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  • Ye gods! A 21-year-old emulator for Windows 95. Still, if it works, it's doing better than I am with ZEsarUX at the moment, and it'll see me thorough the 1984 SU listings.

    And in even bigger news: the Sinclair User archives for 1982 and 1983 are now complete!

    Sinclair User, issue 9, September 1982
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8209-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Cats (from Spectrumtalk Primer) - 16K Spectrum - text, original ZX81 .p file and Spectrum .tap
    - Nimo (from Learning To Program The Spectrum Way) - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8209-complete.zip

    Sinclair User Annual 1983
    I have added no listings to this, but have compiled the complete archive as the "missing" programs were reprints from Sinclair Programs and were not indexed on the Sinclair User page.
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8300-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 18, September 1983
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8309-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Character Set - 48K Spectrum - text and .tap
    - Mortgage - 48K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8309-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 19, October 1983
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8310-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Attack - 16K Spectrum (erroneously given as 16K ZX81 in the text) - text and .tap
    - Word Puzzle - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8310-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 20, November 1983
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8311-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Dam Buster - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    - Refuelling - 16K Spectrum - text and .tzx (with original Issue 2 and altered Issue 3 keyboard versions)
    - Character Enlarger - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    - Snake - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8311-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 21, December 1983
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8312-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Dominoes - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    - Kaleidoscope Titles - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    - Program Protector - 16K Spectrum (but utterly non-functional) - text (with explanation of non-functional status) and .tap (which will load but not run!)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8312-complete.zip

    Sinclair User Annual 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8400-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Robot Hunt - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8400-complete.zip


    Onwards to the 1984 issues, and the first attempt at a QL listing!
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  • I used QLayW for typing-in QL program listings, with these settings in qlay.rc.
    (which I used...)

    Perkele!

    "RSXNT
    Exception at 0x00408495
    Application got signal SIGILL"

    I am going to assume that's something to do with me trying to run a Windows 95 program on Windows 7. However, the DOS version is working in DOSBox, so I'll see what I can do with that for now, even if a DOSBox window is annoyingly small. Now all I have to do is work out how to use a QL...

    ...what I'm expecting for the QL listings is something in SuperBASIC, which I can save to a .mdv file that can then be used in any QL emulator going, exactly the same way as I'd make a tape image for the Spectrum. .P for the ZX81 and .O for the ZX80. I hope it is not going to be unduly difficult...
  • edited April 12
    While "Tornado Finger Dopethrone" did a whole tape again i had a little struggel with
    SP8507w033_april12_2020.7z

    i made a new file for the Sinclair Programs week 33 yet i did NOT yet do any ZX 81.
    PAGE     PROG                 DONE (V)
    p22 zxsp treasure trail       V
    p23 zx81 horror house
    p25 zx81 emergency
    p26 zxsp the duel             V
    p32 zxsp dexam                V
    p33 zx81 bat 'n' ball
    p34 zxsp pestspray            V
    p34 zx81 risk                 V  .p file only
    p35 zxsp survival             V
    p35 zx81 sniper 81
    p36 zx81 championship golf 
    P38 ZX81 BUTTON
    p39 zxsp ghostchase MC part   V
    p40 zxsp ghostchase Basic     V - still bugged
    p42 zxsp drop a block         V
    p44 zxsp nibbler              V
    p52 zxsp micky's minefield    V
    p52 zxsp cruncher muncher     V
    p53 zxsp Frogger Jr           V
    p53 zxsp CanCan               V
    p54 zxsp seb coe              V + repair line 2050 in 2051
    p54 zx81 argon lander
    p56 zx81 carnival
    p56 zx81 big track
    p57 zxsp snails               V
    p57 zxsp Landscape of Fear    V + bad print guessed line 45  " THEN LET H=S" , ,line 46 bad print guessed "GOTO 6" since that says 'LET S=0'
    
    this means only a single ZX81 is done for this issue

    I do have wine installed etc, but i was 'distracted' by eg Max Headroom , and i CANT play it apperently since i am still stuck on the same floor....

    But the spectrum files of this issue are done , wel, except for making " Ghost Chase" BUG FREE!
    Severall 'go subs' should be 'go to' . thats a little game for it self.

    the prog "Seb Coe" defenitely has a EDITOR BUG ... so while preparing it for the magazine some lines were mixed up very much in LINE 2050.
    Its impossible to ENTER this line in the current state so i put a REM infront and made a LINE 2051 to correct the program.


