https://groups.google.com/d/forum/fignitionFIGnitionDiscussion and Mutual Help Group For the FIGnition DIY Computer.Google GroupsJulz2014-03-06T12:44:05Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/PHImh_NxYkIFast Mode, you never knew you had it in you!!!Hi folks, Part of the development plan for Firmware 0.9.9 is to support a non-video mode, i.e. a video mode that doesn't display anything :-) Why would you want that? Well: 1. It speeds up FIGnition quite a bit, just like FAST mode on a ZX81, for the same reasons, it doesn't have to generate videoJulz2014-03-04T13:44:32Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/XwuKozyhGQIComing soon, you'll hate this :-)Hi folks, Yes, a version of FIGgybird is in progress ;-) [image: Inline image 1] -cheers from Julz -- The DIY 8-bit computer from nichemachines(tm)Julz2014-02-11T17:09:23Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/_kesAxpd6yIFirmware 0.9.9 ProgressHi folks, As for the FIGkeys development I'm going to provide an online progress report. A line of "*******..." separates the tasks I've accomplished from those I haven't started yet. 1. The Flash disk driver will be rewritten in Forth which will make it a bit slower, but should provide about 0.5Kcarl2014-02-07T19:54:00Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/SfEygsUVYYYquick demo:UFOHi, I have made a demo to see how well self loading can work. I have learned from the sprite'd utility that you can make effective use of loading blocks as you run a program, and then call up the changed code as you work. This is easy now as 0.9.8 firmware loads as a blank screen and no longer givesJulz2014-02-07T15:50:39Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/e71NGGoE8XMAnnounce: FIGnition Hardware Reference Draft 0.1 - you will Like this :-) !Hi folks, At last I've managed to complete a draft version of the FIGnition Hardware Reference Manual :-) All the inside hardware information on how FIGnition works is covered here down to each component and its relationship to the firmware. There's also a substantial section (as yet unchecked) onJulz2014-01-31T20:28:13Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/ddORfouK4FsFIGkeys Review in DesignSparkHi guys, Fellow Forth Fanatic Bill Marshall has reviewed FIGkeys - taking a Dremel to the FIGnition board to get it to fit properly: http://www.designspark.com/eng/blog/fignition-gets-a-keyboard -cheers from Julz -- The DIY 8-bit computer from nichemachines(tm)Stu Taylor2014-01-27T12:43:00Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/OqakHA5Lj34fignition fuze - I2CHi Julz, within the fignition fuze documentation i noticed that in block 254-256 there is a program called I2C, but there isn't a "usage" entry within the document for it. Is it a helper utility for one of the other programs? StuartSi Brindley2014-01-26T23:11:14Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/UmNxcpSSCdQQuestions about the stack and block editor.I'm gradually getting to grips with this thing, spending a bit of time each evening. I'd like to check my understanding of a few things, please. I thought I'd number my bullets in case anyone fancies referencing any particular rambling when they reply :) - *1 The initial stack and underflow proteNeil Macmillan2014-01-26T20:49:27Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/5HgnL3ljC-kInitial ImpressionsI've now had a little time to try out Fignition + Figkeys. Its REALLY good and meets/exceeds the objective of a computer that you build yourself, program yourself and can be fully understood. My personal agenda is to have a close replica of my old Jupiter Ace. Initial impressions:- - I have to typeStu Taylor2014-01-25T23:42:13Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/g17HhbINcGsfignition architecture.Hi Julz. I've be reverse engineering (read following the traces on the PCB) tonight, and I wondered if there is a constraint that meant you had to use PD1/pin3 for the video (I know timing is critical, your following the beam), and not PD5? Stuart.carl2014-01-25T10:14:55Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/JK4T-Eb-zisUsing FIGnition+Raspberry PI for ssh AVRdude!Hi I wanted to share with you a perfect use for my Raspberry Pi, I have been using a donated Dell Inspiron 5151 to support my experiments on my FIGnition, I have used it with Ubuntu installed to burn new firmware and files to the DIY computer. It is showing its age, I am unsure to how old it actuaSi Brindley2014-01-24T20:02:44Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/miFoCpiDHmkFORTH learning resourcesI realise there a lot of places to learn FORTH out there but I thought I'd share what I've been using while I waited for FIGkeys: 1) I got a nice Jupiter ACE emulator for my iPad. <https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VJc1D1CttOU/UuLGsBwRFnI/AAAAAAAAA4w/wXhe1tegi6g/s1600/IMG_0013.jpg> It has an