There is A LOT going on with MiSTer these days – so much so that I hope to do an update video about some of the things that I’m most excited about soon. A Sega 32X core has been added, a Playstation 1 core is close to completion, and the holy grail (for me) – the Apple IIgs – is in the works too!
RetroRGB is a great source for following the progress of the project. A contributor to the site, Lu’s Retro Source, is posting regular update videos of all that’s new and exciting in the MiSTer project. You can find Lu’s channel here.
Check out my prior MiSTer content here. Bob from RetroRGB and I have done two panel discussions of this at Retro World Expo that you can also find in the playlist.
One site I find myself landing on all of the time is called “Alternative To.” It does exactly what its name implies – finds alternatives to popular applications and services. It’s crowd driven and does a great job finding neat open source projects you’ve never heard about.
On the topic of cool interfaces for old computers, Benj Edwards on YouTube tweeted out this screenshot of Calmira – an open source tool that makes Windows 3.1 function like Windows 95. Calmira is open source and was first released back in 2001.
Find more of my retro content here.
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Apple II DeskTop (also known as MouseDesk) is a remarkable piece of software developed for the Apple IIe and //c way back in 1985. It replicated the look and feel of a Mac desktop on the II with surprisingly decent performance.
It is still being worked on and is now open source. It works on original hardware as well as emulators (including the MiSTer).
h/t to CALL Apple.
Apple pushed an update on their Airtags product that they say will tune “the unwanted tracking sound to more easily locate an unknown AirTag.” See more on AirTags here.
One of the most compelling UFO stories in the 2020 documentary “The Phenomenon” involved a 1994 incident at the Ariel School in Zimbabwe. There students claim to have seen a UFO and its occupants after the craft landed next to their playground. A new documentary by Randall Nickerson will focus entirely on this story, visiting the former students on how this incident impacted their lives. Definitely check out the Phenomenon if you haven’t seen it already, I talk more about this incident in this Weekly Wrapup video.
Qualcomm’s M1 Competitor Delayed
PC World has a great scoop on the status of Qualcomm’s M1 competitor. The company says it won’t be shipping the new chip until late 2023 – putting ARM based Windows PCs further behind Apple’s Macs. The big question is how farther along will Apple be by then?
I covered the performance disparities between Windows ARM and Apple’s M1 about ten months ago.
Apple’s M1 has been on the market for almost two years now. Even their high performance variants are running off the same architecture. Apple’s updated M2 chips are rumored to be released in new Macs later this year.
I still remember the day I bought Contra 35 (yikes!) years ago. It is one of my favorite games of all time. AVGN did a great analysis of what made this game so great : it was tough but fair.
Back in the day I managed to get to the last level until word of mouth about the “Konami code” made it to my school. I still remember the thrill of reaching the winter level on my first continue.
While so many games we thought were great don’t hold up today this one actually gets better with age.
Alien artifacts found on Mars. But the aliens in this case are earthlings! The Mars Rover Perseverance encountered the back shell and parachute it used to descend to the surface of the red planet. And its helicopter took an aerial photo.
My friend Luke Bouma shared the above interesting statistic about the continuing trend of US consumers cutting the cable cord. Roku, citing Nielsen data, says that streaming TV has now surpassed legacy paid TV services like cable and satellite. What’s not clear is whether or not they factor over the top services like Sling and YouTube TV in that data.
Boeing’s Starliner is back on the pad in Florida for a test flight.
The goal of commercial crew was for multiple routes to space. Boeing is as important as SpaceX in that regard. Starliner’s troubles demonstrated the strength of multiple vendors providing launch services. No disruption to the mission – just hitch another ride.
RetroRGB has an interesting analysis of GBA hardware differences.