    EDIT
    ps for the question on the paralel tread of 8 march on SpecComp, i hardly come around there but i only am buzy with this issue and not of august nor sept 85. yet the Ghost Chaser prog is a two issue tutorial, so i should take them as one story, i gues, thats all.
    Post edited by Crisis on
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  • The sudden ending of Sinclair Programs makes me think about how and why.
    Probably it started as a hobby magazine and they produced quite a lot of listings in a rather short time.Of course for the ZX80/81 at first. But Just before the 128 they went down. Thats a pitty, but maybe they did not check themselves good enough or it was a sudden daily job with few payment back.
    There are several bad prints, ok, but realy bad editing and realy bugged programs is not a advertisemnet for a next issue to buy, especialy if there is hardly any rectification, as far as i saw.
    I am not sure if it was a sudden down, but it feels like that. So now i wonder what they still had on the shelfs for the next issue, to be issue 36.
    Where people disapointed about program failliours or was it that SP was grown out of proportion?
    my old website http://home.hccnet.nl/c.born/ has changed to http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/ so just click it and select a file
  • Rush albums of varying quality (Hold Your Fire is up next!) have been fuelling the Tornado Fingers (which don't make too many mistakes!) but Queen might be more appropriate at the moment. "Somehow, I have to make this final Breakthru... NOW!"

    And I have. I tried QLAYW on a 21-year-old laptop running Windows 2000, and it gave the same error as it did when trying it on the current PC with Windows 7, so it's not the operating system that's at fault. Good old DOSBox, though, has come to the rescue - QLAY's manual says it needs a 386 (at, what, 25 MHz or so?) with 4MB memory to run well; DOSBox, from what I gather, emulates a high-end 486 DX2 at about 66 MHz. I've cracked the microdrive problems I had last night as well. So, running an emulator within an emulator, I'm getting what looks to be a decent QL experience, with only the small frustration of not being able to resize the window to 200%. Thunderbirds, it would seem, are go.

    As for Sinclair Programs, I reckon it ended because the thrill of typing in your own programs had ended for everyone but the original hobbyist-type-user (i.e. someone who bought a ZX80 kit as soon as it was launched and had it all soldered together in one afternoon) by that time. Bad editing was everywhere - I've left a particularly pointed message to the editors of Sinclair User at the end of 1983 in the text file for Program Protector in the December 1983 issue. They ran a program that was designed to scramble all the numbers in a BASIC listing, then LLISTed it AFTER running it and printed the scrambled version of the scrambler program - and nobody noticed until it had been published! What a bunch of utter brainlets. There were no follow-up letters in the next four issues, either, so it must have gone unnoticed. I'll bet the author - from Yugoslavia, as was (Slovenia, now) - was chuffed to bits to get his program published in a Western magazine, and then kicked a parked Zastava in frustration when the published version was completely unusable.

    And as you'll see, djnzx48 at t'other forum is working on the September 1985 issue of Sinclair Programs, so you'll not have to concern yourself with that one.
  • Ah, I remember typing in programs from ZX Computing whilst playing Signals...
    I wanna tell you a story 'bout a woman I know...
  • I've been typing in a "forgotten" listing (i.e. it wasn't indexed) from March 1984... to the sound of Presto (for the wall of text about the User of the Month and his work as a probation officer) and Roll The Bones (for the program).

    STOP TRYING TO RAP, GEDDY. IT DOESN'T SUIT YOU. YOU'RE A CANUCK FROM SUBURBAN TORONTO, NOT A "GANGSTA FROM THE 'HOOD".
  • I've been typing in a "forgotten" listing (i.e. it wasn't indexed) from March 1984... to the sound of Presto (for the wall of text about the User of the Month and his work as a probation officer) and Roll The Bones (for the program).

    STOP TRYING TO RAP, GEDDY. IT DOESN'T SUIT YOU. YOU'RE A CANUCK FROM SUBURBAN TORONTO, NOT A "GANGSTA FROM THE 'HOOD".

    Was it actually Geddy? I thought it was Neil...
    I wanna tell you a story 'bout a woman I know...
  • I've been typing in a "forgotten" listing (i.e. it wasn't indexed) from March 1984... to the sound of Presto (for the wall of text about the User of the Month and his work as a probation officer) and Roll The Bones (for the program).

