I do not want to start a discussion about whether or not it is a worthy successor of the original classic here, but I've played and loved both, "UFO Enemy Unknown" and "Terror from the Deep" and I can say that the new XCOM is slightly different but definitely a must play for fans of the XCOM series.
I have to confess having lost interest in this type of game, but I have played a few, going back to Dune 2 on a 386. Master of Orion 2 is of course a classic, even if it's not exactly in the mold you asked for.
However, I suggest either/both of the Homeworld games. The graphics are pretty cool, and the 3D field of movement was mind-blowing 12 years ago when it was released.
Played this many years ago - probably closer to the C&C games than AoE though. iirc it didn't run under XP so probably not under Win7 either.
Having said that the C&C/ Red Alert games probably set the benchmark and can be picked up at bargain prices now.
One that you probably dont know and probably not even heared about is Original War. Product of small bohemian studio. It is original in means of gathering resources. Its pretty old but I enjoyed it every time and returning to it from time to time. Still have it. story is great and really hard to acomplish everything in hard dificulty (people are limited resources and veterans are much better than rookies).
From more recent games: I played Endless Space and found it,s fine 4X game but not for me eventually.
If you liked Age of Empires, and you are a coder: Have you ever tried making your own AI files? Its a very simple rules based scripting language and you will even find a AI user manual on the program disc. We make our own AIs and then battle them against each other to see who can make the toughest AI. All of our AIs and way harder to beat than the simplistic AI that comes with the game.
Actually, the AI files are for Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, or the Conquerors Expansion
Ping me back if you are interested. Its a lot of fun, and addictive.
Part of the reason I don't play online is that it requires a level of dedication I cannot give, I will not play any game for many months and then start looking around for something to play. Thanks for the offer but I'll pass.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
I just set up Remote Desktop on my Server so I could access and administer it from anywhere in the house. It took me about one minute to set it up.
I actually was thinking I had to reinstall the system, as a faulty installer killed the HDD. The Windows recovery tools didn't help, but using some tools on an Ubuntu live CD I was able to repair the disk enough for the Windows recovery tools to finish the job and get the system back online. I then proceeded to reboot in safe mode and remove the application.
The installer (well, uninstaller) in question is the one for CruiseControl.NET. I don't know why it crashed, but it did. Removing it in safe mode worked correctly, oddly enough, so it might have been a blip of some sort.
It was acting up so I decided to format it. Even the formatting was acting up, but eventually I got there.
Started up iTunes, which installed some software on my iPod and rebooted my iPod.
Everything froze instantly, iTunes, Windows Explorer, Winamp (which I prefer a gazillion times over iTunes) and the iPod itself...
Need to buy a new iPod Classic 160GB, and that sucks... Ah well
Well, it didn't work at all anymore, even without the cable attached.
I already ordered a new one (about 50 euro's cheaper than in the Apple store ) and I expect it on tuesday.
I mostly use it at work anyway, so I'll only have two days without an iPod. Luckily I got some spare mp3's I can listen to
I play CD's in the car. Call me old fashioned, but I still buy CD's... Only listen to them in the car though. And I don't drive a lot. Maybe once or twice a month and only short distances
I use my iPod at work and on vacations mostly. Once in a while when I go out cycling. I have a key to the office and I live only three minutes away, so I can pick it up whenever I want to
I'm in the car for about an hour a day, with my commute to/from work and errands. I can put 150-175 songs on the nano, which is good for about two weeks.
The classic I carry to/from work, because I keep my music library on my home machine. Like you, I still buy CD's. I've bought some music online, but I always tend to burn a CD of it for archival purposes.
Whenever I get new mp3's I put them on a usb memory stick which I take to work to put them on my iPod there
I don't buy music online... I buy it physically to listen to it in the car, on my stereo (as an alarm clock), to enjoy the artwork and to support the band/label.
If I wanted an mp3 I'd just download it ehhh... without buying it
I'm not very good with technical stuff, so I'll pass on replacing the hard drive myself.
