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The Interstellar War program has now been ported to the TRS-80 CoCo and Amstrad CPC 6128! Still no Speccy or Commodore versions though! Who is up to the challenge?

And for an even bigger challenge, someone should try doing the TRS-80 model 100! Yes, that little portable computer is capable of doing graphics!

Source code & contest rules are here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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BASIC Week on RetroBattlestations now has ports to the BBC Micro & BBC Master in addition to the IBM and Apple II ports. An Atari 800 port is currently in the works. Still no version for a Commodore or a TRS-80 though! Can you help? Full source code & contest rules here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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If you missed the hangout, here's the end result. The MCX-128 is now assembled and my TRS-80 MC-10 now has gone from a paltry 4k to the same amount of RAM as in my CoCo3. Too bad it doesn't make the keyboard any easier to type on!
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BASIC Week 4: Interstellar War has begun! There are currently only ports to the Apple II and IBM CGA. Anyone want to do a Commodore port? How about a TRS-80 version? Amstrad? BBC Micro?
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BASIC Week 4 starts on RetroBattlestations on Saturday, March 21st. The program this time around is a Space War inspired turn based game with simple graphics, so it doesn't need a fast computer.

This will be the 4th BASIC Week we've done on RetroBattlestations, the previous two used ASCII graphics, and the first one used simple vector graphics. The challenge is about getting out old computers and doing something with them, in the spirit of the old type-in magazine listings. Usually there a lot of ports to various platforms, although the past programs have been a lot smaller. This will be the largest one yet and might be almost too big to actually type in. While the contest is more about having fun with your old computers, there are prizes. At the end of the week I randomly select five winners and send them their choice of two retro themed vinyl stickers:

http://imgur.com/a/iAS5T

So far the only versions of the program are for an Apple II and the original HP 3000 which used terminal graphics. If anyone would like to contribute a another port, that would be awesome! The program is on github, you can find the link here:

http://redd.it/2yi2d2
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On my latest project I started bumping up against the RAM limits on the ATmega168 on my Arduino. I remembered I had some blank ATmega328s and I wondered if I could easily burn them on my MiniPRO TL866CS eprom burner without cobbling up an ICSP interface on a breadboard. Turns out the answer is yes!
As I continue working on digitizing old VHS tapes, I decided I wanted to at least partially automate the VCR control so I set about building a computer controlled universal remote with an old Arduino Duemilanove with an ATmega168. It didn’t take much to start running up against the 1k RAM limit. I purchased a ton of ATmega328s for cheap without a bootloader several years ago since I knew I could use another Arduino and a bunch of parts on a bread...
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My retro computing hobby has leaked over into a retro video collecting craze. I've been going through old VHS tapes looking for things that I haven't seen for ages, and in the process I've had a heck of a time digitizing analog video. I've written a whole bunch of scripts to automate the process of digitizing 8mm home movies, converting one digital format to another, and I've released them all as open source.
As I’m continuing to build a collection of cartoons, TV shows, and movies on my plex server, I’ve put together several scripts to make converting and splitting video easier . For the most part though I’ve been working with digital copies of things. While I have been working on digitizing old home movies shot on 8mm video tape, I’ve been using a digital 8 camcorder which has a FireWire interface and handles the digitization, so on the computer I’m...
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I've shared them on github: http://github.com/FozzTexx/viddin
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The Interstellar War program has now been ported to the TRS-80 CoCo and Amstrad CPC 6128! Still no Speccy or Commodore versions though! Who is up to the challenge?

And for an even bigger challenge, someone should try doing the TRS-80 model 100! Yes, that little portable computer is capable of doing graphics!

Source code & contest rules are here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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BASIC Week on RetroBattlestations now has ports to the BBC Micro & BBC Master in addition to the IBM and Apple II ports. An Atari 800 port is currently in the works. Still no version for a Commodore or a TRS-80 though! Can you help? Full source code & contest rules here: http://redd.it/2zt6ra
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And I just finished a port to the TRS-80 MC-10 which does not have split screen graphics. I just made it pause after drawing.

http://redd.it/30e9bv
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I'm going to do a Google hangout tomorrow while I assemble the MCX-128 kit for the TRS-80 MC-10. Watch me solder and see how many times I accidentally burn myself! It's a very small kit, and shouldn't take very long to put together.
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Thanks - 6pm GMT I should be able to make it.
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BASIC Week 4 starts on Saturday, are you ready?
BASIC Week 4 starts on RetroBattlestations on Saturday, March 21st. The program this time around is a Space War inspired turn based game with simple… - Chris Osborn - Google+
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I would say it's more SpaceWar! inspired since it's not interactive like the original.
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My retro video battlestation, now with more RCA SelectaVision!
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