    STOP TRYING TO RAP, GEDDY. IT DOESN'T SUIT YOU. YOU'RE A CANUCK FROM SUBURBAN TORONTO, NOT A "GANGSTA FROM THE 'HOOD".

    Was it actually Geddy? I thought it was Neil...
    Just googled it , it was Geddy...
    I wanna tell you a story 'bout a woman I know...
  • my old website http://home.hccnet.nl/c.born/ has changed to http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/ so just click it and select a file
  • Some QL programs which I typed in:

    Cubecrawler (Big K)
    Javelin, Nowotnik Puzzle, One Day Cricket, QL Racer, Santa's Dilemma (ZX Computing)

    I also converted the four bundled programs for YRUA?:

    http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/ql_user.htm

    http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~jg27paw4/yr03/yr03_q2.htm
  • Right, I'll have to look out for those when (if!) I get onto the ZX Computing listings.

    I have just typed in my first proper QL listing - a memory monitor program from the September 1984 issue of Sinclair User which is unindexed on TTFn (so I might have missed it!), which if anything is getting me used to the way it works ("I learned something today..." - REM, SEL and DEF PROC are acceptable type in and the lower-case letters will be automatically added). I'm just now getting the emulated microdrive to do what I want it to do, and all will be good. The 1984 listings will be complete by tomorrow evening, probably.

    And I'm already thinking of some Spectrum graphics programs I could convert for the QL...
  • I've added the QL BASIC Monitor Program from SU Sep'84 (pages 95/96) into the TTFN index and incremented the listed count.
  • Top banana. If I type in any programs that are unlisted, I'll make sure to show it when I'm posting the links here. There are, by the looks of things, some in Sinclair User that were not part of Program Printout or the Starter Pack - some are indexed and have been typed in, some are indexed and have not been typed in (until I get to them), some are unindexed. If I see an unindexed listing that I think is worth typing in, I'll do it.

    One that's certainly also unindexed so far is Football Tables, from the "On Probation" / User Of The Month feature in March 1984. I've typed this in and it'll be in the next update. It even plays the theme tune from Match Of The Day in a series of BEEP statements. No READ the lengths and pitches from a DATA statement for this author...

    Also, Counting Cats from July 1984 is "a bit broken", if not terminally, and may or may not be a strikethrough.

    I'm making my way through the December 1984 issue at the moment. The Nim listing for the QL is done and dusted (and I've already worked out which of the SuperBasic commands needed correction), just two more to go from that issue (one long one) and one (which might also be long) from the SU 1985 Annual. And then I'll post the update! That should be tomorrow evening.
    Post edited by The Mighty Dopethrone on
  • edited April 14
    Well, i cant type fast. i have ZEsarUX and its at 42 to 65 % cpu, and when i open firefoz it hit the roof
    but i have a quad 3.3 ghz, so what 42% ????
    but it hits if firefox comes in...
    i type TO FAST and then i mis eg the 0 of line 605, makeing 65 AGAIN.....
    i though debian-10 would be it, but i have to REconcider something here....
    i bet you emulate your 81 on a spectrum , just to be that fast
    Post edited by Crisis on
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  • All together now: "We bought it to help with your homework, and the household accounts..." the latter of which is actually contained in this update (see the November issue) which means Sinclair User's listings are complete to the end of 1984.

    Sinclair User, issue 22, January 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8401-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - The Machine Code Way to More Interesting Sounds - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8401-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 24, March 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8403-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Football Tables (from "On Probation" feature) - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap - note this is NOT INDEXED
    Complete archive of all indexed programs, and the above:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8403-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 25, April 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8404-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Artificial Intelligence, Part 1 - text and 2×.tap (one for the damaged original and one for the fixed version)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (inc. Artificial Intelligence part 2):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8404-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 28, July 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8407-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Artificial Intelligence, Part 2 - text and .tap
    - Counting Cats - text and .tap (it's not a "strikethrough" but has its problems)
    - Conversion - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (inc. Artificial Intelligence part 1):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8407-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 29, August 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8408-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Character - text and .tap
    - Spirals - text and .tap
    - Line Graph - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (inc. Animation parts 1 and 2 from WOS):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8408-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 30, September 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8409-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - QL Monitor - text and .mdv - note this is NOT INDEXED
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8409-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 32, November 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8411-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Password - text and .tap
    - Home Accounts - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (inc. Animation parts 1 and 2 from WOS):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8411-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 33, December 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8412-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Nim (QL) - text and .mdv
    - The Sweet Game - text and .tap
    - ZX Condenser (Characters/Multipitch) - text and 2×.tap (one each for 16K and 48K versions)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (inc. Animation parts 1 and 2 from WOS):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8412-complete.zip

