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Geneve Advanced BASIC v 4.08

this is going to be a short blog. @9640News & @InsaneMultitasker has just released the latest version of Geneve Advanced BASIC v 4.08. They cleaned up the last of the bugs and I had a small part of editing the manual. Here is the download. Enjoy.   ABASIC-408.zip

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Parsec 2600 v1.7d

After several years I have updated my Parsec 2600 to v1.7d and I am releasing as a free download. Of course I reserve all distribution rights and rights to the code but it can downloaded for private use from here. What I have added in v1.7d are some improvements, better play and a BOSS level. Here is a brief look at the manual (full version included in download). -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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creating a software PC for the Geneve: Part 1

this below is my Geneve. It's a Geneve created using a Windows 7 PC and MAME. Here is a bad video I made of the startup procedure. I stripped Windows 7 of all badging in start up to just a black screen till the MAME kicks in giving the illusion of a real Geneve PC. I added an old IBM keyboard, HP ball mouse and a new NES style joystick to really give it that old-school look. Mouse works, joystick works and all software runs off the 3 internal v-drives. It looks and

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Cat.

Let me tell you a story. One that ended, oh, about a half-hour ago.   After our dog of 9 years Zoe passed away this September, mom got pretty lonely (like I'm chopped liver?) She needed some companionship while I was sleeping, I guess. So two days ago, some friend brought a cat over. Well, this friend's son did. We let the cat out. And two minutes later, she was gone. We looked for her, tore up pretty much the whole house. Nothing. We began thinking that she might be outside which is b

atari2600land

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a little helper for programming with 7800BASIC

I have created a nice little language file for BASIC7800 for Notepad++. If you have never added a language file to Notepad++ use Language>user defined>define your language>import. It's set for .b78 files to pull in the language file. and for you don't know what a language file is it tailors Notepad++ to the specific programming language or dialect highlighting different kinds of commands in different color and generally making the file easier to create and read.   Th

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hloberg in atari 7800

Mille Borne for Apple II

As with the previous two games for the CoCo I once created a piece of software for a computer not TI or Atari, the Apple II. It was the Mille Borne I created for the other PCs and did just a straight conversion. @micahcowan took and spruced it up real purty like for the Apple II so I pulled my original version I did going to eventually put up his version. Well, a long time later I finally getting round to posting his version. Here it is. Enjoy. MilleBornes_v1.5.dsk

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Two updated games for the CoCo: Awari v2 & Mille Borne v2

while back I posted these two games for the CoCo; Awari and Mille Borne. But I wasn't too happy with the quality of the job I did so I pulled them. I have since worked on them a little and now I'm fairly happy with the results. Awari; You can choose the background color (if you have a CoCo2b or better) and who starts 1st and if you want random placement of stones or traditional. Mille Borne; I cleaned up the code as I had a couple errors and sped it up a bit. So for CoCo fans, Enj

hloberg

hloberg in TRS-80 Color Computer

There's a hole in the bucket

I've been clearing out the basement by selling or giving away stuff which hasn't been used in a decade or more.    One of the items which I plan on getting rid of is an old IBM Thinkpad 765L.  Amazingly it still works (although the battery doesn't hold a charge, which isn't surprising) and it even has a clean copy of Windows 98 installed.  It also seems to have what appears to be files restored from old backups.  Files which I aren't on my external backup drive.  So before I put it up

EricBall

EricBall in Old Computers

The 7800 Mod Mess Mixup Fixup - pt. 2

So when we last left "John's" 7800 , I still needed to test the audio, and look into the joystick problem.   To hear audio on my Sony monitor, I have to munge any stereo signals together into mono (each input has only a single audio connector). Since this 7800 has a stereo mod (or two audio outputs anyway), I needed such an adapter. My other two inputs on the monitor already have adapter cables plugged into them that I made, but now I'm using the third input, and I want to minimize ca

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum in 7800 repair

Going Bananas - game #2 (part 2)

I thought to myself, "Wednesday was going to be good weather wise, why not work on this some more?" It took HOURS to get the scanline problem fixed for now. Every time I add something, I need to redo the dumb scanline so it's a steady 262. Sometimes it takes an hour, sometimes more. This time it was more. But I finally got a box (the ball) moving left in a "random" lane. I now have 355 bytes remaining. They're still threatening us with a "winter storm" with ice and crap tomorrow (no sn

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The 7800 Mod Mess Mixup Fixup - pt. 1

The 7800 really needs a nickname. The 2600 has several: Heavy Sixer, Vader, Jr., etc.   The 5200 is... uh... the Boat Anchor? Well, we'll go with that for now. But the 7800? As far as I know, it never got a nickname.   So I'm going to bestow one upon it: The Wedge.   It's cool. It's hip. It's trendy. And I'm sure that nothing ever nicknamed The Wedge ever had any bad connotations whatsoever.     Anyway, it's time to 7800-up my blog with my next fixit proje

