Articles by Steven


Steven has written 423 articles, Page 10.
No Spaces for You
I wasnít sure in my last post how to remove the extra space from the program listings. Well, I figured it out. It was surprisingly easy and took me about five minutes of searching and updating. Apparently there is a CSS property called line-height. Set it to one and problem solved…
Posted Aug 08, 2013 1 min read

Updated Program Listing
Awhile back I went searching for a decent ZX81 font and ran across ZX81 VDU. I played around adding it to my siteís footer, but I really wanted to do more with it. Itís pretty good and, unlike some other fonts I found, it has all the ZX81 graphic characters…
Posted Aug 04, 2013 2 min read

ZX81 Retro Gaming
I often search around the web looking to see what kind of ZX81 community still thrives. I truly expected to find a community in decline, but a surprising number of nostalgia sites are still out there. I found some dedicated to hardware, some to emulating, and others to software…
Posted Jul 25, 2013 2 min read

Julyís Program: Spiders & Flies
July is almost half over, but we still have time for our program of the month: Spiders & Flies. You play a growing Venus flytrap that is searching for flies and special bugs. Use the ZX81 arrow keys to move around: 5, 6, 7, and 8. But be careful…
Posted Jul 21, 2013 4 min read

Juneís Program: Blast Off
Blast Off, Juneís program of the month, is a simple game that tests your typing skills. You may find it a bit easier to play on an emulator than on a real ZX81. Fortunately, you can try now! It isnít a very hard game if you are decent typist…
Posted Jun 18, 2013 2 min read

Mayís Program: Up-Cake
Well it is getting late in the month and I didnít want to pull another last-minute update. To make things a bit interesting, I used Zed Ex on my Android tablet to enter in this monthís entry. More on that in a bit. Let me first introduce our deliciously short entry for May: Up-Cake…
Posted May 19, 2013 4 min read

40065 Blue Jay
LEGO's May mini build was a Blue Jay. I thought he'd look better in a tree which I modeled in LDD. I rendered the scene with POV-Ray 3.7RC7. 40065 Blue Jay by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted May 15, 2013 1 min read

Fixing for IE10 and Other Updates
I happened to load my sites into IE10 the other day and noticed the reflections were broken. Generally, I wouldn’t care much as I don’t use IE except at work. However, I thought it best that things not continue to look different. I updated reflection.js to the latest version…
Posted May 11, 2013 2 min read

Fixing My ZX81 RSS Feed
Iím doing a little Spring cleaning and ran across a little problem with my RSS feed that I failed to notice before. In some programs, the article images didnít display properly because I was using relative paths…
Posted May 05, 2013 1 min read

DISH CINEMA Userbar (Updated)
As part of my periodic check of my userbar code, I found that DISH once again changed their pay-per-view (PPV) web page causing my DISH PPV userbar to break. Iíve fixed it again and it now displays a pretty good choice of featured movies. Although events are still included, I dropped them due to th…
Posted May 05, 2013 1 min read

6364 Paramedic Unit (Updated) and 40041 Moose
I'm a little behind in sharing some of my recent LEGO renders. I have an updated version of 6364 that includes the flowers out front and tilted windows. I also fixed a few misplaced pieces. I also have tried to get all my Windows software moved over to my MAC…
Posted May 04, 2013 1 min read

Aprilís Program: Star Dodge
Late and last-minute, I present Aprilís program of the month Star Dodge. A decidedly simple game that requires you to dodge stars randomly placed on the screen. Can you get your Tie Fighter shaped ship, an inverse H, past the increasingly more dense stars? Give it a try to see. Star Dodge doesnít r…
Posted Apr 30, 2013 2 min read

Marchís Program: Raider V
In 1984, I moved that Summer from Italy back to the US. As I was Flipping through my old printouts, I ran across one that I had marked as the last program I completed In Italy. How cool is that? Seeing this, I just had to make Raider V my program of the month for March. I was a big fan of mechanize…
Posted Mar 15, 2013 3 min read

Februaryís Program: Enlarger
The old saying ďtime flies when youíre having funĒ is so true of late. This year started with a bang and I feel like Iíve been running ever since. It isnít that I havenít wanted to work on my old ZX81 programs, but they often take a back burner to other past times…
Posted Feb 24, 2013 3 min read

January's Program: Hit Man
Another year, another month, and now another program to celebrate 2013. Januaryís program of the month is an old one: Hit Man. From 1983, Hit Man was my attempt at creating a wall dodging program and it is a tough one to play. Looking back, I probably should have made the walls a bit further apart…
Posted Jan 28, 2013 2 min read

693 Fire Engine
LEGO released this set in 1975 in Europe, and in 1976 as 485 Fire Truck in the US. Having grown up with these old sets, I have a special place in my heart for these short-lived LEGO mini-figs. Although I enjoy the great designs of today, I miss how simple these models are. I rendered this model with…
Posted Jan 11, 2013 1 min read

Decemberís Program: Thyime
December is upon us and Thyime is the last program of the month for 2012. My how quick the year has passed. Thyimeís elements include moving, shooting, a break through wall, and a moving enemy. It does all this while remaining fast. Thyime provides a decent game to close out the year. I wrote Thyim…
Posted Dec 16, 2012 2 min read

Bonkers! Redux
I couldnít help it. I updated Bonkers using MCODER II to convert the BASIC code to Machine Language. This improved the speed of the game making improving its playability. If you havenít played the 1985 version, play it first so you can appreciate the difference…
Posted Nov 23, 2012 3 min read

Novemberís Program: Bonkers!
Novemberís program is Bonkers! and it may drive you crazy! Simply use the ZX81 cursor keys to move your X around the field, avoiding the Oís and their trails. Can you survive, or will you go Bonkers? Okay, enough of the commercial, letís talk about the program. Yes, it will drive you bonkers. Why…
Posted Nov 19, 2012 3 min read

Turkey
Happy Thanksgiving! This is the November Mini Build from LEGO rendered with POV-Ray. I love the Mini Builds as they are quick to render and fun to build. Turkey by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Nov 18, 2012 1 min read