Paul 4: Hi Rich
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changed username to Daniel Bienvenu rich-c: well, I sort of half fell asleep - busy day Daniel Bienvenu: I guess I'm not too late for tonight! Daniel Bienvenu: Hi Rich, Paul and Bob Paul 4: Hi Daniel Daniel Bienvenu: Hi Frances, Judy and cie. rich-c: bonsoir, Daniel - oui, tu es de bonne temps rich-c: Frances as usual will be doing her own surfing tonight rich-c: now that she effectively has her own computer, she's using it Daniel Bienvenu: I'm getting even more visibility since I'm doing videos on Youtube about my Coleco projects. BobS: hi Dnaiel BobS: Daniel rich-c: yes, they're a part of Google now, I believe, so you'll show up in all the searches BobS: YES, got it but havent' had time to look at the MIB3 to see what it takes for cables rich-c: uses the standard printer cable for the serial port, doesn't it, Bob? rich-c: or ratehr the serial cable that the Adam printer card uses Daniel Bienvenu: Someone on youtube did reccently post videos about Coleco Adam smartbasic stuff he did long time ago and recorded on a beta tape. BobS: no, no richard. a kind of generic printer cabel for the paralle port, but different serila cables I htink BobS: farn dingers Daniel Bienvenu: I did invite him to check about the adamcon. rich-c: isn't the MIB3 two parallel, one serial, or do I have it ass-aboput? Paul 4: it's 2 serial Paul 4: modem and terminal rich-c: oops - OK, my bad Paul 4: i could be wrong...i'm green rich-c: yes, but you've looked at it more recently than 20 years ago Paul 4: that might be true
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changed username to Guy B Daniel Bienvenu: Hi Guy B Guy B: Greetings!!! BobS: hi Mekka got the internet going eh? BobS: hey GuyB Guy B: Very cool and it rained most of the day Meeka: yup BobS: good, yo keep the weather there mon rich-c: ah, Guy - how are things in Chicago today? We have quite a chill northern high here Guy B: I made the mistake of not bringing a jacket when I left for work this morning Guy B: Brb rich-c: when I was out for a walk bit over an hour ago, I had to button up my cardigan Daniel Bienvenu: My computer is slow tonight because I have many applications open at the same time and during a long time. As I was expecting, there is a problem with the memory manager system in Vista and right now I'm typing more faster than it appears on screen. I have to wait half a second to see the last word I did type. rich-c: that's like teh Adam with a 1200 baud modem - teh video chip can't quite keep up rich-c: brb - want to take off my shoes BobS: darn computers, remind me WHY we use them?
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changed username to Pamela rich-c: hello daughter Guy B: HI Pam Pamela: hi there Pamela: sorry I'm late Pamela: busy nite rich-c: Daniel, there is a new browser out, from Japan, called Lunascape - it has an English version Pamela: what did I miss? rich-c: not a great deal this time BobS: hi pam rich-c: Lunascape lets you use your choice of Trident, Gecko, or Webkit browser engines rich-c: I gather it's aimed as page developers who want to see who their page will look in each of IE, FF, Safari, Netscape, Chrome, etc Daniel Bienvenu: hi Pam! Daniel Bienvenu: I wanted to ask you a question Pamela: hey Daniel Pamela: go ahead Pamela: tick, tick, tick . . . Daniel Bienvenu: It's about the new character in the story started by Dale and Jeffrey, the science teacher. I want to know your opinion about a few things like ... Daniel Bienvenu: (I'm not typing fast tonight) Pamela: it's okay, I'm just pulling your tail : ) Daniel Bienvenu: ... the name of her husband, hair color, Daniel Bienvenu: things like that Pamela: do you have opinions? rich-c: Pam, posted the table last night - any action? Pamela: dunno Dad, I haven't checked my g-mail today, didn't have time
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Annie changed username to Guy B Daniel Bienvenu: Well, I was thinking that Russel should be a good name for the husband, but I think I will let you decided if she's having blond hairs, if she likes cats, etc. Guy B: Back, looked like the electricity was about to go out. So, it affected the system Pamela: well I happen to think that Russell is an excellent name for a husband but I'm somewhat prejudiced : ) rich-c: Are you on teh desktop, Guy, and don't you have a UPS?
