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Review – Usborne Computer Battlegames.

November 30th, 2013

Another review, this time one with lots of code to test out.  This time we’re doing Computer Battlegames. Title: Computer Battlegames Subtitle: For ZX Spectrum, ZX81, BBC, TRS-80, Apple, VIC & PET. Authors: Daniel Isaaman and Jenny Tyler Editor: Pages: 48 Published: 1982 ISBN 10: 0860206858 ISBN 13: 978-0860206859 This book is full of BASIC programs to […]

Review – Usborne Introduction to Computer Programming.

November 17th, 2013

Here we have another review of one of the 80s Usborne computer books. This time we’ll learn about computer programming. Title: Introduction to Computer Programming Subtitle: A guide for absolute beginners Author: Brian Reffin Smith Editor: Lisa Watts Pages: 48 Published: 1982 ISBN 10: 0860206750 ISBN 13: 978-0860206750 This book, another of the early ones, is another […]

Review – Usborne Guide to Understanding the Micro.

November 12th, 2013

Well, after finally making some (painful) progress on Orwell it is time to do another review on one of my stack of Usborne books. This book includes some actual Basic programs to try and Orwell should be up to the task now. Title: Usborne Guide to Understanding the Micro Subtitle: How it works and what […]

More debugging – part 4.

November 12th, 2013

Right, I think I finally cracked it. With some help on the forum. And it’s something that’s mentioned in Garth’s tips of the day too – Tip #14 here. Basically the issue is reading the ACIAs status register changes the register. It clears the interrupt bit. My situation is a little different to that in […]

More debugging – part 3.

November 11th, 2013

Right, where am I at now? Still bloody confused, that’s where! I tried a few more things. I tried changing the file I was sending it. When in load mode all that is really happening is the machine is accepting characters from the serial port instead of the keyboard. Other than that it behaves the […]

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