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    Programming, TI99-4/a, SNES - I write games such as Parsec 2600

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  1. created a new XB game for the TI-99. check out my blog for download. Enjoy
  2. Mille Borne is a French card game of auto racing currently being sold by Parker Bros. The actual card game can be played with 2-6 players but the computer game is 2 player only; you vs. computer. The object of the game is accumulate enough mile cards to make it to the finish line. But there are hazards along the way that will keep you from that goal. If you haven't ever played the game refer to the manuals I have included with the game .zip file. in this computer version there are a few differences. a.) to start the game you can choose a long game (standard 1000 miles/5000 total) or short game (700 miles/3000 total). b.) when playing a safety or Coupe Fourre you don't get an extra turn. (it was too much trouble to implement). I think everything else is the same. some history on the program. This game is a translation of a game I have had on the Atari 8-bit forever. I have no idea where it came from on the Atari. I would love to credit the programmer but have no idea who he or she is. On programming the game. As I said, this is a translation from Atari 8-bit BASIC. At first I thought that it would be a direct translation but the differences in how the strings work on the Atari BASIC to convert to TI-XB turned out to be too time consuming. So, basically, I just rewrote the TI-XB with guidance from the original program. Some of the code looks a little, out of place. this is usually the code I pulled directly from the Atari BASIC. This probably makes the code a little slower than if I had programmed it in TI-XB from scratch but I didn't want to spend an additional week to just fine tune for a few seconds of speed. Anyway, enjoy the game. UPDATE: forgot to mention, I have a small simple routine that redefines the character set to true lower case. only takes about 3 seconds to load in XB. should even work in console BASIC. just cut a paste into your program. millborn.zip
  3. An update on this project. I never could get the beige TI-99/4a keyboard to work. the Mitsmu keyboard is a very poor design that uses cheap springs to create tension. After a while the little springs go bad and the key no longer responses. I tried re-tensioning the springs but that didn't work. I finally just replaced the keyboard with an old reliable black keyboard. It actually looks cool. on the PEB, I plugged it and and magic smoke. blew a few diodes, capacitors and who knows what. fortunately I only had the interface card and the memory card in the box (which I should not had testing it). blew stuff on both. I'm going to look into this later.
  4. because of the great success of the ATX TI99 fest this summer @FarmerPotato and I are putting together a bimonthly (every other month) meeting of not just TI enthusiasts but all retro computer enthusiasts in the Austin / San Antonio area. for the 1st meeting we will meet at the ATX Hackerspace where we meet for the TI fest (9701 Dessau rd. suite 304 Austin) the 1st meeting will be October 26 at 2pm. discussion will be where we want to take this group. Again, it's open to all retro computer enthusiasts not just TI99. meeting is Free. post here if you plan to attend or are interested.
  5. because of the great success of the ATX TI99 fest this summer @FarmerPotato and I are putting together a bimonthly (every other month) meeting of not just TI enthusiasts but all retro computer enthusiasts in the Austin / San Antonio area. for the 1st meeting we will meet at the ATX Hackerspace where we meet for the TI fest (9701 Dessau rd. suite 304 Austin) the 1st meeting will be October 26 at 2pm. discussion will be where we want to take this group. Again, it's open to all retro computer enthusiasts not just TI99. meeting is Free. post here if you plan to attend or are interested.
  6. because of the great success of the ATX TI99 fest this summer @FarmerPotato and I are putting together a bimonthly (every other month) meeting of not just TI enthusiasts but all retro computer enthusiasts in the Austin / San Antonio area. for the 1st meeting we will meet at the ATX Hackerspace where we meet for the TI fest (9701 Dessau rd. suite 304 Austin) the 1st meeting will be October 26 at 2pm. discussion will be where we want to take this group. Again, it's open to all retro computer enthusiasts not just TI99. meeting is Free. post here if you plan to attend or are interested.
  7. because of the great success of the ATX TI99 fest this summer @FarmerPotato and I are putting together a bimonthly (every other month) meeting of not just TI enthusiasts but all retro computer enthusiasts in the Austin / San Antonio area. for the 1st meeting we will meet at the ATX Hackerspace where we meet for the TI fest (9701 Dessau rd. suite 304 Austin) the 1st meeting will be October 26 at 2pm. discussion will be where we want to take this group. Again, it's open to all retro computer enthusiasts not just TI99. meeting is Free. post here if you plan to attend or are interested.
  8. update on my new PEB that I was going to try to get files on to. plugged it in and poof, smoke from the power supply & memory (which I shouldn't had in the box while testing). initial investigation blew some diodes, capacitors, etc... hopefully didn't blow some of the memory chips. it won't even come on now. well, time to tear it down and test eveerything.
  9. which is why I put all the evidence we had from both sides, but they didn't like it. I got no feed back of what they didn't like but my guess is the interviews off Atariage wasn't 'authoritative enough'. but the interviews is all I have for the side that TI created TI BASIC. SO, I got them to take all the reference down of it's origin. At least that's something.
  10. Wiki didn't like my article. but they did let me take down all the info about the origins of TI BASIC.
  11. I just tried to add the new material three times to the Wiki TI-BASIC page and Wiki rejected the sources each time. Now which source they rejected is unclear. So, for now, I have just removed the references already in the article about the origins of TI-BASIC so at least the article isn't giving bad information. I work with Wiki to get the full update as soon as I can figure it out.
  12. because of the great success of the ATX TI99 fest this summer @FarmerPotato and I are putting together a bimonthly (every other month) meeting of not just TI enthusiasts but all retro computer enthusiasts in the Austin / San Antonio area. for the 1st meeting we will meet at the ATX Hackerspace where we meet for the TI fest (9701 Dessau rd. suite 304 Austin) the 1st meeting will be October 26 at 2pm. discussion will be where we want to take this group. Again, it's open to all retro computer enthusiasts not just TI99. meeting is Free. post here if you plan to attend or are interested.
  13. my personal feeling is MS was contracted and created some sort of BASIC for TI. TI didn't like what they saw so they created their own. maybe it was a scaled down version of the BASIC from their miniframes, maybe they used pieces of the MS code or maybe they created something from scratch. the TI engineers would not necessarily been told that TI just shelled out almost $100000 for nothing and from what i read MS never said that the BASIC they created made it into the 99 just that they created one. anyway, what i posted is what's going in Wikipedia and i'll let the readers make up their own minds, and this is my 1000 post. 😁
  14. But on the other hand some TI engineers involved in the creation of TI-99/4 have disputed the claim that Microsoft created TI-BASIC or at best do not recognize it.
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