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Blue bands and green pixels

As I keep getting asked what blue bands and green pixels stand for in my tape dumping firmware (DC2N3 and DC2N5-LC), client software (DC2N4-LC), and analysis software (e.g. Web-based tape analysis tool, TAP Studio), I thought to take a moment … Continue reading

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TAPClean: multi-title support added for “Power Load”

Some time ago, Paul submitted an example of a tape with two “Power Load” titles in it, part of the “Mini Office” software package. Today I decided to extend the “Power Load” scanner in TAPClean, giving it the ability to … Continue reading

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IECHost: regression testing

After having extended the IECHost firmware to add a “turbo format” option based on “Format II”, I decided to do some regression testing. I noticed I was having some issues on my oldest PC with the disk restore option, but I … Continue reading

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IECHost: fast format added!

Yesterday I managed to make the modifications to the IECHost firmware required to elegantly add the functionality provided by Daniel Kahlin’s “Format II” code. Such code might also be referred to as “turbo format” as it takes roughly 20 seconds to … Continue reading

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IECHost: fast format option coming

While looking into the topic of implementing a smarter format routine for Commodore drives that would not bump the R/W head for pre-formatted disks, I stumbled on TLR’s Format II. I think this is really promising and I am looking … Continue reading

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The strange case of “Axe of Rage”

For those not familiar with it, “Axe of Rage” is the title with which Epyx released “Barbarian II” in the USA back in the day. To say that Epyx botched “Barbarian II” is an understatement. I’d say the Epyx guys … Continue reading

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IECHost: more development

I have just re-instated my IECHost setup and made a couple of changes in the client application in order to align it to the latest code I wrote for the DC2N4-LC GUI client. This is the prototype actually showing up … Continue reading

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