My ZX Spectrum IDE
I have decided to take part again in the Retrochallenge.
This time I have decided to set myself the challenge of writing a game for the ZX Spectrum in BASIC. I will use the ZX Spectrum itself to develop with and the only new tech I will use will be a network interface that plugs into the back of the Spectrum allowing me to quickly save and load my BASIC code.
The finished article will then be made available as a type-in listing, and possibly cassette
With the renewed interest in the ZX Spectrum thanks to the recently crowdfunded Spectrum Vega it helped swing my decision as to which system to choose for this challenge.
The standard Macintosh Classic board only has two values of Capacitors, most are 47uF but there is a small one C3 that I have been asked to get the value of which is 1uF.
Macintosh Classic C3 Cap
Please see this article for further information on Macintosh Classic Logic board repair.
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
Anyone that follows the retro computing scene on twitter has probably come across the Retrochallenge, I have decided to take part after purchasing a Spectranet network card for the ZX Spectrum at the Silicon Dreams 2013 weekend at Snibston the start of this month. 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