29 Dec '15, 4pm

Extreme #Vectrex Multicart Plays #BadApple

Extreme #Vectrex Multicart Plays #BadApple

[Sprite_TM] had a Vectrex console that he wanted to play with. Alas, his makeshift multicart had fallen into disrepair. Rolling up his hacking sleeves, he set about making a new one, a better one . His PCB design included his microcontroller of choice: the ST STM32F411, a 32-bit 100Mhz ARM Cortex M4, along with a 16MB SPI flash chip. [Sprite_TM] wanted to make programming games onto the multicart simple. Using the libopencm3 firmware library for the STM in conjunction with Elm-Chans FatFS, the multicart could be plugged into a computer’s USB port and have any game data dragged and dropped onto it like a USB stick. The PCB then connects directly into the Vectrex’s cartridge port. The first cartridge file is a basic menu that lists all of the game ROMs stored in the flash memory. When the user selects the game the STM loads that ROM file which the menu software then boots. A...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2015/04/24/extreme-vectrex-multicart-...

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Giles Bowkett: Coping With What Apple's Become

gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 30 Dec '15, 7pm

A few years ago, I got annoyed with my iPhone for some reason. It might have been that the center button died, or it might...