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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan 2015, 04:14    Post subject:  Size matters
Subject description: BootChess - 487
 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31028787
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"[It] demonstrates why assembly language is still the language of choice to excel [at] in programming," he said.
1K ZX Chess 1K ZX Chess was put OVERPRICED in 1982 before appearing in a programming magazine the following year
"[And it] reminds others that optimising in computer programming is not only about speed, but also about size."

'Twere always like this for us early users. My children and I just set about the firmware manuals and 'wrote' assembler code in the '80s when the first commercial machines became available for domestic users. Twenty years earlier, my maths colleagues knew nothing else, well, almost, as they happily 'compiled' direct for Pegasus Autocode.
A couple of rather nice little graphical IF OS s have been written to fit on one, sometimes two, FD s. Why were these not developed further along the lines of Puppy, albeit d/l browser into memory as they tend to run liveFD? More difficult, needs a team effort, takes longer/more effort - so what? That's real programming demonstrating the value of cooperation and hard graft towards utterly worthwhile objectives. The alternative is the bloated inefficiency of the $$$-generating, ever-patchworthy Windydoze pathway...
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan 2015, 05:31    Post subject:  

Oscar Toledo's tiny chess from the article
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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan 2015, 05:52    Post subject:  

BTW, related subbredit:
http://www.reddit.com/r/tinycode/

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jan 2015, 07:39    Post subject:  

Update: I just found my single FD copies of Kolibri and BlueFlops1. The original Kolibri needed a browser and was mooted to have one later. Did that happen? Vaguely aware that the Kolibri project did judder a little further forward but lost touch with it.
Don't listen to anyone claiming the FDD is dead, that's M$-speak for "we want even more of your money". What's more, an LS-120 can hold most of BK's early .iso s and even run some early Puppy installs, rather slowly, though.
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