Articles by Steven


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Favoring Icons
Iím slowing working through updating my site. Recently, I decided to update my icons. Iíve been using favorite icons for yearsófavicon.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
Iím trying to start of the new year by updating all my web sites. Iíve 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 was ho…
Posted Jan 02, 2016 3 min read

Decemberís Program: Monkey Maze
Time to close out the year with another classic remaking. Back in 1983, I decided to try my hand at recreating Nintendoís fan favorite: Donkey Kong. My version, cryptically called Monkey Maze, is Decemberís 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, Iím not done…
Posted Nov 30, 2015 1 min read

Novemberís Program: Dragonís Lair
One of my favorite video games as a kid was a rather unlikely one. It wasnít the coolest graphics or excellent control. It was about story and animation. It was, of course, Dragonís Lair. The odd laser disc game by famed animator Don Bluth…
Posted Nov 29, 2015 2 min read

Octoberís Program: The Haunting
It is Halloween and Octoberís 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 Iíd be challenged as this program of the month requires something I hadnít needed before. That something was sound. Fortun…
Posted Oct 31, 2015 4 min read

Septemberís 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 Marchís Program of the Month. For September, however, it is Input Twoís opportunity to shine. Input Two is a very different program though…
Posted Sep 20, 2015 2 min read

Encoding Update
Well, encoding issue is fixed. Sort of. After digging around I found that the routines in my CMS are forcing the use of ISO-8859-1 which makes it difficult to easily convert to UTF-8. It isnít impossible, but it isn't what I want to work on right now. Iím saving that exercise for another day. Inste…
Posted Aug 25, 2015 1 min read

A Lesson in Encoding
Iím currently working on a responsive HTML5 template for my website. As much as I like the old one, it is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. Five years of life is a pretty good run, but it is time to get with the modern world full of mobile devices and tablets…
Posted Aug 23, 2015 2 min read

Augustís Program: Canyon Raider
While reading through my old programming notebook last month, I wondered about using them on my website. From my earliest programming days, the notebook has a number of programs that never made it to my stack of printouts. Canyon Raider, Augustís program of the month, is one of those programs. A si…
Posted Aug 22, 2015 3 min read

How to Build a Site - Again
Iíve been using this theme and with the WebAPP CMS for a few years now. Unfortunately, it is getting a bit old in the tooth. Although mostly flat, which fits nicely with todayís designs, it isnít responsive. In fact, the original mobile version of the site was for the Palm Pilot. Really? So, Iíve s…
Posted Aug 20, 2015 2 min read

Julyís Program: A Story
Julyís program is indicative of the BASIC programs youíd find in early programming manuals. Most books start out with pretty basic commands such as PRINT and INPUT. A Story mimics these early programs in a creative way…
Posted Jul 23, 2015 2 min read

Juneís Program: Fly
Fly is a simple program that, in the end, is both baffling and intriguing. Looking at first like a simple shooter, it acts very differently then one and, if you donít know the rules, will make you crazy. Once you do know how to play, though, Fly becomes simple and repetitive…
Posted Jun 28, 2015 5 min read

Mayís Program: WIZERDRY
Okay, you may be wondering why there is a picture of an Apple II on a ZX81 site? Iíll start by saying that itís been a pretty busy May with lots of travel for both business and vacation. The picture is from the Smithsonian and it actually does relate to Mayís program of the month, Wizerdry…
Posted May 31, 2015 2 min read

Aprilís Program: RMS
Are there any D&D folks in the audience? Come on, you know who you are. Past or present doesnít matter, just if you know what Iím talking about. Why, you ask? Because RMS, Aprilís program of the month, will use your ZX81 to build monsters…
Posted Apr 29, 2015 4 min read

Marchís Program: Input One
Input One, Marchís program of the month, is a great example of the kind of simple and brute force programming of the 1980s. This was a time when computers had little memory and their users had to use simple BASIC programming to get things done…
Posted Mar 29, 2015 3 min read

Februaryís Program: Math Bash
At the one level, you can sum up most programs into three big groups: business, gaming, or educational. Most of my programs fit into one of these base categories. The standouts are generally the animation or demo programs that really have no distinct genre…
Posted Feb 22, 2015 5 min read

Januaryís Program: Comp. Talk
Mixing things up a bit, I thought Iíd start off the new year without a game program. Instead, Januaryís program is Computer Talk, or Comp. Talk for short. Comp. Talk is one of several educational programs I wrote for reasons Iím not entirely sure of…
Posted Jan 24, 2015 2 min read

Decemberís Program: V Water Battle
As 2014 comes to a close, I wanted to end the year with an original program of the month. For December, that program is V Water Battle, an action game from 1984. For some reason, the title screen I created said designed instead of wrote but I did both. I was an odd duck in 1984…
Posted Dec 29, 2014 3 min read