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FutureOS corner: Chickens...
« Reply #400 on: 18:09, 09 January 15 »
Just checked the Cyber Chicken homepage... 90 physical copies sold. Never expected that!


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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #401 on: 21:51, 09 January 15 »
Hi! The cable works fine, but sadly the monitor displays a jerky picture when using the &85, &86 trick to move the pictures one MODE 2 character in X. (Or is it my code? Don't think so though). Guess I have to live with that.


Can somebody please confirm Giana running smooth on a real Amstrad CTM644?  :-*


I didn't look at much different stuff but anything else seems to be fine, including 50 Hz / 60 Hz.  :)

Your monitor is analogue with no processing in between. If it happens on the Sony, it happens on a CTM/GT.

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #402 on: 23:44, 09 January 15 »
Your monitor is analogue with no processing in between. If it happens on the Sony, it happens on a CTM/GT.

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No it does not. Craig sent me a like to a video which shows the game on the CTM of the 6128 Plus (won't look different on CTM644 with CPC). There is definitely a difference between the two monitors. It's very obvious.
A potential cause could be that the Sony tries so synchronize by itself somehow.


But never mind I may get another monitor which I can use with you awesome cable now.  :)

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #403 on: 03:43, 12 January 15 »
Ok, this is an important update, not the OS itself, but the Installer. The previous update hat couple of typos, so the installation didn't work.


Please use the new installer for FutureOS and tell me if it works or not:
http://futureos.cpc-live.com/files/FutureOS_System_.8_Preview!!!.zip


Thank you  :) :) :)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #404 on: 13:13, 12 January 15 »
Hi TFM, the new installer worked perfectly on the MegaFlash.

I had only just tried the previous installer on the weekend and noticed if failed to install.
So I copied the ROM's to the original installer (for MegaFlash) and installed them that way.

The new installer is really good with the config option to customize the installation. Nice work.  :)

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #405 on: 19:13, 12 January 15 »
Thank you very much!  :) :) :)  If you miss anything else please let me know.  :) :) :)


EDIT: Just got confirmation that it also works with X-MEM and SST Flash Chip now.  :) :) :)



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« Reply #406 on: 01:52, 09 February 15 »
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Re: Microsoft steals from FutureSoft
« Reply #407 on: 10:02, 09 February 15 »
Great! Now they stole my Spartan idea!


Sounds like a Low ranking Roman Gladiator anyway!  :laugh: Wouldn't it be better if it were called "Biggus Dickus"?
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #408 on: 11:02, 09 February 15 »

Sounds like a Low ranking Roman Gladiator anyway!  :laugh: Wouldn't it be better if it were called "Biggus Dickus"?
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #409 on: 22:16, 09 February 15 »
Well, Microsoft can call their crap BxxDxx or what ever. But in FutureOS the Spartan mode is called so for a reason. Of course I see a lack in knowledge of Greek history in these days - sadly. So... Patience...
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #410 on: 22:31, 09 February 15 »
That's a Spartan:

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(which could probably run FutureOS with the right core installed :) )

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #411 on: 22:34, 09 February 15 »
Well, Microsoft can call their crap BxxDxx or what ever. But in FutureOS the Spartan mode is called so for a reason. Of course I see a lack in knowledge of Greek history in these days - sadly. So... Patience...
Lack of Monthy Python culture ....  ;)
Biggus Dickus - Monty Python&#39;s Life of Brian - YouTube
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #412 on: 22:43, 09 February 15 »
That's a Spartan:
(which could probably run FutureOS with the right core installed :) )


Maybe... meanwhile FutureOS already has the Spartan mode running.  ;)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #413 on: 23:11, 09 February 15 »
Ahhhh! I sense a vortex that's about to tear my brain apart, the möbius strip of 8-bit emulation! Make it stop!!!

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #414 on: 23:38, 09 February 15 »
It's called eternity ... you will live forever! ... in 8 bit!  :P


EDIT: Ok, oversleeping this it may be needed to tell a story.

Once there was a time when Devilmarkus complained about too much icons on the FutureOS Desktop, and I complained about too much icons on the JavaCPC Desktop. I don't even remember who started it, but it was very eye-opening. Well, if someone develops something, then the person know more or less what's going on - a new user of course can be overwhelmed by a big number of icons. (This may be the reason why Windows and SymbOS have few icons in general, so even the not-so-smart user can deal with it). Now, this is a valid finding, the question remained: How to make things better. Devilmarkus suggested some ideas, and I decided to introduce the Spartan Mode.

Now, what is the Spartan mode doing?
- It shows only the necessary icons, this is connected drives, the IDE icon (also drives), the Monitor icon (to enter the machine monitor) and the END icon (to leave the OS or restart it).
- Now if the user selects a drive, then the DIR icon becomes visible
- If the DIR icon is used, then additional icons which deal with files become visible.
- In general is the area used by icons minimized, so it's more easy where to click at, and...
- A wall paper is move visible too.