BobS confirmed ban Pamela: the question I have for you with that is, since this is for Jeffrey, will naming him Russell put a picture of my Pamela: Russell in his head? Pamela: and is that what you want? Guy B: I have both the laptop and the desktop up, no UPS Daniel Bienvenu: Well, my idea was to add someone he knows, but still fictional at some degrees Pamela: geez Guy, what is it about Wednesdays that set off storms in chicago? Daniel Bienvenu: she's a science teacher Daniel Bienvenu: at a good university rich-c: well, the laptop just switches to battery if the power goes, but the desktop is anotehr proposition Guy B: There's no storms going at the moment Daniel Bienvenu: she married the director of the university a few years ago Guy B: Might have been a surge Pamela: as far as I'm concerned it's okay but before I say yes unreservedly I should probably ask his permission Pamela: I suspect he'd be flattered : ) Daniel Bienvenu: I'm more concern about your permission to add or not details that will make this character more closer to you and a totally other person. rich-c: somehow I don't think Russell's image is the university director type rich-c: maybe you should think of Ron Mitchell as your model Daniel Bienvenu: What about a mix... like Russel Mitchell ? Pamela: it's Daniel's story, Dad (and Dale and Jeffrey's of course) - he's entitled to some literary licence Daniel Bienvenu: (I'm having trouble writing Russell with 2 Ls) rich-c: then just use one, Daniel - as Pam just said, it's your story Daniel Bienvenu: sorry Russell, I did mistype your name a couple of times Pamela: I won't tell him : ) Daniel Bienvenu: But he may check the log rich-c: I doubt he'll care, Daniel Daniel Bienvenu: So, Pam, what kind of pet do you like? if yes, can you give me a name for one? rich-c: I see we have lost Paul again Daniel Bienvenu: I guess it's my fault again Pamela: anything small and furry is fine Daniel - cats, dogs, etc. rich-c: no, he had already been dumped four times before I came on Daniel Bienvenu: I should talk more about Coleco stuff Daniel Bienvenu: Pam, what about a furby? Pamela: LOL Pamela: that would do too : ) rich-c: I guess I'd better not suggest a tribble Pamela: as long as he doesn't feed it we're okay : ) Daniel Bienvenu: but the name furby is probably copyrighted so I will use something else Pamela: name will depend on appearance and personality Daniel
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changed username to Judy Daniel Bienvenu: Hi Judy Pamela: Inky was so named because he was black, but it was also short for Mr. Inquisitive because he always stuck his nose into everything Guy B: Hi Judy Judy: Hi, everyone Pamela: Hi Judy rich-c: hello Judy Pamela: (Inky was a cat, by the way) Judy: just got home from Michigan Adventure rich-c: what's that? Judy: I am soo tired Judy: amusement park Daniel Bienvenu: Inky the mister inquisitive cat, sounds cool! Judy: about an hour from here Pamela: I believe it, those things wear you out! Judy: keeping up with three boys sure does rich-c: oh, something like Six Flags or such? Judy: but I went on almost everything they did Pamela: you should have seen me after 12 hours at Wonderland with three kids and four teens Judy: yes, with a water park rich-c: and you're still standing? wow, you've gotta be tough stuff Judy: that I am Pamela: on the roller coasters too Judy? Daniel Bienvenu: Does Pam the science teacher have kids? Pamela: and the big water slides? Judy: oh, yes Judy: the worst ride in the park Pamela: that's up to you Daniel Daniel Bienvenu: how many kids? Judy: upside down,backward and whatever else they could dream up BobS: perverts design them things rich-c: career science teachers tend to keep their families down Pamela: how's the stomach, Judy? BobS: YUCK Judy: wasn't good after that ride but other than that one did all right Pamela: bear with me Daniel, I'll get to the number but question first: where are you taking the story? Pamela: good for you Judy, I've given up on roller coasters Pamela: too jerky Pamela: what I mean is, are you going to send her (or them) wandering all over the world? rich-c: Bob, looking for suggestions on a trailer problem BobS: and it is??????? rich-c: my stone guad is broken and teh fibreglas shield has vanished - likely from stormsa Judy: that doesn't sound good, rich BobS: sell it without rich-c: indeed it isn't, since we want to sell it rich-c: I'd like to offer the buyer some clues on how to handle it, though BobS: see how much it costs and sell it with the stipulation that you will pay for it but the buyer take it to the trailer place to get it rich-c: is it something a trailer shop would have? couldn't find any on the 'net rich-c: lots of parts places but none that mentioned carrying stone guards BobS: should have it rich-c: if they do, up here I can guess what they would cost rich-c: wonder if teh Fleetwood plant in ALindsay is still open? Pamela: try Tyssens on Hwy. 48, Dad rich-c: OK, will see what I can turn up rich-c: Fleetwood is bankrupt; any idea what happened to their trailer business? BobS: whoops rich-c: there's hardly a trailer maker that hasn't gone bankrupt, Bob rich-c: Winnebago is among the few RV survivors but they are having a real tough time BobS: don't see any guards at Camping World Daniel Bienvenu: Well, back in the student time of Bill, the main character, Pauline was also a student at that time. Pauline asked Pamela to talk to the