    Sinclair User Annual 1985
    I have added no program listings to this, but have compiled the complete archive - i.e. the new listings from Program Printout which were in the existing SU8500.zip archive, plus Artificial Intelligence that was hosted on WOS, plus the Starter Pack listings which were reprints from issues throughout 1984.
    - But I *have* added the accompanying .txt file from Artificial Intelligence, as WOS hosted it without its instructions.
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8500-complete.zip

    Hey, hey, 16K, what does that get you today? You need more than that for the accompanying text files for ZX Condenser, which is 17,342 bytes... yes, plain text saved in .txt form, not Open/LibreOffice's .odt, or the Microsoft alternative, or anything else out there...
  • edited April 14

    Sinclair User, issue 22, January 1984
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8401-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - The Machine Code Way to More Interesting Sounds - 16K Spectrum - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8401-complete.zip

    i think i am gonna do some thing else then typin now
    thanks for another great update

    edit
    its actualy a small 'mc-code crash course' or some.
    So CALL 949. ok,who will anser that number??
    i can hear it ring now
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  • I am also going have a few experiments with that machine code routine - seeing as it's explained what it does, it shouldn't be too hard to alter it. And as I can write the assembler as-is and paste it into Spin, it shouldn't be too hard to get it working, either. All I need to find out is what value in HL corresponds to what pitch, and what value in DE corresponds to what duration... and we're there. Finally, some machine code I can understand!

    Annoyingly, I'm now having a few troubles with a QL listing... though some of it is the timing of the emulator which appears to be running far too fast, except it's fine for everything else.
  • I am also going have a few experiments with that machine code routine - seeing as it's explained what it does, it shouldn't be too hard to alter it. And as I can write the assembler as-is and paste it into Spin, it shouldn't be too hard to get it working, either. All I need to find out is what value in HL corresponds to what pitch, and what value in DE corresponds to what duration... and we're there. Finally, some machine code I can understand!

    Annoyingly, I'm now having a few troubles with a QL listing... though some of it is the timing of the emulator which appears to be running far too fast, except it's fine for everything else.

    I have a look for QL, i sat biside one for hours, while the father of Rene was trying to force his acount on a cardrige. I think it worked finaly and he was glad some one was just sitting there and understandig his struggle.
    time to aproach ?? I multi task like a computer, one by one, but i aint that fast ;-(
    my old website http://home.hccnet.nl/c.born/ has changed to http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/ so just click it and select a file
  • I multi-task like a computer running Windows, i.e. not at all.

    I've had a break from typing in other people's programs (and discovering two further unindexed QL listings) to make a couple more new character sets (which are effectively loads and loads of UDGs). I'll get back to it soon enough as I'm done up to October 1985 and I'm nearly in a position to post more links.
  • I got aZX81 now, finally. I did not yet update the bigger file from Sinclair Programs_w33, so a preview on horrorhouse.zsf,
    I think its correct but the ZX81 is different, like only 1 statement per line and the 6 byte CODE in the REM is a fast 'screen fill' as far as i understand and with poke adres,30 its set to SPACES. its difficult to play but the emulatorused for it is very much refreshing every slow step, so on a modern computer it might work faster.
    my old website http://home.hccnet.nl/c.born/ has changed to http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/ so just click it and select a file
  • Meanwhile, here's the latest missions from djnzx48 on t'other forum. Don't know if he ever posts here, but I figured it was worth sharing.
    I forgot to upload these earlier, but here are the missing programs from the Sinclair Programs September 1985 issue. I did make a minor adjustment to one of the programs - the explosion subroutine was missing from 'Seaside Bomb', so I added instead a single RETURN statement on line 350. Also, I didn't write out the entire explanation for the program.

