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Doomdark's Revenge - in the 1985's and now... pt2

by The_Librarian on 02-12-2014 at 12:40 PM
The images looks much better as do the characters. Whereas the Spectrum version did not had any built-in maps, the Android version have two (or more than two). Let me attempt to explain.

You have your major map, which looks like this :



Then each character have his/her own discovery map, which looks like this :

Luxor :


Rorthron :

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Doomdark's Revenge - in the 1985's and now... pt1

by The_Librarian on 02-12-2014 at 12:17 PM
In 1985 Mike Singleton (may his memory never fade) released the sequel to Lords of Midnight, called Doomdark's Revenge.

I used to play this game on and off, but it's just for messing around than doing actual adventuring.

The game was ported to the Android platform, and I bought a copy of it yesterday evening. A whole lot have changed, but the same, basic gameplay exists.

Defeat Shareth.

Which is not easy as it sounds, but it is entirely

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Dissecting a Quamtum 4Gb Bigfoot hard drive - pt3

by The_Librarian on 01-05-2012 at 05:39 PM
The parking mechanism is a very simple, yet effective mechanism :

The parking mechanism in action :


The heads in normal use (unparked) :


The parking mechanism (note the small iron piece - this will ensure that the lever stays in position) :

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Dissecting a Quamtum 4Gb Bigfoot hard drive - pt2

by The_Librarian on 01-05-2012 at 05:35 PM
After removing the cover, we now can see the Hard Drive in its naked glory.



Quite impressive

All modern Hard Drives are operated via a voice coil. Older hard drives used a stepper motor.



Why a voice coil instead of a stepper motor?

A stepper

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Dissecting a Quamtum 4Gb Bigfoot hard drive - pt1

by The_Librarian on 01-05-2012 at 05:34 PM
WARNING - DO NOT OPEN ANY WORKING HARD DRIVES WITHOUT A CLEAN-ROOM ENVIRONMENT.

YOU MAY DESTROY YOUR WORKING HARD DRIVE IF YOU OPEN IT WITHOUT THE PROPER EQUIPMENT IN A PROPER CLEAN-ROOM FACILITY!!!

Having said that, let us proceed.

During the course of my career I have opened many hard drives, just to see what these look like, and of course!!! To get the magnets!!!

Voice-coil magnets are extremely strong, and is just the thing needed to

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