director to allow her to be part of an important trip because Bill was selected to go to the jungle and find a cure to a mysterious desease. Pamela accepted and during the trip Bill did offer a ring to Pauline as a sign of his love for her. After months at the jungle, Pauline had an accident when looking for new plants to analyze for a possible cure and get lost in the middle of nowhere. Wihtout finding her, Bill did try to find her by himself without success and lost his drive to find a cure. Back at the university the news had the effect of a bomb and the director was pointed to be responsable and lost his job and Pamela did try to keep going even if she feels responsable for this situation. Years later, Pauline come back suddently with a big surprise for Bill, a son, and she did try to him for help, but something was strange about Pauline and the situation was not going well. A few moments later, Pauline decided to return to the university to maybe find someone to help her and tried to talk back to Pamela without success because she refuses the possibility and return back into deep sad feelings. That's the background for the story so far. Daniel Bienvenu: So, I want to make a scene with Pauline finally keeping the attention of Pamela, by visiting her at her house. So, I will need a few social things to say about what happend during all these years for Pamela. rich-c: somehow or other I don't see Camping world carrying something like that - too much inventory too slow moving Pamela: okay, if you're not going to send her off wandering the world, kids are okay - two or three, I think rich-c: like, we have a problem now but it's the first of that type in 35 years of trailering Pamela: or maybe not yet, but soon, because I gather they haven't been married very long rich-c: and I get teh feeling others have trouble even less often Daniel Bienvenu: Well, it was a well know that Pamela the teacher was married witht he director of the university back then Daniel Bienvenu: how old she is now? I don't know BobS: best bet is s local trailer dealer Pamela: is she the same age as Bill? That would make her early thirties, according to Dale rich-c: Toronto is too expensive to have any of those, Bob BobS: take the brackets off so it don't look like it ever had one and act dumb Pamela: you know Dad, stone guards are there to live up to their name so they must have some turnover BobS: how often will a stone get that high and hit anyting???? BobS: not much Daniel Bienvenu: Let's say that Pamela was at least 5 years older than Pauline and Bill. rich-c: yes, but they are also more or less unique to each model - I'm curioius how common the basic parts might be BobS: I think they serve better as an awning for the window Daniel Bienvenu: well, was is not the appropriate verb time Daniel Bienvenu: because she's alive BobS: ANd a bug catcher so the window doesn't get bugged Pamela: 1-800-263-1266 is the number for Tyssen trailers, Dad rich-c: yes, and they end to be raather vulnerable to sudden gusts of wind rich-c: yes, and that's a definite necessity, Bob rich-c: I'll bet they have a website too, Pam - but why did you suggest Tyssen? Pamela: because they service as well as sell, Dad Pamela: www.tyssentrailers.com rich-c: so do all teh big trailer dealers - those that are left Pamela: and it's close to our trailer - it's where ours was purchased from Pamela: we've had good service from them over the years Pamela: is the frame still on the trailer Dad? Pamela: (sorry Daniel, back to you in a moment) rich-c: but they have never handled any Fleetwood lines, Pam, and lean toward park trailers Pamela: it never hurts to ask Dad rich-c: yes, the frame is there, but broken in teh top left corner rich-c: I can't tell how badly as I can't get up there Pamela: can it be screwed back together? rich-c: I have no way top tell, don't know what the original fastener was Pamela: okay, assuming it can be put back together perhaps the answer is a piece of smoky coloured lexan, cut to fit rich-c: if it was a pop rivet it might be fixable if I had a pop rivet tool, which I don't BobS: got an idea there Pam rich-c: including radiused corners - fun, fun, fun BobS: pop rivet guns are cheap OR use nut and bolts Pamela: gives you a certain amount of privacy when closed, reasonably resistant to chips and dents, and relatively light rich-c: I don't by teh way think the problem is insoluble, just challenging to find teh source of labour and materials BobS: lexan would be expensive, a smoked acrylic would work fine rich-c: yes, but I don't know the sources for such things - I'm not a builder : - ) rich-c: and remember that I cannot move the trailer BobS: Home Depot , Lowes, or similar rich-c: not sure they carry such stuff here, but a likely source and will cut to fit rich-c: still have to get a repairman up to the trailer Daniel Bienvenu: so... first of all, I need a little something that will convince Pamela that Pauline is back and she's the person at her front door. Pamela: Daniel, Russell is here and says yes, he's happy to appear in your story Guy B: Well folks, one dog will be going out for a walk soon. I'll see you all next week Daniel Bienvenu: say hello to Russell for me Pamela: he says hi back to everyone Pamela: goodnight Guy Daniel Bienvenu: bye guy Guy B: Poof
