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40029 Valentines Day Box
I posted this a couple of days back on Flickr, but hadn’t made it around to posting here. Happy belated Valentine’s day to all! 40029 Valentine’s Day Box by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Feb 16, 2012 1 min read

Road Hog Improved
What's this, another version of Road Hog? Yep. This is January’s Program converted to machine code using MCoder II. I was surprised how easy it was. Although MCoder is an integer compiler and limits some BASIC commands, I only needed to change a few lines to get Road Hog to run…
Posted Feb 14, 2012 1 min read

February’s Program: Light Walls
February is upon us and that means another program of the month. This month it is another one from 1983: Light Walls. In case you hadn’t guessed, it has its roots in Tron. The game requires you to steer right (“.”) or left (“z”) to avoid hitting the light walls…
Posted Feb 09, 2012 2 min read

LEGO Parts and Colors Catalog
It is a strange time for me. For years, I have run my web site locally as a way to test out new designs and programs. I have used that site as the home for my catalog of LEGO parts and colors…
Posted Feb 05, 2012 2 min read

ZX81 Emulator on Android
As more and more people turn to mobile and tablet devices for their entertainment and consumption needs, it is becoming harder to share my ZX81 preservation project. I remember how excited I was when I found a Java based emulator that would run my ZX81 programs on the web…
Posted Feb 05, 2012 2 min read

40036 Cobra
Short and sweet. Monthly mini-build for Jan 2012 rendered with POV-ray. Interesting that these in-store promotions are now numbered. 40036 Cobra by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Jan 22, 2012 1 min read

January’s Program: Road Hog
Welcome to the new year! Starting off the second season of monthly programs is January's program Road Hog. Road Hog is a driving game similar to my later Flywheel game. I hesitate to call it a racing game as there is no acceleration. You just move the car left or right using the Z or . keys…
Posted Jan 14, 2012 3 min read

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

December’s Program: Creature
I can’t 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 hadn’t 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

November’s Program: Lander 2
November is here and the year is flying by. This month’s program Lander 2 is an earlier one from 1983. Oddly, the game displays Space Lander. Not very original as I’ve used that name before. I’m 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 Sunday’s, 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 sites 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

October’s Program: 1985
October’s 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

September’s 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