Newsletter #1

by MSX Resource Center on 18-12-2002, 00:50

Hello msx.org members!

Finally we use the opportunity to keep you up to date, using the
mailinglist you all signed up to so massively when joining msx.org

In our infrequently appearing newsletters we will try to keep you
up to date of the most important newsposts we had since the last
newsletters, and we will keep you up to date on new features at our site.

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Software
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* Meridian
Meridian is a MIDI-sequencer for MSX2 computers and higher. While
most features are still in development, the program is already
very impressive. Unlike other MIDI-players/editors you can view
the MIDI data in a steptime editor (like in FAC Soundtracker and
Moonblaster). The program is already capable of loading and playing
Standard MIDI Files.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost355.html

* Uzix
The Uzix project is getting more and more interesting. Recently,
version 0.2.1 alpha was released which offers direct access to
harddisk interfaces like Sunrise IDE, CIEL IDE, ESE MegaSCSI,
Novaxis and BERT. Thanks to UZLO you can easily make a multi-OS
boot on your MSX computer! In previous versions it was already
possible to browse the internet with FudeBrowzer, Adriano C.R.
Da Cunha has already tested ZICA, the IRC client for Uzix. We have
to wait a little more until ZICA is available to the public though.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost373.html

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Projects
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* Snatcher translation
A few very interesting things for the Konami/Kojima fans going on
at the moment. Takamichi Suzukawa has translated all texts in the
game Snatcher to English, while Daniel Caetano created the tools
to actually put translated texts into the game. Daniel is working
on a Portuguese version of the game but has announced he will
also be able to make an English version later.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost412.html
www.msx.org/newspost364.html

* Bombaman
It looks like 2002 is going to be the year of Bombaman.
Team Bomba is working very hard on this bomberman clone for MSX2,
a small promo can be dowloaded from their site.
Meanwhile they entered a Gameboy Advance Developers contest, in
which they came 12th out of 55 with their Bombaman demo.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost352.html
www.msx.org/newspost413.html

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Hardware
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* MEGA-IDE
The MEGA-IDE cartridge is an all-in-one solution which features a
IDE-interface, a Memory Mapper up to 4MB, MegaRAM, SCC/SCC+
emulation, a fast Floppy Disk controller and a slotexpander.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost392.html

* TMS320C32
Leonardo Padial has released a DSP cartridge using the Texas
Instruments TMS320C32 chip. This 40MHz, 32 bit DSP can be used to make a JPG decompressor, 3D chip, soundcard and various other
hardware extensions which you can program yourself on the DSP.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost408.html

* GXSCC
GashiShoft from Japan has made a very nice MIDI-player for PC.
Unlike normal MIDI-Players, this player emulates the entire
General MIDI/General Standard soundset with SCC-sounds. Which means
you can play MIDI-files that were intended as General MIDI files,
and make them sound as if they were played by a SCC chip.
If you still not have a clue, get some MIDI files from our database
and give the program a try.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost393.html
www.msx.org/newspost397.html

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Fairs & Meetings
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* Tilburg 2002
On the 20th of April, the famous international MSX fair in Tilburg
will be held. Although it will not be very likely that Mr. Kazuhiko
Nishi will be talking to the enthousiast crowd again, like last
year, there are still enough reasons to be there. Stefan
Szarafinski will offer an impressive collection of Konami games at
an auction, and off course msx.org will have a stand. We hope to
bring you more Tilburg news later.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost415.html

* Mariënberg meeting
MSX Resource Center founder & webmaster Sander van Nunen visited a
MSX user meeting in Mariënberg and wrote a little report about it. Off course the report comes with a small photoshoot.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost411.html

* Oss fair 2002
The MSX Resource Center also visited the first MSX fair of 2002, which was held in Oss. A lot of interesting hardware was shown off
over here. Off course you can see and read it all in the report
and photoshoot.

Relevant newspost with link to the official stite:
www.msx.org/newspost389.html

Off course there was a lot of other news, all newsposts can be found in our
news archive.

So far for our first newsletter which was a little loaded with news.
From now on we will try to bring you the most important news by e-mail
so you don't have to miss out on anything.

Greetings,

The www.msx.org team