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changed username to Dale Dale: Hi ya. Daniel Bienvenu: (it works) Pamela: Hi Dale Daniel Bienvenu: Hi Dale Pamela: we're busily creating characters for the Adventures of Bill rich-c: nite Guy Judy: hi, Dale Daniel Bienvenu: Dale, based on our time, in what time occurs the Bill's adventure? rich-c: hi Dale Daniel Bienvenu: is it the past? the future? Dale: It occurs around now. rich-c: anyway, Bob, do you know if such a thing as a trailer junkyard exists? BobS: no Richard Dale: our time. BobS: BUT we need to hit the hay 'cause tomorrow is a four letter day rich-c: looks like the old keybaord will be taking a beating the next few days, then Daniel Bienvenu: ok, so I'm thinking of something that may convince Pamela that the woman infront of her is really Pauline... a song. I need lyrics of a song that both may know and did maybe sing togheter when Pauline was student. BobS: WORK rich-c: right Bob - take care, good night, and see you next week Pamela: a word I know all too well Bob Pamela: goodnight then Pamela: and to you Judy rich-c: and Judy too - you've earned your rest! Daniel Bienvenu: bye Bob Pamela: take a day to rest tomorrow Judy Daniel Bienvenu: take care Judy BobS: see ya's next week Dale: bye bob BobS: hi and goodbye Dale Judy: yes, am planning on spending the day in bed, not really Judy: night all Pamela: good call : )
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changed username to rbairos Daniel Bienvenu: rob bairos rbairos: Hi Everyone. rbairos: Hi Daniel rich-c: we have a newcomer - hello, Rob Pamela: hi Rob Dale: Hi there. rbairos: not sure if anyone was still going to around at 11. rich-c: Danile was telling us a bit about you - says you're Canadian in background Daniel Bienvenu: I did talk a little bit about your videos I've seen on youtube reccently. rbairos: thats great ;) havent really had a chance to talk about them much since i made them years ago rich-c: we normally arent but folks got talking so we overshot the "witching hour" by a few minutes rbairos: Yah, Im in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up about an hour away in Cambridge rbairos: You're all Adam Coleco fans? Daniel Bienvenu: your video about a bbs mention cambridge city Dale: We are. rich-c: you're in Toronto? which part? I'm in North York, Pam is in Weston rbairos: yah, its my parents old address. their phone number is still the same, so i had to blur it out rbairos: Im right downtown near Richmond , Spadina Dale: I'm in Whitby. rbairos: everyones canadian here rich-c: wow, you are really downtown, though not far from where Pam works Daniel Bienvenu: I have to admit that I didn't own a Coleco Adam before the year 2000, but I did know a friend who had one and we did play Super Buck Rogers a few times with the flying eggs shape, etc. Pamela: yes, our Yanks just went to bed : ( rbairos: ive been living mostly downtown since about 1996 Dale: It seems so this time. rbairos: are there many others on this chat? rbairos: I remember Super Buck Rogers.. rich-c: Bob and his wife Judy just left, Paul fell off early, Guy went home at 11 - who else> rich-c: ? Dale: The peak is usually at about 10:00 pm, and there are 10-20 people depending on their availability. Daniel Bienvenu: At this hour, it's normal to be only a few left. Pamela: Daniel, I'm going to put some thought into your questions and I'll either e-mail you or respond next week, okay? rbairos: sure Daniel Bienvenu: That's great Pam! And if you have no idea at all, next week at the chat just let me know. rbairos: What types of things do yall normally talk about? Pamela: okay Dale: Anything at all. Daniel Bienvenu: weather, gas price, health, computers, and also coleco relatd subjects rich-c: well, because we all know each other so well, it's very often family matters or personal hobbies rbairos: thats good youre a community Dale: If you browse the archives we talk about politics, weather, and the odd Coleco Adam or ColecoVision topic. rich-c: but whenever an Adam person turns up, we talk about whatever they want to know Pamela: gentlemen, I'm heading for bed. Sorry to say hi and run Rob, but you're always welcome rbairos: Have a good night Pamela Pamela: you too : ) Daniel Bienvenu: goodnight Pamela, talk to you next week Pamela: Dale, Daniel - good night rich-c: OK daughter, don't forget my coffee, it's running low Dale: Goodnight Pam. Pamela: haven't forgotten Dad rich-c: now all you need to do is come by ; -) Dale: The history of a weekly Adam chat goes back to CompuServe/GEnie days in the 1980s. rich-c: don't forget to check your gmail Pamela: Okay, I will. I'll see you in the next few days, Dad. Goodnight. rich-c: night, sleep tight Pamela: kerpoof rbairos: I cant remember my first live chat, but I remember writing a two person chat program for the Icon Qnix system in um.. 1985 ish
Pamela left chat session rbairos: it crashed alot Dale: lol Daniel Bienvenu: I really want to know how you made these incredible 3d effects, looks complicated with a bunch of COS SIN formulas. rbairos: anyone care if i talk about it a minute or so? rich-c: Dale used to write programs like that, He's better at it now. rbairos: It started with a book 'Graphics Programming for the Apple II' I think it was called (its still on my bookshelf) rbairos: It had a bunch of basic programs for drawing coordinates in 3-d space, and the apple II graphics were extremely similar to the Adam Basic rich-c: you go for it, this old guy is getting worn around the edge - Rob, great to meet you, hope to see you next week Dale: Please do.
