@kelbot my all-time favourite #retroComputers / #retroGaming #consoles are probably the #MSX2, #SNES and #PS2 though, as that's what I have the most games for. Especially the first two, as I grew up with those systems.
The #MSX was a big part of my early childhood. While it may not be the most well-known system/standard internationally, I used it not just for #gaming, but also for writing and printing my elementary school reports on, doodling and messing with music.
An introduction in hashtags:
— #MSX #MSX2 #retrogaming #retrocomputer #demoscene
— #Ruby #WebDevelopment #backend #dev #scripting #PlexodusTools
— #landscape #photography #MiA1 #Canon1000D
— (casual) #hiking
— Born #Dutch #Netherlands
— Emigrated to #Bodø #ArcticCircle #Norway
— Fan of #TerryPratchett's #DiscWorld, #StephenKing's #DarkTower, #StarTrek and #DoctorWho
— Enjoys interesting #beers such as #Trappist #AbbeyBeer
— #linguistics #GooglePlus
· #MSX (#MSX2 in particular) and various other #retrocomputer / #RetroGaming topics such as the #demoscene.
· #Ruby #webdevelopment and #scripting
· #Photography and casual #hiking
· #LetsPlay and other #casualgaming content
· #DiscWorld novels.
· Drinking interesting #beers, #Trappist beer in particular.
About my name
Hello, my name is FiXato.
It started as a handle, or more accurately as a moniker under which I would produce (online) content. As it's become part of my identity over time, I've come to regard it as my name, rather than a nickname though.
In mixed offline and online contexts, or where applicable, I might sign with a combination of my wallet names and online names ¹. While my wallet names are easily found online, I want to be addressed online by my online name, FiXato.
People who've interacted with me for a while and who are looking to shorten the name, are free to refer to me as 'FiX'. Just 'F' is fine too, though my preference goes to 'FiX'.
The odd capitalisation of the name is a stylistic choice, which originates from early logo sketches ², where the X would act as an encapsulating centre glyph.
While the X in my name is capitalised, it does not affect the pronunciation of my name, or indicate the start of the next emphasis.
The closest approximation to my name's pronunciation I've been able to come up with using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), is: /fɪks'ɑto/.
If I had to write it phonetically, I'd probably describe it as fix-ah-toh ³ (or fix-ah-tow?).
This would be the preferred pronunciation, though I'm also okay with a more American pronunciation, similar to /fɪkseɪ'to/.
I guess it's similar to how 'tomato' sounds differently between British (/təˈmɑː.təʊ/) and American (/təˈmeɪ.t̬oʊ/) English.
The shortened form would simply be pronounced as 'fix'. (Though still written with its F and X capitalised: 'FiX'.)
I'll update this post with a link to audio files when I have a moment to record them properly.
¹ The combination of wallet names and online name usually is in the following form: my meatspace ⁴ first name, followed by the initials of my meatspace second and third name, followed by "FiXato" (including double quotes), followed by my meatspace surname.
I.e. $firstName $initial1. $initial2. "FiXato" $lastName.
² In the earliest sketches and name choices it was actually 'FiXations', but the balance felt off, and it was already a rather well-used name as well as common English word, which would make searching for content produced under that name rather difficult, so I decided on "FiXato" instead. Of course I later discovered that 'fixato' is also an Italian verb, and that search engines later on decided that it must be a typo (even when explicitly capitalised) of 'fixator', which is a medical device...
³ no, not 'fix a toe'; the 'ato'-part is more a single syllable, and not as separate from the 'fix' part either.
⁴ Meatspace: a term to distinguish the offline from the online life. Meatspace is the aspect of the world where we interact physically. When it comes to my #meatspace name, I might also use the term 'wallet name' instead; i.e. the name that's on the cards and such that are in one's wallet.
No, I don't consider 'in real life' a good alternative to indicate the offline interactions. It has the negative connotation that our online communications are not actually part of the real life, while it merely is just another means of communication.
manually boosting a toot of mine found through instance timeline search in Fedilab does seem to work
Following the '1 cup' recipe I used last time, I'm trying to make another #sodaBread.
Dough still seems a bit too wet, so I might need to add some more flour, but for now I'll let it rest a bit and will see how it is after dinner.
