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Posted by Nick on 19 March 2000, 22:49 GMT

For some reason, people tend to email me in sporadic bursts. Maybe it's part of a massively coordinated anti-Disabato movement or something; it's a frequent occurrence to see fifty new things come out one day and then for the next three weeks all I get are three emails for laser printer toner advertising.
This is one of those days where I received fifty emails. Actually, to be more specific, one hundred and six.
Due to this *cough* outburst, here's a bunch of links to places I have received in the past few days.

Shermco Studio v.5 Beta has been released by Shermco Industries. This is supposed to be a development kit for 83/83+ BASIC programs. Weighing in at a miniscule twenty-three and a half megabytes, this program seems like it would have more than its share of features. It's still in beta. I haven't tried it myself; my little ISDN line is currently struggling to get it on my machine.
BAPG is accepting new members. Go to their site and fill out the application - they're looking with ASM programmers with at least a bit of experience under their belt. If you have any questions, email Chris Dietz.
Programmers Anonymous has redone parts of its web site. They're using CGI scripts for automatic news posting and comment boards, and their archives are now done in JavaScript. Check them out :)
(What's with all these hosted sites emailing me, anyway?) Jimi Malcolm sent me an email telling me that guide.ticalc.org has been redone as far as its navigation structure. A menu system has been implemented. Also, an extensive index is available here.
Diego Pontoriero of ZAPO emailed me to give me a link to a TI-83 Plus selling for the low, low price of $130 on Mercata - a site that purchases items in bulk to drive prices lower. Oh, and it's marked down from $170 :-)

That's about it for now from the grapevine. Thanks to everyone who emails me about all these crazy new things :)

 


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Re: Random News Tidbits
barich Account Info
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Wow, first comment two articles in a row.

Hasn't there already been enough people trying to charge for TI games etc. for programmers to realize that no one will pay for anything to do with a calculator (except the hardware)??

     19 March 2000, 22:54 GMT

IT's FREE INCLUDING THE FINAL VERSION
Binky  Account Info
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CORRECTION: YOU WON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FINAL VERSION!!!!!
-From the developer of Shermco Studio .5 BETA
-Sherman
-http://www.shermcoti.bored.org
-"Where innovation meets reality"

     20 March 2000, 00:22 GMT


Re: IT's FREE INCLUDING THE FINAL VERSION
CircaX  Account Info
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where did you see that on his page?

     20 March 2000, 02:25 GMT


Re: Re: IT's FREE INCLUDING THE FINAL VERSION
JaggedFlame

if you go to the information page, and scroll waaay down to the bottom, you'll see "the beta version is free." i think nick thought it meant that the full version isn't free.

     20 March 2000, 03:25 GMT


UPGRADE COMING
Binky  Account Info
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An upgrade to Shermco Studio .5 will soon be available on ticalc.org and my site. It will fix a few bugs with the compiler, and let you take a peek at some new features that I am working on.
-From the developer of Shermco Studio
-Sherman C.
-http://www.shermcoti.bored.org
-"Where innovation meets reality"

     20 March 2000, 13:38 GMT

Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

miniscule 23 megabytes... you gotta be kidding.

but i guess it's not a problem for us cable/dsl users... :-)

     19 March 2000, 23:27 GMT


Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Michael Brunner  Account Info
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You cable/dsl users think you're so fly just because you download at almost half a meg a second. I still love my 56k modem, and I'm not switching over until my next computer, which I am going to be building.

<sarcasm style="oblivious">By the way... what was this news item about?</sarcasm>

     21 March 2000, 04:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

if you're going to be switching over to cable when you're done building your computer, you seem more like a hypocrite to me...

     21 March 2000, 04:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Michael Brunner  Account Info
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Not necessarily... The computer I will be building will not be for another 2-3 years. Then I plan to pay for a DSL line, since by then 56k will be so obsolete. Now, 56k is still hanging on by a thread, and I will love it until 56k goes completely obsolete.

     21 March 2000, 23:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
matt c  Account Info
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have you used a cable modem???
it is sooo much more convient and better then my 56k modem.
no more busy signals for my friends trying to call me.
i have access to tons of information almost instantly
need to get movie times? right there.
directions? got them
and its so much faster the dialing up and using a much slower connection

     22 March 2000, 03:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Michael Brunner  Account Info
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Buddy, my server runs on a cable modem. It's my friend's computer, it's at his house, and he pays the $40/month. I'm cheap like that, so I don't want to get a cable modem right away. I'm getting DSL, which is faster, but in a few years it will be a LOT less expensive, so :P.

