[vcf-midatlantic] VCFed @ World Maker Faire this weekend

Tom Hornberger tom.hornberger at verizon.net
Thu Sep 29 09:01:28 EDT 2016


Please, Real Programmers^A^TMen use Z80s! :)

Tom
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
Cc: Dean Notarnicola <dnotarnicola at gmail.com>
Sent: Thu, Sep 29, 2016 7:37 am
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] VCFed @ World Maker Faire this weekend

Well, Corey, that's just silly. Everyone knows Atari beats them both!  ;-)

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Corey Cohen via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Wow this is sounding like an old Apple vs C64 argument from back in the
> 80's.
>
> corey cohen
> uǝɥoɔ ʎǝɹoɔ
>
> > On Sep 29, 2016, at 4:04 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Well if I knew that this was battle bots, then I would have constructed
> > something to crush your puny little car. I think mine will knock yours
> over
> > and can beat you in a race too!
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 2:21 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org <javascript:;>>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Jeff B., Corey, Mouse, and yours truly are staffing the VCFed booth at
> >> World Maker Faire this weekend. They said we're in a tent this year.
> That
> >> is all I know for now, location-wise.
> >>
> >> Our theme is the same as at HOPE -- vintage computer robots.
> >>
> >> Jeff is showing an improved version of his Capsella robot controlled by
> a
> >> BASIC program on a Commodore 64. He has many more parts available now
> than
> >> he did for HOPE.
> >>
> >> I'm showing a Lego robot powered by a LOGO program on an Apple //e, vs.
> at
> >> HOPE my Lego demonstration used BASIC on a Compaq 386 luggable (in the
> form
> >> of a Network General Sniffer).
> >>
> >> By coincidence, Jeff's robot and mine are both car-like and they're both
> >> around the same size. So let me just say:
> >>
> >> MY LEGOBOT CAN KICK BRACE'S CAPSELLABOT'S BUTT. :)
> >>
> >> Here's mine: http://vcfed.org/evan/legobot.jpg
> >>
> >> I figured a black frame, red racing stripe, and huge rear spoiler all
> give
> >> it maker-cred.
> >>
> >> One motor controls forward/backward, another motor (via the exposed
> chain
> >> drive up front on the left side of your screen) controls steering,
> there is
> >> a touch/bump sensor on front, a light sensor in back, and working
> head/tail
> >> lights.
> >>
> >> I need to put a little Lego dude and steering wheel in the cockpit!
> >>
> >> Of course, the point of this is to show people (mostly children) that
> Lego
> >> computerized robotics are not a modern invention, but in fact existed 30
> >> years ago. LOGO works like BASIC -- you can type a program and run it
> >> instantly (no compiling) or type commands directly. But in most ways
> it's
> >> even more basic than BASIC. Instead of FOR-NEXT loops you have REPEAT;
> >> instead of GOSUB you have LIST-TO-RUN; there aren't line numbers; and
> I'm
> >> trying to understand their oddly formatted IF-THEN method (which is also
> >> called something else; I forget what right now).
> >>
> >> Maybe I'll disable the front bump sensor and program the 'bot to go full
> >> speed into BraceBot. :)
> >>
> >> All in good fun, of course.
> >>
> >> Hope to see many of you this weekend.
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Jeff Brace - ark72axow at gmail.com <javascript:;>
>




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