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Newsletter - June 1999

The ticalc.org Newsletter
June 1999 - Volume 2, Issue 6


Letter from the Editor
Letter to the Editor
Calculator News
Programming in Assembly
Interview with Aaron Curtis


Thank you for reading the ticalc.org newsletter! School is out for most of us, and if not, it will be out very shortly. That means that we, as staff members, have more time to deal with the site and create new features for it. Look for many exciting changes to happen before the summer is over, just in time for September, our busiest month.

The Program of the Month continues this month. Please note that the polls do not open until 1999-06-01 00:00 GMT. This newsletter is being sent at midnight in Sweden, and so there will be a two-hour delay between receiving this newsletter and being able to vote. However, you will still be able to view the nominations during that two hour timespan; you simply will not be able to cast a vote.

To see the programs which have been nominated and/or cast your vote for the best program in each category, go to http://www.ticalc.org/survey/potm/5.html. In order to vote you must be registered in our voting system. If you are not yet a registered voter on ticalc.org, please go to http://www.ticalc.org/survey/request.html before voting for the Program of the Month. The polls will remain open for one week, after which time the winners will be announced in an addendum to this newsletter as well as on the ticalc.org news.

Kirk Meyer


If you have anything that you would like to have published in this newsletter, please send it to newsletter@ticalc.org. Each month I will print one letter that I choose in the "Letter to the Editor" section. You can send letters regarding just about anything as long as they are constructive. Send your letters to the editor to newsletter@ticalc.org.

Additionally, we are in search of people who are willing to write columns for this newsletter, to be run either as a single article, or as a continued series. If you are interested, please email newsletter@ticalc.org. Include your name, what your column is going to be about, the lifespan of your column (i.e. how many months will it run for), and if possible an example. We thank you for your interest.


Hardly anything happened in calculator news during the past month. In site news, however, much has happened. Ahmed El-Helw has retired, and Phil Genera has joined the staff as file archiver, allowing Kirk Meyer to step down from that post. Perhaps most exciting, ticalc.org has upgraded its hardware. We are now running on a 200 MHz Pentium MMX processor, which is very welcome after our time with a 486 DX-4 100.


There appears to be a lack of interest in this column. All that I have received regarding it are complaints about it being unclear, having the wrong focus, etc. Furthermore, after this newsletter I will be fading from the forefront of action on ticalc.org. The jobs of newsletter, news editor, and review editor will be taken on by other people. To that end, this column has been discontinued. If you are in need of a tutorial, I highly recommend the ACZ tutorials, which may be found at http://www.acz.org/. Both TI-86 (Z80) and TI-89 (M68000) tutorials may be found there.

Kirk Meyer


Email: acurti1@umbc.edu
ICQ UIN: 1229209

Interview Log
Kirk How old are you and what level of education do you have?
Curt Eighteen - I just finished my first year of college.
Kirk What do you plan to do after you graduate?
Curt Hmm... I absolutely have no idea.
Kirk What calculators do you own, and do you plan to get any new ones?
Curt I have a TI-86, and don't plan to get any new ones.
Kirk What do you use your calculator for most?
Curt Well since I'm not in school at the moment, it'd be programming.
Kirk How did you find out about the TI Community, and when did you first visit ticalc.org?
Curt A couple years ago, I was looking for a way to hook up my 85 to my Amiga, although I wasn't successful until about a year ago. The very first time I visited ticalc.org was I guess in 1996 maybe...
Kirk What was the first program you ever wrote?
Curt The first thing I did was Journey. It made random mazes for a wizard to go through.
Kirk How did you learn to program in assembly language?
Curt I found the source to a very simple putsprite routine and picked it to pieces. Also the ZShell school helped a lot...
Kirk Do you have an idol TI programmer?
Curt Martin Hock used to write the best games.
Kirk What projects are you working on now?
Curt Well, there's always YAS... I'm porting Tetris Attack, and something else I think I'll keep secret for now...
Kirk What advice would you give to people wanting to learn to program in assembly?
Curt Don't steal my code!
Kirk Are you part of a programming group?
Curt Yeah, I joined ZAPO recently, although I can't say that I do much with them.


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