Here is a list of things that are not working quite right with my FreeDOS install on the Lenovo ThinkPad T440p:
1) Sound beyond PC-Speaker emulation. The motherboard chipset probably supports all kinds of synthesis and digitized sound playback, but I'll need some kind of driver to access that and make it available as a virtual SoundBlaster or similar device for older DOS software to use.
2) The default mouse driver loaded by some of the FreeDOS boot options sort of works with the built-in trackpad, but seems to randomly generate button presses when in the FreeDOS edit program, which can lead to random cursor jumps, which is really frustrating. Also in Arachne, the default pointer was almost useless with the trackpad. Plugging in a USB mouse seemed to help quite a lot, or maybe loading the mouse driver manually after other stuff loaded was helping. I may need to experiment a bit more to get stable mouse behavior. (😅 I just realized that last sentence would make me sound like a animal neurologist or something like that 60+ years ago.)
3) Arachne is rather crashy. I may need better setup of extended memory or something. I could also try Dillo and see if it is better.
4) Installing software originally shipped for multiple floppies is a bit hit or miss. The simple installers, such as for the Borland Turbo dev tools, just create a directory for you then copy the files from the multiple disks. I can, and did, do that manually from downloads that have multiple disk .img/.ima files by using Linux to mount and copy them to a flat folder on an USB stick. But some apps have installers that manipulate the files, or generate files from your setup parameters, or modify you autoexec.bat and config.sys, etc. etc. I don't know if there is a way to have FreeDOS virtualize the insertion of floppy disk images (or file sets in folders) one by one so the installer can load them as it wants and then prompt for the next one. I'd really like to get PC/GEOS GeoWorks Pro installed, but the installer is doing some stuff I don't know whether I can manually reproduce.
5) It doesn't have a Forth on it yet!!! I can fix that real quick though. 😉
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Well that didn't work well! lol! My data connection took a nose dive! I'll get it sorted and we'll tru this again tomorrow. :)
A casual "May the Fourth" live video
How I described this interview back when I first released it in 2019:
“I get to hang out with the papa of Nerdcore, MC Frontalot, to talk about his new album, Net Split, his break-up album (sorta) with the Internet. We then talk about 300 baud modems on C64's and other things that prove how old we are. In other news: I love my job.”
Worth noting: I still love my job.
The Lunduke Journal Podcast - September 25, 2022
OMG! Released... EARLYWHUUUT?!?
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Went to my dad's house and picked up some more stuff. (A lot more. But y'all probably don't care about most of it.)
On the left, my Tandy monitor from my 1000. Now, if I can only find the keyboard.
On the right, the SVGA monitor we upgraded to when we upgraded to a 486x66 DX2. I really wish I could find that computer
This is really astonishing to me that both of these survived. My parents had a flood back in 2010 and I thought all of this was in the basement. But my dad found these, and a few more monitors, stacked up in my brother's closet. I have to go back tomorrow for the remaining monitors.
Just ordered these boards. This is my proof-of-concept for resistive touch-sensitive buttons on a PCB, like that thing @Sohl found on Hackaday.
Mostly what I'm doing is torturing the board house here:
My prediction is that all the individual buttons will work (except the two-half-circle one), the LED on L1 will work but not L2, the small buttons will be too small to press just one, and the matrix will work but ghosting will be a problem.
Just got the email that the fab accepted my ...
Should I be excited about RISC-V?
RISC-V based products are starting to hit the market, as reported by the Lunduke Journal and others. Certainly any new instruction set is a little exciting, and the open licensing might be nice for manufacturers who won't have to pay ARM's fees anymore. But I'm not sure that openness will trickle down to people like me. I'm not going to build my own chip factory any time soon. I'm going to buy chips like the Allwinner D1, which seem as proprietary as ever. And just like their ARM-based cousins, they require operating systems to ship nonstandard bootloader blobs in order to run.
As a consumer, if my favorite Chinese SoC vendor offers an ARM chip and a similarly specced RISC-V chip, is there a good reason to pick the RISC-V one? Or does it boil down to marginal licensing cost-savings and minor performance benefits?
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