Articles by Steven


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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

August’s 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 isn’t that bad, but it definitely wasn’t one of better programs. This was from 1983, clearly one of my earlier attempts…
Posted Aug 17, 2011 3 min read

Lighthouse
LEGO Store’s Lighthouse is the Monthly Mini Model Build for July ’11. I thought this would be a nice quick and dirty build, but I ran into a minor problem. I didn’t have the wheel element in the build modeled. I tried to shortcut by using LDD/LDRAW, but sadly I couldn’t find it there either…
Posted Jul 31, 2011 1 min read

July’s 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

June’s 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 our enjoyment. With the demise of ACIDplanet.com, this is hosted on MySpace for now.
Posted May 07, 2011 1 min read

21008 Burj Khalifa
Ran across this model from a YouTube stop motion video and thought it’d be a fun build. You can see more pictures of the real model on BrickSet. I think my render came out well, even if I had to do a little color correction first. 21008 Burj Khalifa by SafePit, on Flickr Rendering this required bui…
Posted May 03, 2011 1 min read

May’s Program: BOLT
Can you believe it! First day of the month and I have a program uploaded! Okay, so it is another graphic one and isn't very exciting, or long. But hey, you can't blame me for not trying! May’s program is BOLT from 1984. It creates a lightning bolt with a circle and embossed BOLT logo. Cool huh…
Posted May 01, 2011 2 min read

April’s Program: Sphere
I’ve been a bit busy this month so I choose a relatively short program in order to not miss my self imposed deadline. To that end, I present to you April’s belated graphic program: Sphere. This program will easily run on a 2K ZX81…
Posted Apr 26, 2011 2 min read

My Mac Wanna Be
I geeked out a bit today by loading Ubuntu onto an old laptop that I'd been having problems running Windows on. Seems the issue was a bad hard drive as it started to slam the drive head against the stop during the first installation…
Posted Mar 28, 2011 1 min read

March’s Program: Lock £ Fire
March’s program is Lock £ Fire. I wrote this graphic game in 1985, although I have to admit I don't remember it much. It is a bit hard to play as the keys aren’t very sensitive and the aliens jump around as you try to “lock” onto them…
Posted Mar 26, 2011 2 min read

Random Names
What do you do on a lazy Sunday? Write programs of course! I was reading Tim Hartnell’s book Creating Adventure Games On Your Computer and ran across a little gem for generating random names. It is short and sweet and easily converted into Perl. I spent more time making it pretty than actually conve…
Posted Mar 06, 2011 1 min read

Digging for Old Books
For some time now I’ve listed the ZX81 books I own on my original ZX81 web site, but I hadn’t put much effort in searching the web for them. Mainly this was because I already own them, but mostly because it never occurred to me to do so…
Posted Mar 05, 2011 2 min read

Bird
It's a rainy Saturday afternoon which provides a perfect opportunity to render LEGO's monthly mini build with POV-Ray. Bird by SafePit, on Flickr
Posted Mar 05, 2011 1 min read

MGC Shuttered
It came to light that another Xbox 360 site is shuttering their doors: MyGamerCard.net. I was using an MGC gamer card on this site for years due to oddities with the official one from Xbox…
Posted Feb 26, 2011 1 min read

Watching the Guild
I recently stumbled across The Guild. Yes, I'm a few years behind, but I got hooked and am now on Season 4. Although I don't play MMO's, I can still relate from my RPG roots. The production value is excellent and writing is spot on. Worth a watch, even if you aren't a gaming nerd.
Posted Feb 23, 2011 1 min read

Easier Way to Update Album Artwork
After my long rant against WMP, I found a more elegant solution to my problem in iTunes. The answer was right under my nose, well touch-pad, so to speak. All I had to do was use the “Clear Album Artwork” option on my collection which removes the iTunes artwork, but not the embedded artwork…
Posted Feb 20, 2011 1 min read

February’s Program: Golf
This month’s program is a simple game of Golf. Although not overly exciting, it does show off a few ZX81 BASIC features. One oddity of the ZX81 is that π (pi) is built in, something I haven’t seen in other languages. In this case, it is used to calculate the direction of the golf ball…
Posted Feb 19, 2011 2 min read

Is WMP Dead and Other Music Adventures
So I picked up an Android phone this weekend and said to myself, “Hey, can I get music on this thing?” The answer, obviously, is yes. But, if you remember, I use iTunes and iPods. I bravely went off looking for iTunes to Android sync utilities…
Posted Feb 13, 2011 3 min read