I was playing some music on my way home from the Faire and the speakers started spitting out modem connection tones followed by about two minutes of a data stream. My son wanted to know what that was. . .then I remembered that the CD I had ripped it from was mixed media, and that the data was actually a usable input stream. I'll have to pull it out sometime and check to see what the program was.
We had a bit of gaming fun-time this week, so I actually get to have an input again!
Skyway 60 minutes
Knight Lore 15 minutes
Flying Shark 40 minutes
Eric in Monsterland 15 minutes
Doncaster 10 minutes
Restless II 30 minutes
Tutankham 20 minutes
ILikeTurtles got most of the game time here, but I was able to contribute more than usual too. Game time is definitely fun time!
It is probably a good thing that last weeks TI-99 Yahtzee-thon wasn't played using the original Milton-Bradley Gamevision version of the cartridge. That one cheats for the computer player, giving it a real leg-up on the computer's meatware opponents. . .
The two ALA software cassettes fit into the very hard to find category. I only saw them for sale once BITD (there were something like 10-15 different titles in the display setup I saw them in), and bought two different ones as I didn't have enough cash in my pocket that day to buy more. Unfortunately, I never saw them for sale again. . .and I have only seen titles from the series show up on eBay five or six times in the last 20 years. The rest of that lot is good--but the tapes are a definite score.
I am really glad you are back in action, my friend! I may have a few of the wide 154s around here somewhere as well. I think I they are from old Russian production, so they're clones of the official chips.
If I'm still functional, I'll pick one up at the Faire, Owen. Due to random circumstances here, I may not make it though--and the problem is nebulous enough that I can't make any assumptions either way yet. . .
I have plenty of new-manufactured 154s. Rochester Electronics still produces them on demand, and I bought about 1,500 of them (the minimum order) a couple of years ago. Mine are the .300 width chips, not the wider, .600 style.
IIRC, there were two physical variants of the Advertizer cartridge--one had a single 8K EPROM and the other had two 4K EPROMs, but the code was the same in both of them. Several of the modules are in circulation, not just the one Klaus found. Mine has a Matte Black TI label with White Text, which is normal for all of the German-language cartridges of 1980 that were assembled at Almelo.
Well, it seems ILikeTurtles is having much fun with this project. He finished a very good reproduction of a Speech Synthesizer and is beginning work on the console. That is going a bit slower because we need more of some odd, specialized pieces than we have on hand, but they are being ordered as we figure out what he needs. . .
Frog Jump is probably worth about $10 to $15 with that label. You also got one other HTF cartridge. The Othello cartridge you got has the purple label, which is not at all common. It doesn't pop the value up any, but they are much harder to find than the other two label variants.