Things you must do:

TTA's Mega-Project I

No, there's never been a Mega-Project II, but here are some screen shots from the demo that Paul Medynski, Randy Reid and I made way back in Summer 1991.

Much of the content (like the two large pictures and the raster-in-raster code from the red, grey and blue TTA logo, along with, well, the music) was "borrowed". Paul wrote the rasters on screen two, but I wrote all the glue code and the (minor) effects on the other screens. I'm not sure if the scroll was original or not; I do remember working on something like that for a long time, so let's presume it is :).

Now you can download a D64 disk image with Mega Project I and another, earlier "demo" called Sharkbite, which was put together by Randy and I. It was more of a learning experience than a show, but it does feature (borrowed) digital music :)


Commodore in the Smithsonian

Below is an email thread I had with the Smithsonian Institution about a C64 on display in one of their exhibits.

Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 20:22:20 -0300
To: Smithsonian Information <info@si.edu>
Subject: Information Age Exhibit: Possible correction
From: Brad Spencer <spencer@jacknife.org>

I believe that the Commodore 64 personal computer display identifies
the CPU in that system as being an "Intel 8080".  In fact, this system
was built around the MOS 6510 CPU.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOS_Technology_6510>

This can be confirmed by opening the unit :), or by referring to the
"Commodore 64 Programmer's Reference Guide" (ISBN 0-672-22056-3), 1st
edition, which comes complete with a schematic diagram and instruction
set reference.

A discussion of the history of the Commodore 64 is available at
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64>

Thank you for your taking the time to read my feedback.  I enjoyed the
exhibit very much!

Their reply:

Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 13:43:08 -0400
From: "Smithsonian Information " <info@si.edu>
To: <spencer@jacknife.org>
Subject: Re: Information Age Exhibit: Possible correction

Brad Spencer

Your correspondence of June 28 concerning errors in the Commodore 64
display at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center, has
been received by the Smithsonian's Public Inquiry Mail Service for
response.

We have contacted the Division of Information Technology and Society
concerning the matter.  The curators acknowledge the error you point out
and further have told us that several other errors have been identified in
the "Information Age" exhibition.  That exhibition was opened in May 1990,
and there was serious consideration being given to dismantling and
replacing it in the near future.  That, however, is not going to be the
case, for monetary as well as other reasons, and the exhibition will
remain for the foreseeable future.  Currently, there is an effort to
consolidate the errors with the goal of devising a plan for correcting all
of them; however, there is no time schedule for this work at the present
time.

We thank you for taking your time to write about this matter.  Your
interest in the Smithsonian Institution is sincerely appreciated.

Reach me at spencer@jacknife.org. Reach Paul at paul@jacknife.org.
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