My new Tankstick arrived today, courtesy of XGaming.com. They have asked me to test it and get it running on the Raspberry Pi. I only had a couple minutes to play with it, but I made a little unboxing video for everyone:
Size comparison of the Pi versus a Tankstick:
This thing has some heft to it! With the few minutes I got to use it, I notice why some users of the Raspberry Pi are having difficulties making it work right. It’s nothing wrong with the device, but with the way some of the software interprets the inputs. I have a couple of hunches and ideas on how to fix it, which I hope to get to within the next week.
PiMAME 0.5 is also coming along nicely. I’m reverting back to the 0.3 stack and just adding some minor modifications. That should be released on Friday.
The reason dpkg requires force install is because the Advance* projects compile a lot of the same helper binaries, like advj and advc. When dpkg tries to install the next package, it sees it has already installed something with the same name, and freaks out.
Doing a force install tells it to overwrite and continue, making everything work. I don’t recommend using force install for everyday installs, but I know it works for these.
X Gaming X-Arcade Stick
I was very surprised when I was contacted by X Gaming this week. They are sending me one of their really cool looking X Arcade tank sticks to test out with the Raspberry Pi and various emulators. A couple people have posted on the Raspberry Pi forums and on my blog asking if this stick works, so hopefully I will have an answer for everyone very soon.
I’m looking forward to everyone’s feedback on the new .deb files. Let me know if something is messed up, doesn’t install for you, or is just wonky. Also let me know if it does work, because that’s good to hear as well 🙂
For the past week I’ve been getting hit by HORRIBLE blog spam. If anyone needs to know where to buy fake rolex watches and purses, I have about 400 comments in my spam folder that I can send you.
I used a simple math captcha, which had worked for almost 6 months, but it seems they got past that. I’ve activated Akismet for now. If you comment on any of my posts and they do not appear after a couple days, please email me or message me on Twitter or Facebook or send up smoke signals. I’m not intentionally ignoring anyone!
I just got back from seeing Wreck-It Ralph and here’s my verdict: Go see it right now. Not only was it a great story, it was a great homage to the entire gaming industry.
Today I also got an iPad Mini. I have an iPhone 4S and love it. At work I use an iPad 3 and have found it to be too big and bulky. This iPad Mini is amazing. It’s light, has a great screen, and fits my hand(s) perfectly. I’m even typing this whole post on the mini right now. So far it’s totally worth it.
I got AdvanceMESS compiled with sound but I have yet to test it. I have an issue where check install doesn’t like installing both mame and mess because they have some of the same executables (advcfg, etc.). If anyone knows much about Debian package creation I would love some help and advice.
Sorry for the late post. The past two days have been jam packed and I had limited internet access.
Friday and Saturday I was at Magic Ruby. It was a Ruby conference at the Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios park. I’m still decompressing from the conference, so I’m not ready to make a full review about it. Some talks were amazing, some were downright crappy. I’m just exhausted.
Right after the conference Friday night, I had to run straight to the FamiLAB Hacker Space in Longwood, Florida because they were hosting Eben and Liz from the Raspberry Pi foundation!
We spent the first part of the night hanging out with Eben and Liz, showing off our projects. Liz loved my arcade cabinet, and I need to get a kit out to her ASAP 🙂 Eben and Liz then did an interview with the Orlando Sentinel (as did I regarding my projects). After the interview, Eben did a presentation to a standing room only gathering of people regarding the Pi, as well as a QA from the audience. It was a great event!
Eben and Liz are both really humble and genuinely nice people. I’m really glad I was able to spend some time with them.
Also, on a side note, my little Color Picker test app for Windows 8 passed certification, and is now in the Windows App Store! Go me!