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  1. Gregory Wolfe

    The Mandalorian - live action Star Wars TV show

    Well, I'm in.
  2. Project Update #45: ZX Spectrum Next by Henrique Olifiers Deep breath: This update will start with let downs. What should have been a month of wrap-ups, turned out to be four weeks of disappointments with little to no progress on the keyboard. Last month (February) we got the keyboard to a final state with a hand-assembled prototype, with a few minor tweaks requested before getting a small batch produced by the automated assembly line. These tweaks included a lighter press ‘Enter’ key, longer contact strips and 3mm screws rather than 2.5mm. While we got all these changes made and two new keyboards were shipped to us and validated on all these fixes, they were also hand-assembled rather than produced by the automated assembly line as the final product will be. Because of this, we’re still waiting for automated samples to give the final go-ahead for the keyboard production, when we should have done so three or four weeks ago. The silver lining is that we baked six weeks into the forecast of delivering the Nexts to the backers by the end of Q2 (June), so this delay doesn’t change the shipping date. Still, a very disappointing month where we were hoping the Next keyboard and case would enter full production, followed by overseas shipping to the assembly plant in Nottingham. We’re now expecting the automated keyboard to be done in the next couple of weeks, then trigger the production. You might be asking ‘why do we need automated assembly line samples to validate the keyboard into full production?’ and that’s a good question indeed, as all the parts used in the hand-assembled are the same parts used in the automated line, thus no variance should be expected -- except on the keyboard silicone domes placement. The Next keyboard matrix (the contacts layer) have composite contacts for special keys such as arrows, Break, Edit, True Video etc. In order for these to work well (ie. register the key press of two keys at the same time to achieve the composite result, such as Shift and 2 for Caps Lock) the silicone dome that lies on top of the matrix has to be perfectly centered. If it’s a bit to one side, it will register the press of Shift+2 in the wrong order (such as 2+Shift), resulting in ‘2’ rather than Caps Lock. Only the automated assembly can achieve the precision required, the hand-assembled samples do not produce 100% accurate key presses as the domes can be glued to the matrix misaligned by human hands. The keyboard manufacturer promised us a quick turnaround now, we’re on top of them to make sure this happens fast so we can move on to full production. All that’s left for us is to apologise for this letdown and double our ‘is it ready?’ requests rate to the engineers at the factory.
  3. Gregory Wolfe

    Mr Do! - An appreciation

    I always thought the C64 version was pretty good. No idea if the ball timing is accurate as I wasn't conciously aware of it. Despite loving the arcade game I was similarly average at the C64 version so it felt right.
  4. Gregory Wolfe

    Stunt Car Racer

    Do people not know the difference between a Model B and a Master? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Master
  5. Gregory Wolfe

    The 'Not So Famous Celebrity' Death Thread :(

    R.I.P. 'String', there was a point during my childhood when you were the coolest.
  6. Gregory Wolfe

    Fleabag - BBC3 Comedy

    I have only ever seen the episode broadcast last night. It was breathtaking.
  7. Gregory Wolfe

    Yoñlu Movie

    Anyone seen this?
  8. Gregory Wolfe

    The most beautiful song you ever heard

    Biffo? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitiser#Bubblegun.com
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    or wet rice.
  10. Update #44 Feb 23 2019 The keyboard is a ‘GO’ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1835143999/zx-spectrum-next/posts/2425455?ref=ksr_email_backer_project_update_registered_users#comments
  11. Gregory Wolfe

    3-2-1 is the greatest TV show in history

    He was the master.
  12. Maybe you were both talking about the same thing but Zzap definitely used the 1541 as a slave processor in the Mindsmear April Fool.
  13. I don't think you're both talking about the same April fool. gunrock is referring to 'Mindsmear' and I recall the single screenshot was a mock up by Bob Stevenson. EDIT: https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/gtw64/mindsmear/
  14. Gregory Wolfe

    Dave Perry is back...

    He doesn't actually have a detectable sense of humour. Just as if anyone wanted to see his box of tat. I frame-skipped through the vid to see if he'd stuck a Mario 64 at the bottom. That would've been funny. So far, we have one too short, boring video and now we have a too long, boring video. Up and down etc. (everyone blatantly fucking knows that song belongs on the Final Furlong challenge video off of Gamesmaster).

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