Welcome to my ZX81 Computer Site! I'm continuing to celebrate ZX81 programming by showcasing each month an original program
from the eighties.
There are a ton of windmills in Idaho. Mostly big ones for power, but you see a few smaller ones used for irrigation and wells. But, when I wrote this months programs I dont remember any around where I lived in Indiana. No matter. I still wrote a simple windmill animation, and today is the day to share it.
To date, most of my programs have been games and animations. It may come as a surprise that I also wrote a word processing program. Using a custom printer command, I designed a font that would allow you to use lowercase letters. Lets explore Septembers program of the month to see how that worked.
Tarantula, Augusts program of the month, was part of a pair of games that made me think I was a game developer. At the age of fourteen, I didnt let problems like the lack of a distribution channel tarnish my dreams. Although I didnt make it into gaming, its still fun to look back on what could have been.
Wanting something interesting, I struggled to find a ZX81 program to share. Plus, it was getting close to the end of the month. Digging into my old notebook, I stumbled upon Missile Defense. Although short, I expanded it into a something worth playing. Lets dig deeper.
As June winds down, I find myself reminiscing about writing months program. 34 years later, I still remember the glow of the TV as it lit the notebook in my lap. Although I have fond memories of Tic-tac-toe, time isnt as kind to it. Lets dig in.