September proved to be a rather busy month, at work and home. It isn’t unusual for me, and I usually find time to throw a render or program together. As this month closed, I found myself in need of a program to share and not a lot of time. While cleaning up a few things on my laptop, I found this little test program I wrote last month that fit the need.
A testing we will go.
Test, ZX81 Listing by Steven Reid, 2020
The program, as is, is a fun little demo. It prints ZX81 randomly on the screen—forever! It is basically a big loop that scrolls the text upwards. Nothing super exciting, but it worked great. Specifically, it allowed me to test a few things.
First, it tests how
The other thing it tests is the
The last part is that I added a
Recreating for publishing.
Since I just had the screenshot, I needed to get the program into a .P file I could run on most emulators. Given the program is short, I just loaded up my emulator and typed it in. Easy as every. I wish programs on my site were this easy. I spent an hour digging through my CMS code to change few lines. Of course, nostalgia only goes so far.
Test, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 2020
I won’t get into what could be different. As a test program, it does its job and is fun to watch. Designed to be easy to enter, I actually tried it on an emulator for iOS as well. Sadly, I can’t save there either, but it was fun to play.
And there you have it. A busy month and a simple test program for your ZX81. Give me a shout if you decide to use it anywhere. Although I’m sure you can write something even better.