unusuJulz2014-01-23T17:55:05Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/kEUcfhnMV7IFIGkeys LIFTOFF, you will like this :-)Hi folks, Today I was able to send all The FIGkeys kits that have been actually ordered to date, along with combo kits. Thanks again for your patience during development, build instructions will be posted tomorrow! -cheers julzSi Brindley2014-01-23T01:22:34Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/4YSsV95bot0"The Rise of the Teenage Coder"No substance whatsoever to this BBC "News" article, but - whatever - here it is for your enjoyment: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/25844295Julz2014-01-22T10:50:59Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/uosGWLFfppMWhatever Happened To The Future?Hi folks, I thought I'd transfer this topic to a different one as the original topic is really about my delivery countdown. > whatever happened to VRML, it was supposed to be the future! It was superseded by the XML-based X3D, developed by the people who developed VRML. It's integrated into Firefcarl2014-01-20T16:07:16Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/EKD118WBBoUSprite'd a Sprite editor!Hi everyone, I have made a sprite editor for the FIGnition, the listing and the files are below. Notes. you can put blocks in the screen with down and move the cursor back and forward with left and right. press space to see the decimal value of the sprite. pressing 1 2 3 or 4 will load your sprSi Brindley2014-01-18T12:14:27Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/ssKkA2SnpB0Remapping the FIGkeys layoutHi Julz, One of the first things I'll want to do with my FIGkeys is to reprogram it for the Dvorak layout. This will change just about everything except the number keys and the letters 'A' and 'M' :) Please confirm whether the reprogramming feature will be in the first version of the firmware (I caJulz2014-01-12T19:38:58Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/zwmjjRBT8IoRe: Please help me transfer code (T2E2 -> avrdude, etc).Hi Simon, I've have a look - my initial FIGnition development was indeed done on a G4 Mac :-) but these days I do use an Intel Mac. I haven't come across an address out-of-range error. The normal address range for EEProm is in the 0x80000000 range (which I would refer to as 8zillion, but there's nSi Brindley2014-01-12T19:10:22Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/j2mZUVNLdwAPlease help me transfer code (T2E2 -> avrdude, etc).Hi folks. While I await FIGkeys, I thought I’d have a go at transferring some of the examples of FORTH code to my FIGnition but I’m running into a couple of problems, as follows: 1) *CONVERTING .FTH TO .HEX FILES USING T2E2* (as per http://www.fignition.co.uk/documentation/use-it ) Julian’s zipSi Brindley2014-01-10T21:59:55Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/O1vA0rFTNpoiPhone case as a home for FIGnitionI've been hunting around the house for something to mount my FIGnition. Then I remembered this iPhone 5 case that I kept (for no particular reason): <https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-R1GxbhWIojA/UtBtMfpzLNI/AAAAAAAAA3Q/o-wCj6t2WKY/s1600/FIGnition+in+iPhone+case.jpg> It's by no-means perfect, but iSi Brindley2014-01-09T02:34:46Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/z4jgrm-wmwESuccessful build - another happy customer!Hi folks. I'm new here. I received my FIGnition today (OK, technically yesterday) and spent my evening putting it together. It's the first "proper" soldering I've ever done but went well and the FIGnition worked perfectly first time. I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. Thanks to Ken for tellinJulz2014-01-07T10:28:44Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/jGQ4C-I4rCEFIGKeys 1.1 Delivery CountdownHi folks, I have all the components and a number of orders, but there are two main things I need to do before I send the new kits. This topic will be a running thread of my progress. 1. A Micro Bootloader. I can't really afford it for people to send back kits because of a bug I didn't fix beforecarl2014-01-04T10:45:48Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/kJBevga3x3cFlight Sim Demo.Hi, Late last year I found a Youtube demo made on the ZX81 by 'gasman' that various clever demos put together as a montage (with some not so clever 'music' IMO) . One demo caught my eye at 1'17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eabTH9F2RVM#t=79 So I set about making a FIGnition version. So here iscarl2013-12-22T13:07:15Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/xDFdh9-67DMCrasher type in game.Hi, I have been thumbing through some old copies of ZX computing on line. In issue 5 December 1982 a type in game by Dilwyn Jones called Crasher was published.Apparently it was quite playable but very quick to type in. The Game aim was to steer you ship into the characters flowing up the screen.TheJulz2013-12-07T12:08:11Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/roEa1ALTd4IAnnounce: FIGnition/FIGkeys 1.1 Combo!Hi folks, I realized I could offer both a FIGnition and FIGkeys in the same packet and save customers a little in cost. The downside, is that they will have to wait until mid-January 2014 until they receive both kits! The cost for the combo is: UK: £30.77, EU: £37.07, Worldwide: £37.57. In eachGadgetman!2013-12-07T11:18:54Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/B8CrpIuoJjc[Off Topic] Python-based boardI figured this board might be of interest to some of the group... A small board that runs Micro-Python. It's Cortex M4-based, has uSD slot, 3-axis accelerometer, 4 servo ports... