OK being very obscure here :-)
So, old CP/M MSBASIC game "STARWARS.BAS"
It's like x-wing, but in text mode :-)
Anyway, one of the things it lets you do is define the 5-character string that displays as the "enemy fighter"
so, |-*-| for a classic TIE, <-*-> for TIE Advanced, :X: Star Fury, -oVo- f-15 style Decepticon, >8*8< X-Wing, etc etc
I could swear that when I looked at ebay a couple of weeks ago, there were some Cromemco D+7A S100 cards going for approx. $100
(d+7a is basically a S100 joystick card)
and I kind of convinced myself I should get one.
So I look on ebay, and there's only one, and they want $200 for it...
And nope, that's outa my budget.
(grr, that's the second time I've lost out on an S100 card I wanted. Next time I see one I want for $100 I'm getting it then and there!)
Spent a few hours on this s100 card last night. This is the front panel controller for my #teletek.
I was mainly trying to figure out why its responding to disk controller writes, but the wiring seems ok...
Mostly i was trying to figure out how the speaker output is wired up... if i did that right, it needs a DtoA and still wouldn't work? I don't know op-amp wiring...
I'm still amazed at how few rs232 line I use these days. The coco and the teletek have serial lines to my server, and of course the teletek has a serial line to its terminal. A free connection for the m100 and wp2 and that's it! Everything else is wifi or ethernet.
old computer nerd, car guy, science fiction and fantasy fan, cat lover
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko