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  1. You're welcome. I plan on spending a little more time with it before posting a review.
  2. In Ontario (a large, rich province in Canada), a couple of PETS were in the math classrooms in the early 80 when I was in grade 7. In New Brunswick (a smaller economically challenges province), I got to use PETS from 1984-1987. The main lab had several pets chained to one disk drive - most likely the cheapest option. There were a couple of single machines, the versions I don't remember save the SuperPet that help make me a "super" programmer. My understanding is that Comodore pushed heavily into the school systems in Canada.
  3. I tried to load the program on the R38 emulator and it failed with a "?Device not present error in 41020". I had placed all the files in the same directory that I run the emulator out of. I then placed it on a SD card image where it ran without issue. Perhaps updating the entry in community downloads to The one small bug that I found is when you select save enter some text then delete it the right border character moves left. Its just cosmetic and I think few will encounter it, so I'd rate it as a very low bug to attempt to fix.
  4. My computer knowledge really took off in grade 12 when the typing teacher removed me from the regular class (I think my knowledge and ability really challenged her.) I was given a SuperPet, disk drive and the complete set of Waterloo languages with manuals to work in another room (so I wouldn't be disruptive to the main class or teacher.) Structured Basic, Pascal and Fortran were real joys, APL was just neat but my background math knowledge was lacking. Assembler on the 6809 and 6502 interested me; I should have done more. Cobol didn't make sense then (or now) - that experience suggested I avoid working it for Y2K. From reading about the evolution of the Waterloo languages, there must have been a couple of engineering/CS students who had exposure at the university level. Hopefully they benefited from the experience. I did!
  5. Welcome! There are many good leads for learning assembly here while waiting for the first phase to ship. Also consider other higher level languages that are available. As for Jumpman, I'm unaware of any options yet for the x16. There are some other great games on the X16 now that you might like.
  6. Usenet forever, as well as RSS, plus two tin cans with string!
  7. Thanks for the update, glad it went painlessly well. I'm not seeing any issues. Some of us on the North American content are night owls, or at least insomniacs. I was up but stayed away from the keyboard last night. If I could sleep, I'd dream of sleeping a solid 8 hours uninterrupted Somehow the above sounds like an infinite loop of cause and (d)effect.
  8. I've got a few of AY3-891xA chips in a very mixed collection of IC's from the 80s. Someday I'll get to them, but I like the 556/7411 circuit above as getting it going as it doesn't involve programming . The Vic 20 sound chip was understandable for a 80's teenager; audio programming on the X16 seems to be a much large area given the number of options it has. I'll be happy with whatever the x16 ships with, given my lack of musical talent. That would be my dream combination, since I really don't know any better.
  9. Thanks for your efforts on addressing the issues and an explanation of problem and solution. I'm sure everyone in the community appreciates your work.
  10. I noticed that hoovering over a poster's name now brings a well laid out dialog/pop-up rather than a scrambled mess. The dialog isn't 100% but it's readable & usable. Clicking the name goes to a informative page about that user. Thanks to the admins who've addressed this issue! These tweaks make the forum/community better.
  11. I'm a little lost - the schematic you posted was a bitmap with no SN76477 but your recent picture shows one in it. I've skimmed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Instruments_SN76477 to get a better understanding of this circuit. Any chance of posting a schematic of what you have built? Or is that mute because the chip is no longer being made as far as I can tell.
  12. I'd like to suggest an online X16 conference via one of the many video chat services on the net. There are many great community members I'd like to meet online. Also it would provide something new for the community that should help build it. Finally, it will kill some time while waiting for the X16
  13. I feel some of the success and longevity of this site is that its specific to the X16. That has built community here that will keep the site going until the x16 ships (someday) and beyond. I do like some expanding of the chat areas to accommodate other topics since the members here are interesting and respectful. Those additions will allow those members who aren't interested to read it to keep just to the X16 areas while those who want can go on the new areas to post. I do feel that with the delayed X16 that some of the freshness and enthusiasm for the project has peaked and now most here are waiting patiently. Others may have put things on hold till hardware ships. Certainly having the forum keep people interested and connected is the goal. I'll end with a little humour - I tell my wife every morning that I go online to read the whole internet, since I didn't finish scanning it the day before. Once the X16 ships the internet won't be as interesting and I'll spend less time on it.
  14. I've heard ME stood for "Major Error." Microsoft has a long history of creating new looks & features for Windows which keeps the industry having to redo software, keep retraining the users and keeping tech support people busy. Imaging all the time saved if they just got it right the first time. I'd debate that sums up most of the industry. Had everyone just stuck with 8 bits we're all be in a much better state. I would have just politely not taken the job. Not sure if that would be foresight or hindsight. I'd hold out to lead the Encarta team PS - Then above option is for amusement only. Any other interpretation is strictly forbidden.
  15. Hi, Glad to hear you've found the community and are enjoying the fun! You can find the input command documented here - https://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/INPUT Here's a simple example that demonstrates exiting a loop programatically. 10 CLS 20 A$="" 30 INPUT "ENTER SOME TEXT"; A$ 40 IF A$ ="" THEN 70 50 PRINT "YOU TYPED " A$ 60 GOTO 20 70 ? "PROGRAM END" 99 END A feature in the X16 basic is the OLD command - which restores the last program typed in memory after a reset. That should help you if you are forced to reset the computer and works in the online emulator https://www.commanderx16.com/emulator/x16emu.html or a local one. It appears that the ESC or Ctrl-c combinations does not exit the INPUT functions as you've discovered - https://github.com/commanderx16/x16-emulator/blob/master/README.md#functions-while-running. I don't have a real C64 to test if it works on a physical device; my VIC-20s are currently in storage. Hopefully this is the info you are looking for. If not please ask - I and others are willing to help.
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