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Windows ARM64 virtualised on M1 Mac

27 November 2020 - 04:30 PM

Story courtesy of MacRumors - Alexander Graf has virtualised the ARM64 version of Windows (which can run x86 code) on an M1 Mac using QEMU. Money quote -
"Windows ARM64 can run x86 applications really well. It's not as fast as Rosetta 2, but close."

It belongs in a museum

19 November 2020 - 02:52 PM

So I rescued this from the IT dumpster at work today.

It feels like it has a battery, but no juice (obviously), so I'll try and find a power supply to hook it up to.  

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But holy crap it's heavy. I just carried it up the stairs and I need to sit down.


19 October 2020 - 11:00 AM

So this may be the most essential website you visit today.

MacOS 8 virtualised in an Electron app.

29 July 2020 - 09:33 AM

Felix Rieseberg has developed an Electron app that virtualises a Mac Quadra running Mac OS 8 (which was one of my favourite versions of the classic OS). It comes with a bunch of stuff installed, and apparently disk images can be dragged onto it. Enjoy, if you like that sort of thing.

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In Other Waters

03 May 2020 - 08:21 PM

The IMG crowd are a pretty high concept bunch (right?), and so here's a high concept game to tickle your respective (high concept) fancies.

In Fellow Traveller's In Other Waters you play the game as a diving suit AI while the xenobiologist protagonist explores an alien ocean. Sounds a bit like SubNautica? Yeah? No, wrong. There's no screaming here. This is a very, very mellow game. There's practically no animation, no 3D (no graphics to speak of at all, really), and a 4-bit colour palette. The game is essentially the suit UI, with a LOT of text to read. As far as I can tell, you can't even die. So what's the point?

The point is exploration, to find out what happened to your missing colleague, and to collect biological samples to make sense of the alien ecosystem. This is done by (slowly) navigating around the map with some mild puzzle solving in the interim (i.e. certain biological specimens will modify the ecosystem around you, changing the flow of water, and removing obstacles etc). Sounds lame right? It's a supremely relaxing experience, and very stimulating for the imagination. There's a rather lovely ambient electronica soundtrack and suitably bubbly undersea rebreather noises. It's not going to give you an adrenalin hit (unless you're excited by the taxonomy of aquatic spores, moulds and fungi), but if you want something meditative and relaxing while the world burns in coronaviral hell this might hit the spot. I've been enjoying it a lot.

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