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TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Posted by Nick on 14 August 2000, 04:39 GMT

The TCPA is at it again, with their dastardly plots to take over the world through massive amounts of thermonuclear detonation and... um, never mind. :) Here is a gaggle of programs that folks from the TCPA have released in the past few days. Apologies for the short descriptions; there's been a lot of stuff going on with the screenshot staff lately (like, you know, GETTING IT WORKING). Things will resume their normal punctuality and lack of brevity in due time.

  • Telnet 83 Plus v.15 was ported by Dan Englender. Using this with your external modem will give your 83 Plus a VT100 terminal to use with Telnet and such.
  • The Tower of Hanoi exists in 83 Plus versions, for both MirageOS and Ion, as well as an 83 version for Ion. This is just like the Tower of Hanoi game you've always played, only, um... more 31337. Yeah.
  • Atari Boxing has been released by the ubiquituous James Vernon. 83 and 83 Plus versions are available. This original (to calculators, at least) game is a port of an old Atari 2600 boxing game, where you look at the boxers from overhead. Werd!
  • A combination action/puzzle game by Matt Landry, Melt Man v1.0 has just been released for the 83 and the 83 Plus, for Ion. The protagonist has as many bullets as aliens, which makes ammo conservation and other innovative tactics a must. Nice!

Congrats to the TCPA for all their recent accomplishments to add to the roster of Really Cool Things(TM) they've done in past years.

 


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Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
monoman  Account Info
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I love Tower of Hanoi. I used to play the real (wooden) version in fifth grade.

     14 August 2000, 05:05 GMT

Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Michael Figge  Account Info

To Staff of Ticalc.org

I didn't know where else to put this message but I thought this news item would be a good example of this suggestion. Sometimes when I see featured programs, I look who it's made by. Usually that person's name is one I don't recognize and I want to see whatever else the person has written. I would have to go through the process of scrolling down, selecting the file info, then finally selecting the authors name.

Now this seems to be not so much of a hassle. However when four potm come out at the same time, this increases the time it takes to do this process. It seems to me that instead of linking to the author's email address, you could link to the author's little "programs made page". On that page there is their email so you could still contact them.

I do realize it is more work for the webmaster N*cough*ick, but it makes it easier for users like me to get more progs they like.

--
Michael "pronounce the E --->" Figge

     14 August 2000, 06:36 GMT


Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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This is a good idea, but flawed for only one reason: if someone encounters a bug with a program or wants to give feedback, a quick link to the email address of said author provides unbridled ease for the person to vent their concern.

I appreciate your feedback, but there's only so much info one can cram into a news item. :(

--BlueCalx

     14 August 2000, 06:51 GMT

Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Scott Noveck  Account Info
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But you could certainly make the program names link to their own entries - each program has its little page - and not the zips directly, so that all of us who want to glance at the readme and such before downloading (I'd imagine that's a very large portion) can simple scroll down and click the link to that, rather than go fishing around for it. . .

     14 August 2000, 08:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Kouri  Account Info
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That's what the file info icon is for (it's the little document with a magnifying glass just to the left of the program name).
Anyway, I like the idea of having the author's name link to their author page instead of their e-mail address.

     14 August 2000, 11:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Michael Figge  Account Info

Nick

I'm not sure if I understand what your reasoning is. Sorry. I am one of those "visual learning" people.

Isn't the author's email address accessible (don't mind the spelling) on the "programs made page"? So the person with a comment or complaint on a program could still contact them easily.

I understand that you guys are busy taking screen shots of programs and adding little red thingy's to the program info link but this is something to consider after the ss.ticalc.org project is done.

Thx for reading.

--Michael "The Visual Learner" Figge

     14 August 2000, 16:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
David Hall  Account Info
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Werd

Sorry Nick, you're outnumbered two to one ;)

(and totally OT, Trebuchets were used to primarily fling big rocks, not people contrary to information on NickD.org - haven't you played AOE2?????)

     15 August 2000, 11:45 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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Yes, I know that, but THIS trebuchet was intended to fling people.

