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by Blerkotron
Wed May 16, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: GAC on 128+2 (not 2a)
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: GAC on 128+2 (not 2a)

Not a +2, but I used to use this with my Toastrack and it worked fine. Does it work on an emulated +2? The turbo loader was ridiculously fast, perhaps the poor old +2 tape deck is having issues? Even if you get it to load it won't use the extra memory, only the base 48k. To be honest you're loads be...
by Blerkotron
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: The Press
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: The Press

I wonder if it was a bit late in the day - most of the mags had stopped doing much 'serious' stuff by the time The Press came out. I *think* I've figured this out now. There are another pair of programs on the tape called 'auto savers' which aren't really very well explained and I thought they were ...
by Blerkotron
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: RND related question
Replies: 10
Views: 322

Re: RND related question

Yeah, it was always my understanding that RND returned a number of 0 or greater but always less than 1, therefore INT(RND*187) would give you what you want. If it's possible for RND to return a value of 1 I've never seen it happen!
by Blerkotron
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Programming
Topic: The Press
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: The Press

From what I understand The Expander is actually something completely separate which allows you to use memory which isn't usually available to The Quill for extra messages and locations... Unless I've misread that part of the manual completely. You can also load The Press directly into The Quill, so ...
by Blerkotron
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Programming
Topic: The Press
Replies: 4
Views: 186

The Press

Does anyone know how to use Gilsoft's "The Press" successfully? I've been trying to use it to compress the text in some old, half done Quill adventures but I can't help feeling I'm missing a step. I load my Quilled database into the program and compress it as per the instructions, saving a bunch of ...
by Blerkotron
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: The Definitive Programmer’s Guide to Using the Floating Bus Trick on the ZX Spectrum
Replies: 27
Views: 924

Re: The Definitive Programmer’s Guide to Using the Floating Bus Trick on the ZX Spectrum

This is fascinating, and very clearly explained - thanks for taking the time, @Ast A. Moore!
by Blerkotron
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Development Environments
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: Development Environments

I have looked at Microsoft Visual Code. It looks promising as it runs on both Linux and Windows. I did try and read the bit about calling external commands to make build calls but I got thoroughly confused! Is there any chance you could expand on this with some examples? Sure - VS Code is a bit bar...
by Blerkotron
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Development Environments
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: Development Environments

That looks like some distressingly organised and well-commented code... :o Partly because I do code for a living and partly because it helps greatly while I'm learning. Quite often I come back to routines weeks later and can't remember for the life of me why I did something a certain way, so leavin...
by Blerkotron
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Development Environments
Replies: 18
Views: 1006

Re: Development Environments

Here's my setup: Microsoft's ' Visual Studio Code ' for editing (it has a plug-in for Pasmo/Z80 highlighting which should also work for most assemblers). Pasmo for assembling. SpecEmu for debugging. BitBucket for source control. VS Code makes for an excellent Z80 editor, it's not just for modern lan...