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PPcenter donation system updated !

Written by cafealpha 4 comments
More than 11 years ago (from winter 2005 ?), I had a "donate" page stating something like "send your money and I will make cool things for Saturn on my free time".

During there 11 years, I received 15 US dollars.

And within theses 15 US dollars, I declined 10 because they were generously donated in exchange of "future help" in making a game for Saturn.

So that's something like 45 cents per year, which is also around 3.8 cents per month. I didn't checked in details, but that should be something like one Skittles per week. Not one bag of Skittles, but one bloody skittles. Per. Week

Fortunately, this era now ends, because I officially announce that I changed my donation system from "send your money and I will make cool things for Saturn on my free time" to "Send everything except money, and I will make cool things for Saturn on my free time. And even if you don't donate anything, I will make cool things for Saturn on my free time anyway."
More details can be found on my donate page

And to make it clear : the motivation to change donation system is not related to money : I just spoke about money received so far in order to write something funny in my blog

I make Saturn things for fun, and not for money. As some examples, I started to design rev2f PCB in hospital room from one week after undergoing cancer surgery, and Virtual Memory Cartridge add-on for Pseudo Saturn Kai was developed and tested during my post surgery chemotherapy. Theses helped a lot to think about something else than medical things during theses times.
I don't say that Kicad and gcc are a cure for cancer (), but theses were very good help however.


And to make it clearer : yes, I sell Saturn cartridges, but no I don't make a living from selling theses. I'm not even sure I produce enough carts in order to pay every-day's breakfast from cartridges sales benefits

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Gamer's Cartridge on Twitter !

Written by cafealpha no comments
That's always a pleasure to see Gamer's Cartridge users having fun with their Saturns, and showing it on social networks
I'm not registered to Twitter, and don't like self-promotion of my projects else where than on my homepage ... but I like self-flattery (), so let's put here some pictures of Gamer's Cartridges I could find on Twitter



Dezaemon DB's Gamer's Cartridge
Many thanks to him for Dezaemon DB homepage !



Nidone's Gamer's Cartridge
"Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my Saturn from my parents house"



Unagiman's Gamer's Cartridge
"I can't remember where I stored Dezaemon 2 CDROM (´Д`)"




Unagiman's Skeleton Saturn, very shibui


Beeraka's cartridge.
Beeraka-san is the author of Dezaemon-themed labels !
Many thanks to him for the good work !

#MakeSaturnGreatAgain

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Gamer's Cartridges temporarily not available ! (Edit: now available ♪)

Written by cafealpha 10 comments
Normal sales people make announcements when their things to sale are available ... I personally don't like aggressive advertisement, hence prefer to make announcement when things to sale are not available

So I don't plan to process Gamer's Cartridge for a while ... reason for this is simple : I can't go to post office during winter vacations (and probably won't have time for emails too), so I prefer to temporarily stop selling cartridge rather than asking people for waiting

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Sorry, that's the only picture I found for this article
(Grabbed from here )

So I wish you nice winter vacations ! I don't know there, but weather here is cold and windy, hence well suited for playing Saturn


Edit (2017/01/12) : cartridges are back for sale ! More informations on my Saturn cartridges page.
During winter vacations, I found a couple of cartridges with "Rev 3.3 (a)" PCB (one revision before latest revision, only position of LEDs is different) while tidying up my apartment
BTW, happy new year

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Cartridge labels available !

Written by cafealpha no comments
Finally available :]

Last June, I initially wanted to release Saturn Gamer's Cartridge with custom label, but some unexpected problems regarding label quality (not resistant to water) delayed its release, consequently, Gamer's Cartridges manufactured until now had only shell, but no label.

"Stronger" label retained for use by Gamer's Cartridge is designed for car tuning purpose, so waterproof, and even alcohol proof ! I suppose this will satisfy the requirements of typical Gamer's Cartridge user
(※) Just a (common sense) note : while labels are waterproof, cartridges themselves aren't  So no, you still can't play Saturn while taking a bath

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Cartridges with their labels.
Bottom-right one (without LEDs) is USB dev cart.


Custom labels were the last main milestone regarding Gamer's Cartridge design : I won't design custom boxes for my cartridges.
Why ? Because I want Gamer's Cartridge users to ... use their cartridges, not collect (shelf) them

You are Saturn Gamer ? Want to share your Saturn saves with your emulator or friends ? Want to enjoy Dezaemon 2 game but don't want to purchase a modchip + memory cartridge ? Then Saturn Gamer's Cartridge is for you


Special thanks to my friend Darius who selected paper, printed labels sheet, and cut each labels
Darius provided pictures he took when cutting labels, so please enjoy the labels making-of


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Label sheet scanned just after print-out.
Red/blue lines are used as help when cutting labels.



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Tools used : ruler and cutter.
And also Darius' God Hand and eyes (not pictured)


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In order to optimize time , labels are first cut row per row.

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After row cutting, labels are cut individually

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RC2 - The good one

Written by cafealpha no comments
Pseudo Saturn Kai Release Candidate 1 : flasher utility wasn't very intuitive to use → fixed.
Release Candidate 2 seems to work fine, so ...

I officially declare Pseudo Saturn Kai version 6.036 as first publicly released version

Want to upgrade your cartridge firmware ?
No problem, firmware installer, source code, and many other things are available from /pskai/#download address


Many thanks to beta testers who could make this project mature enough to be releasable
And of course, many thanks to Pseudo Saturn team too

Note : this doesn't means that Pseudo Saturn Kai is bug-free !
But, I consider that Pseudo Saturn Kai is stable enough to open it to circle wider than beta testers. If you find a bug, please report it in Pseudo Saturn Kai official thread .


On my side, releasing Pseudo Saturn Kai was the occasion to :
 - Release Gamer's Cartridge (page is still not up-to-date, I shall update it soon)
 - Delete beta builds for testers : here is the delete log as a souvenir :
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Completely unrelated : I'm experiencing troubles with my email provider (*1), and consequently plan to change to another one soon.
(*1) : mail provider is sometimes messing up with email titles, such as using neighboring (unrelated) conversation title when sending email ...

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Y U NO MAIL ?

If you're waiting for one week or more for a reply from me, please re-contact me
Email timeout value is "one week" : I'm not a machine, so please don't mailbomb me if I can't reply you soon

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