Or rocks that weigh as much as people. :P

--BlueCalx

     15 August 2000, 18:06 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
David Hall  Account Info
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Or maybe people who weigh as much as rocks ;)

Even so, stop trying to change the subject! WE WANT LESS EMAIL LINKS! :) UP THE REVOLUTION! ;)

     15 August 2000, 22:11 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Michael Figge  Account Info

Yea!!

lol. I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. Look at this message, its the 8th reply from my original message.

--Michael "I'm ran out of wise/smart/dumb things to say" Figge

     17 August 2000, 03:30 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Mercury  Account Info

hehe, and to think that thing isn't even full scale :)

     16 August 2000, 19:47 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Max Seckel  Account Info
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..actually...theres a cheat that makes them fling people and cows instead of rocks...but that might just be catapults in the first game i cant remember...

     17 August 2000, 11:55 GMT

Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Dave Stroup  Account Info
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Yes, but where is the SSH for TI-83!!#$@#$@#$@

     14 August 2000, 08:05 GMT

Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
JaggedFlame Account Info

Wow, would you look at all that red in the new file icons... maybe it's time for a new color scheme, considering 99-100% of the files are going to be screenshotted eventually?

     14 August 2000, 15:29 GMT


Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
^Andy  Account Info
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yeah, red is scary

     14 August 2000, 19:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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I like the pastel-ish blue/purple we currently have on animated icons... I'll ask Magnus about the possibility of doing the same to the red.

--BlueCalx

     14 August 2000, 22:39 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Michael Figge  Account Info

How do you animate the screen shots?? I've always wondered that.

--Michael "The wonderer" Figge

     14 August 2000, 22:48 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
calcfreak901  Account Info
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Kirk Meyer wrote a program that takes animated screenshots of a program that is running in an emulator. I would be doing screenshots for Dim-TI and here, but that would require me to find a more stable os for my comp, and at this point my parents won't let me get win2k, although I have the money to buy it and meet the sysreqs. I have incompatible hardware for linux (^^%$#%#%^%$#%^$#@$%^ing winmodem!).

It is also possible to string together static images into an animated gif, but this results in terrible frame rates and much more work for the screenshooter.

Anyone know if VTI will work well under windoze 98 second edition? or win2k professional?

e of pi and the unimatrix's 45.59985053114 cents

     14 August 2000, 23:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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Heatfactory is w2k and vti works just fine.
Heatfactory used to be w98 and vti worked just fine :)

--BlueCalx

     15 August 2000, 01:45 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
David Hall  Account Info
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"Heatfactory used to be w98 and vti worked just fine :)"

Shame w98 didn't ;)

     15 August 2000, 22:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Nick Disabato  Account Info
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(smile)
Yeah, before I put win2k in, my w98 box took twenty minutes to post, boot, log in, and finally get to no disk activity.

TWENTY. MINUTES.

Win2k used to take three; now it takes ten. It's getting there, but much slower now.

--BlueCalx

     15 August 2000, 22:33 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
David Hall  Account Info
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In my experience, running programs tends to slow Windows 98 down. If you just leave it its fine, and is quite happy to demonstrate how nice its graphics card is by mucking around with Geiss (http://www.geisswerks.com).

As for Win2000, I reckon I may get my laptop with Windows ME. And Bill Gates says he isn't an egotist.... Windows me indeed...

     16 August 2000, 12:35 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Mercury  Account Info

Ha. gotcha beat. My OS boots in about 10 seconds. maybe a grand total of about 30-45 with post/bootman/os/tracker starting.

     16 August 2000, 19:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
JaggedFlame Account Info

Yeah, the new icons look cool... but when all the files have screenshots, would it make sense to make the screenshot icon white because it would be the standard icon?

     16 August 2000, 18:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
^Andy  Account Info
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i think the screenshotted programs should have the blue icon, red for animated, green for featured. the blue would be easier on the eyes..

     17 August 2000, 03:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: TCPA: Telnet 83 Plus, Tower of Hanoi, Atari Boxing, Melt Man
Dan Englender Account Info
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I agree, the red is quite annoying to look at.

     17 August 2000, 18:21 GMT

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