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TIGCM Returns!
Posted by Nick on 10 June 2000, 18:04 GMT

Before there was anything, there was TIGCM. Short for "TI Graphing Calclulator Magazine," TIGCM was begun in 1994 (for reference, ticalc.org began in 1996) by Brian Hill and David Smith. It was discontinued four years later. Now, it's back, and it looks very nice, with a great deal of content. Its first issue was released this morning, and you can check that out here. TIGCM is now maintained and edited by Jason Gauer as per the request of the original authors.

 


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Re: TIGCM Returns!
amicek  Account Info
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Wow. I can't believe this. They have been around a long time and I never even knew about them! I live in a box! That is awesome that they get the publicity.

amicek

     10 June 2000, 18:07 GMT

Re: TIGCM Returns!
Robert Mohr  Account Info
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Looks nice to me.
I'm glad it's back.

And my site is mentioned!

~Robert

     10 June 2000, 18:10 GMT


Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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So's mine! :)

--BlueCalx

     10 June 2000, 18:27 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Chris Perkins  Account Info
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aahahahaha,thats funny.<in mean evil voice>NOT!<laughs in a histerical evil laugh like that of Katra Rhababa Winner when his father died.>

     10 June 2000, 18:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
JaggedFlame

I see we forgot to close the HTML tags... which means now everyone after your post is speaking in a diabolical evil voice. Cool. :-)

     10 June 2000, 18:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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Don't forget the hysterical, evil laugh, too. :)

--BlueCalx

PS: Mwahahahahahahahah!

     10 June 2000, 19:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
JaggedFlame

Oh, yeah, how can I forget the hysterical evil laugh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

     10 June 2000, 19:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Robert Mohr  Account Info
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Ok, I'll do it:

</in mean evil voice>
</laughs in a histerical evil laugh like that of Katra Rhababa Winner when his father died.>

~Robert

     10 June 2000, 19:32 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
JaggedFlame

Hey! What'd you go and do that for???

MWAHAHAhah--- dang, now that you ended the tag, I can't do it anymore.

     10 June 2000, 22:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Sebastian Reichelt  Account Info
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Does that work? I always thought HTML tags had to be closed in the opposite order they were opened. In that case, we would still be talking in the evil voice, but not laughing.

     11 June 2000, 01:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Robert Mohr  Account Info
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Oops...

It does work with most tags, but isn't recommended because it doesn't work with all of them. And I'm not real sure if it works with these particular tags--I couldn't find them in my HTML editor's reference area or on WebMonkey.

~Robert

     11 June 2000, 17:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
MathJMendl  Account Info
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It generally works because most people use IE or Netscape, which don't follow strict html. It is incorrect html if you go by w3's standands. You could see how they view it by using Amaya, a browser that they put out to follow exact html (found at their website, w3.org). Those tags didn't work andway, though, because the symbols for < and > (&lt; and &gt;) were used, so they weren't really tags. Phew!

     11 June 2000, 21:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Sebastian Reichelt  Account Info
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Yeah, of course, but let's just pretend they worked. That would mean everybody here might still be talking evil (depending on the browser). I also don't really know anything about HTML, I just guessed. :-)

     12 June 2000, 01:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Robert Mohr  Account Info
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Well...DUH!

~Robert

     10 June 2000, 18:45 GMT

Re: TIGCM Returns!
MathJMendl  Account Info
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Nice site, maybe I'll add it to the ODP.

     10 June 2000, 21:10 GMT


Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Rider90  Account Info
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Thanks, MathJMendl.

     10 June 2000, 22:19 GMT

Re: TIGCM Returns!
Samir Ribic  Account Info
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Wrong! Before there was anything there was TI PPC Notes, the magazine about first TI programable calculators, which was published approximatelly in period 1978-1988.