Not quite sure yet if I want to go for a regular 'boule' loaf, biscuits, or add some apple slices and turn it more into a fruit-loaf.
Hmm, seems my posts from my main account, @FiXato@toot.cat, currently aren't getting through.
So, if you haven't seen me active for a bit, don't worry, I'm okay. :)
(And I suspect you might eventually see a sudden stream of posts from my main account again.)
A question to the #retrocomputing community:
#MSX was never really popular in Germany so I more or less completely ignored it. Now I read a little about it and find it an interesting concept. Instead of buying a real system from back of the days and take it away from a real collector I am thinking about building a new one like this:
Is it a good design or should I pick another one? I prefer "real" hardware, not #FPGA. I played around with emulators first, of course.
MSX, le standard précurseur et oublié... https://peertube.pcservice46.fr/videos/watch/717ef9f2-fe5d-4cbb-a08e-5631d95a65ed
Say what you will about suitcase computers, but at least most of them still have their keyboards with them. [danjovic] has this vintage Brazilian computer from the 1980s called a Gradiente Expert. These were MSX machines with Z80 chips that ran BASIC, DOS, and CP/M, and they looked like state-of-the-art dual-deck stereo systems. You can still find them pretty easily, but sadly, most of them have lost their rad mechanical keyboard with its giant arrow keys and proprietary connector.
If you now want to get one of these awesome pieces of computing history and would like to be able to talk to it, [danjovic] has you covered with the open-source EXPS/2 keyboard adapter. It will allow you to connect either a PS/2 keyboard or a USB keyboard in fallback mode to the Expert using an ATMega328P and a bespoke DIN-13 to DB-13 cable. As it turns out, there's a wealth of information on MSX keyboard matrices out there.
How much do you know about the USB keyboard interface? If you want a warehouse of information delivered to your brain in the most pleasant way possible, go watch [Ben Eater] break it down with pen and paper.
Not something one'd expect to find on their desk at work, but apparently there's some ancient stuff stored in the storage sheds at my job. :D
Is anyone here interested in a free journeyman account at worldanvil.com, paid up for the next 11mo?
I bought a year subscription when I was comparing campaign mgmt software and realized it wasn't for me after a few days. I asked for a (pro-rated) refund but they declined 🤷
It's easy though to change the username and email, so I can give it to someone else who might use it. This wouldn't work for someone with an existing account, but maybe someone out there wants it but didn't want to pay?
Golden autumn view on Trøndelag in water colours
Today's painting involves a view @Siiw painted several years ago somewhere in #Trøndelag, #Norway. Her water colour painting has been hanging on the wall her for several years, and as such is a familiar sight for me.
I started by painting a similar sky and mountain-side, but when it came to the trees I kind of wanted to put some foliage techniques I'd been watching, to use, so I decided to make it an earlier autumn setting instead, as her trees were mostly bare. Also added a bit more yellow to part of the sky (though perhaps a tad too much).
Certainly had fun drawing this water colour painting!
Water colours on budget acid-free watercolour paper
Bought a pad of #budget #watercolours paper from #SøstreneGrene yesterday, so tonight I wanted to try it out.
It's 20 sheets of #A5 230 grams acid-free paper, with a 100% #FSC (#ForestStewardshipCouncil) label, so I'm guessing this is wood paper, and not cotton, but at 32,90 NOK (2,80 EUR / 2,86 GBP) I guess that was to be expected. It has a nice texture to it; not too strong, but just enough.
Didn't curl much while on the pad, though now that the individual sheets are drying on the desk, the wettest one has some curling at the top and bottom; might want to leave it on the pad for longer, or use paper clamps.
Water and colour perhaps didn't spread as evenly as I'd liked, but that could also still be my lacking skills.
All in all, I'm quite satisfied with the results, and thus the paper; at least at its price while I'm still experimenting. Means I can keep the higher quality paper for when I'm more seasoned.
#DailyPhoto #FiXatoCreative #painting #waterColour #WaterColourPainting #FiXatoPaints #WaterColorStudy #pansies #Florespondence #FloralFriday #flowers #SøstreneGrenes #Handelskompagnie #Nordic #ArtSupplies #waterColourPaper #budgetPainting
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Still have a lot to learn and practise, and need to get used to the differences between the various kinds of paper we have.
Especially with the big sheet of paper it dried up a lot paler than I'd expected.
