• The FidoGazette Vol 18 Issue 10 Page 2

    From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Sunday, April 24, 2022 23:54:24
    FGAZ 18-10 Page 2 25 Apr 2022


    NTVDMx64 Issues
    Sean Dennis (1:18/200)

    Mike Ehlert (author of NetFoss/NetSerial) posted in the BBSing 2.0
    Facebook group about issues with NTVDMx64:

    "For those of you using NTVDMx64 to run a DOS BBS under Windows x64
    and NetFoss64, be aware that there is a bug in NTVDMx64 builds after
    06/06/2021 which will cause the batch file to crash as soon as
    NetFoss64 is loaded. This includes the version released on Columbia
    University's site in January 2022. You can get the working
    06/06/2021 build by using the Wayback Machine hosted by Archive.org
    and entering the Columbia U. URL there and then selecting a point in
    time before January 1 2022 to download from. I have submitted a big
    report to Leechers GitHub page including a test bed to help him to
    duplicate the issue."


    ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs,
    is 40

    Hey hey 16k, what does that get you today?

    Richard Speed Fri 22 Apr 2022 // 12:13 UTC


    Prepare yourself for a weekend of wobbly power connectors and Daley
    Thompson digit-mashing: tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the
    Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

    The ZX Spectrum, released on April 23, 1982, was a follow-up to
    Sinclair's ZX81. Referred to as the ZX82 or ZX81 Colour during
    development, the final product arrived with either 16KB or 48KB of RAM
    (depending on pocket depth) and a case designed by Rick Dickinson, who
    had previously worked on the ZX81 wedge. Dickinson was also
    responsible for the ZX Spectrum's infamous rubber keyboard.

    I personally have a lot of respect for the Sinclair team's
    single-minded focus on engineering to a target cost - Eben Upton

    The BASIC interpreter was stored in ROM and was written by Steve
    Vickers on contract from Nine Tiles. A prototype ZX Spectrum, formerly
    in the possession of Nine Tiles, was donated to the Centre for
    Computing History in 2019. The prototype lacks the Dickinson case and
    features full-travel keys, but the guts would go on to form the ZX
    Spectrum found occupying many a family television of the 1980s.

    Text took the form of a 32 x 24 column display and graphics had 256 x
    192 pixels to play with. Color was problematic; to conserve memory a
    separate 32 x 24 overlay of 8 x 8 pixels were used, with each block

    --- MBSE BBS v1.0.8 (Linux-x86_64)
    * Origin: Outpost BBS * Johnson City, TN (1:18/200)