     11 June 2000, 22:48 GMT

Re: TIGCM Returns!
Harper Maddox  Account Info
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The way it was
--------------
I wonder how many people actually remember TI-GCM. If you do remember, then you can skip the history lesson, or read it anyways if you'd like to reminisce. I remember, and back when it existed it was wonderful. I am talking about the pre ticalc.org days, when there was little if any information available online for Ti calculators. Forget about the 83+, the 83 didn't even exist. The concept of programming assembly langauge programs for Ti's only existed for the Ti-85 through the remarkable program ZShell. The point I am trying to make is any content on the calculators was a sight to behold. For me, the first time I saw anything about calculators on the internet, was when I first got it back in spring 1996. So, i searched for Ti Calculators on yahoo (before it became a corporation), and came across a number of helpful sites. TI-GCM was one of them, which I found mainly off of Amatai's enormous TI Net Sites Online page. The TI-GCM of yesteryear offered expert advice in the form of columns and reviewed the newest games. Now such information is taken for granted. People whine all of the time about, I have to have a tutorial written not only for the 83+, but one that shows how to do specific things for the ION shell using a specific incude file. That's laughable. I learned how to do 83 assembly from the Z-Shell school and the Z80 Instruction Set Summary. I have no idea how Dan Eble knew it well enough to hack the Ti-85 that runs on an outdated Z80 processor while still in high school. I know you're kind of waiting for meaning to this rant, so this brings me to my point. In the beginning of 1997, TI-GCM and ticalc.org had both made a large impact on the ti-community which was growing rapidly, but experienced a long downtime (3 or 4 months, if i remember correctly, and ticalc.org because FSU decided to no longer host the project). So, Alex Highsmith and I got this bright idea to start up our own newspaper called the Ti-Files, to fill the void and service to all the ti community. We got the ball rolling on that project and churned out a good many reviews and made a preliminary staff of about 7, most of which would have a large role in the development of the Ti Community. I think it was at this point and for most of that year (1997) that I could honestly say that Ti-Files was not the most professional, but the most original and up-to-date Ti site in existance. It wasn't until ticalc.org pulled in Bryan Rabeler (then famous for "The Fargo Archive", with a revolutionary up-to-date news system that inlcuded blurbs and screenshots, that the first overhaul of ticalc.org soon adopted) that ticalc.org became the de-facto source for ti calculator information. That same group that recruited Rableler would eventually turn on him, forcing him to leave the project. It was during this year, 1997, that I was very active in the ti-community, but not programming wise, perhaps due with my lack of a graphlink (didnt get that till the summer of 1997, a year and a half after getting on the internet). I spent alot of time on IRC at this point, after realizing that java based chat sucked. So, the original members of Ti-Files and I created #ti8x and then moved on to #ti-files (fyi, i was the first in #ti8x and alex was the first in #ti-files). After most people had heard about ti-files, we began a rivalry with #ti, all in good fun. It was exactly like rival football fans, each thinking their team was the best. This is probably where I got to learn how to program calculators best, by getting little bits of advice from friends when I got stuck, and helping them to learn at the same time. In this regard, it is probably better to learn from someone closer to your skill level than an expert. Later this year (i think), Adam Berlinsky-Schine started working for Ti-Files, and moonlighted during this time, in building dimension-ti. I really don't think too many people gave it credit until adam bought a domain name. Nevertheless it carried good content. At the ti-files we came up some neat features during this time, including the P.U.D's section, a top ten list (that kind of fizzled), high scores section (I never really believed that anyone got over 1000 on the puzzle mode of insane game 85), and a newsletter featuring a program of the month. Then after I graduated in summer 1998, i took about a 8 month vacation from ti-programming, and didn't really pick it up again till spring '99. Most of you people should know what i've done since 99, b/c i've been fairly active with programming. And if anyone is wondering if i've been a hermit since i released the punchout demo, i've been working on something really cool, and i might release a demo in a few weeks.

And about the new ti-gcm newsletter, I really didn't like it mainly because I can't identify with the newcomers to the ti-scene. I mean, i had never heard of any of the programming groups mentioned, nor of the programmers interviewed. Also, I think the articles inside the newspaper contained information that was not true, or at least misleading. but don't quit. i didn't.

     12 June 2000, 08:40 GMT


Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Rider90  Account Info
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Harper, I am 100% positive that everything said in the June issue of TIGCM was true. The history of TIGCM was re-checked with the original founders of TIGCM (David and Brian) so could you be alittle more specific about what was un-true or misleading? Thanks

     12 June 2000, 20:31 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TIGCM Returns!
Harper Maddox  Account Info
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The history was true.

I was referring to the content of the June newsletter.

     13 June 2000, 05:14 GMT

Re: TIGCM Returns!
JaggedFlame

"Calclulator"... interesting.

I think you spelled it wrong... :-)

     15 June 2000, 16:03 GMT

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