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Newsletter Officially Back
Posted by Joey on 1 May 2003, 02:44 GMT

The ticalc.org newsletter is officially back from its two-year hiatus. The May 2003 issue was mailed out today in plain text format. We encountered some problems with the HTML, so if you are subscribed to the HTML list, your newsletter will arrive shortly. If you just can't wait, the newsletter will be available every month in eBook format for the 89 and the 92+. In the newsletter, there is a mention of David Coz's new game, "Prince of Persia". A demo of it has been released here. Judging by David's past work, it is going to be an excellent game.

Update (Joey): Thanks to Chris and Magnus, the HTML version of the newsletter has been sent out! If you received it twice, my apologies.

 


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Re: Newsletter Officially Back
RCTParRoThEaD_ Account Info
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nice job, the newsletter was in a good format. Just one tip, tell the reader it's humor AFTER they are done reading it. Otherwise, good job.

     1 May 2003, 03:47 GMT

Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Big_Dick_Bob

Pardon my stupidity but...
Is there a link to this newsletter?

     1 May 2003, 03:56 GMT


Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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At this point it is only available through e-mail and the eBook links, but I'll ask Magnus to post it on the newsletter page first thing in the morning.

     1 May 2003, 04:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Catcher80  Account Info
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That's cool.. I don't have an 89 or 92+.. all I have is 83/83+ so if it was on the website, that would be nice so I could sample it and see what it's all about!!

     1 May 2003, 06:53 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
ac  Account Info

Someone should make a eBook reader for the 83+ as an app. Then, the 83+ community could enjoy the 1337 n3rdin355 of The Ticalc.org newsletter on a calc.

     1 May 2003, 17:48 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
RCTParRoThEaD_ Account Info
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or the 83+ community can cough up a bit of dough and BUY 89s!

     1 May 2003, 18:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Hey now, just because you just bought one.....

I saw they buy v200's :-)

     2 May 2003, 06:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
benryves  Account Info
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Aww... only an 83+ :(
What format are the eBooks? Are they basically just a long text string, or do they have other stuff like pictures (like Flash Cards)?

     2 May 2003, 08:55 GMT


for the naive brit,
RCTParRoThEaD_ Account Info
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the 89 can have files with different extensions, similar to a computer. it's a ebk file (on-calc) or a .89y file on comp.

     2 May 2003, 14:39 GMT


YA GO BRITS
slimey_limey  Account Info
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They're compressed text with a title picture in grayscale, also compressed. The individual chapters are individually compressed to speed access to a given chapter. (does that make sense? i can't tell)

     2 May 2003, 17:05 GMT


Seeing is Believing
W Hibdon  Account Info

It does when you actually read an e-book.

-W-

     3 May 2003, 02:24 GMT


Re: Seeing is Believing
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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But what do you use to open EBK files?

     3 May 2003, 16:20 GMT


Re: Re: Seeing is Believing
W Hibdon  Account Info

At http://tict.ticalc.org, you will find the TICT ebook reader. It is really easy to use. All that you need is it and an ebook, and you are set.

-W-

     3 May 2003, 18:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Seeing is Believing
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Thanks, I just downloaded it, and the program is great! :)

     5 May 2003, 22:29 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Seeing is Believing
W Hibdon  Account Info

But you don't have an 89. Or are you using VIT?

-W-

     6 May 2003, 02:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Seeing is Believing
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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"Or are you using VIT?"

Uh oh... sounds like you're gonna start another one of those threads where they refer to TI as "IT", and then say scary and ominous things. :oř

     6 May 2003, 15:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Seeing is Believing
W Hibdon  Account Info

Christ!

Sorry, my mistake. Let me try that again.

But you don't have an 89. Or are you using VTI?

-W-

     6 May 2003, 21:02 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
JcN  Account Info

I think it is already possible. All we need to do is get the archivers to make the newsletter compatable with the NoteFolio app and we can read it from there. Is it possible to create the appvar from the computer and send it to NoteFolio, or does it need to be created on the calculator?

     1 May 2003, 23:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Does that app need to be bought? Or is it free?

     5 May 2003, 06:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Notefolio is free, and I'm fairly certain that you can create the appvar on the computer. If you can, and there's not a size limit or anything, I'll look into it for next month.

     5 May 2003, 16:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Michael O'Brien  Account Info
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The appvar, as you put it, is the file read by NoteFolio? If it is the only size limit will be 64KB. I can't remember but when you make one on the computer there is a bar that shows its size relative to 64KB. I hope this comment doesn't ruin anything. BTW I would recomend looking into the functionality of StudyCards too.

     5 May 2003, 22:48 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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I had thought about StudyCards, but it seemed like it wouldn't work. I will, however, look into Notefolio.

     6 May 2003, 15:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Actually, the study card thing _could_ work, but it would be really weird. You could set it up as the flip over answers, except have the text on each side. It would be awkward reading the article in a quiz, but it could be done :)

You're right, Notefolio sounds like a better choice... did they ever release that for the TI-83+, or are they still making it?

     7 May 2003, 00:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
benryves  Account Info
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It was for the 83+ - it's what the TI-Keyboard uses, methinks...

What I need to do is write a PIC program that converts PS2 data from a keyboard to the SLP used on the calcs - use a PS2 keyboard in the OS!

     8 May 2003, 18:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Why don't they just post it in a program format?

PRGM:NEWSLETT
:Stop
:Text...
...
...
...
...
...

It wouldn't be hard at all, just a few seconds of copy+paste in TI-Graph Link... In fact, you could do that for any model, 73, 82, 83, 83+...

     1 May 2003, 23:48 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
RCTParRoThEaD_ Account Info
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that would still kinda be hard to read on a screen only 16 characters wide. Maybe do it in Nifty for the 83+?

     2 May 2003, 02:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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That's true, 16-character display is annoying... what's Nifty? Is it a small-sized-text reading program for the TI-83/+? Does it do text wrapping? That would also make it easier to read.

     3 May 2003, 16:27 GMT


Nifty
W Hibdon  Account Info

Yes, that is what it is. Text can be programmed in basic, with a variety of formats. Actually, I think that there is only one, inverse text.

-W-

     3 May 2003, 18:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Newsletter Officially Back
Drantin  Account Info

You can download the ebook one and use ttunebk to convert it to ASCII... it's on tict.ticalc.org

     2 May 2003, 02:23 GMT

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