Monthly Archives: November 2017

How much worse can Skype get under Windows 10?

After a number of updates and idiotic animations being added to the initial application window, Skype has become much worse in terms of its core functionality, i.e. connecting people. Here’s a screenshot of the latest version running on Windows 10: … Continue reading

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One Bleepload scanner rewritten in TAPClean

As I had some time this evening, I decided to rewrite the “Bleepload” scanner in TAPClean. If you’re interested in seeing what has changed, here’s a view of the changes in v0_37_pre_6. As soon as I manage to rewrite the “Bleepload … Continue reading

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More Bleepload fun

I was checking how “Bleepload” hands control over to “Bleepload Special” in “Bubble Bobble” when I stumbled on some code leftover in one of the blocks involved in the handover (set a breakpoint on execution at $BF1A and then check … Continue reading

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Bleepload F1 documentation

As I am documenting Bleepload ahead of a scanner reimplementation in TAPClean, I thought to share a preview of the loader, disassembled from Bubble Bobble. The code is available on my DokuWiki space and comments are welcome! Also, I should … Continue reading

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Annoying bug in Bleepload F1 scanner fixed

Whoever has been using TAPClean for long enough certainly came across the fact that sometimes the Bleepload scanner enters an infinite loop. Zoë herself has stumbled over this issue too, so I decided to assess the situation here. Long story short, … Continue reading

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A reminder on reckless behaviours

A while back, I had mentioned the upcoming availability of the “-reckless” option in TAPClean. A number of users might have missed such announcement but might have been hit by the message “{filename} contains read errors so it won’t be cleaned.” when … Continue reading

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TAPClean and TCFE updated again!

As requested by Fredric, I’ve now changed TAPClean so that the filename occurring within a Turbotape 250 header file is also embedded in the PRG filename of its data counterpart. As example, for “Pitstop II”, here’s the list of extracted PRG … Continue reading

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