I like the yellow, orange, green, light blue and deep purple from this set of water colour #paints, though I'm a bit underwhelmed so far about the red and pink.
Maybe I'll also get some better results when I don't have to pay attention to #BeardGrabber playing with his own paints at the same time. ;)
Old Dutch newspaper article about the MSX2 game "Metal Gear" (image + original Dutch text)
#Dutch newspaper article about Metal Gear for the #MSX2 homecomputer, titled "Oorlogje spelen in Zuid-Afrika", originally published in "Het vrĳe volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad". Rotterdam, 28-11-1987, p. 29.
Retrieved via Delpher on 2021-07-14: https://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=ddd:010962548:mpeg21:p029
«'Oorlogje spelen in Zuid-Afrika'
Konami blijft ze maken. De 'spellen die de jongeren pakken'. Onze jeugdige 'tester' is tenminste niet meer achter de computer vandaan te slaan.
De nieuwste van Konami (importeur Salasan Amsterdam) heet 'Metal Gear'. Van een veilige afstand bekijken wij de
verrichtingen van onze speelpook-virtuoos. Eén ding is al snel duidelijk: het gaat om het verzamelen van zo veel mogelijk onwaarschijnlijke wapens en het uitschakelen van elke zich vertonende tegenstander. Daarin 'wijkt het spel voor geen millimeter af van de thans in grote aantallen op de markt verschijnende actie-spellen. Toch zou het Konami niet zijn als er niet een zeer aantrekkelijke achtergrond met vele verrassingen zou zijn bedacht waarin het spel zich afspeelt. Mooie plaatjes en variaties genoeg in dit nieuwe spel voor de MSX2.
Wie zou toch die spel-inleidende teksten in de handleiding bij elkaar verzinnen? In dit geval gaat het om sociale
onrust, terroristische acties en een op handen zijnde revolutie in het zwaar gewapende Outer Heaven, 'een land in Zuid-Afrika' volgens de tekst. Een thuisland? Tevens heeft het landje een vernietigend wapen ontwikkeld met de codenaam 'Metal Gear'. En daar gaat het voor het grootste deel om.
De speler is 'Solid Snake', een lid van het geheime leger, die op zoek moet naar dat verschrikkelijke wapen om het te vernietigen. De start van het spel is in een zwaar beveiligd gebouw. Bewegende camera's, onder stroom staande vloeren en natuurlijk een overmacht aan bewakers die bepaald niet schromen om je bij ontdekking overhoop te schieten. Heeft een bewaker of een camera je eenmaal in de gaten dan wordt er onmiddellijk groot alarm geslagen en is het een haast hopeloze strijd om in leven te blijven. Van alle kanten stormen er bewakers op je af waarna het betere sla, schop en schiet-werk kan beginnen.
Om de onder stroom staande vloeren over te steken moet je beschikken over bestuurbare raketten om een, normaal on-
bereikbare, stroomschakelaar aan stukken te schieten. Honderden zalen met nu en dan voldoende mogelijkheden om je te verbergen voor de bewakers of de camera's. Verschillende wapenkamers moet je plunderen om je steeds beter
Deze nieuwe Konami heeft weer alles om de speler een behoorlijke tijd van de straat te houden. Het is ons alleen een
raadsel waarom er aan een puur fantasie-spelletje zo nodig een snuifje realiteit moet worden meegegeven door de naam
van een bestaand land te gebruiken. De spel-maker beweegt zich hiermee op gevaarlijk terrein.
Noot van Konami voor de 'kenners': Dit spel is niet samen met Game Master te gebruiken.
MSX2-module ƒ 79,—.
Afbeelding: Omslag van de nieuwste MSX2-module van Konami: 'Metal Gear'.»
English machine translation follows in unlisted reply.
After seeing how they stood out on a black sheet of paper while trying them out with him on the train, I decided to take them out for a spin myself too.
Quite satisfied with how it turned out, but I think I need to look up some tips for using #OilPastelCrayons. :)
The black mountain outlines feel a bit too blurry; probably need to go over them a second time for a bit more crisp details.
#BeardGrabber and I had some fun earlier #painting together with his #waterColours.
He was mostly spreading water and random colours onto the paper, and I tried to bring it all together into this colour #landscape #drawing. :)
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