Category Archives: Retrocomputing

Random thoughts on Commodore machines and new gizmos for them

Busy day on TAPClean development

Today I’ve spent quite some time making changes and rationalisations on TAPClean’s source code. I’ve also put down a number of entries in my TODO list, which all sound quite exciting and should keep me busy for a while! I’d like … Continue reading

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TAPClean update: more rewrites

Contrarily to what I had anticipated when I said I’d be rewriting the CHR scanner next, I went on and rewrote the “Hi-Tech” and “Virgin” ones instead. These changes are now part of what I tagged as “v0_34_pre_2”, i.e. version … Continue reading

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TAPClean stats update

Here’s a count of scanner modules currently available in TAPClean 0.34-pre1: Legacy modules: 41 New modules: 34 Rewritten modules: 8 The list of legacy modules is still apparently long, but those modules that have been virtually left unchanged since the … Continue reading

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TAPClean update for version 0.34-pre1

I decided to completely rewrite the scanner for the Burner tape loader today. The advantage from my perspective is the use of common and robust code that is easier to read and maintain: should I change the way I do one operation therein … Continue reading

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TAPClean 0.33 officially released

For updated binaries you might want to head to the project landing page on SourceForge. That said, 0.34 is under development too. I am going to rewrite a few more scanners and implement a number of rationalizations in the short … Continue reading

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A few important fixes in TAPClean

I just finished putting in a few fixes in TAPClean, now at version 0.33-pre13. Zoë reported an issue with a “Bleepload” title she had dumped and I was able to appreciate that the issue was only presenting itself on non-Windows systems, due to … Continue reading

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Yet another little design improvement for Last Ninja 2, level 6

Here’s another of those little design choices that has bothered me for a while. Mind you, it’s just about a few pixels we’re talking about, yet it feels like it could look even better with very little effort 🙂

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