I have now created a simple chat program in BASIC for the ZX Spectrum which connects to my prototype chat service. Continue reading
Now it is time to create some simple BASIC code to connect up to the service. I have created a test feature on the service which I will use initially.
Using a modified version of the example code from the Spectranet site I managed to access the service: Continue reading
The TNFS server is the file server for the Spectranet, previously I trialled the Linux version which was very easy to setup, now however I am going to setup my permanent one. Continue reading
So a few days ago I set about the (I thought) easy task of creating an Internet based service for the ZX Spectrum to consume. Starting with plain C (This is a Retro Challenge though in truth anyone that knows me would know I prefer C to C++ anyway). Continue reading
Before I get going the Spectrum I was using was fitted into a Dk’tronics aftermarket case but the board inside seemed too far away for the Spectranet (or any other expansion board) to plug in snugly. Continue reading
A simple Wi-Fi upgrade:
You will need: Continue reading
After experimenting with various vintage devices for mobile blogging, I developed a Windows app that allowed these devices to ‘print’ directly into a Windows application like Wordpad for example.
This was working fine until, I tried it with a Z88 using a later version of it’s operating system (OZ 4.2). It seems when you print it is incapable of printing a space. Continue reading
The ZX81, this is where it all started for me.
While at school (yes Chris, a very long time ago) the ZX81 was offered as a prize (can’t remember what for) and was on display running some simple
10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 GO TO 10
BASIC code, not quite as crude as that but on similar lines.
Anyway I decided I wanted a computer, (not sure why as up till then all I really coveted was LED calculators and watches). I didn’t win the ZX81 from school but eventually convinced my Parents to get me a brand new ZX81 for my birthday.
I never owned a BBC back in the day but I used to work with them both repairing them, and using them.
Now I have had some time learning about the MOS and BASIC on this system I can liken the BBC to how some cars are built around the driver, the BBC is built around the programmer. I can now remember why I enjoyed programming so much when I started out! (Years of PC and Windows development has dampened the enjoyment that was there unfortunately).
As an aside, Mobile and HTML5 development has certainly improved on the enjoyment factor.