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/214379695/micro-python-python-for-microcontrollers no keyboard or display output, butJulz2013-12-06T15:59:56Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/GqOI525c2YsAnnounce: FIGkeys 1.1!Hi folks, I've placed orders for all the FIGkeys components and I've had a quote for the PCB, so most things are committed now and I'm happy to take orders. You can read about FIGkeys here: https://sites.google.com/site/libby8dev/figkeys Yay, a new product page for the FIGnition google site! NeJulz2013-12-04T17:12:26Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/2nPM00BN0oYFIGkeys Rev 1.1. Working Prototype with PCB!Hi folks, I had been trying to construct a DIY PCB a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately I wasn't very successful, so I had a couple of prototype boards made at Ragworm in the UK*. They've arrived this afternoon and within an hour or so, I'd built the first FIGkeys1.1 ! Photographs are attachedDavid2013-12-02T13:01:59Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/svrv707Vu5ELunaI've been looking through the example code for Luna and have a couple of questions. In the following definiton : d! >r r 2+ ! r> ! ; there is >r r> and r. On the Built-In Definitions page I can find a refence for r> and r but not >r. Does anyone know what the >r means? Also in this declaration 10Jimmy Scott2013-11-30T03:38:37Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/1jEO1jjtvCMIs inFUZE worth the extra $Is inFUZE worth it to get the extra ram? I have been looking at getting a figgy for a long time and am ready to pull the trigger, now there are choices!carl2013-11-27T16:08:40Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/u3KA5PTlkUM>port> how do we read it?Okay so we know we can turn lights on and off with PD6 / 5/ 4 with >port> for example, 16 239 39 >port> drop ( sets PD4 to Vout) 16 239 40 >port> drop ( turns PD4 on) 0 239 40 >port> drop ( turns PD4 off) How then can we set these to read? i.e. If PD4 closed do this or if PD4 open do that, I haveJulz2013-11-27T10:50:50Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/1yTWMN82LEUPre-Announcement#2: Firmware 0.9.9!Hi folks, I was going to make Firmware 1.0 the next revision, but now I think I need to break it down into 2 parts, which means there will be a 0.9.9 release first. Revision 0.9.9 is mostly a space-grabbing exercise in preparation for 1.0.0, but I intend the following features: 1. The Flash disk dDavid2013-11-26T20:59:45Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/EBxh6n0P06EFignition inFUZEHello everyone. It's been a while now since I first bought the Fignition and I must say I had a great deal of fun with it. I've had a bit of time off from it due to being extremely busy with work and discovering the joys of MOOC's with Coursera (among other things). Anyway I've decided to brush offJulz2013-11-25T13:47:25Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/yKOZuccE7CIPre-Announcement: FIGkeys 1.1 PS/2 interface for £10.Hi folks, Perhaps lots of people will like this! Now that FIGkeys 1.1 has been designed and the firmware proved, I'd like to gauge how much interest there is in buying the proper PS/2 to FIGgypad interface. Here's the features: 1. Kit should cost <£10 +P&P to end customers (TBC). 2. Kit containsJulz2013-11-23T22:28:18Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/9VdMv05nH2kAnnounce: PONG on FIGnition :-) !Hi folks, Here's 862 bytes of pure retro :-) I thought my local church Christmas faire needed a version of PONG amongst all the bric-a-brac and cakes... how else were they to work it all off eh :-) ? So, for everyone's benefit here it is: 2.9Kb of source and 862 byte compiled :-) This version suppJulz2013-11-21T12:07:36Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/akIYQKAc6gYDIY PCB Development!Hi folks, Here's a situation where I'm looking for some help. I wanted to produce a prototype PCB using pre-sensitized PCB. It took me a couple of days to get everything together (and I have to be careful as we have pets, I don't want to get chemicals on them!!!) In my first test I followed the gderrick welsh2013-11-19T23:40:17Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/48Be82YiUoAWhat do you lot think of