Here comes the Flood

March 13th, 2010

Oddly enough, this:

Flood Waters

was not the low point of my day.

PCC 77 Brochure

October 7th, 2009

Not many people probably remember that a large personal computer show/expo was held in Atlantic City way back in the late 70s. The show was the brainchild of John Dilks, a great guy who also co-owned and operated one of the earliest independent computers stores in the South Jersey shore area (The Computer Ark). If I remember correctly the PCC shows ran for two or three years total before the expense of running them in A.C. made them impractical.

I still remember writing BASIC demos for John to run on his S-100 computer at a local air show to drum up interest in PCC.

Working through some old boxes I bumped into the brochure for what I believe was the first PCC in 1977:

Word Path is available in the App Store

August 24th, 2009

My word game for the iPhone is finally done and available in the iTunes App Store, more details including the App Store link are available here:

Not chock full of whizzy graphical effects but I think the actual game play turned out well and the result is a casual but fun little game.

The Next Remember? Update

August 15th, 2009

When I wrote the first version of Remember? back in 1988 a maximum year of 2018 seemed like a pretty safe bet. But, here we are 21 years (!) later and it’s actually in striking distance. And a couple die-hards schedule things far enough in advance that bumping into it is becoming an actual concern.

Help is on the way.

The next update to Remember?, version 4.5, extends the upper limit to 2134. It also features improved file updating code to minimize the possibility of damaged occasions and automatically retains backups copies of the last few changes you’ve made to each occasion file.

It will still not be Intel native, that will have to wait for a bone fide rewrite. However I have verified that Remember? does in fact work on Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” if you turn on the Rosetta PowerPC support when you install/upgrade to it.

I don’t have a definitive release date for version 4.5 yet because I have a few more minor tweaks I’d like to include, but I’m getting very close. All of the above features are implemented and reasonably well tested so if you have a pressing need just let me know and I’ll get you a pre-beta version to play with assuming you are comfortable running pre-release software.

Thanks for your patience. Keep watching this site for updates.

Ahhh, Retro-Goodness

October 11th, 2008

Adventure on the BoGUS Board

For some reason seeing this screen on a 20-something year old Z80 board now booting CP/M 2.2 from a CompactFlash card just makes my day.

You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.

Welcome to the new Adventure! (25 years later.)