Articles by Steven


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A New Year of ZX81 Programs
Well, the celebration of thirty years since the introduction of the ZX81 is now over. For the last year I've been bringing you an original ZX81 program each month as a tribute to my first computer…
Posted Jan 10, 2012 2 min read

Decemberís Program: Creature
I canít believe December is here and the year is almost over. To celebrate the last program of the month, I present Creature, an animation program. Unlike many of the smaller programs submitted throughout the year, this one is the largest weighing in at 14KB…
Posted Dec 03, 2011 3 min read

Weather Mashup
Although I like my existing weather userbar, I really wanted an easier city search. I decided to stick with NOAA and the NWS for now and ran across a nice all in one weather page with an XML link…
Posted Nov 24, 2011 2 min read

HALO VIP
You know you've been spending too much time playing HALO when Microsoft names you a VIP. Interestingly, they offered me a badge to prove it. Some interesting statistics: HALO GAMERSCORE: 3415  TOP 2% ALL OF XBOX LIVE MEMBERS HALO ACHIEVEMENTS: 148   TOP 3% ALL OF XBOX LIVE MEMBERS HALO …
Posted Nov 20, 2011 1 min read

New RSS Feed
As of today, you can use RSS to subscribe for your monthly dose of ZX81 goodness. I originally hadnít planned to offer an RSS feed for my ZX81 site. The original goal was to cross-post articles to my main site and rely on its feed for subscribers. Sadly I tend to forget to cross-post. Your browser …
Posted Nov 20, 2011 1 min read

Hacking Up RSS
When I first created my re-visioned ZX81 site, my goal was to integrate it as a sub-site of my existing one. However, the CMS I use doesn't lend itself to easily do that. Technically, that wasn't a show stopper in and of itself…
Posted Nov 20, 2011 2 min read

21011 Brandenburg Gate
Another great build from the architecture series rendered with POV-Ray. I was trying to add some back light, but I'm not sure I'm happy with the results. It took 3 days to render and it still has anti-alias artifacts. Overall, it looks pretty good though…
Posted Nov 13, 2011 1 min read

Novemberís Program: Lander 2
November is here and the year is flying by. This monthís program Lander 2 is an earlier one from 1983. Oddly, the game displays Space Lander. Not very original as Iíve used that name before. Iím using the name I noted in my listing. Although it has graphical elements, it is really just a counting g…
Posted Nov 03, 2011 2 min read

Quick and Dirty Football Scores Userbar
Today, like most Fall Sundayís, is a great day to watch Football. It was fun watching San Fransisco play, but I often hack around on the computer during games. Fortunately there is plenty of time between commercials and time-outs to work on code…
Posted Oct 16, 2011 2 min read

Slide Show: What's Old is New
I recently started using FlashControl for Chrome to control which site use flash. I was getting annoyed with sites I ran across sucking up my computer's CPU with flash programs. It is annoying how many sites use flash, my own included…
Posted Oct 09, 2011 2 min read

Octoberís Program: 1985
Octoberís program is one of my later games from 1985 which is aptly named 1985. It has decidedly simple game mechanics. Set in an alternative reality, the Earth is gone in this version of 1985. Humans are colonizing Earth II, but you need to clear the mountains for agriculture needs…
Posted Oct 03, 2011 2 min read

Septemberís Program: Odyssey
This month I present another simple game, Odyssey. It doesn't include instructions, so here is a quick synopsis. An evil computer has trapped you in a space ship. To escape, you have to remove the memory boards in order to shut down the computer. Sounds familiar…
Posted Sep 03, 2011 3 min read

Dish PPV Highlights Userbar
Sometime back I created an animated userbar that showed the current PPV movies on Dish. Sadly, soon afterwards Dish changed their support pages to require a login, breaking my script. Sure, I could log in to get the information, but that kind of defeats the purpose…
Posted Aug 28, 2011 1 min read

Space Lander 2011
I couldn't leave well enough alone. All that analyzing and nitpicking of the original Space Lander made me wonder what it might be like if I had rewritten it. Almost 28 years later, here is the reborn version of Space Lander 2011. I tried to stay true to the original, keeping most of the key graph…
Posted Aug 21, 2011 4 min read

Augustís Program: Space Lander
Okay, this may not be the large program I promised, but I choose Space Lander for a different reason: it's horrible! Okay, maybe it isnít that bad, but it definitely wasnít one of better programs. This was from 1983, clearly one of my earlier attempts…
Posted Aug 17, 2011 3 min read

Lighthouse
LEGO Storeís Lighthouse is the Monthly Mini Model Build for July í11. I thought this would be a nice quick and dirty build, but I ran into a minor problem. I didnít have the wheel element in the build modeled. I tried to shortcut by using LDD/LDRAW, but sadly I couldnít find it there either…
Posted Jul 31, 2011 1 min read

Julyís Program: Sugar Cube Munch
Another simple program. Like many that I wrote for the ZX81, Sugar Cube Munch was small with a singular purpose. In this case, the goal is to eat all the cubes of sugar as quickly as possible. Once all the sugar is eaten, the game is over and the number of turns is revealed…
Posted Jul 03, 2011 2 min read

Juneís Program: Beo One
I was searching through my stack of programs and decided to choose a short and sweet program for June. Beo One is definitely short, clocking at just 33 lines of code. Well 35 if you include the two new save and run lines I added…
Posted Jun 06, 2011 2 min read

21009 Farnsworth House
I actually started 21009 Farnsworth House before my last model, but made the mistake of rendering it on my older desktop. It took over a week to render due to the glass and higher anti-alias requirements. I should try this on my daughter's iMAC to see if how fast it renders with a newer computer. 21…
Posted May 07, 2011 1 min read

Electric Shake
I wanted to create some more electronic music to listen to while at work. Electric Shake is a simple ambient beat to relax to. As always, uploaded to my ACIDplanet.com site for your's and mine enjoyment.
Posted May 07, 2011 1 min read