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Collection of my retro computer projects and interest. Nothing deep or profound, just stuff.

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Yathzee in TML (the missing link) for TI-99/4a

Yathzee in TML (the missing link) for TI-99/4a

Here is another conversion from my Atari BASIC programs to the TI-99. It's a Yahtzee game. I never liked any of the Yahtzee for the Atari 8-bit so I wrote my own. This is mostly a direct port of that game except for the graphics. On the Atari I used DLI to change the font sizes on the fly which can't be done on the TI-99. But, I used Harry Wilhelm's amazing TML program for some other graphics. TML gives the XB programmer access to the bitmap graphics of the TI video chip. You can create Cartesia

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XB-70 - what if

XB-70 - what if

This doesn't have anything to do with retro computers but with retro airplanes. The XB-70 was a hyper-sonic proposed in the 60s. It had a projected cruising speed of MACH 3, which is impressive even by today's standards. I remember as a kid I of having a model of this X plane. It was 60s cool if there ever was one. I got the below document from I'm not sure where. It's a 'what if' and some of the plans they had for the plane. Here's the NASA fact sheet on the plane. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/

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UPDATE! TI-99 Extended BASIC Mille Borne V3.40

UPDATE! TI-99 Extended BASIC Mille Borne V3.40

After a long time of procrastination I have finally got around to updating the Mille Borne for the TI-99 in Extended BASIC. I have added some sound effects, some voice CALL SAY("UHOH"), sped up parts of the program and cleaned up some minor bugs that had been long standing. This is 'probably' the last version but I have learned never to say never. The game is XB autoboot and is in .DSK v9t9 format. Enjoy. MILLEBORNE-V340.dsk

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UPDATE: TI99 MilleBorne, Yahtzee, Uno FASTER VERSIONS

UPDATE: TI99 MilleBorne, Yahtzee, Uno FASTER VERSIONS

I have updated three of my programs for the TI99: MilleBorne, Yahtzee and Uno. for MilleBornes I cleaned up the code for the AI opponent & made it faster.  for Yahtzee I remade it without TML to speed the program up by factor of 2. Drawing the fancy color fonts in TML slows down the program because TML has to essentially draw each font on the screen in high rez. Redoing the program for just using DISPLAY AT speeds things up a lot.  for Uno I also remade the program without the

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Uno+ for the TI-99/4a

Uno+ for the TI-99/4a

Here is the Uno+ TI-99/4a Extended BASIC version of the Atari Microsoft BASIC Uno+ that was an updated Uno that had been ported from the original TI-99/4a in that had been created using the KXBII Extended BASIC programing package. Got that. Anyway, here is the game and a fun one it is. It has color, it has sound, it has speech, it plays a fairly fast game and includes several of the variations of Uno. You can also save your games parameters to disk so that you wont have to type them in each

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Uno game in Kull XBII for TI-99

Uno game in Kull XBII for TI-99

I wrote a version of Uno for the Atari in Atari Microsoft BASIC and posted a few blogs ago. Well, here is Uno in the Kull XBII. Kull XBII is a little known package to TI-99 Extended BASIC. Check an earlier post for more on the KXBII package. One nice thing about KXBII is that it enables multi-color text which I use a lot in the program and it looks really good. Multi-color text is the best feature in KXBII. As I detailed in the earlier post about KXBII is there are a few limitations such as

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Uno for TI-99/4a in XB with multicolor text

Uno for TI-99/4a in XB with multicolor text

Converted my Atari 800 game Uno card to TI-99. I used the KXBII extensions to create multi-color text. (see earlier blog post for Uno for Atari 800 and KXBII extensions for TI-99/4a).  Plays at TI-99 XB speeds, which is to say, fast enough. The multi-color text is part of the KXBII extension package. Works rather well & fast enough and bug free. Only weird glitch is 1/2 character random flicker in one letter (you'll see it) when text being printed.  I created a CALL PR(X,Y,TEXT$,fo

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Uno for the Atari 8-bit in Atari Microsoft BASIC

