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Novemberís Program: Maze Craze
Hope everyone in the US had a great Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) and are now enjoying the last weekend of November. Iím busy with NaNoWriMo, and a bit behind. So I give you another program from my original ZX81 site, but not yet featured here. Novemberís program is the month is Maze Craze…
Posted Nov 29, 2014 2 min read

Octoberís Program: NA
Whoa, there are still almost two weeks left in the month and I have Octoberís program done and waiting for you. Yep, you heard right. This month is a short one called NA. The program is an action game that requires you to use ďNĒ and ďAĒ to try to stop a runner…
Posted Oct 21, 2014 2 min read

DISH CINEMA Userbar (Updated ... again)
I was doing a bit of clean up and, wouldnít you know it, my DISH pay-per-view (PPV) userbar broke again. Apparently this is going to be an ongoing battle. It is good for me as I donít spend a lot of time coding anymore…
Posted Oct 15, 2014 2 min read

Septemberís Programs: Photon í85 and í98
Well, the month is over and life has taken over and delayed my program of the month. For the tail end of September, I offer two programs: Photon and Photon 98. Wait, what? Yep, you heard right. Iím offering two programs this month. Sort of.† Actually they are very similar…
Posted Sep 30, 2014 2 min read

How did you do this July 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo?
Well, itís almost a month since July Camp NaNoWriMo ended and I've meant to give a quick update. First, I did hit my 50K goal for the month, winning my second Camp. Nice…
Posted Aug 24, 2014 3 min read

Augustís Program: Cave War
Augustís program is Cave War, a later program from 1985. It starts out similar to Hit Man, basically a scrolling dodge the wall game. But there is more to it than that. Once you get to the end of the tunnel, you find yourself in a cave and need to blast away at a wall to continue on…
Posted Aug 24, 2014 4 min read

How to Break Your Site In One Easy Step
The MistakeWe all make mistakes. My mistake was not understanding the code behind the categories sections that my site uses. What I wanted to do was create a new category called ďWritingĒ that I could log my NaNoWriMo entries to. It seemed simple enough…
Posted Jul 24, 2014 5 min read

Julyís Program: Block £ Spear
Sorry, still no Joust. Itís not where I want it†and Iíve spent July working on my novel instead. That isn't to say that Iím going to leave July without a program of the month. Instead Iíve pulled from my original site to bring you one of my favorite programs, Block £ Spear…
Posted Jul 23, 2014 3 min read

How to Write a Book in Two Simple Steps
Well, just past a week and Iím over a quarter of the way into the second half of my novel. Iím not sure this is the best way to write a book, but so far Camp NaNoWriMo has been a perfect excuse to scratch a long time itch…
Posted Jul 08, 2014 7 min read

Prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo: Structure
Let me be honest. I had no clue what I was doing when I started Mayís Camp NaNoWriMo. Sure, I knew I wanted to write a novel and had a general idea of what the story would be about. I had a rough outline of the plot and some guiding themes I wanted to encompass…
Posted Jun 30, 2014 5 min read

Juneís Program: Monster Maker
Okay I havenít finished my remake of Joust yet, nor did I want to wait until the last week of the month to get an article out. Instead, I offer you Monster Maker as Juneís monthly program. Itís pretty straight forward and anti-climatic against the power of todayís programs…
Posted Jun 08, 2014 3 min read

Mayís Program: Joust
I actually started working on Mayís program of the month, Joust, about three weeks ago. My goal was to update the program to a faster and more fluid MCODER version. Sadly, things havenít gone so well…
Posted May 28, 2014 5 min read

My Crazy April
As I noted in my ZX81 update, April was a different month for me. For some time, dating back to my time in college, I've wanted to write a book. About the most I'd ever done was create an outline and write a couple of scenes…
Posted May 07, 2014 5 min read

Aprilís Program: Flywheel
April has been a crazy month. I decided to try something new, pushed along by an unexpected event. Iím writing a book. I joined NaNoWriMo just after last November's event so I didn't expect to do anything until later this year. The surprise was their CampNaNoWriMo event in April…
Posted Apr 27, 2014 3 min read

Marchís Program: The Ball Redux
For March's program of the month, I drew inspiration from one of my older demoís, The Ball. Like many young kids from the early eighties using BASIC, I took a stab at animating a bouncing ball. It is a a relatively easy program to write depending on how complex you want to make the math…
Posted Mar 29, 2014 4 min read

Februaryís Program: Time
For February, I give you Time, a simple landing game with a twist. Using the Z and . keys, you maneuver your craft to each successive landing pad. If you miss the landing, keep trying but be careful. Run out of time and itís game over! How high of a score can you amass…
Posted Feb 16, 2014 4 min read

Januaryís Program: Fireball
Januaryís program of the month, Fireball, marks a first for me. Although Iíve used a few different methods to type in my programs, Iíve always gone back to a Windows so I could use EightyOne to generate the program files and images…
Posted Jan 05, 2014 5 min read

Decemberís Program: Dollar Sign
Winter has set in and it is time to close out the year with a simple game. Dollar Sign, Decemberís program of the month, is that game. All you need to do is move your character, which surprisingly looks like a dollar sign, into the inverse, dare I say it, dollar sign…
Posted Dec 30, 2013 4 min read