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2020 Post-Mortem

December 31, 2020 Kevin Savetz

It’s 2021. Thank goodness. I don’t need to tell you that 2020 was a horrendous year. I’m just glad that it’s over. Of course, the flipping of the calendar doesn’t change a thing, but the new year brings hope that the days to come will be better than the days …

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10-Line Blackjack

February 10, 2020 Kevin Savetz

Hot on the heels of the poker game, I wrote a blackjack game for the 10-line BASIC contest. It is also in TurboBASIC XL on the Atari 8-bit, and also in ten 120-character lines. I borrowed the card shuffling code from the poker game, …

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10-Line Poker Machine

February 10, 2020 Kevin Savetz

My first entry for the 2020 10-line BASIC contest is a poker machine simulator written in TurboBASIC XL for the Atari 8-bit computer. At ten 120-character lines, it qualifies for the PUR-120 category. It is based on the common “Jacks Or Better” poker machine, although I changed the payouts …

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2019 Post-Mortem

January 11, 2020 Kevin Savetz

Hello, it’s 2020, and time for my annual look back at the computer history work that I did in the past year. I find it helpful to make a periodic checkpoint, and the start of the new year is a good time to do it.The bulk of the year’s work …

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Lander: BASIC Tenliners Contest 2019 entry

March 26, 2019 Kevin Savetz

Use the joystick controller to land your LEM (lunar excursion module) on a moon. Land on one of the green landing pads. The trigger fires the main thrusters, pushing the ship upward against the moon’s gravity. Left/right stick movement fires the side thrusters for horizontal movement.

A control panel

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Bomber: BASIC Tenliners Contest 2019 entry

March 8, 2019 Kevin Savetz

My sixth entry in the 10-line BASIC contest is Bomber, a Kaboom! clone. It’s written in Turbo BASIC XL and fits in the PUR-120 category. You need a paddle controller and quick reflexes to catch the mad bomber’s falling bombs. The game ends when you miss five bombs. You earn

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Mini Character Editor: BASIC Tenliners Contest 2019 entry

February 3, 2019 Kevin Savetz

One of the great features of the Atari computers was the ability to redefine the character set. Normally, the character set — the collection of letters, numbers, punctuation, and special symbols that the computer can display — is pulled from ROM, where it can’t be changed. But the Atari