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A 4-post collection

CP/M Games & Ansi Art

By apam |  Apr 23, 2020  | website, cp/m, ansi-art

I’ve added two new pages over the last few days, a page for my CP/M games for RC2014 based computers and a page with a gallery of my ANSI art.

You can see them by clicking the links in the top Nav Bar. I hope to add more games as time goes by, I plan to start by porting some of my door games, like Sudoku, Sea Battle and Mastermind.

My Wiki

By apam |  Apr 19, 2020  | website, wiki, netbsd

I shut down my Ghost BBS a few days ago, for those that don’t know, it was an Experimental BBS I had written in C++ for Windows. It worked well, and was fun but I got bored with it, and no one called it, so I just turned it off.

In it’s place I installed NetBSD and setup a wiki. It’s mostly just links that interest me at present, but I thought it would be a good place to store notes etc. If you want to have a look, it’s here : https://ghostbbs.hopto.org. You can’t edit it, and there is no signup enabled. I used the domain for ghost bbs, though I should have probably changed it to something else, but now I’ve got certificates, it’s too much effort.

Oh, it’s not hosted in the cloud, rather in the garage so it may or may not be up, depending on whether there are storms, I’ve gone away etc…

Been a While

By apam |  Apr 10, 2020  | website, rc2014, retro-computer, z80, z88dk, cp/m

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, I took a bit of a break from the RC2014 based stuff as I didn’t really have any space to work on stuff. Now I do and I’m back in business :)

I built the SC104 (Z80 SIO/2 Serial module), an SC105 (Backplane) and started on an SC108 Z80 CPU/ROM/RAM card. I’ve also put together 2 more Compact Flash cards, and have ordered parts for a VGA Serial Terminal and a WiFi / ESP8266 Module.

The plan is to use these parts to build a third Z80 computer that will be able to run CP/M and connect to bulletin board systems. Whether it will work or not is another story. The compact flash modules both work, the SIO/2 module works (though I only tested the first port), the CPU card I was missing a capacitor so am waiting on that to be delivered before I can finish it and test it.

The VGA Serial Terminal I am waiting on parts for, and the WiFi / ESP8266 module, I’m waiting on everything. Unfortunatly Tindie had sold out of the WiFi module, so I have attempted to recreate it on EasyEDA and have ordered boards. Who knows if it will work! At least it will give me something to play with while I wait for the module to be restocked.

I’ve also written a game “Robot Chase” for CP/M which runs on my SC114, and should run on any RC2014 that can run CP/M. It’s based on a BASIC game in the book More BASIC Computer Games by David Ahl. You can download it here.

Moving to Hugo

By apam |  Dec 5, 2019  | website, hugo

I’m in the process of moving this site from a wordpress.com site to a Hugo generated site served by my VPS. This way I can use my domain name and not have to pay extra.

So far I’ve moved all the posts over, but still have to work on the about page and door page.

I’ll try and update a bit more often, I haven’t been doing much in the RC2014 area lately, but still am plugging away on MagickaBBS and my door games.