this?http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexklein/kano-a-computer-anyone-can-make D d wcarl2013-11-12T19:46:15Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/cWHkgjOBDP0Instructions on how to build I/O kitI have converted the instructions and build method of constructing your own FIGleds kit to a PDF, please feel free to use the instructions to build your own kit. I can supply the parts, but you can easily source your own. There are diagrams and a step by step program to get you going. Mathias ScheGadgetman!2013-11-07T09:30:56Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/q_6Ofr01dR8Hunt the WumpusDoes anyone remember that game? It seems someone has made an ANS FORTH version of it. http://excamera.com/sphinx/article-wumpus.html#wumpus I haven't tried the game, so can't say if it works or needs a rewrite to run on the Fignition.Julz2013-11-05T12:02:18Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/lQIIyVsWSg8FIGkeys Rev 1.1Hi folks, We've been working on a new version of FIGkeys, version 1.1. As we go along I'll provide some info on its development. Here are the major features: 1. The PCB will be much smaller, about 50% smaller. 2. It's designed to be built as a single-sided PCB suitable for DIY production with thiccarl2013-11-01T18:44:21Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/BYzHNynrsF8Advanced Lawn mower SimulatorAdvanced Lawnmower Simulator (or ALS) was quite simply the best game to appear on the Spectrum. It was written by (at the time) well-known *Your Sinclair* writer Duncan MacDonald. In April 1990, it was reviewed in YS and was promptly awarded a YS 'Megagame'. The following month, it was 'featured' onGadgetman!2013-10-12T13:38:07Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/xo6QIfwgQjoInteresting Kickstarter project.Hi! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/361650778/very-young-programmer-vyp-childrens-book This project doesn't have anything to do with either FORTH or the Fignition, but it IS about teaching the basics of computers to the very young. (My only affiliation to the project is as a backer.) Trygvecarl2013-10-07T15:55:00Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/x6fb4RI31JQLED i/o help needed.Hi, I hate to be a serial topic starter here but I need help with this... if anyone can. As a follow on to this thread, making use of those 4 I/O ports https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/fignition/making$20/fignition/VcWvKKv5ZjU/q-s-qxcuofsJ Is there a laymans method on using the port codesAndrew Hannay2013-09-23T12:31:36Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/aqN2C_jvD5AFignition at RSHi Julian, Just thought I would congratulate you on getting RS to distribute your Fignition Board. No Schematic included with the documentation though? :-) Andrewcarl2013-08-30T18:07:01Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/F__ThlNfjZMText adventure Demo; We are Nowhere.This may be the first next gen port to the mighty 8 bit single board computer! video is here <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKxWfChSVr0&feature=youtu.be> based on this original for the Wii<https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bhTN_nWM3go> Thanks to that other person at http://thacarl2013-08-27T13:31:40Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/0AKmK0DKAeEA FIGnition tac switch enhancement?Hi I have discovered that 'bump ons' ( a sensory aid ) improve the feel of the tactile switches on the revE I have a small amount for trial, They seem to feel nice on the fingers. would anyone like to try them out? Have a look at the picture and comment if you do. <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/carl2013-08-23T10:57:46Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/VQ2PxsultQUQuit bug?Hi has anyone noticed that if you use 'quit' 28 times in one session the fignition cursor goes crazy and the computer functions incorrectly? Why do you need to quit that many times I hear you ask! I have been working on an adventure style game for some time and to avoid 'OK' displaying have been usicarl2013-08-10T12:00:51Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/zAemlf8MzIUThose DIY computer recollections, and an Interview with Julz!I have had my work published(!) it is available on PDF from http://www.homebrewheroes.co.uk/ please feel free to visit, its available for purchase, but I did my work for no charge at all, the charge covers the considerable effort the rest of the team put in to produce the Mag it cover all aspects oJulz2013-08-01T19:39:46Zhttps://groups.google.com/d/topic/fignition/PKBtx5JbF6MOLPC Forth TutorialHi folks, I've just come across quite a nice Forth Tutorial via the OLPC wiki: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Forth_Lesson_0 On that system, Forth was burned into its firmware, it's an OpenFirmware machine! Interestingly, the style of the tutorial is similar to my FIGnition tutorial: https://sites.