Monday, September 25, 2023
This is a videogame I wrote in 1985. I thought that it was lost forever. I had given away my Timex Sinclair stuff to my cousin when I moved to Utah in 1993. I wish that I had kept it. She said that eventually the computer died.
I contacted the website manager and asked him to look out for the game. He not only found a copy but sent me the tape from 38 years ago!
He made a downloadable online version. I tried to run it using an emulator. With the emulator, I was having trouble getting the controls to work.
The Atari ST version I wrote in 1986 looks better but is essentially the same game. I have a copy of this, but no hardware to run it on.
I made money on this stuff in the mid-1980s but eventually had to get a real job.
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
I ordered this computer four weeks ago today. They claimed that they were offering a guaranteed on time delivery of a week ago.
Monday, September 18, 2023
Saturday, September 16, 2023
I don't recommend watching more than a minute.
This video brings back memories. There was an editor war among computer programmers in the late 1980s and 1990s. Two of the factions were "VI" and "Emacs". I heard plenty of arguments for both. I was forced to learn "VI" on the job in 1988, which is so complex that I wouldn't recommend anyone try to learn it. However, once I got past the learning curve, I really liked it and I still use it.
The problem is that these editors are complex systems with many powerful features that are difficult to learn. You can write code that changes how the editors work. They were born out of a previous era where graphical user interfaces didn't exist, but programmers still wanted powerful editing features. However, if all you wanted to do was edit text, these editors were overkill by a very wide margin.
Thanks to modern graphical user interfaces, there are editors that are simple to use, like Visual Studio Code, which still have all the features a computer programmer could want.
Friday, September 15, 2023
Monday, September 11, 2023
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Realistically, the amount of hardware needed to make this work is not going to fit in an unobtrusive pair of glasses. Not in this decade. Maybe in the next one.