    Sinclair Programs Sep'85 - djnzx48's contributions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18GdxY48tX_qModR7qwkamwZ0cgktjl7q/view

    Complete listings for the issue:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XM5-R3mRJt9YEfGejAaxXPwdvmTt6nnz/view


    As I say, I'll have more coming soon...
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  • And here's the latest batch.

    It came to my attention when I was midway through the 1984 Sinclair User listings that some of those not hosted on The Type Fantastic were hosted on World of Spectrum, and probably also on ZXDB (where there's a project to find some unlisted titles). Some of these were... quite long, such as the Artificial Intelligence program from the 1985 Annual, and that saved me quite a bit of typing. Some of the WOS-hosted type-ins don't have accompanying text files, so where I've found that, I've typed the text and packaged it with the .tap or .tzx from WOS. If both text and tape are provided, I've merely renamed both with the standard Type Fantastic naming scheme. It looks like there wasn't quite the communication between databases that there could have been... but either way, the project to get Sinclair User's listings fully complete continues, and everything up to the end of the 1985 magazines is now done.

    Yet to be done, other than the last few listings for the 1986 magazines, is the 1986 Annual, issued at the end of 1985 (hence why I can't say "1985 is complete"). There are only three listings in it, a Spectrum program which has been typed in, an enormous QL listing which hasn't (that's the next project, oh joy to the world), and... another QL listing which contains no line numbers and appears to be a ton of PROCedures used to improve QL-Archive. I have no idea how I would type this last one in - do I need to go into Archive and do it there?

    Also, throughout all these uploads, I've (mostly) been referring to the programs using the title given on the magazine page, which is ever more likely to be the title given in italics on the TTFn page, rather than the title with the link... be aware of that, especially if the title has so far been UNINDEXED. I've found four of those, all QL listings.

    Sinclair User, issue 34, January 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8501-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - QooL Graphics (QL) - text and .mdv
    - Touch Line Plan 32 - text and .tap
    - Easy Draw - text only, to accompany the .tzx hosted on WOS
    - Slime - text only, to accompany the .tzx hosted on WOS
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (including those hosted on WOS):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8501-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 35, February 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8502-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Morse Code - text and .tap (containing a de-modified version of the .z80 snapshot held on WOS for 24 years)
    - Love Is... a.k.a. Rosaline - text and .tap
    Complete archive of all indexed programs (including those hosted on WOS):
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8502-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 36, March 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8503-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - QL Characters - text and .mdv (which was also going to contain an example of a redefined QL character set, but doesn't - I've had the program working, but I don't understand enough about the CSIZE command yet, or whether the stated bug in the ROM was ever worked out, to get the new character set displayed...)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8503-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 37, April 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8504-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Inferno (QL) - text and .mdv - this is what QL type-ins are all about, if you ask me
    "Builder" and "Plotting The Right Changes" are both hosted on WOS, with text, contributed by Clive-only-knows-who (i.e. not me), but I've included these in the complete archive.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs, including the two from WOS:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8504-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 38, May 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8505-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Gossamer (QL) - text and .mdv
    - The Sound of Music a.k.a. DoReMi (QL) - text and .mdv - the reason I made that Spectrum note-graphics package...
    - Gunfight - text only (.tzx from WOS)
    "Golf Club" is hosted on WOS with the text file and didn't need my effort.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs, including the two from WOS:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8505-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 39, June 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8506-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Brainbox a.k.a. Countdown (QL) - text and .mdv
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8506-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 40, July 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8507-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Scribe (QL) - text and .mdv
    - Vignere Cipher - text only (.tzx obtained from WOS)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8507-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 41, August 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8508-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Tower of Brahma a.k.a. Slipped Discs (QL) - text and .mdv, UNLISTED ON TYPE FANTASTIC
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8508-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 42, September 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8509-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - The Snake, a.k.a. Stuffed Mushrooms (QL) - text and .mdv, UNLISTED ON TYPE FANTASTIC
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8509-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 43, October 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8510-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Function Fit (QL) - text and .mdv
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8510-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 44, November 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8511-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Connect 4 (QL) - text and .mdv, UNLISTED ON TYPE FANTASTIC and unfortunately a bit bugged, though probably not enough for a strikethrough
    - Bombs Away (QL) - text and .mdv, UNLISTED ON TYPE FANTASTIC
    - Blaster - text only (.tzx is on WOS)
    - also corrected the filenames of the .tap and .z80 files, which referenced issue 42 in September 1985.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs, including the one on WOS:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8511-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 45, December 1985
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8511-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Kingfisher - text only (TZX is on WOS)
    - QL Screen Dump - text (containing machine code listing) and .mdv
    "Fire Kracker", "Power Paint" and "Body Blow" have all been sourced from WOS, including both the text and tape. The latter two are packaged with .bas files as well.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs, including those on WOS:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8512-complete.zip