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum in 7800 repair

Going Bananas - game #2

OK. So I am mostly done with "Oh Well," the first game in my Going Bananas cartridge. I want to put 3 1k games in one cartridge along with a 1k menu to choose between the games. Pressing the reset switch at any time will take you back to the menu. But I'm getting ahead of myself now.   We here are poised for a big ice storm Thursday with the possibility of power outages due to the 1/4-1/2 inches of ice we're expected to get. I don't want to be almost done with something only to have th

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Adding TMS9900 & TI99 XB language support to Notepad++

I like to do my programming, these days, for my TI99 using a PC. First off I can use the wonderful Notepad++ for editing and test the software in the equally wonderful MAME and secondly I don't wear out my 40+ old TI99/4a. And to increase the already massive wonderfulness I have added language support for the TI99 to the already extensive list of programming languages built into Notepad++.  I added TMS9900 and TI99 XB support to Notepad++ with the two .XML files attached in the .ZIP below. 

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Golden Oldies in AdvBASIC for Geneve

Put together a short list of some XB golden oldies and converted them into AdvBASIC for the Geneve. Added AdvBASIC features to some of the programs, like 80 column or multi-color font, and others I just converted with little changes. Here are games: Awari barricade (was already a ABASIC program) chicken plus civil war (made 80 column) - note: the 80 column ones I converted I tried to make them look like they were being seen on an old monochrome monitor of some sort.

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Zyx 1k (part 2)

So I worked a long time last night on this game. I went to sleep at 5 a.m. and woke up at about 5 p.m. I turn the news on and they're threatening us with a freezing ice storm. The furnace gave us an error message this morning (computers!) but it gave up scaring us and started working again. If the power does go out, we have a gas fireplace to keep warm. But I hope it doesn't come to that.   I worked on Zyx 1k some more today and put everything on yesterday's list in the game. With 1 by

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Doin' the Hacky POKEY

Some time ago, I was planning to order a Concerto cart for my 7800.   I didn't have a POKEY to install in it, but figured I'd either order one from Best, or wait until the HOKEY was available to order the Concerto.   Around that same time, James mangled the daylights out of a POKEY, trying to remove it from a poor, unsuspecting Ballblazer cart. I offered to attempt to fix it, if he wanted to send it to me. So he did, presuming it to be DOA anyway (he subsequently bought a rep

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum in 7800 repair

Zyx 1k

With all this talk about Zyx, I decided to go back to the Atari 2600 and work on my Zyx in ASM project I had started. I thought "I wonder if I could do this in just 1k." Reminiscing about the old 1k/2k/4k minigame compo, I went to work on it. I updated some code. I put in use of the reset switch. I then compiled, hoping it would all fit there.   I have 318 bytes left. That should be enough to put in at the very least sound effects. I debated a long time over white or black ba

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UAVs, CX-55s, and physical space

Yes, Virginia, a UAV will fit in a CX-55.  Disabuse yourself of the previously-held notion that it won't.   A/V jacks may be a different matter entirely, so feeding out a cable (round or ribbon) with all of them connected to it may be necessary.  This will involve drilling / cutting the case.

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Experiments with CX-55 audio and video plus UAVs

This is a scratchpad for some ideas I've had involving how to route audio and video from a CX-55 VCS Adapter in a 5200 with a UAV installed.   First order of business: recap the current CX-55 and replace the voltage regulator.  The video looks awful.  The video looks awful when viewed via the 5200, which has a snow issue over RF that is likely in the modulator.  If the modulator's in need of work to improve the 5200's video, then the same will apply to the CX-55's video.   Ne

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the next return of the Ugly Uppity Umpire

So with Frank the Fruit Fly finished, I need to work on something to make me not bored. My thoughts returned to the Ugly uppity umpire game I was working on for Game Boy. I have decided to return to work on it. I found a few flaws that I fixed and everything should be okay now. Now I can go back to work adding new stuff when I think of things.   I added some stuff I thought of in Frank the Fruit Fly here as well, like only displaying NEW GAME when there's no save data, and adding in CO

Dead MacBook and Lost Data

It's my blog, so I can whine if I want to, right?   Anyway, my 5-year-old MacBook Pro died suddenly in the middle of using it, and nothing would revive it. I figured I could extract the drive to retrieve my data from it, but apparently 2017 MacBooks and later have the drive chips soldered onto the motherboard, and cannot be removed. I took it to a Mac shop to see if they could save the data, and they were unable to power the board to read the data off of the chips. So, my data is proba

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