the train home!

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #93 on: July 14, 2016, 02:41:42 PM »
I should stress that he's not starting out with a box and literally reverse engineering it in 30 minutes from nowt. It just explains what he's done. Seems like a nice bloke.

Twed

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #94 on: July 14, 2016, 02:56:50 PM »
Yeah, some impressive hacking going on there.

I'm uncomfortable with the way he says "Sega" though.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #95 on: July 14, 2016, 03:37:38 PM »
Does anyone else wince when an American says "soddering" on these hacking/electronics videos?

Why do they say it like that?

Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #96 on: July 14, 2016, 03:50:16 PM »
Some cursory searching around seems to reveal "sodder" as the older form and that we're actually the ones that fucked about with it. It's like "colour" all over again.

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As with many of these differences between American English and how you say it in the UK, it's actually a side-effect of the US sticking with an older pronunciation.
"Solder" is a modern spelling of the Middle English "souder", which derives from the Old French "soudeur", which itself comes from the Latin "solidare". In the 15th century there was a movement to re-latinize the spelling of words, and the "l" got added back in to the spelling, although the pronunciation didn't change to include the "l" until sometime later.
Regarding the dropping of the "l" from the original Latin, that was common in Old French, and is why we say, for example, the word "powder" instead of "pulder".

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #97 on: July 14, 2016, 04:55:22 PM »
I should stress that he's not starting out with a box and literally reverse engineering it in 30 minutes from nowt. It just explains what he's done. Seems like a nice bloke.

Ha ha, it's ok I had assumed that was the case.
Though now I think about it, that guy is a right lazy fucker for not doing that.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #98 on: July 15, 2016, 02:17:13 AM »
what do you do with that saturn when finished? play sega titles forever, or ???

if is is just a geeky thing to do to prove you can do it, fair enough.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #99 on: July 15, 2016, 02:55:42 AM »
From what I read, his approach is one of the easiest means to play games on the original hardware into the future as the optical drives within the machine break quite easily.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #100 on: July 15, 2016, 05:47:30 AM »
It's a follow-up to similar projects on the Dreamcast, where the "CD" drive is actually the rarer Gigabyte-CD format.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #101 on: July 15, 2016, 09:11:05 AM »
Yeah, the CDs have no read protection so you can rip an ISO on your PC and put it on a USB stick to use in the modded Saturn.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #102 on: July 15, 2016, 10:53:21 AM »
what do you do with that saturn when finished? play sega titles forever, or ???

He said a few times in the video he also wants to use it for chiptune music and make it easier for homebrew game programmers.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #103 on: July 16, 2016, 12:30:33 AM »
ta.

thought I may be missing something huge due to not knowing all the ATLA[nb]another three letter acronym[/nb] used in that video. so no back door into financial markets or ruling the world or whatever.

Glad people do stuff like that, just too far from my "thing" to grasp the why of it without some help.

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« Reply #104 on: July 16, 2016, 12:51:52 AM »
It's a follow-up to similar projects on the Dreamcast, where the "CD" drive is actually the rarer Gigabyte-CD format.
I though the CD's were the same, but the way they were written onto/read from was different?

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #105 on: July 16, 2016, 09:33:47 AM »
Gigabyte CD drives can also read CDs but are also designed to read the larger capacity Gigabyte-CDs, so if you rip a DC game it might fit on a CD, but there's no guarantee; some iso's are too big to burn to CD.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #106 on: July 17, 2016, 04:59:44 AM »
When I tried looking it up I kept coming across things saying stuff like this https://www.reddit.com/r/emulation/comments/3amhfp/dreamcast_emulator_that_reads_physical_discs/csei4c0



Not quite related, but I really enjoyed reading about the history of piracy on dreamcast in this article https://medium.com/@michaelgapper/land-of-the-free-467f0eb2f395#.ufltz5ewk The means with which people downgraded GD-ROMs nearing full capacity so they could fit them onto CDs, adding junk onto the isos for smaller games like ikaruga so the dreamcast wouldn't strain itself from having to constantly read from near the center of the disc.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #107 on: August 04, 2016, 10:52:11 AM »
We all like 8-Track, and we all like Techmoan.
Well here he is with an compact cassette to 8-Track adapter, which has a really neat hack for the power supply. Then he brings in a MP3 to compact cassette converter. You know you want to see that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppo3IgHWDzA

In his words "That was a complete waste of time, but it's made me happy"

Oh, I also found this:


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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #108 on: August 04, 2016, 03:30:26 PM »
"Dogs love it!"

I can imagine the confusion of the dog the first time you fit it into that, but the second time you might have more of a struggle.

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Re: Weird and surprising old school tech
« Reply #109 on: August 04, 2016, 04:06:41 PM »
As long as the car doesn't get marred.