Uno for the Atari 8-bit in Atari Microsoft BASIC

Uno for the Atari 8-bit in Atari Microsoft BASIC  I wrote for the Atari 8-bit in Atari Microsoft BASIC. But I did later translate the program to the TI-99 (see Games/Mygame section). Not a lot of people knew Microsoft wrote a BASIC for the Atari 8-bit line. Fact is Atari Microsoft BASIC was going to be 'the' BASIC for the Atait 8-bit line. The only thing that stopped from being the de-facto BASIC for the Atari was that Atari had a requirement that the BASIC had to fit in a 8k cartridge

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Uno card game in Atari MSBASIC

Uno card game in Atari MSBASIC

A while back I wrote an Uno card game in Atari Microsoft BASIC (see here) .   Here are the original blog game instructions. More instructions are in the short Uno manual in the .ZIP. To Play: the bottom 4 lines are the letters for your cards segregated by color; red, yellow, green and blue. last line is Spl which is the change color cards. the types of cards beside the colors are 0-9 D=draw 2, S=skip and R=reverse. under Spl are C=change color and F=draw 4. when the hu

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TI99 Resources, sister website with lots of TI-99 resources

TI99 Resources, sister website with lots of TI-99 resources

https://ti99resources.wordpress.com/ is a resource for TI-99 line of computers that I created a little while back. There is over 8gb of software and documentation for the TI-99 computers.   It took me several months to get it to this point and I'm always adding more to the website. Here is the list and links from the Documents page: Applications TI Writer MS Multiplan TIBase TI-Artist TI Productivity Cartrid

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TI99 MyArcXBII & P-Card in MESS/MAME emulation package-update

TI99 MyArcXBII & P-Card in MESS/MAME emulation package-update

Update: moved packages to emulation section from software. I have put a together MAME/MESS emulation package that emulates the MyArc Extended BASIC II & TI P-Card for the Ti99. MyarcXBII: MyArc  was a company that made peripherals for the TI-99 line. There most famous peripheral (if you want to call it that) was the Geneve. The Geneve was a complete TMS 9995 computer that fit in the TI-99 PEB as a card. Another peripheral that was lesser known, but just as revolutionary, was t

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TI-99 40 column text game using T40XB

TI-99 40 column text game using T40XB

I have been going through my Atari 8-bit games and looking to translate them into TI-99 games, mostly BASIC. The games I wrote in Atari MSBASIC are fairly straight forward translations. Atari BASIC has the issue of strings being completely different but can be got around. One thing that both Atari BASICs have in common is the Atari uses 40 column text. This can be a tedious issue to fix when translating to TI99 32 column text. You have to go through each line check, recheck, reformat recheck a

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TI 40 Column Redux

TI 40 Column Redux

I looks like I screwed up. A little while back I posted a blog about Harry's 40 column routine he created for the TI-99/4a. I also added a the game Civil War. After rechecking the blog I discovered the two files I posted were the wrong files. ACK! So, here are the right files and a little more. I have the T40XB utility on .DSK and my XBBOOT.DSK which included the T40XB  on a menu along with TML & KXBII. And I have a directory with all the games I have posted so far. Here is the cor

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the TV Game

the TV Game

the TV game 9/4/20 This is another one that is only loosely connected to the TI99. A couple weeks ago I had a backup drive crash with a lot of my retro-computer stuff on it. Fortunately I have found most of the stuff elsewhere but while looking through my old Atari software I found one of the oddest role playing games ever, 'the TV game'. Way back in the 80s me and some friends of mine came up with a role playing game where you took on the mantle of a network TV primetime pro

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the other 99s - A set of MAME/MESS packages

the other 99s - A set of MAME/MESS packages

A bit back I had these MAME/MESS packages posted on ti99resources.wordpress.com/ but decided with the limited space I have on that website to just concentrate on the TI-99/4 and TI-99/4a. So I posted them to an Atariage thread. But since things, over time, tend to get lost in those threads I'm re-posting them here with updates. Notes: The .zip files come with everything you need to get the MAME/MESS emulator up and going except the current MAME/MESS. The emulator has been tested with M

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Super Hiway Chicken Plus

Super Hiway Chicken Plus

here is another game I re-created that I had submitted to the TI99IUG many years ago - super hiway chicken plus. I wasn't able to find the game specifically in the old IUG on WHTECH but that's not surprising. the IUG usually changed the name and removed the original author from the listing. plus, there does seem to be some files missing from the IUG composite. It's a Chicken or Freeway variant that was a much improved modification of another IUG chicken game and yes the name is a bit over the to