    So it's effectively one listing to go for 1985, maybe two if I can work out what to do for the Database Diary. This remaining listing is the QL Graphics Toolkit, and I'm looking forward to the results of what will be a very lengthy typing job!
    Post edited by The Mighty Dopethrone on
  • Also, throughout all these uploads, I've (mostly) been referring to the programs using the title given on the magazine page, which is ever more likely to be the title given in italics on the TTFn page, rather than the title with the link... be aware of that, especially if the title has so far been UNINDEXED. I've found four of those, all QL listings.

    TTFn always gives precedence to the program title assigned by the author, usually from the startup screen in the listing (most type-ins didn't have loading screens as such). Any other title assigned by the magazine's editor - often just to avoid trademark conflicts with commercial software, or with humorous intent - is treated as a secondary identification and is not used for sorting lists or in file names. Contributions not following this convention will have the titles switched around as appropriate to conform with the general rule.

    Very much thanks to all contributing to the explosion in type-in activity. I'll grab everything done so far when there's a convenient lull. My first priority is to finish off all of the programs uploaded in the last update, as many of them had not been converted into a runable form. This has an indeterminate ETA of "sometime this year" as I've been in & out of various hospitals for most of this year so far and am presently waiting for a discharge agreement to get me back home again.
  • TTFn always gives precedence to the program title assigned by the author, usually from the startup screen in the listing (most type-ins didn't have loading screens as such). Any other title assigned by the magazine's editor - often just to avoid trademark conflicts with commercial software, or with humorous intent - is treated as a secondary identification and is not used for sorting lists or in file names. Contributions not following this convention will have the titles switched around as appropriate to conform with the general rule.

    Right. Some of the filenames are going to need fixing, then... though the so-far-unindexed QL listings, I've used the author's title... just not for most of the rest.
    Very much thanks to all contributing to the explosion in type-in activity. I'll grab everything done so far when there's a convenient lull. My first priority is to finish off all of the programs uploaded in the last update, as many of them had not been converted into a runable form. This has an indeterminate ETA of "sometime this year" as I've been in & out of various hospitals for most of this year so far and am presently waiting for a discharge agreement to get me back home again.

    Gotcha. In effect I'm trying to leave you as little work as possible to get it all up and running. I've got an idea why you're in the wars, mainly from the wording of that last update, and if it's what I think it is, I know someone with the same affliction and it is anything but pleasant. Meanwhile, the links will remain on this thread for as long as is necessary for all to see. Hang in there and earn as many corned beef sandwiches as I'm doing.

    What exactly is this "not in a runnable form"? Are these strikethrough-ruined listings, or .bas files? If it's the latter, send them my way, I'll have them turned into tape files in no time at all. Use of BASin and .bas files is how I've been blitzing through the Spectrum listings, and as long as everything works well there I can convert that to .z80 in BASin, load that into Spectaculator, save it as a .tap and we're done.

    I am, right now, about a third of the way through the professionally-written QL Graphics listing in the 1986 Annual. This has taken around 56 minutes, which I know as it's the length of Moonsorrow's still-mesmerisingly-brilliant Viides Luku: Hävitetty that's been serenading me through this latest typing session. Plugging the Mac keyboard in, rather than the clunky old full-size-keys HP keyboard, has certainly helped the fingers be a fair bit more "tornado", as Crisis puts it. So, two more hours to go on that one, and I'm trying to be as careful with the typing as possible as I go. My fanatical eye for errors does not often let me down. That QL machine code listing for
    December? I got that spot on first time. Sometimes I even surprise myself.
  • Point 1: I see a mistake above which I can't correct as it's too late. Here's the URL for my contributions to the December 1985 issue of Sinclair User:

    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8512-april2020.zip

    And now, here's the QL Graphics Toolkit from the 1986 Sinclair User Annual. I spent some of yesterday evening and all this morning typing it in, and the rest of the day scouring the enormous listing wondering why one of its features steadfastly refused to stop failing.

