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Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Posted by Nick on 6 November 1999, 05:53 GMT

Two 89 ASM programs have been added recently of worthy mention:

ClockI just thought this program was so stinking neat, I couldn't resist giving it a mention. A Clock that runs in the "tray" of the 89, next to where the history pairs appear. Yes, it's multitasking - you can do anything else you'd normally do on the 89 while it's running. It's "more or less accurate," according to the author, Arie Benichou. Its only drawback is that the only way to get rid of it is to either reset the calculator or to uninstall DoorsOS. In the screenshot, I'm changing the time using the arrow keys (it's shown at the bottom).

Secondly (and lastly), Florian Clavert has released an assembly version of Pong for the 89, called Pong v0.2 Beta. It has all the normal features you'd expect from a pong game, including AI play.

 


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Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Oblique  Account Info
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First Comment.. Dont care about article though..

     6 November 1999, 06:24 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Erich Oelschlegel  Account Info
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Clock is a great idea. Now if only there was a sensible way to get rid of it...

~ferich

     6 November 1999, 06:28 GMT


Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Bryan Rabeler  Account Info
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There is, uninstall Doors OS. Nick added that little blurb to the news item after he went back and read the docs. :)

     6 November 1999, 06:43 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Tim Arnold  Account Info
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uhm... 4th comment

     6 November 1999, 07:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
sled Account Info

excellent program. A very clever idea...ROCK ON!!!!

     6 November 1999, 07:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Erich Oelschlegel  Account Info
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I noticed he put in that comment, that's why I wondered when the author was going to put in a *sensible* way to uninstall it... :)

~ferich

     6 November 1999, 09:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Spatz  Account Info

Heheh 7th Yeah keke
Why are we now disscusing dumb stuff like a clock. Lets go back to games that was funner

     6 November 1999, 09:25 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
ComputerWiz  Account Info
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hey nice program does it continue to work when the calc is off?..... if so doesnt this drain the battery?
i remember somone made this for the 86 and it drained the battery fast.

hehehe 8th post

ohh ticalc you posted my slopes levels again for some reason and i checked out my own author listing and ya got the wrong email, change it to compwiz-127@juno.com

id email a complaint to ya but i dont feel like opening juno right now

     6 November 1999, 11:33 GMT

Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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Yes - according to the docs, it works just fine when the calc is off.

--BlueCalx

     6 November 1999, 16:08 GMT


Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
David Hart  Account Info
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Yeah, I wrote CTime for the TI-86, and it used about 200 times the normal power when turned off than it would normally use when off. However, on the TI-86, the interrupts that are used to update the clock are generated by the LCD screen (the part of the calc which needs the most power), so the LCD screen has to be on for the clock to be updated, even when the calculator is "off". On the TI-89, though, the interrupts are not generated by the screen, so the screen can be turned off and the clock can still be updated. If the processor is put in halt mode for most of the time, the clock will use up maybe twice as much power as usual when turned off as normal, maybe less.

     6 November 1999, 19:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
ComputerWiz  Account Info
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thank you for explaining that so the batteries only last half as long now i got to ask you 89 users is it worth buying batteries twice and often just for a clock on your calc.. why not just buy a watch?

     6 November 1999, 23:48 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Fred  Account Info
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Well.. DBA's clock is a real clock (DS12887A from Dallas Semiconductors)

It has its one battery...

And we've written a TSR :)

It's accurate and does not need batteries... And it's said to be Y2K compliant...

     6 November 1999, 14:31 GMT


Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Reddog  Account Info
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ok everyone, this really confuses me. DBA or whatever it is. i think its dba, but they have come out with like 3 or so of the most revolutionary programs, and we never hear anything about them really. there have been a couple of different news articles, but for some reason no one talks about themm.
between the oncalc compiler, the clock, and the archive utility,

i just feel its kinda funny that these are all really tough things that alot of people aren't sure how anyone could do this, and this group is making them all at the same time. we should really back this group, no it isn't games, but alot of utilities are worth it.

     6 November 1999, 15:58 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
scott D  Account Info

does it work for Hardware 2.00/ROM Version 1.05?

     6 November 1999, 15:40 GMT


Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
h4X0r  Account Info
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Clock work just great on Hardware Version 2.00. Great job Arie Benichou on a great utility.

     6 November 1999, 21:39 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
h4X0r  Account Info
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Whoops, nevermind. It doesn't update correctly. Sorry.

     6 November 1999, 21:50 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Reno  Account Info

Did I read it correctly saying it doesn't ever allow the calc to turn off, instead making it clear the screen and appear to be off?

So it still uses battery power after shutdown?

     6 November 1999, 17:43 GMT


Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
deuist Account Info

Yes. It wastes batteries. Read the full review when it comes out.

     6 November 1999, 19:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
Niklas Brunlid  Account Info
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Actually, it overrides the normal trap #4 and *does* turn off the LCD (looking at the source you can see that there is no code that simply clears the LCD memory), and that is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) drains on the batteries...

     6 November 1999, 22:36 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
barich Account Info
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"More or less accurate"

Considering that I have had to clock on my calc for 2 hours now and that it is off by 5 minutes already leads me to believe that it is better described as "less accurate."

     6 November 1999, 20:22 GMT

Re: Clock and Pong v0.2 Beta for the 89
deuist Account Info
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Since my review of the clock hasn't been put up by Eric yet, I've decided to put it up on a seperate webpage. Click on the url for the review.

Xoom.com has problems with 404 even when pages are present. Just reclick the link if there is a problem.

The screenshot is the same as is found on ticalc.org's front page. Nick, if you want me to remove it, I will.

     6 November 1999, 22:09 GMT

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