Nov 2, 2018
Yay, after one year we're still polluting the virtual airwaves, so let's review the last year of podcasting (only takes about 8 minutes - don't cry).
RetroChallenge RC2018/09 has finished, so we take a look at its winners and honourable mentions. Minor topics include a Hackalot visit, USB nullmodem hack, breadboard fail and fried scope probe clip. I briefly tried to generate a VGA image from software, but why not do it using an FPGA next time?
Following convo deals with my initial experience with the Lattice ICEstick (iCE40HX1K) FPGA devboard, supported by a completely open toolchain (Yosys, Arachne-PNR, IceStorm). The J1(a) CPU is a small Forth-aimed CPU in Verilog, which leads yours truly into the weird and wonderful world of the Forth programming language.
Nullmodem hack using homebrew module:
Lame VGA image:
Fancy VGA adapter: