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  • edited April 23
    i found this 'competing' link
    http://freestuff.grok.co.uk/
    Grok provides a ZX81 utility like emu2zx
    (with a familiar name down there)
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    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
  • Perkele!

    It has come to my attention that "Crisis At Christmas", from the January 1987 issue of Sinclair User, isn't quite what I thought it was. Apparently, Tom Frost's Adventure Builder creates a whole new BASIC listing based on inputted data and this is what he used to generate Crisis At Christmas, as well as The White Door, its commercially-published variant. Also apparently, this means there's a massive listing accompanying Crisis At Christmas which bears almost no resemblance to its final form or that of The White Door, and it needs typing in.

    So the Sinclair User listings aren't complete, and I'm occupied for (probably) four or five days.

    Any volunteers, before I grab the all-Rush mixtape again and do it myself?
  • Perkele!

    It has come to my attention that "Crisis At Christmas", from the January 1987 issue of Sinclair User, isn't quite what I thought it was. Apparently, Tom Frost's Adventure Builder creates a whole new BASIC listing based on inputted data and this is what he used to generate Crisis At Christmas, as well as The White Door, its commercially-published variant. Also apparently, this means there's a massive listing accompanying Crisis At Christmas which bears almost no resemblance to its final form or that of The White Door, and it needs typing in.

    So the Sinclair User listings aren't complete, and I'm occupied for (probably) four or five days.

    Any volunteers, before I grab the all-Rush mixtape again and do it myself?

    I had a look at archive.org but the copy i found there is very difficult to read. its a massive list, but from some variables i cant read what it is.
    I still have the SPw33 to finish. i should do that first.
    If you have a better copy then this one will give it a go.

    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
  • Perkele!

    It has come to my attention that "Crisis At Christmas", from the January 1987 issue of Sinclair User, isn't quite what I thought it was. Apparently, Tom Frost's Adventure Builder creates a whole new BASIC listing based on inputted data and this is what he used to generate Crisis At Christmas, as well as The White Door, its commercially-published variant. Also apparently, this means there's a massive listing accompanying Crisis At Christmas which bears almost no resemblance to its final form or that of The White Door, and it needs typing in.

    So the Sinclair User listings aren't complete, and I'm occupied for (probably) four or five days.

    Any volunteers, before I grab the all-Rush mixtape again and do it myself?

    I had a look at archive.org but the copy i found there is very difficult to read. its a massive list, but from some variables i cant read what it is.
    I still have the SPw33 to finish. i should do that first.
    If you have a better copy then this one will give it a go.


    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
  • Right! I see what you mean about the print quality. Some of the numbers in the machine code listing are rather indistinct, and the JPEG compression doesn't help.

    Does anyone out there have a copy of this magazine that could be scanned in higher resolution and in a format that won't ruin the text? PNG would be ideal. I would require pages 79, 80, 81, 84 and 85.
  • With a high-resolution version of all the pages I need, I am tackling Crisis at Christmas today.

    Even though Christmas is eight months away. Still, people in the Southern Hemisphere could pretend they're in the Northern Hemisphere and it's the end of October and all the Christmas stock has been on the supermarket shelves for a month. And also that we can actually go shopping normally, which we can't.
  • With a high-resolution version of all the pages I need, I am tackling Crisis at Christmas today.

    Even though Christmas is eight months away. Still, people in the Southern Hemisphere could pretend they're in the Northern Hemisphere and it's the end of October and all the Christmas stock has been on the supermarket shelves for a month. And also that we can actually go shopping normally, which we can't.

    Wel done, and very much indeed,
    will i look for a plumpudding recipie?
    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
  • After this listing I will have earned a whole month's supply of corned beef sandwiches. Maybe I'll have the plum pudding for dessert.

    There are 11 columns of data totalling 11,078 bytes - and there's a checksum every seven bytes which the input program requires (quite fortunately). So that increases the workload by 14.285% but at least I know I'm getting the lines right. I've already found I'd mistakenly entered one line twice, and I had to print out the entire machine code listing so far (in FUSE, so it can be done as plain text), re-save it as CSV, paste it into LibreOffice Calc, look for the line that's been doubled up and then fix it.

    As I had to do that (and the machine code lines don't keep any track of which byte you're entering, just that they're all grouped into seven) it is now impossible to finish today. It takes 35 minutes to type an entire column at full speed, I have eight of them to go and there are only three and a bit hours left in the day. So, officially, this will become the first May type-in project.

    "And if you got this far you're a STAR!!" it said at the end of the listing. Of course, they never said "If you got this far and it works..."
  • edited May 7
    Wel, i dont doubt you will get it working. I managed to do a few zx81 as promised and still i am not fully dont with that one week 33 paper zx81 programs although most are only 2kb at all, i still have to write the text and the proper name giving
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/sniper.zsf
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/shoot.zsf
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/risk.zsf
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/emergency.zsf
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/batnball.zsf
    if i get zecaruks to print the program as a file i will do so.
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  • I'm Back!
    Yes, after spending most of the last few months in & out of hospital, and the last seven weeks in a care home, due to intransigent problems with my PD meds, and at times wondering if I'd ever see home again, and despite a decidely shaky reboot of my firmware, I'm once again back in the bosom of Stone Law.
    --
    "Single. One way. Maybe - he won't come back."
    "Oh, it's Phibes alright, sir, and he *always* comes back."
  • Top banana!

    I'm slogging my way through other projects but I will do more listings at some stage. And the ZX81 Machine Code Tutor from ZX Computing that I couldn't sort out has been sorted by a certain bad-bearded Bandit, so I will attend to that as well.
  • I'm Back!
    Yes, after spending most of the last few months in & out of hospital, and the last seven weeks in a care home, due to intransigent problems with my PD meds, and at times wondering if I'd ever see home again, and despite a decidely shaky reboot of my firmware, I'm once again back in the bosom of Stone Law.
    --
    "Single. One way. Maybe - he won't come back."
    "Oh, it's Phibes alright, sir, and he *always* comes back."

    Always get a two-way ticket. nice to have you back indeed
    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'm Back!
    Yes, after spending most of the last few months in & out of hospital, and the last seven weeks in a care home, due to intransigent problems with my PD meds, and at times wondering if I'd ever see home again, and despite a decidely shaky reboot of my firmware, I'm once again back in the bosom of Stone Law.
    --
    "Single. One way. Maybe - he won't come back."
    "Oh, it's Phibes alright, sir, and he *always* comes back."

    Good to see you back and well.
    Might be worth a visit to luny.co.uk.
  • I'm in the care home again, but only for a week or two this time while I try out a new drug called Xadago (Safinamide). In the meantime I've downloaded all of the files, listings & links posted in this thread. There were only these two which gave a "404 Not Found" error:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046099DeathDuel.txt
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046101SlopSlap.txt
  • Sorry to hear you're back "inside", get well ASAP and stay safe.
    I wanna tell you a story 'bout a woman I know...
  • edited June 7
    I'm in the care home again, but only for a week or two this time while I try out a new drug called Xadago (Safinamide). In the meantime I've downloaded all of the files, listings & links posted in this thread. There were only these two which gave a "404 Not Found" error:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046099DeathDuel.txt
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/SU8604w046101SlopSlap.txt

    I think you are realy daring with testing new medicine , if possible i would call you out as " Dan Dare " of the year
    https://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0001235


    ps
    i have still 3 zx81 files to do, as i promised
    i go on with asap!
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  • Right! I see what you mean about the print quality. Some of the numbers in the machine code listing are rather indistinct, and the JPEG compression doesn't help.

    Does anyone out there have a copy of this magazine that could be scanned in higher resolution and in a format that won't ruin the text? PNG would be ideal. I would require pages 79, 80, 81, 84 and 85.

    It looks like the archive.org version is the same as the one currently on WoS. We will eventually be uploading hi-res versions now that we've moved server, so hopefully these things won't be an issue.
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  • 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
  • The "treasure vault" only exists in this form so it's easy to find the files on this as-needed basis until Jim's fit enough to get them on the main site. It wouldn't appear that way if I'd put an index.html file in there, but I figured it best to leave it out and reveal all the zips.

    To that end, I have uploaded those two missing text files. It was probably just me forgetting to upload them at the time seeing as they weren't packaged as a zip.

    Also, see below - my faltering attempt at the Machine Code Tutor from ZX Computing April/May 1983 has had Bandit's expert eye run over it, and as far as I know, it is now working. The two links below are now updated and contain both the old broken version and Bandit's fixed version in the packages, as well as an updated text file.
    A second magazine is complete! This time it's ZX Computing - Issue 6, April/May 1983.

    Those I've typed in are in this package:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/ZX830405-march2020.zip

    This is the complete package of everything included in the magazine, including ZX-CESIL 2 and Spectramon, which were both in two parts and continued into the next issue, and Mastering Machine Code on your Spectrum - of which part four of a series which ran to eight parts (and into 1984) was published in this issue and which I am particularly grateful not to have had to tackle:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/ZX830405-complete.zip

  • It seems to be a work currently still in progress, as the latest entry is dated 8th June.
  • edited June 8
    The "treasure vault" only exists in this form so it's easy to find the files on this as-needed basis until Jim's fit enough to get them on the main site. It wouldn't appear that way if I'd put an index.html file in there, but I figured it best to leave it out and reveal all the zips.

    To that end, I have uploaded those two missing text files. It was probably just me forgetting to upload them at the time seeing as they weren't packaged as a zip.

    Also, see below - my faltering attempt at the Machine Code Tutor from ZX Computing April/May 1983 has had Bandit's expert eye run over it, and as far as I know, it is now working. The two links below are now updated and contain both the old broken version and Bandit's fixed version in the packages, as well as an updated text file.
    A second magazine is complete! This time it's ZX Computing - Issue 6, April/May 1983.

    Those I've typed in are in this package:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/ZX830405-march2020.zip

    This is the complete package of everything included in the magazine, including ZX-CESIL 2 and Spectramon, which were both in two parts and continued into the next issue, and Mastering Machine Code on your Spectrum - of which part four of a series which ran to eight parts (and into 1984) was published in this issue and which I am particularly grateful not to have had to tackle:
    http://www.rickdangerous.co.uk/zx/ttfn/ZX830405-complete.zip

    It was you al the time!
    no, joking, i forgot the links are yours...
    meanwhile i deleted my z81 emulator and have to find a way to produce the last 2 and half z81 files.
    I always struggle with my binairy environment, yet asfarasiknow, i only use default linuxus.
    If i convince lubuntu to use a DISC to re-install the networkmanager, i go have a seriuos attempt on that one.

    well
    my home work thusfar being Sinclair Programs Week 33 and 2020 stands ofcourse for this years addings
    http://www.cborn.nl/zxfiles/SP8507w033__2020.7z
    PAGE     PROG                 DONE (V)
    p22 zxsp treasure trail       V
    p23 zx81 horror house         V
    p25 zx81 emergency            V - typin bug? snapshot runs with BLACK SCREEN
    p26 zxsp the duel             V
    p32 zxsp dexam                V
    p33 zx81 bat 'n' ball         V
    p34 zxsp pestspray            V
    p34 zx81 risk                 V
    p35 zxsp survival             V
    p35 zx81 sniper 81            V
    p36 zx81 championship golf    V
    P38 ZX81 BUTTON               V
    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'
    
    
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  • Hello @BattleBunny
    I think @andydansby is typin an missing TTFN
    https://worldofspectrum.org/archive/magazines/pages/sinclair-user/78/1#70
    It seems that there is no type in after Jun'87, so did you stop june 1987 one day and forgot the rest? It could be that the typin is known under zx81 !!! since the ASM text mentions juli 1981 and not September 1988
    well
    the 133 known SU typin should be 134 if i see this correct
    cheers
    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
  • The type-in for the Sinclair User Issue 78 (How the Hell!!! Do we use interrupts on the ZX Spectrum)
    Can be found at:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Atc34t6eCvqj1nh-Q7kCczMrXv-N?e=Uhlp79
  • I've got another type-in, this one Personal Computer News, Issue 90, pages 12-13, 15. From the article "Face up to the Time" Written by BA Wilcocks.

    link is:
    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Atc34t6eCvqj1wIe2NKCoyvDbMGf?e=qTbqJf

    To compile, from command prompt, type "compile" without quotes.

