ResidualVM and PCSX2, news from the future

September 27, 2014 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 
This entry is part of the series High-end emulation

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebGood news are coming for ResidualVM and PCSX2, two virtual machines that in the near future should improve considerably (in the PCSX2 case) and add support for new games beyond the software’s original mission (ResidualVM). Both cases are a useful reminder for the fact that, unlike someone’s opinion, emulation is a world that doesn’t stop moving forward and it’s far from having reached saturation as for ideas, techniques and new old things to replicate on modern PCs.

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May 1978, at the birth of spam

May 13, 2014 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebBefore growing into a worldwide phenomenon run by the worst cyber-criminals gangs out there, spam was an annoyance limited to the few intimate users of the ARPANET network. It was there, before the technology at the foundation of ARPANET gave life to the modern Internet, that 36 years ago the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) marketing manager Gary Thuerk sent what is officially acknowledged as the first mass marketing e-mail in history.

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Michelangelo and Melissa, the mass hysteria computer viruses

March 30, 2014 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebOne March many years ago, when the IT industry was rather different compared to the modern one, two computer viruses brought panic because of an out-of-scale media attention. Born out of a time when the “malware” (an unknown term then) creators were largely interested in fame more than money, the viruses ended up making substantial damages valued (in one of the two cases) more than 1 billion dollars.

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LLOOGG has shut down

March 28, 2014 · Filed Under Networking, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe month of March 2014 marks the (possibly) definitive stop for LLOOGG, a service for real-time Web traffic analysis that was appreciated quite a lot by Sir Arthur for its simplicity and for giving an extremely clear picture of the site’s visitors activity. The service has been closed, the developers say, the lloogg.com domain name is on sale and the source code for the server-side application has been released on GitHub for everyone to download and review.

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DICE 0.8, the CPU-less arcade games emulator

February 25, 2014 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · 3 Comments 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebDICE is a small emulator dedicated to recreating on a modern computer the arcade games based on discrete circuits, ancient and bizarre entertainment machines where the electronic components required for the game experience were soldered individually on the circuit board and where there was no trace of a CPU. It’s an obscure and fascinating kind of emulation, the one served by DICE, and the offering of emulated games grows richer and richer with every new version of the software.

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Happy anniversary, 80286

February 14, 2014 · Filed Under News, Retrocomputing · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe month of February 2014 marks the 32nd anniversary of the debut of the Intel 80286 CPU, a historical processor of changing fortunes which helped to build what would have later become the market domination of the x86 instruction set. As Computer Hope reminds, the 286 processor (also known as “iAPX 286″) was introduced on February 1st in 1982 bringing important technology innovations a bit too ahead of the times.

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PCSX2 1.2.1, the PS2 emulator for PC in 16:9

February 12, 2014 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 
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News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebA year and half after its first major release, in the last days PCSX2 got updates again with the release of two new versions in a short timeframe: the only existing (open source) emulator capable of replicating in software the complex hardware of Sony’s PlayStation 2 console reached release 1.2.0 at the beginning of February, followed the day after by release 1.2.1 aimed at correcting some last-hour bugs. PCSX2 is now able to run 2130 games in playable state, a remarkable result considering the about 3900 games making up the total PS2 titles library.

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ReactOS 0.3.16, the Windows clone has got a new Explorer

February 9, 2014 · Filed Under News, Software · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebOn the long, long road that leads to its final target, ReactOS continues to grow and evolve thanks to the hard work made by developers contributing to the project. The latest, important changes help the system to actually advance toward the aforementioned final target, ie to reach full compatibility with software and drivers made for Windows operating systems based on the NT architecture.

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Patnote.a/Pioneer-A - Computer viruses are not dead

February 6, 2014 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebIn an age where malicious code has turned into cyber-crime and ransomware is asking for lot of money to unlock the access to user’s files, a particular class of malware with ancient origins is still able to survive - even though it’s forced to serve the needs of the aforementioned crime. The class I am talking about is the virus or file virus one, a type of digital pathogen that raged in the MS-DOS times and then began to slowly wane when Windows appeared and Internet worms brought their worldwide epidemics.

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2014 smiles at 3D arcades emulators

January 22, 2014 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe new year started with the release of updated versions for two “small” 3D emulators, projects essentially managed in a personal way by developers used to take all the time that’s needed - and often more so - to cook the code and publish the resulting executable builds. And as for procrastination no one is better than ElSemi, a long-time mamedev that doesn’t fear reverse engineering on complex platforms the likes of Capcom’s CPS3 and Sega’s Model 2.

