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Byronic Shell Released
Posted on 11 August 1998, 21:21 GMT

[Byronic Shell Screenshot]
As if the recent influx of TI-86 shells wasn't enough, Kirk Meyer has just released Byronic Shell. What's unique about this shell is there will be many different versions, each with its own set of features, and they will all be continually supported. Version 0.1 is a barebones shell at only 642 bytes. Version 0.2 adds support for manual power down, APD, and contrast changing. This version is 759 bytes. However, Byronic Shell can display 24 programs on the screen at once, compared to only one for Mini-Shell. Version 0.3 will add support for program groups and 0.4 will add ZShell emulation. Only the latest version (the version with the most features) will be featured on the Assembly Shell Comparisons page.


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Re: Byronic Shell Released
The Great aArdvark!

Punk...stole my idea. I was just talking to Bryan Rabeler about writing that. Oh well, I never would've gotten around to it. Good job, Kirk!

     11 August 1998, 21:33 GMT

Re: Byronic Shell Released
Ken Walker

Wow. It really seems that there is an overabundance of TI-86 shells. Quite frankly, I really don't have any interest in any other shell aside from ASE, except maybe Rascall (that is, if it were a little more reliable than the weather). As far as size "constraints" go, I'm really happy with my 96K, and don't really see a reason to sacrifice functionality for size.

     11 August 1998, 22:16 GMT

Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released
Ahmed El-Helw
(Web Page)

Just wanted to say that Rascall is IMHO more stable than ASE, and that's why I use it. I congratulate Kirk for his work, and even I thought of making a shell.. but nevertheless, even if no one uses a shell I make, Chicane made, or even Kirk made, the point is, when you make an ASM shell, you get tons of information while doing it.

     12 August 1998, 00:19 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released

Thank you ahmed, for that too true statement. The amount of information that i learned in the few days that it took to code Mini-Shell was immense. Months of reading and studying got me up too a point, but actually making a useable shell helped out my asm skilz a lot.

     13 August 1998, 05:20 GMT

Re: Byronic Shell Released
Matt Bledsoe

Dangit! Everyone keeps pumping out new ASM shells for 86! Now if I relase mine that I've been working so hard on it'll look like I copied. I wish all these guys who know what they're doing would slow down and give people who are fairly new to ASM a chance. Sure I like getting all this new stuff, but its very intimidating to me as a newbie to the ASM world. Just my thoughtss

     11 August 1998, 22:37 GMT

Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released

are you related to drew bledsoe?

     12 August 1998, 01:18 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released
Matt Bledsoe

Nope sorry. I am related to David Letterman though. Not THE David Letterman from TV but his name is David Letterman =p.

     12 August 1998, 03:21 GMT

Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released

Don't let other people making shells get you down. If you want to make a shell, just do it. I am willing to help you with any questions you might have. I am a newbie too, but i guess ASM came pretty naturaly to me. Just mail me if you have any questions.

     13 August 1998, 05:37 GMT

(Web Page)

I've made a shell called MicroShell as well. It will most likely be released tommorow with BlitZ|NT. MicroShell is an Incredibly small 145 bytes. InFuZeD Dominates the TI-Basic Shell world by releasing the first beta of BlitZ|NT =)

     12 August 1998, 02:01 GMT

Re: Byronic Shell Released
TICALC.ORG Regular User

I do not have an 86, but I do have an 85 and 92. I would like to say that there are too many shells being released recently, especially for the 86. I don't mind if they are superior to the current ones, but if they are similar or inferior, then that would be useless.

Too many shells on the 85 makes me crazy, especially when there are games made for one shell, but it is not the one I use. That really sucks.

Anyway, I like the idea that they are different variations to choose from, that's something nice about this new shell. I also think that if you make some outstanding improvements, it can beat all of the other shells.

I think that it would be nice to have only one GOOD shell, such as TI-92's FARGO. Even though there is version I and II, they are basically the same thing. No worries about which shell to use since there's only one (or two) choices.

Usgard is another good shell... so is TI-86 ASE which supports 82/85 emulation. These are the type of shells I love to see in the TI community.

Kirk, I just hope your shell will attract users. Good luck.

     12 August 1998, 07:42 GMT

Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released
Bryan Rabeler
(Web Page)

I do think there are too many shells for the TI-86. But keep in mind, the TI-86 shells do not have any shell-specific programs. All programs will work under any shell (with a few exceptions). This it not the case for the TI-82, TI-83, TI-85, and TI-92 (with Fargo 0.1.x and Fargo II).

     12 August 1998, 07:54 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released
Kirk Meyer
(Web Page)

Bryan is correct. Furthermore, writing a shell is a great thing to do when you have nothing else to do. Also, many people in the TI-86 community have expressed a need for a simpler shell, a basic shell. Byronic shell will be as functional as ASE and Rascall when I get there.

     13 August 1998, 01:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Byronic Shell Released
TICALC.ORG Regular User

Since I do not own a TI-86 (yet), I was not aware that they do not have shell-specific programs.

I agree that writing a shell is something good to do when you have nothing else to do.

I again hope that your shell will be successful and of course hope to see that it has all or most of the features provided by the other shells, especially 82/85 emulation. Good Luck.

     13 August 1998, 02:09 GMT

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