August's Program: Canyon Raider

Programming: 08/22/15 at 00:13:28 MDT by SafePit

Programming CANYON RADIER, 1983While reading through my old programming notebook last month, I wondered about using them on my website. From my earliest programming days, the notebook has a number of programs that never made it to my stack of printouts. Canyon Raider, August’s program of the month, is one of those programs.

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How to Build a Site - Again

News: 08/20/15 at 22:25:24 MDT by SafePit

News I've been using this theme and with the WebAPP CMS for a few years now. Unfortunately, it is getting a bit old in the tooth. Although mostly flat, which fits nicely with today's designs, it isn't responsive. In fact, the original mobile version of the site was for the Palm Pilot. Really?

So, I've started to dig in again. I'm looking to revamp the entire site. From internals to externals. The hope is to modernize and maximize the value of R4F as best as I can.

To that end, I've been digging around with Skeleton and have a test responsive template started. So far it doesn't look half bad. But, it can be better. Plus, I need to get it working with all the elements in the site. I'm digging into other CSS code to see what I can do and to better understand how to make things good.

I found a blog talking about SOE as well. That is actually useful. It is telling me what modern, and some not so modern, that I should be fixing to make my site work best.

I'll post more on all these ideas in the coming weeks. If you have a special topic, let me know.

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Tags: build  cms  css  custom  design  flat  responsive  soe  webapp 

July's Program: A Story

Writing: 08/17/15 at 19:59:59 MDT by SafePit

Writing A Story, 1983Whoops! I completely missed posting this. Either I meant to and didn’t hit submit or just plain forgot. Either way, July’s program is indicative of the BASIC programs you’d find in early programming manuals. Most books start out with pretty basic commands such as PRINT and INPUT. A Story mimics these early programs in a creative way. Similar to Mad Libs, you answer a series of questions and the program, well, tells you a story.

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Tags: a story  basic  input  mad lib  monthly  print  programming  story  zx81 

June's Program: Fly

Programming: 06/28/15 at 19:31:32 MDT by SafePit

Programming FLY, 1984Fly is a simple program that end the end is both baffling and intriguing. Looking at first like a simple shooter, it acts very differently then one and, if you don’t know the rules, will make you crazy. Once you do know how to play, though, Fly becomes simple and repetitive. Our Program of the Month shouldn’t be in this place, but it is.

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Tags: a story  basic  input  mad lib  monthly  print  programming  story  zx81 

May's Program: WIZERDRY

Programming: 05/31/15 at 10:24:46 MDT by SafePit

Programming Apple IIOkay, you may be wondering why there is a picture of an Apple II on a ZX81 site? I’ll start by saying that it’s been a pretty busy May with lots of travel for both business and vacation. The picture is from the Smithsonian and it actually does relate to May’s program of the month, Wizerdry. Yep, I spelled that wrong. I'll chalk it up to being young. Can you guess the tie yet?

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Tags: animation  cauldron  demo  fantasy  graphic  monthly  programming  smoke  wizardry  wizardry  zx81 

April's Program: RMS

Programming: 04/29/15 at 22:49:18 MDT by SafePit

Programming RMS, 1983Are there any D&D folks in the audience? Come on, you know who you are. Past or present doesn’t matter, just if you know what I’m talking about. Why, you ask? Because RMS, April’s program of the month, will use your ZX81 to build monsters. Any fledgling DM could then use these creatures in their latest campaign. Elves and humans will cringe at your originality and cruelty.

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March's Program: Input One

Programming: 03/29/15 at 16:55:29 MDT by SafePit

Programming <img src="http://zx81.reids4fun.com/images/uploads/inone.png" style="float: left; margin-right: 10px;" alt="Input One, 1984" />Input One, March’s program of the month, is a great example of the kind of simple and brute force programming of the 1980s. This was a time when computers had little memory and their users had to use simple BASIC programming to get things done. The alternative was to buy a cassette tape of programs that took minutes to load even short programs, assuming they loaded at all. For the rest of us, we either typed them in or wrote little programs like this.

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February's Program: Math Bash

Programming: 02/22/15 at 15:41:20 MDT by SafePit

Programming Math Bash, 1984From its opening text, Math Bash is clearly an educational program. Its primary goal is to help students practice their math skills. At its core though it is still a game. Aliens are landing and you have to stop them. The key mechanic is solving various math problems correctly or the alien will reach the earth and end the game. There is a score and can thereby be competitive, but Math Bash doesn’t force a timer on you. There is no rush. The program ramps up the pressure by increasing the difficulty of the math problems. In this way, the program accomplishes its goal, perhaps too well as will discuss later. Now whether the game is fun is debatable.

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January's Program: Comp. Talk

Programming: 01/24/15 at 17:44:06 MDT by SafePit

Programming Comp. Talk, 1983Mixing things up a bit, I thought I’d start off the new year without a game program. Instead, January’s program is Computer Talk, or Comp. Talk for short. Comp. Talk is one of several educational programs I wrote for reasons I’m not entirely sure of. Perhaps it was just the thing to do back in then. Many computer books, especially those that taught programming, had a mix of program genres. Whatever the reason, I wrote Comp. Talk as a way for the ZX81 computer to introduce itself and show a bit of what it could do.

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December's Program: V Water Battle

Programming: 12/29/14 at 15:26:37 MDT by SafePit

Programming V Water Battle, 1984As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to end the year with an original program of the month. For December, that program is V Water Battle, an action game from 1984. For some reason, the title screen I created said designed instead of wrote but I did both. I was an odd duck in 1984. You use the “Z” and “.” keys to move. Use the “M” key to fire. The goal is to stop the ships from stealing the water. Miss them or get shot and its game over. Of course, they steal the water after each wave anyway to make it harder. Given that I haven’t beat it yet, the game is more difficult than it would seem. Let me know if you do!

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