     23 March 2000, 05:17 GMT

Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

You're going to have to PAY to develop 83 basic programs? This should be interesting...

     19 March 2000, 23:29 GMT


Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

nevermind... that guy just said it's going to be free (scroll up).

     20 March 2000, 01:59 GMT

Re: Random News Tidbits
Jeff Barrett  Account Info

23 meg?? For a BASIC editor??? It better have a #&%% of a lot of features. Why pay for a 25 meg download, when a 1 meg free download will do the same thing?

     19 March 2000, 23:38 GMT


Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
akdjr  Account Info
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its that large, i think mainly because it was programmed in visual basic.
you know how with visual basic you get small exe size, but for a simple program, it turns into about 2 meg setup just for all of the dll's that visual basic programs need to run.

akshay

     21 March 2000, 03:05 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Binky  Account Info
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Howda you know it was programmed in Visual Basic? Yes, even for a simple program, it takes up like 20 mbs. The .5.2 version reduced the size from 23 mb to 22.5 mb!! Improvement :)
-Sherman
-Creator of Shermco Studio

     21 March 2000, 04:00 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
lexlugger  Account Info
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He probably looked at the screen shots on your home page and saw that the windows have the standard VB icons or he downloaded and when he tried to run it he got a message like "Connot find msvbvm60.dll" or something like that. That's what always happend to me and I refuse to install these dlls.

     21 March 2000, 22:30 GMT


Re: visual basic
skyraid

umm, no... i have been programming in visual basic since the days of vb3, and i have never encountered making a small program like that thingie up there and have it be 25 megs. first off, visual basic makes the program smaller then other langues because it doesn't incorperate the runtime into the program making them bigger.. and second, just about ever person with windows 95 or higher has the needed files to run a vb program. if i seem a little bit mad/angry, i am not, i just have an agressive personality :o) later

     22 March 2000, 00:09 GMT


Re: Re: visual basic
akdjr  Account Info
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the program is in visual basic (when running it, i got several visual basic runtime errors) (for above post)

i have been programming vb as well (only 5 and 6), and i do know that the exe file size is reduced greatly than if coded in say C++, but where vb reduces exe size, it increases the overall zip size with the required runtime dlls and such. (i had made a 20 kb tic tac toe in vb, but when i made a setup for it, the zip file was about 2-3 megs).

now, i agree that just because it was in vb, doesn't make it that large - it might just be something else. but there have been many occasions, where i have used afriends computer and they didn't have the vb runtimes.

     22 March 2000, 01:12 GMT

Re: Random News Tidbits
Justin B  Account Info
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ThatÂ’s an expensive calculator! I would like to know where they got their starting price. I noticed their TI-89 was at a reasonable price though.

     19 March 2000, 23:38 GMT


Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

$150? Well.... I got mine for $120 at best buy a while ago (doubt it still is $120)...

     20 March 2000, 02:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
CircaX  Account Info
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I saw an 83+ at Wal-Mart for $95.96!

     20 March 2000, 02:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
ComputerWiz  Account Info
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got mine for 83.50 at target and i know someone who worked there at the time so i got a 10% discount also

     20 March 2000, 03:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
L_Kishyak  Account Info
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And to put in another two cents....
89-$149.99 Meijers as well as Wal-Mart here in MI.

83 $89 something or other @ Dim-TI, including shipping it is about $100... got it in two days...

83+ i got for $94.00 @ Wal-Mart.
not that anyone should care, but hey, why not?
laterness
Steve
http://www.megahelp.org

     20 March 2000, 12:15 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

just to clarify, i was talking about my 89 (i don't have an 83+).

     20 March 2000, 03:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Jxxh67  Account Info

yeah, let me know when you find a ti-89 for 83.50!

     20 March 2000, 04:47 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Pete Tsalamandris  Account Info

My Calc II teacher bought his 89 for about 70 bones

     20 March 2000, 06:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Fuzz  Account Info
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if you mean bones as in the ones you smoke, it makes sense

     20 March 2000, 07:26 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Max Seckel  Account Info
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i got mine for 93.20...used of course.....but it is in PERFECT condition...no scratches or nething.

     20 March 2000, 21:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
JaggedFlame

dream on... but you could get a used one for less

     21 March 2000, 00:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Random News Tidbits
Ben Oman
(Web Page)

I found an 89 for $60 at Target. I took the deal, and sold it for $100.

     22 March 2000, 01:57 GMT

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