Advanced C64 implementation


Sectors 1 to 6 on first Interface Box turns on the popup sprinklers & 7 does the Solarhardt
Sector 8 changes over to the second Interface Box at mid-day.
Sectors 9 to 15 do the sprinklers & 16 does the Solarhardt from mid-day to mid-night.

Magic Voice says
– Please put out the milk bottles.
– Please put out the rubbish bin
– Warning when the Solarhardt is too cold

This thermistor records the temperature on the bench. Another thermistor is glued to the Solarhardt & measures the temperature of the Solarhardt. When between 3am & 7am and 3pm and 7pm and temperature is under 30 degrees it turns it on until 40 degrees is reached.

Music file compressed 1,000 times smaller than mp3


Researchers at the University of Rochester have digitally reproduced music in a file nearly 1,000 times smaller than a regular MP3 file. The music, a 20-second clarinet solo, is encoded in less than a single kilobyte, and is made possible by two innovations: recreating in a computer both the real-world physics of a clarinet and the physics of a clarinet player.

The achievement, announced today at the International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing held in Las Vegas, is not yet a flawless reproduction of an original performance, but the researchers say it’s getting close.

Giant Stars, The Biggest Things in the Known Universe


On April 20, 2008 Brad Schwede and Dejan Petrovic from FutureBlast launched a rather geeky website called, targeted at students, science fiction nerds and astronomy enthusiasts. No one at FutureBlast was prepared for what happened next.

“Brad and I launched the website on Sunday evening and emailed it to a few of our friends.” said Mr. Petrovic, who added, “We certainly didn’t expect this site to get more than a few visitors in the first few days.”

The flash movie on Giant Stars website compares the size of our home planet to our closest star – the Sun, and places our tiny “red dwarf” among some of the biggest giant stars in the known universe.

Robot as a superstar?


When Analogik crew were just kids we all wondered about the future and what the world would be like in the 21 st century. Although flying cars are still in their most experimental stage, there is no teleportation or inter-stellar space travel, there are a few quite exciting things around that are gradually making their way into our lives. Some technologies have been on a slow evolutionary infiltration path and some… well, some have arrived with a bang!

Asimo is a robot. Its makers at Honda claim the inspiration came from the legendary fictional character Astroboy and its name is for AdvancedStep in Innovative MObility. Although officially denied, we would still like to think that his name comes from the father of The Three Laws of Robotics, visionary, prophet, and the greatest science fiction writer of our time – Mr Isaac Asimov. In order to be politically correct and in line with Mr. Asimov’s vision, one must refer to Asimo as ‘it’ and not ‘he’ or ‘she’ and when referring to its full name one shall use the following format: R. Asimo Honda (Where ‘R.’ stands for Robot).

XBOX Mods – XBOX modifications and XMBC


The Most Complete and Affordable Multimedia Entertainment Solution for your lounge room is made by Microsoft, but it is not the product that you would expect. Although a PC equipped with Windows Media Center Edition has good features and will play most of the media you would like it to, it is quite expensive to purchase the hardware and the operating system. And the fact still remains that there is a much cheaper and superior alternative that Microsoft would never advertise.

AMD Athlon – Heat and noise level issues with computers


Could this be a new affordable high-performence music-PC platform?

Most of us have had a chance to see AND head an ordinary AMD computer in action. It’s more of a vacuum cleaner than a computer really. It gets extremely hot and it gets very noisy. This was one of the main reasons musicians wouldn’t buy these things in spite their high performance and lower prices comparing Intel CPU PCs or Mac machines. Now they say it’s going to be fast, cool and quiet. OK, should we believe this? Or is this just one of the marketing catches?

Commercial C64 – C64 used for commercial purposes


Believe it or not, Commodore 64 is still being used for commercial purposes. Analogik has discovered this truly rare occurrence at MYER Centre main bus station terminal – Brisbane, Australia. Someone must have reset the computer and at our shocking surprise a familiar blue screen appeared on the display. In commodore 64 days blue screen used to be a good sign, not a sign of dead Windows 98/2K. How reliable C64 is proves the fact that it is still being used to inform travelling people of 21st century. (see below for photos)

Prophet 64 – Software synthesizer for Commodore 64


The Prophet 64 is neither an ordinary SID synthesizer or a TB-303-Prophet 5/10/one emulator. It does however apply a 303 approach on pattern sequencing as well as Sequential Circuits-like sound editing layout. The original version was developed in 1996 and kept within an inner circle of users. Now, eight years later, everyone has the opportunity to possess it’s full potentials as keeps the software alive and publically available!