Articles by Steven


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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 b…
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 con…
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

Panda Puzzle from 1975
I was reading this article from Brickset about a scanned Bricks and Pieces No. 2 from Spring '75. It was an interesting read and a fun look into LEGO's past. I especially liked the "What is it?" article, a puzzle of instructions laid out in layers…
Posted Feb 03, 2011 1 min read

Quoting Quotes
Last night I happened to notice that my last blog post didn’t look quite right when viewed in an RSS reader. Come to find out, it appears that the code that converts the UBBC tags wasn’t undoing a quote conversion earlier in the code…
Posted Jan 31, 2011 1 min read

Major ZX81 Updates
A few things have changed over the list eight years. As I wind down the use of my ZX81 site, incorporating it my main one, much of below is invalid. That doesn’t mean that changes weren’t important at the time. Ideas come and go, and it is good to remember where we came from…
Posted Jan 26, 2011 1 min read

New ZX81 Programs Section
I’ve added a new ZX81 Programs section that lists all of my ZX81 programs available so far. The list includes the name, a brief synopsis, and options to list or run the program as available. I still need to add a more complete description option…
Posted Jan 23, 2011 1 min read

January’s Program: Water Bug II
I did it! After a lot of recording, cleaning, and tweaking I was finally able to get Water Bug II loaded! Hit the link, wait for it to load, then hit enter to give it a whirl. Then use the 5, 6, 7, and 8 keys to move (left, down, up, right) just as they are on the ZX81 keyboard. Water Bug II was a…
Posted Jan 22, 2011 2 min read

Slow Going
I really meant to have a number of my programs converted this month. I found a tape player and have been trying to load my ZX81 programs off the original tapes; however, I keep running into a problems. I’m not sure if it is my microphone, the recording software, or my emulator…
Posted Jan 21, 2011 1 min read

Polar Bears
A more interesting scene using the Polar Bear from January 2011 Monthly Mini Build. Polar Bears by Steven Reid, on Flickr
Posted Jan 11, 2011 1 min read