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CryptoLocker still asks for money, the community strikes back

November 13, 2013 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe CryptoLocker ransomware is still raging on-line and on users and companies computers, while new details about the source of this dangerous file-abducting trojan propagation come out and willing developers are trying to hinder the infection spreading. The criminal gang which created the malware even comes up with new ways to take money from users affected by the threat, even though in doing so it is forced to contradict itself.

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Musopen will save Chopin from the knots of copyright

October 21, 2013 · Filed Under Music, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebTarget reached (and exceeded) for the Set Chopin Free crowdfunding campaign, a new initiative by the Musopen non-profit organization aiming at preserving the music of Frédéric Chopin with high-quality recordings available to the public without copyright-enforced limits: the funds collected on the Kickstarter platform have reached the final sum of $92,452, namely 123% of the 75,000 dollars requested by founder Aaron Dunn and the other Musopen volunteers.

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CryptoLocker seizes files with remote cryptography

October 19, 2013 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebA new ransomware for Windows PCs is roaming on-line, it’s called CryptoLocker and brings a very dangerous destructive potential. Security enterprise Sophos warns - via Naked Security - users and system admins about the new threat, its features and the fact that the “prevention is better than a cure” rule is true now more than ever. Curing the damages of a CryptoLocker infection, Sophos warns, is impossible for the time being.

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Musopen, a new project to set Chopin free from copyright

September 12, 2013 · Filed Under Music, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebRecently I received a mail by Ben G., a volunteer of the Musopen.org project, which reminded me their new initiative: after having freed the great classical symphonies from copyright, this time the non-profit organization is turning to the complete works of Frédéric Chopin. The target is always the same - to record high-quality versions of the works by the renowned Polish composer for everyone to listen - just as the tool chosen to reach it, ie a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform.

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The Chinese ransomware attacks Windows user accounts

August 30, 2013 · Filed Under News, Security · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebSymantec recently detected a computer threat belonging to the ransomware category, a malware that is dangerous because of the way it attacks PCs based on Windows operating systems even though it isn’t particularly complex to defeat. Trojan.Ransomlock.AF, as the malware is named, targets users of the Chinese Internet with an account on Tencent QQ (or “QQ”), an instant messaging service that is very popular within the Asian country.

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RPCS3 emulates the PS3 on PC. More or less

August 17, 2013 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 
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News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebThe seventh generation of home consoles is about to reach the last stage of its commercial life, a new console war looms on the horizon and the emulation scene delivers the nth project with an “impossible” objective, ie a software replica of the powerful hardware components of the Sony PlayStation 3. The new emulator is called RPCS3, the development team has great ambitions but right now the software isn’t more of a multi-window shell with little to show on the screen.

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Retro-anniversaries for OS/2 and Windows 3.1

April 17, 2012 · Filed Under News, Retrocomputing · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebDuring the first days of April, anniversaries for two genuine pieces of the operating systems’ history took place, two different evolutionary lines of what should have been a single product born from the partnership between two giants of the PC industry. IBM OS/2 and Microsoft Windows 3.1 were initially destined to be merged in the graphical interface-based operating system by Big Blue, afterward history went in a different way and OS/2 sunk while the competing OS turned into the dominant platform on the market.

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Legend of Grimrock released on GOG.com

April 16, 2012 · Filed Under News, Videogaming · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebFrom the mist of the video gaming past a genre thought extinct returns, thanks to a title provided with “an oldschool heart but a modern execution“: the genre is the grid-based dungeon crawlers one, the game which brings it to the present is Legend of Grimrock made by Finnish developer Almost Human. LoG has been released starting from April 11 on the software house site, Steam and on GOG.com, and in this last case the release is particularly important because it matches the renewal of the gaming digital delivery “alternative” service for PC.

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New beta version for 4DO, the open source 3DO emulator

March 13, 2012 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebBorn from the ashes of the deceased FreeDO project, 4DO is an emulator of the historical 3DO console released under an open source license. 4DO aim is to improve on the already remarkable accuracy level of the FreeDO main core by adding new features, bringing bugfixes and making the software compatible with more games from the actually-not-so-large library of titles published for the 3DO.

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The Thief series and the horror games by Trilobyte land on GOG.com

February 8, 2012 · Filed Under Emulation & Retrogaming, News · Comment 

News - A succession of fresh, quality news, from inside and outside of the WebEven though it has partially overcome its original mission to be the cornerstone of legal retrogaming on PC, GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) continues to delight old gamers’ taste (and even the new ones tired of the usual FPSes or the dumb casual games for smartphones) by releasing true gems of the past equipped with compatibility fixes for the latest Windows OSes. During the last days the digital store has practically ran wild in that regard delivering the first two chapters of the Thief series and announcing the coming of the historical Full Motion Video horrors made by Trilobyte.

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