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changed username to Pamela Dale: What is the youtube URL Daniel? Daniel Bienvenu: Pam? Pamela: sorry to interrupt again Pamela: Dad, three responses so far - when did you post? Daniel Bienvenu: look for rbairos2 rich-c: last night - if you got Fatima Yasmin she didn't read teh post first time Dale: I had that book. rbairos: Blue cover? rich-c: anyway, maybe this time we get lucky Dale: Yup. rbairos: i loved it. i found resources for the Adam so hard to come by. Pamela: nope, no Fatima. okay, gonna go read the post and will let you know. Hope we do, I'd like my dining room back. Okay, I'm outta here. Pamela: ciao, guys rbairos: So basically I used those algorithms to draw 3d wireframe objects. The book had the house, then I experimented with some simple objects plotted out on graph paper Daniel Bienvenu: bye Pam! Pamela: kerpoof!
Pamela left chat session rich-c: talk to me about Adam resources next week - there are lots Daniel Bienvenu: I guess I should say also : goodnight Rich! rbairos: goodnight Rich. rich-c: yes, time to go - goodnight all rbairos: But the major obstacle for those graphics routine was the slow speed at which they would run Dale: I got my copy at the World's Biggest Book Store. Dale: It was quite a trip. rbairos: back then or recently, Dale? rich-c: colour me gone
rich-c left chat session Dale: Back then. Maybe 1986 or 1987. rbairos: so Id render a frame, record a couple seconds on the Betamax, then render the next frame, etc. rbairos: The first two or three tests are all done by hand that way. Took hours. Dale: How did Max Headroom get in your Coleco Adam Video <grin> Daniel Bienvenu: lol rbairos: haha. I think theres also a still from a late night City Tv movie rbairos: so they only way to view the results would be to play the tape in forward scan. rbairos: Even the youtube videos are about 5 times faster the vcr forward scan. Literally , it took 20 years to see it at the intended speed Dale: I developed a method of drawing it, and saving the frames in the 64k ram expander. rbairos: as a bitmap that you could then rapidly copy back to the screen buffer? Dale: Yes. rbairos: nice. how many frames would fit? Dale: It was compressed, so it depended on the amount of stuff on the screen. rbairos: my setup got very mouse-trappy at the end. I used the printer head to manually touch two wires that were connected to the vcr pause button. Dale: So the first method used 32k of buffering, and could do 8 frames of a sine wave surface animation. rbairos: how was it compressed? was it just single color frames? run length encoded? Dale: But later I did compression and I had 200 frames that fit in 56k. Daniel Bienvenu: 200 frames in 56K... is it the dices animation demo? Dale: Just single colour worked best. You can only write a limited amount before you get artifacts. Dale: The dice animation video yes. rbairos: I hated the fact that two colours in the same 8 pixel span bled together. Dale: Runlength encoded, plus delta encoded, so frame coherence was a bonus. rbairos: what languages did you develop in? i never got past smartbasic with a few hooks to some small assembler routines Dale: that work was mostly done in smartbasic with hand assembled machine language. Dale: Gradually I started using CP/M or TDOS more rbairos: Where did you find different utilities? I felt quite isolated as an Adam user in Cambridge. rbairos: I knew one other in my highschool who had one. Dale: and there I had various compilers and assemblers. Pascal, C, and of course assembler. rbairos: Nice, I wasnt introduced to those things until a few years later. Dale: Well there was the Metro Toronto Adam Group which met monthly for over 10 years. Dale: And newsletters Dale: And BBSes Dale: And CompuServe Dale: And of course AdamCon conferences from 1989 on. rbairos: Yah, my brother and I got a newsletter sent to us from a KW group once, and ordered "The Hackers Guide to Adam". It was miraculous Dale: For sure. Daniel Bienvenu: (I have a copy of it) Daniel Bienvenu: (not wanted to interrupt you) rbairos: I gave mine up, as well as all my other adam paraphenalia a few months ago to www.pcmuseum.ca rbairos: Did you do those online things with the Adam SmartLink 110 baud modem, or were there other modems? Dale: That's too bad. rbairos: Im happy all my stuff found a loving home. Dale: Well I had a Sydmodem which was 1200 baud, for a long time. Dale: Later I got an Orphanware serial card. Daniel Bienvenu: 1200 baud? rbairos: You could use that with an Adam? Daniel Bienvenu: that was fast for that time Dale: And finally I got the Microinnovations MIB (dual serial, parallel, and boot prom slot) rbairos: Adam compatible?? Daniel Bienvenu: I think the modem I have for the Commodore 64 was 600 baud, maybe 1200 baud max. Dale: Designed by one of the members of MTAG (the Toronto Adam group) Dale: Syd Carter. Daniel Bienvenu: yeah, I did grow up with Commodore computers rbairos: Sounds like the Toronto Adam group really dove deep and explored the system quite a bit. Dale: The sydmodem worked great. I used to use it in University to surf the Internet. Dale: Mostly Usenet user groups or a little bit of gopher sites. rbairos: And Im guessing you didnt use the SmartLink software. I found that quite limiting in those days. Dale: No, the CP/M software was much better. rbairos: No screen capture, download, or upload etc. Daniel Bienvenu: the only internet-like network I know from the 80s was named "the source", and it wasn't free rbairos: I