Articles by Steven


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POV-Ray Render of LEGO Model 353 Terrace House
Trying to get back into my LEGO ray tracing yesterday, I begin looking for old instructions on the internet again. It’s been awhile since I’d done that. Like coming home after being gone awhile, I enjoyed browsing through the old and new scans that are out there…
Posted May 15, 2016 3 min read

ZX81 Website Makeover and Twitter Experiments
If you haven’t visited in a while, you may notice that my ZX81 retro computer site is looking a bit different. I’d been using newer, responsive themes, for almost a year now. Yet I was being selfish. The general population wasn't allowed to partake my fun…
Posted Apr 30, 2016 3 min read

April 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo is Over - Winner Time
As we close out April, it is time to submit my official word count for Camp. Yep, I hit my final count and can enter the winner’s circle, but it’s bitter sweet. Although I penned some more scenes for my novel, Steel Strong, it wasn’t as much as I’d planned…
Posted Apr 30, 2016 2 min read

Laser Blast is April’s ZX81 Program of the Month
April is close to wrapping up and I was able to find time this weekend to type in another ZX81 game. Laser Blast, this month’s program, has you saving the world. Kind of cliché I know, but hey this was 1984…
Posted Apr 27, 2016 9 min read

My 2016 Site Makeover
Finally making the leap, I released a new template for my primary website this weekend. As noted in the past, I’ve been fed up with my 2006 based theme and have been testing out new designs for a few months now…
Posted Apr 10, 2016 6 min read

2016 Camp NaNoWriMo Kickoff
As the rain falls on the last Sunday in March, I know that my website design will soon be put aside for a bit. It has been fun, yet other activities are looming. With spring comes Camp NaNoWriMo and I look forward to writing…
Posted Mar 27, 2016 2 min read

Jumpstarting Web Design Using Bootstrap
I’m feeling pretty good about the structure I want for my web site. Plugging away on my test site, I’ve updated my old blogging script to present unique titles with modern slugs, improved categories and decent paging…
Posted Mar 23, 2016 3 min read

Computact is March’s ZX81 Program
Ah, spring time. As winter melts away, the weather goes haywire and it’s time to enjoy the bouts of sunshine, rain and the occasional thunderstorm of hail. Perhaps it’s fitting that in the middle of this meteorological mayhem that Computact came back to life…
Posted Mar 22, 2016 7 min read

Rethinking Workflow Using Cloud
Do you find yourself fighting your editor? The common text editors of today work quite well as long you work they way they want you to. Yet, when you stray from their paradigm, even when they seem to offer infinite flexibility, it can be a chore to get even simple things done…
Posted Feb 27, 2016 5 min read

February’s Program: Telaport
Digging through my listings, I struggled deciding what to offer for February. The first one I found was an adventure text game. Too close to last month's program, I decided against it for now…
Posted Feb 27, 2016 5 min read

Does Your Site Need a Refresh?
After ten years, I’m sick of my web site’s look. During my early web development days I would change the design almost yearly. My original LEGO site went through many refreshes until I abandoned it for Flickr. My blog, now, feels old and neglected…
Posted Feb 23, 2016 4 min read

360voice Is Gone
While working on a new theme for my Reid’s for Fun site, I flipped over to my 3v sub-domain to check something. While there, I noticed that all the user bars were failing with an API error. I quickly jumping over to the 360voice site and found it dead…
Posted Feb 17, 2016 1 min read

January’s Program: Star Probe
Wow, 2016 and I’m still digging programs out of my stack of print outs. Kicking off the new year, I’m grabbing a story based program. I wrote Star Probe, our program of the month, in the style of a Chose Your Own Adventure book—and yes, I actually owned most of them…
Posted Jan 26, 2016 5 min read

Favoring Icons
I’m slowing working through updating my site. Recently, I decided to update my icons. I’ve been using favorite icons for years—favicon.ico for those that care. But, it was old and boring. Time to update. The world has progressed a bit though…
Posted Jan 12, 2016 3 min read

Slugging it out with SEO
I’m trying to start of the new year by updating all my web sites. I’ve been researching SEO (search engine optimization) for a few months, but only recently started to work through how to actually do it. The last few days have been a eureka moment for me. The first problem I had to deal with wa…
Posted Jan 02, 2016 3 min read

December’s Program: Monkey Maze
Time to close out the year with another classic remaking. Back in 1983, I decided to try my hand at recreating Nintendo’s fan favorite: Donkey Kong. My version, cryptically called Monkey Maze, is December’s Program of the Month…
Posted Dec 29, 2015 3 min read

NaNoWriMo 2015: Winner!
Well, last day of NaNoWriMo 2015. I validated 53,422 words for the win. I actually hit 50K just before Thanksgiving. It was nice staying on track this month, which prevented the sprint I needed to do last year. Unfortunately, I’m not done…
Posted Nov 30, 2015 1 min read

November’s Program: Dragon’s Lair
One of my favorite video games as a kid was a rather unlikely one. It wasn’t the coolest graphics or excellent control. It was about story and animation. It was, of course, Dragon’s Lair. The odd laser disc game by famed animator Don Bluth…
Posted Nov 29, 2015 2 min read

October’s Program: The Haunting
It is Halloween and October’s Program of the Month is right on time. When I pulled the listing for The Haunting from my stack I knew it would be perfect. Although short, I knew I’d be challenged as this program of the month requires something I hadn’t needed before. That something was sound …
Posted Oct 31, 2015 4 min read

September’s Program: Input Two
To my surprise, I was thumbing through my old printouts and discover that I actually wrote an Input Two program. I covered Input One as March’s Program of the Month. For September, however, it is Input Two’s opportunity to shine. Input Two is a very different program though…
Posted Sep 20, 2015 2 min read