DC2N5-LC interest

As the DC2N5-LC interest has been present for a while, I would be keen to understand whether anybody else is interested in a DC2N5-LC DIY kit (with the added bonus of having access to a 3D-printable case for it), other than those who have emailed me since May 2018.

If you’re interested, just leave a reply and, possibly, spread the word about this: the more people are interested, the more likely a new batch will be produced. However, at the moment, I would exclude the possibility of me carving cases for buyers: it would be just the DIY kit available.

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IECHost beta firmware

I haven’t managed to get my hands on disks that exhibit the behavior as per issue 743566, however I can provide a beta version of the firmware to try and force a further seek to track #1.

If interested, just drop me a line/leave a comment below!

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TAPClean updated

TAPClean v0.38-pre-2 now supports “Turbotape 526”, a.k.a. “Load ‘n’ Run”. This loader was used in a number of tapes distributed with the “Com 64” magazine, published in Italy by “Elettronica2000”, submitted by Walter. The loader itself is a slower clone of the “Turbotape 250” one, showing many similarities with a number of previously known clones, including Turrican’s tape loader.
In fact, the scanner code for “Turbotape 526” is almost verbatim the one used for “Turrican loader”, the only difference, structure-wise, being a longer sync sequence in the latter.

Enjoy!

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New DC2N5-LC firmware update

A while back John W. suggested it would be handy to have an option in DC2N5-LC’s firmware to re-init a micro SD card after it’s been pulled out to copy files to a PC and put back in afterwards. Although I had suggested that pulling out the card in between tape dumps is not critical, as the firmware is very robust when it comes to saving data, I decided to add an option to re-init the micro SD card in use.

Version 1.8 of the firmware will incorporate such an option.

Stay tuned!

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Updates

My EasyFlash version of “Last Ninja 2” was just published to CSDb here.

The Last Ninja 2: 30th Anniversary EasyFlash version by Luigi Di Fraia

The Last Ninja 2: 30th Anniversary EasyFlash version

This release partially delivers what I had planned a while back.

Furthermore, the EasyFlash loading system I wrote to put together such release was published on GitHub here.

Enjoy!

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Improvements to TAPClean’s documentation

In an attempt to rationalize the documentation efforts about TAPClean that I previously published in my blog and c64tapes.org’s Wiki, I decided to make such documentation available along TAPClean’s source code in Sourceforge.

The first documentation piece I made available is about designing new scanners for TAPClean.

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Due clarification on TAPClean

I have been reading this from a few different sources lately, so I’d like to clarify that I am NOT the author of TAPClean as such sources claim!

TAPClean is a fork of Subchrist‘s FinalTAP. Currently I am the only active contributor to its code development, partly because I still have interest in it and partly because I opposed its destruction by contribution.

I am the author of such idiom, “destruction by contribution“: please feel free to quote me as such any time you want ­čÖé

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