guess thats why we taped the output to the vcr ;) Dale: It could leverage software from other computers, since CP/M worked on about two dozen different systems at the time. rbairos: I think I remember "The Source" referenced on an episode of "Bits and Bytes" Dale: I had zmodem, xmodem and ymodem downloading and uploading from CP/M rbairos: Now was CP/M an operating system? I just vaguely remember it being offered in those days. Daniel Bienvenu: I did watch Bits and Bytes in french version called Octopuce (Octo = 8, puce = chip, in refence to 8-bit chip) rbairos: I do remember x/y/zmodem from early PCs though. Dale: Yes it was. Dale: I paid lots of money every month for Compuserve. rbairos: I guess with 'SmartLink' even if it did have up/download there would be nowhere to save it to. Dale: The source turned into GEnie maybe? Dale: I do remember it for sure, but I was never a member. My brother was for a while though I think. Daniel Bienvenu: The only free thing I remember is the popular BBS everybody seems to start all around the country Daniel Bienvenu: there was at least one for the Commodore owners Daniel Bienvenu: where I was living back then Dale: Well I never had a Coleco disk drive, just the after market drives. rbairos: Do you mind if I ask you both your ages, just to get perspective of your experiences in the mid 80s? Dale: First I had one from IHMS. Daniel Bienvenu: In year 1980, I was 5 years old Dale: Then a couple from Microinnovations. rbairos: I was 9, in 1980, but got the computer in 1984 I think. Dale: Microinnovations made everything 3rd party that you could want for the Adam it seems. Daniel Bienvenu: I got my first computer at age 9, for christmas, in 1984 Dale: I am 37 nos. Dale: So I got the Adam in 1985 and I was in grade 7 or 8. rbairos: Im 38. Daniel Bienvenu: and I'm 34 rbairos: ah. rbairos: Sounds like you both had lots of access to computer development tools in your middle teen years. Thats great Daniel Bienvenu: So, I'm younger but not young enough to not have the experience of the 80s rbairos: yup rbairos: Dale, how did you pick up compression techniques, etc at that age? Daniel Bienvenu: my first contact with a computer was in summer 1984, I was turning 9 years old. rbairos: where was it Daniel? Daniel Bienvenu: My first experience with data compression was only later, when my brother did own a Commodore 64 Dale: I did a lot of reading on Compuserve. I implemented RLE medium image format in 1986, since it was the format that Compuserve used for weather maps and for image exchange. rbairos: Ive never experience compuserve myself. Dale: And in 1987 when GIF came out I worked hard to understand it, and I did GIF viewer and creator for the Adam over the next couple of years. Dale: I also had several books on graphics file formats, and I was really into that kind of thing. rbairos: After my brother and I got the modem, the only places we need to call were in KW (which was still long distance in the mid 80s) so we were only allowed to make tiny calls. rbairos: thats great Dale Dale: Around here there were probably 20-40 BBSes over the middle of the 1980s. Daniel Bienvenu: My first contact with a computer, in a camping. during vacation, I've seen some kids using a computer at the camping... game center sort of with arcade machines like Wizard of Wor, and it appears that this computer was the property of the camping director's son (or whatever you name it) rbairos: Yah I watched your youtube vid Daniel Bienvenu: One day, I did go check the computer and try it by myself, without ;permission rbairos: what did you see? Dale: I also had, or had access to other computers, including my notebook computer, the TRS-80 Model 100 with a built in 300 baud modem. My brother got that in 1983 and I got my own in 1986. Daniel Bienvenu: instead of telling me that I should not do that, the kids who used it earlier talk to me and in fact introduce me to basic language. rbairos: Dale you were in a computer wonderland! Dale: The BBSes changed seasonally, but I always looked for the latest lists, and was quite active on some of them. Daniel Bienvenu: unfortunately for me, I was unable to understand, because I was not speaking english at that time and I was in Ontario Daniel Bienvenu: But I did know a few things about BASIC language before because of newspaper articles. Daniel Bienvenu: and that's prety much it rbairos: yah that was my first language as well. Dale: I also occasionally (monthly maybe) called Adam specific ones in the US, but it was really long distance, so I had to get on, download and read offline ,the call back and post reponses. rbairos: My first contact was in grade 4. (1979?) on a school trip to the KW newspaper . The editors were typing into terminals and sending rolls of punch tape into glass cylinders to vacuum tubes upstairs. It was pretty neat. rbairos: )I mean *through* vaccuum pipes throughout the building) Daniel Bienvenu: 1979? Dale: Yes, my 3 older brothers are about 8 and 10 years older than me and they got a computer in 1980. Daniel Bienvenu: tubes? Daniel Bienvenu: it can't be a pdp 11 rbairos: Yah 1979 it must have been, maybe 1980. 