The TI-99/4A Internet Browser! (Updated 06/25/16)
Sometimes miracles do happen. Years ago the idea of having an Internet browser for the TI-99/4A was just another “pie in the sky” pipe dream, a “what if” or an “if only”, well, no more! Stuart Conner, one of Atari Age’s leading TI-99/4A “Uber-Programmers” made it a reality.
Stuart was not content to just make a browser compatible with P-Box RS-232 cards, like every other communications program in existence for the TI. No, Stuart decided to think of the Nano-PEB users as well. As of this moment, Stuart’s Internet Browser is the ONLY communications program in the world that will work with the NANO-PEB. This awesome program works with both system configurations, and even supports multiple RS-232 cards.
There are a few minor limitations, which quite frankly are to be expected from a 34 year old pre-Internet computer, even so, Stuart has done a fantastic job exploiting this new capability for the TI and getting around some of the expected roadblocks.
1) The browser is only compatible with the Lantronix UDS-10. It will not work with TCPSER or any other device.
2) The program does not automatically allow for indented paragraphs, line wrapping at the spaces between words or for line
breaks. All formatting has to be done at the source webpage.
3) The TI's video display processor has some restrictions on how many colors can be in an 8 pixel row.
4) Most important, this program will not work with any 'modern' webpage as there are just too many tags for this classic
computers memory to keep track of. It does however have it's own specialized HTML like tags for it's own use.
There are some cool special features this browser has.
1) While the default font includes numbers, upper & lower case characters as well as punctuation, it even has table drawing
2) Another neat little thing to point out is that ANY character can be re-defined any number of times, allowing
the display of BITMAPPED GRAPHICS... up to full-screen size!
For more detailed information << CLICK HERE >> to go to Stuart's page about this awesome program. Now available in super easy to load cartridge version.
There are already some neat webpages
and script based applications that the TI’er can use.
For example if you wanted to look up the IP number for a website or BBS system, “the TI can do that!”
Also in the year since Stuart released the first version of his browser, a lot has happened. Atari Age user "ElectricLab" has really shaken things up with his new TI website that will let you play online chess with other users!
The browser also has it’s own “FAVS” list that you can customize to your own liking.
Do you know how to write scripts? Do you have a great script idea? Stuart is willing to host any useful scripts as long as he’s not asked to continually update them. So if you have an idea for a neat or useful TI application/script, feel free to create it and
Send it to Stuart in a PM!
Currently, PHP scripts are required to run on a Web SERVER that enables a webpage to be customized according to parameters added to the page URL entered on the TI. (Filling in the blanks is not YET an option).
I'd love to see a listing of all known and available APPS/scripts or just TI webpages as they come out. If you make one, please feel free to post a note below with the URL and a description of your site or APP.
When you get up and running, let us know! You can do that with the TI CHAT script!
1) To read the chat page, the url is: stuartconnerdownloads.me.uk/tichat.php
2) To add a message (from your TI) just add: ?m=text_with_underlines to the url.
We'll see you AND your TI online!
UPDATE - 02/03/2015
A German IT newsletter recently featured Stuart's Internet Browser. You can check out the article
<< HERE >>. Congratulations Stuart! Your browser is now world famous!
UPDATE - 02/18/2015
Stuart updated his browser with some new commands. As always you can get the updated version
<< HERE >> You'll need to scroll down just a bit to find the link.
UPDATE - 12/13/2015
Stuart released the CARTRIDGE VERSION for the 512K non-inverted boards. Also available on his website.
MAJOR UPDATE - 01/24/2016
(The browser is now in Version 9.1) This video will be replaced in the future (When I have time).
UPDATE - 05/08/2016
Atari Age member & TI user ElectricLab has come out with some fantastic applications for this browser. Below is his presentation for TI-Fest West 2016.
UPDATE - 06/25/2016
If you have the new FlashROM 99 cartridge, you can now download the latest version of this program and install it in your cartridge! << JUST CLICK HERE >>