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  1. I've tried a few options, but I keep gravitating...

    I've tried a few options, but I keep gravitating back to the simple combo of WindowMaker, xcompmgr, and a modest but reasonable GUI file manager (SpaceFM is my current go-to, though PCManFM and...
  2. I think the biggest question to start with is,...

    I think the biggest question to start with is, what do you want to learn it for? Are you interested in general desktop use? Application development? Server-side hosting/services? Running a MUD?...
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    It definitely isn't anything like a seamless...

    It definitely isn't anything like a seamless transition. I wouldn't have made the jump myself if Windows 10 hadn't made it clear that Windows was never going to get better on a number of different...
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    If ncurses claims to support VT52 but things...

    If ncurses claims to support VT52 but things don't work in your terminal when you tell it to go with VT52, then one of three things must be the case:

    ncurses isn't listening to you for some...
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    ^ What he said. It's entirely true that CRTs do...

    ^ What he said. It's entirely true that CRTs do in fact have limits on their resolution - but the effective end result is still vastly more pleasant than any native LCD upscaling I've ever seen.
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    Ah, right, I forgot about the IIfx.

    Ah, right, I forgot about the IIfx.
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    Though, now that I think about it, the comparison...

    Though, now that I think about it, the comparison is probably less equivalent than I figured off-the-cuff here - not so much for the difference in clock speed, but because the MicroVAX has A. a more...
  8. Interesting. Might as well leave it there for...

    Interesting. Might as well leave it there for clarity/just in case, I figure. Trying to figure out how that 6120 example would work, though - you'd have to be running out of code located in ZP and do...
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    I mean, it's a modern *nix, so you are gonna get...

    I mean, it's a modern *nix, so you are gonna get some bloat. Still, I'm running a relatively current version on my MicroVAX 3100/90 and, while it's no speed demon, it's entirely usable. What were...
  10. Hah, yeah, I haven't even tried a build yet as I...

    Hah, yeah, I haven't even tried a build yet as I still have more pretty core stuff left to go - but as regards the CDF instruction, you're right that it's wrong; init code and dedicated...
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    Yeah, I'd definitely look to the BSDs if you want...

    Yeah, I'd definitely look to the BSDs if you want any kind of semi-current support for discontinued 32-bit architectures. These days I'm surprised the major Linux distros still have x86 support.
  12. Yeah, the zero-page dispatch and auto-increment...

    Yeah, the zero-page dispatch and auto-increment IP are good notions - had those in place already. Didn't know about auto-increment taking place before the defer, though - I don't think that should be...
  13. Yeah...unfortunately, while AC is known to be...

    Yeah...unfortunately, while AC is known to be clear going in, L is unknown (I'd have to add an instruction to the dispatch routine to clear it, and that'd just slow things down for most opcodes where...
  14. The running PDP-8/SBC6120 software project/questions thread

    So I'm dusting off something I started on a year or so back - I had wanted to cobble together a modest game project to demo on my SBC6120 at VCF West. Unfortunately, other stuff piled up on my to-do...
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    There's really no such thing as a good solution...

    There's really no such thing as a good solution for upscaling, just bad solutions and less bad solutions. I think what they mean is "nobody runs at non-native resolution anymore, so we've stopped...
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    Only been saying this for the last fifteen years...

    Only been saying this for the last fifteen years or so...!
  17. Oh, sweet :D Definitely gonna stash that away...I...

    Oh, sweet :D Definitely gonna stash that away...I still need to put the time into wrapping my head around low-level electronics as a general suject, but I've been looking for a good soup-to-nuts...
  18. I'm a fan of nearlyfreespeech.net...

    I'm a fan of nearlyfreespeech.net - a low-cost, no-bullshit combined solution for hosting and domain registration, plus a pleasingly bare-bones glitz-free design for their management page.
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    I can't imagine why you wouldn't just use...

    I can't imagine why you wouldn't just use Chromium. Chrome's UI is crap, but it's not as crap as Edge's.
  20. That's about what I figured. Which reminds me, I...

    That's about what I figured. Which reminds me, I really should get back on some of my small projects... ;)
  21. Interested to hear from someone currently in the...

    Interested to hear from someone currently in the industry - is it mostly large manufacturers these days, or are there a lot of smaller businesses on the design end of things? Does it tend to be...
  22. Oh, drool. Looking forward to hearing about this...

    Oh, drool. Looking forward to hearing about this :D
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    Resolutions for this year: Finish assembling my...

    Resolutions for this year:
    Finish assembling my SBC6120 and hack up something to demo on it at VCF West.
    Finish up my homebrew CPU architecture and make a start on designing a hardware...
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    Meh, I checked out of Disney Wars when the first...

    Meh, I checked out of Disney Wars when the first installment was nothing but a watered-down greatest-hits reel of the original trilogy duct-taped together with bad fan-fiction; everything I've heard...
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    It's interesting...I'd definitely concur with the...

    It's interesting...I'd definitely concur with the assessment that most of what's happened in the tech world over the last decade has mostly been progressive refinement of existing ideas and...
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