    Enjoy
  • Go to my Spectrum Opus Textorial site for the magazine index stats. Here's the entries for the "How the Hell ... ?" articles.
    ****
    -PROGRAMMING: HOW THE HELL!!!            FE SU          ---- 3725
    Sinclair User                            Feature                 
      F SU  3.88  p. 70 -HEA  Adding extra commands to BASIC, etc
      F SU  4.88  p. 78 -WI4  Scroll the screen really fast, etc
      F SU  5.88  p. 70 -HEA  Displaying characters on screen,etc
      F SU  6.88  p. 86 -SCD  Using plot/draw/circle in machine code, etc
      F SU  7.88  p. 88 -SCD  Controlling sprites, etc
      F SU  8.88  p. 62 -SCD  Adventure game scenery, etc
      F SU  9.88  p. 70       Using interrupts on the Spectrum
      F SU 10.88  p. 84 -MAS  Dealing with RAM disks, etc
      F SU 11.88  p. 84 -SCD  Using Spectrum I/O ports, etc
      F SU 12.88  p.102       Multi-colour character squares, etc
      F SU  1.89  p. 92       Altering the program counter
      F SU  2.89  p. 78 -MAS  Does sprite detection work?
      F SU  3.89  p. 78 -MAS  3D game design
      F SU  4.89  p. 78 .D    Does the keyboard work?
      F SU  5.89  p. 78 -HEA  Passing parameters, etc
      F SU  6.89  p. 78 -HEA  Design a pinball game
      F SU  7.89  p. 78 -HEA  Technician Ted loader
      F SU  8.89  p. 78 .D    Did the Technician Ted loader work?
      F SU  9.89  p. 78 .U    Using floating point numbers
      F SU 10.89  p. 78 -HEA  Sprite routines
      F SU 11.89  p. 88 -HEA  Designing a sprite routine
      F SU 12.89  p. 82 .F    The fill routine
    ****
    
    I don't know how the WoS Infoseek works now, as it doesn't find things that it used to find and were in my original data set. All magazine issues available to me were exhaustively indexed (even the Small Ads pages!). I mustn't have seen anything in SU after that date which I considered to be a type-in at the time. I don't recall now - it was a long time ago. As you can see, I was aware of the interrupts article.
  • Thank you Battle Bunny, another very interessting update. a fast scroll? a scroll is being made in C at another corner off this forum
    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
  • Just to alert everyone: now that I've finished a few Crap Game projects - which will be seen when Mr PROSM gets round to reviewing them - I'm returning to type-ins for a while. I've compiled a list of all the QL titles listed over the entire Type Fantastic, as well as a few I found floating around the pages of Sinclair User that hadn't been listed before, and I will prioritise typing in all the games. I'm going to list them all on a webpage, similar in style to the Type Fantastic, and I'll make sure every package made available has the following:

    - QLAY-format microdrive image (.MDV)
    - files from the .MDV exported to Windows-readable format (so they can be transferred to another emulator)
    - typed text file from the magazine
    - relevant magazine pages (which is what takes up most of the space...
    - anything else that JimG included for the few QL titles he typed in himself.

    I'll add some extra info for each file, for instance, whether it will work with a monitor, TV, or both. Take One Day Cricket, from ZX Computing: Jim says the text is unaligned and the game crashes when it tries to print something off-screen, but he must have tried to run it with a monitor. Use the TV setting and everything works fine.

    The QL never had much in the way of games, and those that made it to type-ins are worth preserving properly.
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