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Star Merchant in T-40 on TI-99/4a

Star Merchant in T-40 on TI-99/4a

Another Extended BASIC game for the Ti-99/4 line; Star Merchant. Back in the 80's there were several variations of this game where you traded merchandise between star systems. The game dates back to at least August 1981 when Creative Computing published the game but probably goes back even further to the mainframe era. I seem to remember playing something like this on the TI mini-frame in school.  Simple game, you buy merchandise in one star port the 'Warp' to another star port and try

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Some XB utilities for TI99 CF7/NanoPEB

Some XB utilities for TI99 CF7/NanoPEB

Xmount is a loader program that, among other things, allows you to read volumes in a CF7/NanoPEB (by Guillaume Tello’s website: https://gtello.pagesperso-orange.fr/ti99_e.htm ) If you don't know what a CF7/NanoPEB is the website all about it: https://nanopeb.com/ Use the accompanying program with your CF7/NanoPEB. On with the show.   So, using XMOUNT program and some other stuff yesterday I wrote in XB a little series of utilities for the CF7/NanoPEB. it's a menu program wit

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Some software from CD1 ATX

Some software from CD1 ATX

UPDATE: found the bug in the 99/2. erase the ti99_232.ini in the INI directory fixes the issue with it starting in partial emulation mode.   Here is some of the software from the CD1 of the 2 CDs I gave out at the TI99 fest in Austin. I removed the documentation so the file would go over the max file size. also Oeegui will be posted in another post. for those who weren't able to attend the Austin TI99 fest I handed out a 2 CD pack to as many as I had. It contained a disk of lots a

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Some of my TI 99 from TI-99 IUG

Some of my TI 99 from TI-99 IUG

Way back in the 80s, when I was a kid, there was this thing called the TI International Users Group. The group had a TI magazine and a cassette program exchange. You could create programs and summit them to the IUG who would make them public for others to buy on cassette. If you submitted a program you would be able to get the cassette programs free. So being the cheap-ass I am I submitted a lot of programs to the IUG. Here are some that I recently downloaded from WHTECH site. I know I have a

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six color fonts using XB256 in TI99 XB

six color fonts using XB256 in TI99 XB

just messed around with a new feature @senior_falcon  put in XB256, the ability to display multicolored fonts easily and quickly.  and I got it to SIX full alpha font set colors. the TI99 now has an easy way to display up to 6 different alpha fonts on the same screen! way it works is you can type the the characters you want from the color character set directly with the offset CALL LOAD(9596,xxx). this enables you to just type the letters you want to display in this fashion: CALL LOAD(

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Printing using a NanoPEB, VT100 & an CFHDX or crossover cable

Printing using a NanoPEB, VT100 & an CFHDX or crossover cable

NOTE: Before reading this blog you might want to read the previous blog on the CFHDX.   Here is another interesting use for the NanoPEB and the CFHDX cable or cross-over cable, the ability to print from the NanoPEB without needing to find a, nearly impossible to find, serial printer. HOW TO: As with the CFHDX attach the NanoPEB to your PC using the CFHDX cable (see previous blog) or a cross-over cable. Now set the comport on the PC to: 300 7 bit odd parity

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Othello in 256c compiled XB

Othello in 256c compiled XB

What we have here is my 1st attempt at using Harry's XB compiler. All I can say is, WOW! that's fast. The game is an Othello game I typed in from some? book and summited to the TI99IUG waaaay back when we used to type in such things from dead tree sources. It was originally in good ole' TI BASIC. The game was painfully slow, really slow, I mean, get a cup of coffee, drink it, piss it out and maybe the computer would have made a play slow. I later, much later like, 2018 later, rewrote it and

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OeeyGUI & fusion BBS

OeeyGUI & fusion BBS

NOTE: an update of OeeyGUI is forthcoming. I'll post v2 when I receive it from Shift838. the BBS software still works, though, if you just want that.   Here is the OeeyGUI & Fusion BBS that Shift838 demonstrated at the TI99 fest in Austin. The fusion BBS wasn't on the CDs I handed out.   Oeeygui-bbs.zip

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