    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8600-QLGraphicsToolkit-april2020.zip

    I have checked the listing for consistency with what I typed three times, and there are no mistakes. The on-screen editor is at fault, whether it's used to edit segments or frame. It will work as intended, right up until the point that space is pressed to fix a point in place, whereupon it will fail with "At line 6440 error in expression". The line works fine during the loop, it's only when space is pressed to break out of the loop that it becomes a problem as something has filled the variables with * characters. I can find absolutely no reason why this should be the case and I am utterly stumped as to what has caused the problem. I've checked the letters pages for the first four issues of 1986 to see if there were any corrections, but there weren't, and I've tried it with the JM and JS ROMs to see if there was some kind of bug in one of them, but it made no difference.
    Maybe this listing wasn't quite the finished version, and anyone who sent a microdrive cartridge to Talent Software received a corrected version? We will probably never know.

    What this program does do is everything else it's supposed to, i.e. it will draw fractals on screen as intended, and it is possible to edit the frames and segments with data points. In my notes with the text file, I've included the points on how to turn frame 10 into a five-pointed star.

    Give it a go, and if there are any experienced QL users, have a crack at repairing the program. It might be simple to fix, it might not. I have reached my current talent wall with the long black box.
  • Is anyone having a working business lunch? Does anyone have access to Dr. Emmett Brown's time machine to have that working business lunch 35 years ago? If so, great news! I've just made your favourite database program far easier to use.

    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8600-DatabaseDiary-april2020.zip

    I worked out what I was supposed to be doing with QL Archive, and I've typed in the four Archive-procedure-listings, making corrections where there were some catastrophic line-feed and spacing errors. As I don't know how to design an opening database screen I can't make the "repcall" file needed to make this series of listings work as they should, but after the error corrections I've been through all four listings with a fine-toothed comb, designed for removing fleas from dogs.

    And that means...

    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8600-complete.zip

    Sinclair User's Type Fantastic listings are officially complete to the end of 1985!

    Also, the QL listings for Sinclair User are all done!

    It's been a strangely rewarding experience, connecting with one of the machines from the Sinclair empire that had eluded me for 36 years. Maybe I'll have a crack with the Z88 now? Then again, I know there are still plenty of QL listings I could type in from Popular Computing Weekly (or was it Your Computer?), but I think that can wait a while!

    Do grab yourselves a copy of QLAY for DOS, use the settings I've recommended and play Inferno. As magazine type-ins go that move the QL ahead of the ZX81 graphically (and I suppose Sinclair Research didn't consider UDGs to be a priority on the QL), a winner is this one.
  • This is it, people, the end of the line for Sinclair User's program listings. There wasn't a lot left for me to do.

    February, March, May, August, September and October 1986 were already complete, as were all the listings from February to June 1987, which was the last issue with a type-in listing. April 1987 did not contain one.

    In June and July 1986, the only program was the two-part Adventure Builder, absent from TTFn but hosted on WOS since December 2011, typed by Richard Bos, who is a thoroughly diamond geezer, and has earned a year's supply of corned beef sandwiches. I wasn't looking forward to tackling this one (even if the final product may one day be useful)...
    https://www.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/utils/AdventureBuilder.tzx.zip

    The January 1987 issue contains a single program - Crisis at Christmas - hosted on TTFn as a Z80 snapshot. WOS hosts this as a tape, where is it otherwise known as "The White Door".
    https://www.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/games/c/CrisisAtChristmas.tap.zip

    These, I think, should be linked to from TTFn or hosted there.


    Here's what I did for this final update.

