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PSX Memory Card Manager: Updated after 17 years! image
  • Now also works under Windows (download the .zip)
  • Support titles in Japanese correctly (convert Shift_JIS to Unicode)
  • Now compiles with Qt4 (with the help of Qt3 compatibility classes)
  • Now built using qmake
  • License updated to GPLv3 (License text now also included)
RC2018/04: RainZapper v2 (Now with CGA and VGA support!) image
Version 2 of the mini-game RainZapper I made for the April 2018 edition of the Retro Challenge is now available. New in this version: CGA and VGA adapter support. Tandy adapters are of course still supported. All these versions are also playable using a mouse, a good (but inferior) alternative to the NES Zapper which requires building an adapter...
raphnetraw plugin: Version 1.0.5 released image
Bugfix/maintenance:
  • Add protection against invalid commands (Fixes errors when using more than one controller pak)
  • Disabled logging (slight increase in performance)
My Retro Challenge 2018/04 project image
My Retro Challenge 2018/04 project
April 24, 2018 (Tuesday)
I guess I should have written about this at the beginning of the month, but better late than never! Here's what I'm doing for RC2018/04:
  • Design an adapter to connect an original NES Zapper to a Tandy 1000 EX PC.
  • Code a Duck Hunt clone and/or an original mini-game if I find inspiration.
  • Use the Tandy-specific 16 color video mode. (It would be a shame not to!)
And if I have enough time:
  • Also support CGA 320x200 video, and test the game on my XT-clone with a CGA card.
  • Experiment a bit to find out if an unmodified Zapper can also work on a VGA monitor.
  • Let the game also be played using a mouse (speed could be accelerated to make aiming more difficult.)
Things are going quite well so far, so I will most likely have time for the sub quests listed above!

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About me

Hello, I'm Raphaël Assénat. I live near Montreal, a city located in Quebec province, Canada. I have two big passions in life: Computers and Electronics. Those two disciplines allows me to quench my desire to create things, my curiosity, and my desire to learn. I'm always working on many projects at the same time and I do not have enough time to do all the projects I'd like. But fortunately, once I begin working on a project, I rarely stop before it's finished.

Programming is my main hobby, and I doing it in C and assembly. Preferably on Linux or Unix platforms. I'm not interested at all by windows programming. What I like the most is when I have the chance to work on projects involving both programming and electronics. For instance, writing software to drive external circuitry designed by me, or even better, programming microcontrollers.

Other than computing and programming, I like to read, play piano and relax by playing RPG video games. (And thus many projects on this site are related to video games...)


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Why this site?

  1. For sharing my knowledge with others.
  2. To have a presence on the net (Hey! I got my job thanks to this website).
  3. Being a geek, the idea of creating a personal website seemed to make sense.
  4. For fun!

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