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Tyco RC / Re: Wanted: 27mhz fast track remote
« Last post by Racinmx426 on December 20, 2016, 02:09:43 »
Thanks! Really into the toy grade Tyco/Nikko/radio shack RC's!
Tyco RC / Re: Wanted: 27mhz fast track remote
« Last post by Dragon on December 11, 2016, 11:29:41 »
Hi Racinmx426, Welcome to the forum! Good luck with finding the transmitter that you're looking for.

Tyco RC / Wanted: 27mhz fast track remote
« Last post by Racinmx426 on December 10, 2016, 02:50:12 »
Looking for a reasonable priced 27mhz fast track remote, thanks!
Blogs / Re: Re-living the Glory Days of BASIC
« Last post by Dragon on December 01, 2016, 23:27:32 »
I tried a couple different options for running BASIC. First I tried linapple, which wouldn't install on my Linux machine. I then tried installing Microsoft Small Basic on Windows, only to find that the syntax was so completely different that this old BASIC code wouldn't work. Fortunately, I did find something that would... Chipmunk Basic. There are versions of Chipmunk Basic for Mac, Windows, and Linux. I downloaded the Linux version and ran it from my command line and it worked just fine!

If you're interested... 

Chipmunk Basic is here:

And the Acey-Ducey game, which I typed out based on what I found at is attached...  ;D

By the way, the highest score (dollars) that I got while playing today was a little over 10,000.
Tyco RC / Re: eBay auctions TYCO R/C (2016)
« Last post by Dragon on November 29, 2016, 23:26:30 »

Tyco Turbo Bandit 9.6v "baja" bandit comes amazing mint condition as shown. Box is very nice as well and includes original foam, truck and remote control. You will need your own batteries to run it.   I tested it and it works perfect.  Sold as is due to age of item/toy and no returns period.
Tyco RC / eBay auctions TYCO R/C (2016)
« Last post by Dragon on November 29, 2016, 17:43:12 »
I see that we haven't had much traction with the RC stuff lately... but it's getting close to Christmas time, so it got me thinking about the eBay listings again.

Please, share your findings with the others here... especially if you're not bidding on them.  ;)

Kicking this off, I'm going to include a Tyco-Traxxas hybrid. Here's what the seller has to say about it:

Traxxas Summit 1/16 Vxl Custom Tyco Bandit 9.6v Vintage Custom
"I merged my two favorite things together, a new summit vxl ready to run 1/16 with a vintage 90s turbo bandit Tyco body.
They fit perfectly after my custom work. I then added a new set of pro line wheels and tires to complete the build.
Sold as is no returns
You can own the only 50mph+ Tyco Bandit from your childhood. A modern long travel suspension chassis and brushless motor with the classic body from every guys childhood."
Blogs / Re-living the Glory Days of BASIC
« Last post by Dragon on November 28, 2016, 01:08:34 »
I just came across something that is SO AWESOME! This is the kind of book, maybe even the same book, that I saw and used as a kid to first get into some computer programming. I was with my friend Brian in Hastings and I think he was the one that owned this book. We would flip through the book and find something that looked interesting and start typing away. I can't remember if we had much success getting it to work, and we probably went back to playing Yars Revenge after much frustration as a kid, but it was something that always stuck in my head... Now it looks like it's been updated to use Microsoft Small Basic.

Quoting ComputerScienceForKids.c om, "...we can re-live the glory days of kid-friendly BASIC programming.  Isn't it time to show your kids and grandkids why we all fell in love with computers in the first place!  Microsoft Small Basic makes programming fun again for kids of all ages!"

I can't wait to show this to my kids...  ;D ... Even though they'll probably just look at me and say "Dad.... but I want to make the cool looking video games."  :-\ 

Here's a link to the Atari Archives page for the Amazing program, which will randomly generate a maze each time it's run:

And here is a link to the Computer Science For Kids page mentioning the 2010 edition of David H. Ahl's Classic BASIC Computer Games Book:
Blogs / More Work To Be Done
« Last post by Dragon on November 20, 2016, 20:46:18 »
I finally got my Supra home from the shop after it had been waiting on all the new parts necessary for about a month. At the end of September I had ordered some parts to fix my AC and then took it in to my current favorite mechanic at McCleary's Auto And Truck Repair. Unfortunately, the condenser that I had ordered had been for an '85 Celica, not a Celica Supra. The issue with the names makes something that might be a simple search in some cases, a bit more confusing. Anyway, it took ordering the condenser 4 times before I got that first one, since every place that said they had a part matching my car soon after said that it was out of stock from there warehouse. I'm guessing several of them are using the same warehouse and don't get daily updates for their inventory.

After getting a replacement condenser ordered from a different place, along with a new alternator, fan clutch, shroud, and a few other AC parts, the car was finally finished and ready for me to pick up. Unfortunately, a day later, we discovered that there was a fairly significant fuel leak, which apparently is coming from the point where the filler neck attaches to the fuel tank. Since it's so rusty, the mechanic recommended that I get a new filler neck, and I should probably get another fuel tank too. At least it's still driveable until those parts are tracked down. I've looked around online a little bit, but haven't come across what I need yet.

Now, aside from my car needing repairs, I have a tooth that completely broke today too. It was partially broken for a while, but it felt strong enough to handle waiting a bit longer before seeing another dentist about it. Obviously I was wrong - the rest of it broke off today when I was taking some chewable vitamins. Sometimes taking some preventive measurements end up causing something else to fail.

This comes only a couple weeks after Anna had split open her chin while and had to get 5 stitches. My wife is still fighting with the insurance company multiple times a week, multiple hours for each phone call that I've heard, and we still don't have any health insurance that we can use... even though they say that we'll be able to get reimbursed for any of our out-of-pocket expenses since October 1st. (One nurse at the hospital chuckled and said that my wife was being naive if she thought that we would actually get reimbursed.)

I'd like to be able to say that we'll just take care of all these problems right now. Unfortunately, there is way too much work to be done, and not enough time or money to take care of it all at once.
Video Games / Re: Online Play (board games ported)
« Last post by Dragon on November 20, 2016, 04:53:09 »
If you're interested in Looney Labs Pyramid Arcade, or just abstract games in general, you might be interested in checking out ... I came across that site a few years ago and I enjoy getting on there to play one of my favorite Looney Pyramid games - Homeworlds. Actually, it's been nearly a year since I was last active on there, but I found the site again, so I got started with a couple games. Similar to my Conquest Online game here on Dragons Hobbies, the Super Duper Games site has asynchronous games, so you can join several games at one time if you want. That site is rather slow loading, and the interaction with the games is similar to playing an old-school text based game, but there is also some work being done to redesign that site, so who knows what will be up next for the Super Duper Games. 
Video Games / Conquest Online Bug - Generals Alone
« Last post by Dragon on November 18, 2016, 19:02:49 »
Hey guys, I'm going to start documenting the bugs that I've seen here with the Conquest Online game. If you come across other bugs, feel free to upload screenshots or discuss the issues here.

I noticed this one today in Game XXIX - Enemy Generals in a territory that was previously unclaimed couldn't be captured. The two Orange Generals were in the territory of Rhetia before Green moved in with Infantry. Before the Battle phase, the Orange Generals were still listed on the territory, but the Green General and Infantry had disappeared from the map view. After the Battle, all of them were visible on the map - the Orange Generals hadn't been captured, which they should have been.

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