    Sinclair User, issue 46, January 1986
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8601w046107Adventurer!.txt
    I have added:
    - Adventurer! - text only (TZX is on WOS) - and that's all that was needed!
    "Washing Line" , text and tape, was sourced from WOS.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8601-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 49, April 1986
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046099DeathDuel.txt
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046101SlopSlap.txt
    I have added:
    - Death Duel - text only
    - Slop-Slap (a.k.a. Halls of Slime, Crypts of Slime or Slap-Slop - take your pick) - text only
    Both tapes were sourced from WOS and have been there some time.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 56, November 1986
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8611-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Mouse AI - text only (.tzx was on WOS with no text)
    - Axe Hero - text and .tap, would you believe! Even WOS didn't have this one.
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8611-complete.zip

    Sinclair User, issue 57, December 1986
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8612-april2020.zip
    I have added:
    - Morse (a.k.a. SOS Distress) - text only (.tzx was on WOS with no text)
    - Font Designer (a.k.a. Back To Font) - text only (as above)
    - Tree Builder - text only (as above)
    Complete archive of all indexed programs:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8612-complete.zip


    THE TYPE FANTASTIC ARCHIVES FOR SINCLAIR USER - ZX80, ZX81, SPECTRUM AND QL - ARE COMPLETE.

    And by that I mean, all the indexed programs - which, now that I've filled in a few gaps where some QL listings went astray - are now typed in and archived, either on TTFn, here (via my webspace) or on WOS (which is one link above, that I haven't duplicated). ZXDB will probably hold everything listed on TTFn and WOS as well, with the probable exception of the QL listings.

    I've also updated the archives where I found some mistakes, or where I'd used the magazine title rather than the programmer's title. These have all been corrected, and they are:
    September 1982;
    January, November, December 1984;
    February, May, June 1985.

    I might go back and hunt for some more programs from outside Program Printout and the Starter Pack in the early issues (up to, say, the end of 1984) in case there's anything else that's worth it - but for now, I think I need to have a break.

    OVER TO YOU LOT.

    I've added up everything I've done. I've accounted for some early entries having multiple programs, e.g. "Six Of The Best" in ZX Computing, but I've treated a machine code loader and its corresponding final program as a single contribution as one cannot exist without the other. And looking at that, once Jim is finally able to update the Type Fantastic, I should be credited for 97 text files (some of which already had the programs typed in, mainly these late Sinclair Users) and 93 program files (.Ps, .TAPs, a .TZX or two and some .MDVs for the QL). With that, I will go rocketing up to fourth place in the Hall Of Good Eggs... and the next two places immediately above are within sight. But I don't intend to have it all my own way and I'm not sure my fingers will take much more punishment for a while. Paul Farrow is way off into the distance at the top, I'm not going to chase his record, it'd be like bowling in the County Championship Second Division and having designs on taking more Test wickets than Muttiah Muralitharan.

    So, who's going to take up the gauntlet for a while?

    Sinclair Programs won't complete itself, and that's the next one that needs to be finished.




    EDIT:
    I was unaware of Sync Magazine. "The magazine for the Sinclair ZX80 user" with more listings for the yoghurt pot than I've ever seen in my life. There are 78 in the available issues, most of which are pre-ZX81... and one has been typed in. That, I think, may be my next project: complete the Type Fantastic's ZX80 listings.

    In May, maybe?
    Post edited by The Mighty Dopethrone on
  • edited April 22
    were is that flabercast promotional team ?

    :O) i think we got a winner ! :O)

    if you DO have a break, i wanted to link you to 'mike in mono'
    since you mentioned to have some intresses in BEEPs
    i realy have to stretch my own fingers abit more. Actualy i was staring at a white stripe on a 16k fuse emulator.
    i once tried to calculate the effective contention moment by T-state .
    ;as formula(?)
    ;set Z80-cycle number, fetch LSB 3 bits, complement them, substract 2 and that gives the delay,
    ; >> except for n=0(first make it 4bit by add 8) and n=1(delay=0 anyway)
    but that is a different tread

    so, i did Not Yet finish my zx80'ies in SPw33...
    Post edited by Crisis on
    my old website http://home.hccnet.nl/c.born/ has changed to http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/ so just click it and select a file
  • Crisis wrote: »
    were is that flabercast promotional team ?

    :O) i think we got a winner !

    That was the experience of typing on the full-keys HP keyboard. The flatter keys of the Mac keyboard with much less key travel was an essential requirement to type quickly. I'm glad I didn't have to use a manual carriage return, though!

    Someone in the comments is asking for more orchestral music with weird instruments. Of course there's the 1812 Overture, but the man who called himself P.D.Q. Bach was quite fond of adding all sorts of weird and wonderful things into his compositions... as well as rewriting the classics. He's almost like Bill Bailey, before Bill Bailey was Bill Bailey.
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