1971 + 5 + 4 = 1980. oops Dale: So I'd been using computers for a long time when I got the Adam, and was very pleased that it had the familiar Z80 that I already knew assembly language for. rbairos: Yah I did a little Z80 programming on the Adam once I found a book on the topic at a flea market rbairos: Re: pdp11. I didnt see the computer itself, just the terminals they were typing on, and the resulting punch tape Dale: It was the TRS-80 Model 1 (level 2 with 16k of ram, and the optional numeric keypad) Daniel Bienvenu: rodney zak book about z80 programming is my favorite z80 assembler book< rbairos: ah I think that was the one... Yellow grayish I think, small sized book ? Dale: I had that book since I was in Grade 3. I found it a bit dry back then :-D Daniel Bienvenu: mine is actually french edition, and the english version I know si white and red rbairos: Re: tubes (plastic tubes running along the wall, that they inserted these capsules into, containing the punch tape) Dale: But nowadays there is a great reference at z80.info Daniel Bienvenu: punching a tape? that could be then a pdp 11 Dale: 1980, back in the days when Byte magazine published type in programs every month. rbairos: I had no idea I was so close to a pdp 11 then. rbairos: You both do programming now then? Daniel Bienvenu: I'm trying my best to program many things, specially retro games... but today... just look retro rbairos: Yah I watched some of your vids Daniel, very neat. rbairos: I work for a realtime computer graphics company in Toronto. Started in 96. Daniel Bienvenu: If I'm talking many times about pdp11 is because I did watch reccently a series of videos about the subject introducing to program the tapes in different ways, with and without a compiler Daniel Bienvenu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV-7J5y1TQc Daniel Bienvenu: I find these videos funny and very interresting Dale: I started a robotics company with two partners 3 years ago now. Lots of math, and 3D stuff there.
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changed username to Rob Bairos Rob Bairos: oops! Daniel Bienvenu: welcome back Dale: This is my last PSP homebrew game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pSfyvsQR7Q Rob Bairos: didnt know the main window had to remain active Daniel Bienvenu: the applet can't exist without teh browser who loaded it Dale: A gotchya for sure Rob. Dale: I am working on a couple of ColecoVision games as well. Due to Daniel's encouragement. Rob Bairos: If only we had access to these development tools back in 1985. Dale: My first ColecoVision game in cartridge I did last summer. Daniel Bienvenu: technically I think it's because the browser is the parent and if the parent doesn't exist the application which is teh son can't exists too. it's the back to the future paradox Rob Bairos: watching the psp game now. Dale: So that's all written in C I guess. Dale: On the PSP I use either C or C++ usually. Rob Bairos: Including all the menuing and character skeletons etc? or are there some libs ? Dale: For ColecoVision games I've always used assember for anything serious. Daniel Bienvenu: mostly C++ for PSP and DS development, because it's object-oriented Dale: But this year Daniel got his library working with SDCC, and it is great to work with for cross compiling. Rob Bairos: thats great. Daniel Bienvenu: I know a devkit named devkitpro which allow to program in C++ games for DS and PSP. there are opengl-like libraries to program these homebrew psp and ds games. Dale: The PSP stuff is 3D accelerated with the PSP's GPU. But most of the stuff is all coded from scratch using the PSP's OpenGL like library. Rob Bairos: I spend much time wondering how awed I would have been in the mid 80s thinking about the resources available today Rob Bairos: Thats quite impressive Dale: Yes, the PSP is 100 to 20000 times faster than the Adam for 3D game developement. Rob Bairos: I bet Daniel Bienvenu: Well, because of my experience with Vic-20 and C=64 computers, I have tendencies to optimize everything in size and try to improve speed with limited space is not easy because precalculated stuff takes less time. Rob Bairos: At work optimization is a constant goal. Dale: It has an FPU, Vector FPU (for parallel matrix calculations for example), a GPU and a second MIPS with a DSP. Rob Bairos: Though we program in C++, we also use GPU acceleration for many things Daniel Bienvenu: Where I did work reccently, the only optimization they needed was speed... don't really care about space. Rob Bairos: I had no idea it was so loaded. Rob Bairos: Do either of you do hardware projects as well? Dale: Well I do a bit. Mostly at work though when I'm working on robotics. Rob Bairos: What kind of work do you do? Daniel Bienvenu: I have a coleco related hardware project in the way. but nothing big Dale: I started a robot company with two partners 3 years ago. I am the CTO. Rob Bairos: I do some tiny projects with PIC microcontrollers occassionally at home. Daniel Bienvenu: what about GAL? Dale: So I manage the engineers basically. But my degree is in Mathematics. Rob Bairos: no, never GAL Rob Bairos: From waterloo? Dale: Yes, from Waterloo. Dale: I've done some microcontroller work, and some FPGA work there. Rob Bairos: me too. graduated in 96 Dale: As did I. Dale: I started in 1990 though. Rob Bairos: I took an extra term myself. Daniel Bienvenu: I knew it... your approche of a video game project is a mathematic view, with great imagination, but still mathematic. Dale: Well I was editor of MathNEWS and that meant I had to drop some course, so I needed to take extra courses later. Rob Bairos: I slacked off quite a bit in my third year... Rob Bairos: But luckily one extra term did the trick. Dale: Hmm...I wonder if I was off stream from you. It seems almost like I should know you. Dale: I spent a lot of time in the CSC, and I was a mathsoc rep for my last two years.
