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Random Easter Egg

May 28, 2020 Sub-Etha Software

There is an interesting hidden message embedded in the Color BASIC ROM, and here is the code that reveals it: 0 REM COLOR BASIC EASTER EGG 10 A=26493:B=66:C=13:GOSUB40 20 A=291227:B=B+2:C=C+3:GOSUB40 30 END 40 I=RND(-A):FOR I=1 TO 4:PRINT CHR$(B+RND(C));:NEXT:RETURN If you run this code, it will display this: “COCOFEST” …

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Video episode 161 ‘everyone’s favorite episode’

May 24, 2020 CoCoTALK!

We’re back with another exciting episode of CoCoTALK! this week brings us episode 161. What can you expect this week? Hearing from CoCo enthusiasts from around the world, get updates on projects and any acquisitions, we’ll cover CoCo and retro news from around the world, have our GameON! segment where …

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Episode 161 “everyone’s favorite episode”

May 24, 2020 CoCoTALK!

We’re back with another exciting episode of CoCoTALK! this week brings us episode 161. What can you expect this week? Hearing from CoCo enthusiasts from around the world, get updates on projects and any acquisitions, we’ll cover CoCo and retro news from around the world, have our GameON! segment where …

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BASIC and ELSE and GOTO and Work – part 2

May 20, 2020 Sub-Etha Software

See also: part 1 There is a time and ELSE for everything After I dove into ELSE efficiency, and then dove into it a bit deeper, I realized one of the major things that slows down BASIC is having to scan to the end of the line in order to …

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The 1987 Max Headroom TV station hijack incident.

May 20, 2020 Sub-Etha Software

Every since I first learned about the Max Headroom signal hijacking incident in 1987, I’ve been fascinated about it. There has been much coverage of this over the years, including some interesting “recreations” of behind-the-scenes footage. There has even been a documentary about the incident. Here are some to check …

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Video episode 160 brought to you by NitrOS9 EOU Beta 5.mp4

May 17, 2020 CoCoTALK!

This week’s CoCoTALK! is being multi tasked via NitrOS9 Ease of Use beta 5 with special guest host and streamer Rob Inman. 00:02:39 Show Starts00:04:17 GameON! results00:05:49 Game discussion, tips, trick00:16:03 Next week’s game revealed00:21:18 Panel Introductions00:33:52 GameON! news00:56:46 Simon Jonnasen shows us how he produces CoCo sound samples01:03:14 GameON! …

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Episode 160 brought to you by NitrOS9 EOU Beta 5

May 17, 2020 CoCoTALK!

This week’s CoCoTALK! is being multi tasked via NitrOS9 Ease of Use beta 5 with special guest host and streamer Rob Inman. 00:02:39 Show Starts00:04:17 GameON! results00:05:49 Game discussion, tips, trick00:16:03 Next week’s game revealed00:21:18 Panel Introductions00:33:52 GameON! news00:56:46 Simon Jonnasen shows us how he produces CoCo sound samples01:03:14 GameON! …

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Sock’s GIME Register Reference

May 14, 2020 gime2gime

Sock Master’s GIME register reference By John Kowalski People keep looking for GIME information, but it seems that there is no place you can find it on the web. So,… …

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BASIC and ELSE and GOTO and Work – part 1

May 14, 2020 Sub-Etha Software

My recent return to exploring my old Commodore VIC-20 code has reminded me about the main reason I jumped ship to a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer: Extended Color BASIC. The older CBM BASIC V2 used by the VIC was missing keywords like ELSE, and had no functions for graphics …

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VIC-20 “smooth move”.

May 12, 2020 Sub-Etha Software

I got stuck on my multi-part Sky-Ape-Er dissection tangent, so I thought I’d do something different for today’s VIC-20 Tuesday. The VIC-20 uses programmable character based graphics, You can change the pixels that make up a letter “A” to be a small 8×8 icon of a spaceship, for instance. But, …