Examples, see here:
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #415 on: 16:07, 11 March 15 »
It's called eternity ... you will live forever! ... in 8 bit!  :P


EDIT: Ok, oversleeping this it may be needed to tell a story.

Once there was a time when Devilmarkus complained about too much icons on the FutureOS Desktop, and I complained about too much icons on the JavaCPC Desktop. I don't even remember who started it, but it was very eye-opening. Well, if someone develops something, then the person know more or less what's going on - a new user of course can be overwhelmed by a big number of icons. (This may be the reason why Windows and SymbOS have few icons in general, so even the not-so-smart user can deal with it). Now, this is a valid finding, the question remained: How to make things better. Devilmarkus suggested some ideas, and I decided to introduce the Spartan Mode.

Now, what is the Spartan mode doing?
- It shows only the necessary icons, this is connected drives, the IDE icon (also drives), the Monitor icon (to enter the machine monitor) and the END icon (to leave the OS or restart it).
- Now if the user selects a drive, then the DIR icon becomes visible
- If the DIR icon is used, then additional icons which deal with files become visible.
- In general is the area used by icons minimized, so it's more easy where to click at, and...
- A wall paper is move visible too.

Examples, see here:
Wallpaper - CPCWiki

This is madness...

I love heavy icon based interfaces. My favorite example is Truespace



So it depends on the person and how you like to work. There are people like me that are very graphical orientated and they love icons and beautiful eye candy , other people prefer text like emacs and vim.

In the end you cant please everyone ;)

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #416 on: 18:05, 11 March 15 »
Very true!  :)
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« Reply #417 on: 20:49, 08 April 15 »
Hi there! Well, I don't want to derail Gerald's C4CPC thread completely. So let me ask here. Is there any interest in a English Cartridge (usable with C4CPC with any 6128 Plus) of the Plus version of FutureOS?

Further... Are you interested in having a custom character set?

Any suggestions, wishes? Let me know!  :)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #418 on: 20:55, 08 April 15 »
Hi. Nice to see that you are working on your Future Os also for the CPCplus series. But if you ask me, i don't need Future OS on the cartridge, as i use it mostly for gaming and sometimes for viewing a few demos. So i am personally not interested in an english cartridge and also see no need for custom character set. But maybe others are. Good luck and success with your plans.

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #419 on: 21:24, 08 April 15 »
Hi there! Well, I don't want to derail Gerald's C4CPC thread completely. So let me ask here. Is there any interest in a English Cartridge (usable with C4CPC with any 6128 Plus) of the Plus version of FutureOS?

Further... Are you interested in having a custom character set?

Any suggestions, wishes? Let me know!  :)
I'd take one. But don't put yourself out just for me. I have the roms in the x-mem anyway. I'd rather see ide support for symbiface and x-mass ;)
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #420 on: 22:53, 08 April 15 »

Hi. Nice to see that you are working on your Future Os also for the CPCplus series. But if you ask me, i don't need Future OS on the cartridge, as i use it mostly for gaming and sometimes for viewing a few demos. So i am personally not interested in an english cartridge and also see no need for custom character set. But maybe others are. Good luck and success with your plans.


Thank's for your good wishes. Your mother language is German, the German cart is out there since quite a while.

I'd take one. But don't put yourself out just for me. I have the roms in the x-mem anyway. I'd rather see ide support for symbiface and x-mass ;)


Well, 2-3 people more and it would make sense.
:)  I doubt the interest is that big though.
About IDE, small good things may come soon (like an sector monitor). But nothing worth to mention now.  :)

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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #421 on: 22:19, 13 April 15 »
Update: Got now all four FutureOS ROMs ready for 3 languages (Deutsch, English, Francais). So the Plus version will be there out soon.


Now I only need to integrate Spanish!

Any Volunteers for translations?
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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #422 on: 22:23, 13 April 15 »
wont it be more effective to have one ROM with all the language data in it and a kind of "switch" to switch language by software? As you can nowadays write the flash Roms on the fly, this will be the best way and wont need to build every rom again and again


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« Reply #423 on: 22:36, 13 April 15 »
That's a good idea in principle, but keeping texts of all different language would need at least one ROM more. As you told in these days Flash is abundant and everybody can afford a FlashCard I guess.

However the situation is not that the text is just "put" plain in the ROM, it's a little bit more tricky (yes, mainly to save space). In every new release the "texts" are not the main topic. Since I have to assemble all ROMs anyway it doesn't matter.

For a later stage (means supporting even more than a few languages) your ideas will turn out to be really an advantage. And then I gladly take your advice and put all texts together. At the moment I lack the time for that to be honest.


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Re: FutureOS corner
« Reply #424 on: 00:16, 16 April 15 »
Is the text long? I can help with translation but it will take some tine as I'm quite busy right now.