A friend was very interested in dissecting the iPod, so I gave it to him. Told him if he could fix it he may keep it. He was very happy. He's an *gawk* Apple fanboi...
Screenshot. Looks like they randomly decided to change the currency on me. Also, they made "man" plural and possessive, but "lady" was only made to be plural. Guess they couldn't figure out how to make possessive a word ending with "s".
Following their appearance on This Morning on the 15th November demand for the Bluetooth Gloves has been phenomenal, and whilst we expect to be able to fulfil existing pre-orders we do not currently expect to have additional stock until very close to Christmas so we cannot guarantee pre-Christmas delivery on any new orders. We are working very closely with our suppliers and will do all we can to get stock out as quickly as possible though.
At the moment I'm simultaneously listening to and copying a CD - audio only. The system is an i7 with 12 GB of RAM, running WIn7 Pro and Nero. I'm listening to a CD in my HP DVD Writer 1170, while burning a backup copy using Nero on a HP DVD Writer 1260. If the copy is as awful as the audio stream I'm hearing, it's going in the trash. I really thought that the state of the art had advanced farther than this, but it's horrible! The audio I'm hearing is much like a cell phone call in a very marginal reception area, with the stream badly broken and barely understandable. If this is multitasking, give me back my beloved DOS...
Wow... Both drives just kicked out the disks, without warning, or finishing the recording or playback! Hmmm...
If you are listening to one track while making a copy of another that's no big surprise. You are constantly forcing the head of the drive you ar reading from to hop between the two tracks. The processor may be able to do several things at once, but the drive's head certainly not.
I'm a little surprised that the data isn't cached - since the read-for-write would normally be well ahead of the read-for-play and is normally buffered anyway.
I guess whoever wrote it was feeling lazy that day...
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
What a luxury. Do you have too much memory? I have been playing with the old computer again. I started out with a blank memory and no OS and by now I have the code to do the initialisation, set up the interrupt and DMA for graphics(you can choose between 64 x 32 and 64 x 64 pixel ), the video memory, the stack and the functions for text output. I squeezed all that and even the font into 1 1/2 k memory. That leaves me 2 1/2 k left for any program I want to write. Ah, yes, the function that draws the text characters also can be used to draw sprites.
Edit: Screenie[^] (running in emulation on the PC)
It is about capacity, if the code that caches optical discs is going to generically support all optical discs (then there'd need to be enough RAM to cache the largest disk). As long as the copying process accessed the portions of the disk first that are then subsequently read for playing, then the cache could be accessed rather than read from the disk.
Of course, there are a bunch of assumptions in that hypothetical, but that was where I was going with it.
With my 32 gb RAM I could do that, but what a waste. Even on hardware level we don't access the drives one byte at a time. I think that my old Elf was about the last generation of computers that could not afford read or write buffers. Even a buffer of only 512 bytes already reduces the overhead to 1/512 of single byte access,even more if the disc would have to spin once before the next byte can be read.
Yes, it's assembly. The resulting code that does very much the same was several times this size when I tried the C compiler. But the characters in the font varies from 1 x 5 to 5 x 5, so it does not have a fixed spacing. This way I can hope to get at least a minimal number of characters into a line. The printable characters in the font are packed together in just 192 bytes (no lower case).
Slowly I'm getting together what I need: The assembler, Visual Studio as editor, the emulator and also the new program to convert cassette tapes to binary or the other way around for new programs. I use the debugger I have for the old computer and run it in the emulator, together with the program I'm debugging. Fortunately the emulator can be configured to have some more memory.
Fixed width just does not work at such a low resolution. With a fixed 4 x 5 character matrix I could have 16 characters per line and 10 lines. But there are some characters, like 'M' or 'W' that just do not fit into a 4 x 5 matrix and there are quite a few that are actually smaller.
I have packed together two characters in one pattern, which makes the font so small. Even the little 8 bit processor can easily shift or mask out the correct bits before drawing the character.
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