Interface 1bis

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Interface 1bis

Post by PeterJ » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:12 pm

For anyone who has one of these wonderful devices I'm pleased to let you know that it now supports downloads from Spectrum Computing as well as World of Spectrum and Archive.org

https://sites.google.com/site/interface1bis/

https://sites.google.com/site/interface ... ctober2017
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by PeterJ » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:37 am

Does anyone else have one of these?
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by 1024MAK » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:20 pm

Yes :mrgreen:
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by RMartins » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:09 am

Might be something I would by.

I have to think about it :)
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by Nomad » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:24 pm

Would be nice to have this an an option peripheral on the emulators - would be good for development :lol:
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by Dan Antohi » Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:41 am

The 'Interface 1bis' is slightly more difficult to emulate than devices consisting of just one CPLD, but luckily I don't need an emulator for development,
mainly because I happened to be around in the old days, when the keypunch and the line printer were the programmer's tools and debugging implied annotating hex core dump listings, which was as such a strong incentive to learn how to write code that works first time.
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by RMartins » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:35 am

Dan Antohi wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:41 am
..., which was as such a strong incentive to learn how to write code that works first time.
Thast's so true.

Today, I see young programmers, just keep compiling until they get it, because it feels easy.
They will not get to be as good programmers as they could be, if they they keep using this crutch.

Having a good grasp of the objective/intent, and being able to structure it in your mind, before you start typing is a big plus,when prograqmming.
I would even dare to say it's fundamental, to be able to generate code without bugs, because if you don't see the big picture, you will miss the corner cases that will make your code go wild.
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Re: Interface 1bis

Post by PeterJ » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:47 am

@Dan Antohi Whilst I found the initial learning curve quite steep the Interface 1bis is an amazing piece of kit. It offers many features like ethernet or WiFi (via a cheap ESP8266 module) connection from your Spectrum to your PC. You can even chat online! The documentation is very good on the website and Dan answered questions for me.

I would have liked to see Windows 10 signed drivers rather than having to unable unsigned. Also the YouTube videos seem voiced by a robotic voice which makes them very hard to listen too. It would be good if something could be written to make more use of the internet connection. Downloading XML RSS data for instance would be amazing! You can also download software from our own site as well as WoS and archive.org.

@PaulJ did a great review on the Spectrum Show.
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