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Hmm- discovery.   In TIHOME Tidings v2n4 August 1982, above. there is a brief reference to Scientific American of July 1982 and a program for the TI99/4 called QUADCUBE.
Quadcube is not to be found in the TI Gamebase and does not seem widely known.
It was written in TI Basic and commercially sold by Linear Aesthetic Systems.  
They came from  West Cornwall, Connecticut.
They also had a mention in issue 5 of David Singmaster's "Cubic Circular".

I have now tracked down a copy and the attached DSK file contains the interesting simulation of a 4x4x4 puzzle cube. This program is copyright 1981.
The file QUADCUBE is purely TI Basic.
Note 1: It will not run in TI Basic from disk even with CALL FILES(1).
Note 2: It will not run in Extended Basic due to the use of the extra charsets.

Therefore I have added to the disk QCUBEX which has added the vdp utility that allows such a program to run in XB.  The program awaits input- either 3 keys (eg R then X then 2) or keys S or U, or A.    if nothing is happening it awaits either the 2nd or 3rd key following R or L.  Note that this is a 99/4 program and expects CAPITAL LETTERS.  You may be able to add visual feedback of key press awaited and made.

Have fun.       bb

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cubes.dsk

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Just as a side note - I had some of these Rubik's Puzzles back in the 80es, and I also had a booklet with solutions for the 3x3x3 standard cube. I also had a 4x4x4, but never solved it (only by taking apart).

 

Ernő Rubik is an architect and sculptor and professor of Architecture, but not a Mathematician. It was purported that he invented this toy to teach his students logical thinking in 3D.


I remember that during my Math studies, I once tried to derive formulae for operations on the 2x2x2 cube but soon gave up, since I could not come up with a suitable model. A few years ago, I found a paper on the topological and algebraic properties of the 3x3x3 cube (267 pages) that showed how complicated a model for this structure is and how to derive operations from it. (http://www.logicalpoetry.com/rubik/math_joyner.pdf)

 

I always suspected that there was something weird about his purported intentions. The Cube is definitely not suitable for students (unless you want to definitely discourage them to learn Mathematics), or its suitability was just a claim, but I just read about the actual background: it was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart.

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A zip file of hi res clean TIF images of the 12 pages of the

ASGARD SOFTWARE CATALOG 1990-91

for you to read, ocr, print or pdf as you wish.


 

 

My next project for the weekend is a very thick UK magazine- over 100 pages. It will be in two very large parts over two weeks.

 My thoughts are to present with Part 2  a contents summary as a separate downloadable  text file rather than take up room here.  Also as there are a lot of software adverts, including many that are unknown and probably lost, a separate text file listing the software advertised and indicating if I know of a current source - many of the titles are in the category Mythical.  What do you think?  Add a  note below or message me your thoughts, before 26th Nov please!
 

asgard catalog 90_91.zip

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Here is a zip of clean hi res TIF images for you to read, print, OCR or PDF from
TIHOME TIDINGS V3 N2 May 1983 part 1
108 pages, A5, two spine staples.
This has a lot of content and is in two parts- part one today and part two next week.  Next week I will also add text files in PDF form listing the Contents and separately a list of the advertised software and where you can find some of it.  A lot of the advertised material is so rare it is mythical (in the "never been seen" category).
This first part has a small games listing from Lantern Software and the listing for Peter Brook's 3-D Noughts and Crosses. And a lot more.
bb
 

tihome_tidings_V3_N2_May83_pt1.zip

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I am looking for the manual for the DEBUG program by T&J Software (I think from Tom Freeman) that was released for MDOS/Geneve.  I have the disk, but can not locate my manual.  I pulled the disk up Saturday, and I think the filename was TDEBUG, along with several other files that looked like it may have been configured for loading onto different memory pages within the Geneve.

 

Beery

 

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3 hours ago, 9640News said:

I am looking for the manual for the DEBUG program by T&J Software (I think from Tom Freeman) that was released for MDOS/Geneve.  I have the disk, but can not locate my manual.  I pulled the disk up Saturday, and I think the filename was TDEBUG, along with several other files that looked like it may have been configured for loading onto different memory pages within the Geneve.

 

Beery

 

Found it.

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Here is a zip of clean hi res TIF images for you to read, print, OCR or PDF from
TIHOME TIDINGS V3 N2 May 1983 part 2
108 pages, A5, two spine staples.
This has a lot of content and is in two parts- part two today.

 

Not in the wht archive yet so please feel free to add it there.

Also two pdf files for you- one has detailed contents listing for this magazine, the other one lists the advertised programs, a bit of info about them, and when known where you can find them today.

enjoy.

Next up will be another thick magazine, from Chicago- their bumper issue for the 5th Chicago TI Faire, with lots of adverts.
 

tihome_tidings_V3_N2_May83_pt2.zip v3n2contents.pdf v3n2swadverts.pdf

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