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I hadn't noticed Sophie's cameo in the pub :)

Personally I thought the pacing at the end was fine, though it felt rather rushed at the start, skipping over a number of details that could have set up the relationship between Curry and Sinclair a bit better. But once the film entered the home computer era it really kicked up a gear.

This film, and the recent featuring of a BBC Micro on Electric Dreams make this a good time to get a little nostalgic about the good old days ;)

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 12/10/09 1:58PM
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On Video: Prof Steve Furber on 8-bit Acorn days and beyond:

Yeah, good interview and lots of interesting stuff about the development of the ARM1. I didn't know they started work on it in 1983 before.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 4/9/09 1:34PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

I can't find any documentation for ADFS-E and F formats as used by RISC OS - all my googling seems to bring up are details of the 8-bit ADFS implementation from the BBC micro.

Apparently the modern linux kernel has an ADFS kernel module which can read E and F format discs (certainly floppy discs - I believe hard discs are formatted the same). This may be as good a starting point as any.

Abstracting away the disc interface would certainly be a good idea, since RISC OS's ADFS implementation doesn't understand partitions, so can only use the first partition on a disc. If the interface presented a certain parition as being a full disc to RISC OS, the RISC OS partition could be put anywhere.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 3/9/09 1:36PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

ADFS is a class of file systems used by RISC OS for floppy and hard discs - open drivers have been available for this for years now, so I can't believe it would be hard to apply this so the linux side could see the RISC OS side's discs. It used to require a rebuild of the kernel last time I used it, but that was many years ago.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 3/9/09 12:53AM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

Interesting - so a port to your hardware would be a port to your firmware (which I guess is Aura), and so a port to any other Genesi device would just (ha!) need to consider ARM instruction set differences, pipeline lengths, that sort of thing?

I quite like that idea, though it doesn't lessen the need for a good HAL in RISC OS if it's going to be truly portable.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 2/9/09 6:28PM
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