Author Archives: Scali

Area 5150, a reflection

As I said in my previous coverage of Area 5150, I was not sure whether I should comment on the demo. But I have given it some thought, and have decided to give some background info on the development process. … Continue reading

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Area 5150: 8088 MPH gets a successor

In case you have missed it, over the weekend, a new demo for IBM PC with CGA was released at Evoke, under the name Area 5150. It placed first in the competition, which should not surprise anyone: I was wondering … Continue reading

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GPU-accelerated video decoding

Picking up where I left off last time, I’d like to discuss a few more things when using video decoding libraries in your own graphics pipeline. Actually, the previous article was just meant as the introduction to the more technical … Continue reading

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Video codecs and 4k

Recently I was optimizing some code to reliably play 4k video content at 60 fps through a 3D pipeline on low-end hardware. And it gave me a deja-vu of earlier situations with video. It seems that there is this endless … Continue reading

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Retro programming, what is it?

As you may have seen, in the comment section of my previous two articles, a somewhat confused individual has left a number of rather lengthy comments. I had already encountered this individual in the comments section of some YouTube videos … Continue reading

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An Amiga can’t do Wolfenstein 3D!

Like many people who grew up in the 80s and early 90s, gaming was a 2d affair for me. Scrolling, sprites and smooth animation were key elements of most action games. The Commodore 64 was an excellent gaming machine in … Continue reading

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Do 8-bit DACs result in 8-bit audio quality?

During a “””discussion””” some weeks ago, I found that apparently some people think that any system that uses 8-bit DACs is therefore ‘8-bit quality’. A comparison was made between the Amiga and a Sound Blaster 1.0. Both may use 8-bit … Continue reading

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Migrating to .NET Core: the future of .NET.

More than 20 years ago, Microsoft introduced their .NET Framework. A reaction to Java and the use of virtual machines and dynamic (re)compiling of code for applications and services. Unlike Java, where the Java virtual machine was tied to a … Continue reading

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Running anything Remedy/Futuremark/MadOnion/UL in 2020

There has always been a tie between Futuremark and the demoscene. It all started with the benchmark Final Reality, released by Remedy Entertainment in 1997. Remedy Entertainment was a gaming company, founded by demosceners from the legendary Future Crew and … Continue reading

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The Trumpians love their children too

After expressing my worries on the development of extreme leftism and Wokeness, I thought I should also express my concerns about the aftermath of the elections. What worries me is how people responded to Trump’s loss, both in the US … Continue reading

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