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TI-Freakware Programming Contest
Posted by Michael on 18 June 2006, 15:29 GMT

TI-Freakware is holding a programming contest. Entries in the form of games for most calculator models and in both BASIC and ASM are accepted. Prizes include a TI-89 Titanium, a TI-83 Plus, and a TI Keyboard. You can find the rules and other contest information on the TI-Freakware forum.

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Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
lifeiscalc Account Info

I wouldn't mind winning a ti-89 titanium. I have only ever written math programs, so this is incentive to start writing some games.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 15:54 GMT


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Taricorp  Account Info
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Who wouldn't mind winning an 89T? I've written some games, but they're all pretty lame, so I won't be entering. Anyway, I'm busy working on a memory expander for the 83+ SE family.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 16:07 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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I think the keyboard might be pretty nifty for me...

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 17:19 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info

Yeah, though it would be a pain to use it with my 89Ti, link port is on the top.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 20:58 GMT

Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
anykey  Account Info
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Yay! Programming competitions are great ways to get people to finish projects!
Is ticalc news now going to be updated every two months?

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 16:05 GMT

Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
Peter Fernandes  Account Info
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News items are posted pretty much whenever one of the staff finds good news to post.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 16:06 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
KermMartian  Account Info
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Anyone care to mention the Cemetech and Calchaven and UTI contests? No?

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 17:18 GMT


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Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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And Omnimaga contest? (there is 2 actually)

I didnt knew Cemetech had a programming contest though O.o

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 17:35 GMT

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Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info

Yeah, though it would be a pain to use it with my 89Ti, link port is on the top.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 20:52 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info

Arg... I didn't mean to post there.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 20:57 GMT


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Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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0wn3d

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 22:05 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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Yup, we've got a Sudoku one going:
http://www.cemetech.net/news.php?228

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 01:30 GMT

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Taricorp  Account Info
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I forgot about that one... I was going to enter... Guess I still will, too.

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 18:52 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Yeah, Sudoku seems to be getting really popular, so why not have a calc version? ;-)

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 23:10 GMT

Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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yay over a dozen of ppl entered alerady I cant wait to see what ppl will come up with

Off-topic: it's have been a while since the last news maybe ticalc is preparing something for june 21th (10th ticalc.org anniversary)

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 16:32 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
calkfreak83  Account Info
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June 22nd == My Birfday!! YAY!!!

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 23:54 GMT

Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
gabriel sternrobbinns  Account Info

This is an idea for a contest entry. A gameboy emulator for th ti 84+. I am awar othat there is one for the 68Ks. I figured that it would be sort of easy because they have the same cpu.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 17:25 GMT


Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
jesse frey  Account Info

not nessisarily, the game boy probably has hardware that would have to be emulated by a CPU that is just as power ful as it. emulating a game boy from a 68k calc has the advantage that the processor is more powerful.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 18:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
gabriel sternrobbinns  Account Info

no,
84+ cpu = 15mhz
89/92/V200 cpu = 12 mhz

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 18:29 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
Tyler C  Account Info
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Erm, 89T HW4 is ~16MHz

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 18:47 GMT

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Someone Someone  Account Info

Umm, sorry to say, but the processors speed in (mhz) doesn't always make a processor faster then another. The ti-84 runs a zilog z80, while the ti-89 runs a motorola 68000. The Motorola 68000 is much more efficient in doing things, then zilog z80 is. Also for computation etc., the z80 is an 8-bit cpu, and the motorola 68000, is 32-bit.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 19:00 GMT

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burntfuse  Account Info
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Actually, the one used in the 89/92/etc. is a 16-bit processor (someone correct me if I'm wrong). You're right, though, in that the 68k has a more powerful instruction set, and probably better pipelining and a cache and other stuff that the Z80 doesn't have.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 19:26 GMT

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Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info
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Wikipedia says it's a 32-bit, I'll fix it if it's wrong though.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 21:03 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic  Account Info
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Yeah, it's 32-bit. ^Link on both post^

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 21:05 GMT

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Ranman  Account Info

The m68000 is actually considered to be a "16/32" bit processor.

The m68020 is considered to be the first true 32 bit CPU within the 68K family of processors.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 21:11 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Ok, 32-bit then, I was wrong.

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 23:11 GMT


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nyall Account Info
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The 68k has 32 bit registers but a 16 bit Arithmetic logic unit. This means a 32 bit add instruction uses the ALU twice, so 16 bit math is twice as fast as 32 bit math. And the data path to ram/flash is 16 bits.

The pipelining is really simple. It can fetch the next instruction while executing the current one.

There is no cache.

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 02:10 GMT


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Ranman  Account Info

The CPU in the Gameboy is a modified Z80 -- if my memory is correct.

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 21:13 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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Your memory is indeed correct. It's _heavily_ modified though.

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 01:31 GMT


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Gustavo Saur.  Account Info

users benchmark reported less than that. much more close to 13mhz than 16mhz... I think this need further analysis

Reply to this comment    19 June 2006, 04:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TI-Freakware Programming Contest
Alex M  Account Info
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You forget however that the MC68000 processor is 32-bit while Z80 is 8-bit, and that the 68k's have almost 8 times the RAM the 83/4's do.

- Alex

Reply to this comment    18 June 2006, 18:56 GMT

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