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left chat session Dale: You are forgiven Daniel. :-) Rob Bairos: were you in residence in 1990? Dale: I lived off campus the whole time. Dale: So I missed that whole res thing. Daniel Bienvenu: I'm trying to check for the link to minigames cartridge then the space to type the url automatically change to the chat applet link Dale: But I knew people in V2 in 1990. Rob Bairos: thats probably a factor in why you were social in the math scene. I tended to stick to residence Rob Bairos: who did you know in V2 ? Dale: Let's see. My closest friend from 1990 V2 would have been Victor Wiewiorowski. Rob Bairos: Victor... Black hair, tallish? Dale: For sure. Rob Bairos: I know thats vague, but he sounds familiar Rob Bairos: Danny Brown? Rob Bairos: Im assuming he was well known. He lived in my hall. Dale: A recent picture of him: http://japagaijin.com/ the one with him looking up. Dale: I remember Danny Brown, for sure. Dale: He was a good guy. Rob Bairos: Our claim to fame was hitting Danny Brown with a cab. Rob Bairos: It was extremely slow speed, outside Fed Hall. Rob Bairos: we were all a little stunned Dale: lol Rob Bairos: which pic in japag.. should I be looking at? Dale: never the same pic twice...:-( Rob Bairos: perhaps the one with the cookie eyes. Rob Bairos: Remember Paul Estey? Mark Bonnicci? Derek Van Patter? Dale: http://japagaijin.com/pictures/_images/tokyo/misc/body_image/KIF_0026.JPG Dale: Nope. Were you in stream 4 or stream 8? Rob Bairos: yah thats looks familiar Rob Bairos: i was in stream 8. I switched to coop after a couple months. Dale: and you started in 1990 or 1989? Rob Bairos: I think 1990. Rob Bairos: Yah Daniel Bienvenu: midnight already... goodnight Rob and Dale! Dale: Goodnight Daniel. Dale: So we were in the same stream. Rob Bairos: goodnight Daniel Dale: We surely had some classes together. Daniel Bienvenu: Please Rob, come back next week to meet even more people here. Rob Bairos: We probably did. I missed quite a bit of class first year though. Residence life was very distracting Rob Bairos: I'll try Daniel ! Daniel Bienvenu: take care! bye!
Daniel Bienvenu left chat session Rob Bairos: My first computer classes were with a female professor in a large hall. Rob Bairos: I switched to CS EEE for most of my time at waterloo Rob Bairos: I really didnt participate much in my classes at Waterloo. Rob Bairos: which I regret somewhat Dale: Well I took CS m2, and algebra/calculus for pure mathies. Dale: So I didn't take the regular versions of anything in first year. Rob Bairos: You were in a whole other league from my perspective. Rob Bairos: I never enjoyed the transition from a big fish in a little pond to Waterloo. Rob Bairos: Did you attend Shad? Dale: Not me. Rob Bairos: I attended Waterloo 89. Rob Bairos: Well I should probably sign off, but it was nice talking to both you and Daniel. And fascinating that I ended up talking to someone I shared classes with Rob Bairos: Who also owned some of the books I cherished as a kid. Dale: For sure. Dale: Well hopefully we'll see you again. Rob Bairos: Sounds great. Take care Dale. Dale: And maybe you'd consider coming to AdamCon in Montreal next summer. Rob Bairos: Its in Montreal? Dale: AdamCon 22. We don't have the date nailed down but it'll be in late June or maybe July. Rob Bairos: Maybe I could swing that with my wife. Dale: 4 days of Coleco Adam bliss with fellow users. Rob Bairos: That would be a tough sell! But I think I could probably swing a day or so, then do some funtivities with her. Dale: Well wives are encouraged to attend, and usually go off shopping together for parts. Rob Bairos: lol Dale: And usually we have a group outing on Saturday afternoon. Rob Bairos: Well I'll keep it in mind. Dale: So there is a mixture of things going on. Rob Bairos: Cool. Rob Bairos: Talk to you again, soon. Dale: Anyway I wish you a good night, and hope to see you soon. Dale: bye now. Rob Bairos: Thanks, you too. nite.
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