9 posts • joined 18 Feb 2008
re: (* Seriously. Been there, done that. 6809 circa 1980.)
I've done something like that. 6809 on a Tandy CoCo3, early 1990s. I had bought an assembly-language tutorial book at Radio Shack, but was unable to get EDTASM, which it was written for. Luckily, the book had a table of opcodes, as well as object code printouts in all its code examples, so I taught myself how to hand-assemble.
I did all that to try to get some resemblance of speed out of the CoCo3's "hi-res" graphics modes (a whopping 320x200 in 16 colors). The stock HGET and HPUT blitter commands were way too slow (which is what happens when the original programmers' properly "structured" program calls 3 subroutines for each byte it's copying to the frame buffer). I also added transparency and horizontal & vertical flipping. And tile-based backgrounds. And double-buffering. I never actually did built the game I wanted to make; I had more fun building the tools. (for certain definitions of "fun".)
Pfft-- I had a CoCo 2 and 3, and while the 6809 was a superior 8-bit CPU (it was able to do some 16-bit ops), it was entirely on its own. No sprite chip-- I taught myself assembly to create a screaming fast (compared to the stock CoCo3 BASIC HGET/HPUT ) blitter. It could do transparency, even. "Audio" meant plugging values into a particular address (linked to a 6-bit DAC) at regular intervals (no DMA here), so forget about playing any sound more complex than blips and clicks if you want to do anything else at the same time.
Graphic Converter? Really?
Who the hell needs to torrent GC? That's shareware. And unless they changed something recently, you don't even really need the serial #-- you just have to wait a minute after you launch it if it's not registered. And you can find pirated serials if really want to.
Dang-- I forgot about the matching cattle prod, portable bulk eraser, and etherkiller.
Also-- no comment as to what the "B" in "BOFH Barbie" might stand for.
Fear the BOFH Barbie, with her "laptop" whose insides are just a bunch of ni-cads and an inverter wired to all its ports.
Re: The Sex Party
I'm reminded of this:
Also, @ Tali Walker: Sure, they'll be Entirely Free as long as they're still permitted to read about how Not Entirely Free they really are; yeah, that makes sense. Right.
Flash kills batteries dead
Although there is some political wrangling and corporate pissing-matches going on here, I think the lack of Flash on the iPhone and iPad is mostly due to the fact that Flash is so CPU-intensive, it kills battery life:
"The [Flash] prototype allowed the iPhone to have less than half an hour of battery life using flash."
A version of Flash that uses the GPU might be easier on the battery, but that would require actual effort on Adobe's part.
Not that I have any need for an iPad at the moment (I had hoped for a full-fledged Tablet PC that could run OS X and Photoshop, but I'll just have to limp along with my XP tablet for a bit longer).
What do you mean "ever so slightly"?
Check out the original BOFH episodes; he's actually mellowed somewhat in recent years.
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