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Novelty Software to Download

---Novelty programs

OAllegro Tune
OBig Message Displays a message in a large font
OBiorhythms  
OElectronic Pianola Turn your computer into a keyboard!
OFortune Cookie Wise words from the Far East!
OFractal Pack Fractal patterns
OLift Simulator A lift simulation with 12 floors
OMagic 8 Ball
OMystify Similar to the Windows screen-saver
OPattern Generator More patterns!
OQuiz Master Test your knowledge of a subject
OSpring Piano Turns the NC keyboard into a simple piano keyboard
OSquares A pattern

Programs marked 'From ANUW' are taken from Mark Ray's Amstrad Notepad Users Web.

Allegro

Written by: Tim Surtell

For: NC100 NC200

ALLEGRO.TXT ... 3.4kb

This plays Allegro from Sonata No. 3 by Antonio Vivaldi.
You could change the data lines to play any tune that you want -- the first number is the note, the second the length.

From ANUWBig Message

Written by: Mark Ray

For: NC100 NC200

BIGMESS1.TXT ... NC100 Version ... 1kb
BIGMESS2.TXT ... NC200 Version ... 1kb

This program asks for a message to be typed in and then displays it in large block writing.

Biorhythms

Written by: Chris Nixon

For: NC100 NC200

BIORHY1.TXT ... NC100 Version ... 4kb
BIORHY2.TXT ... NC200 Version ... 4kb

Enter your birth date to see a prediction for your physical, emotional and intellectual constitution for today!

From ANUWElectronic Pianola

Written by: Mark Ray

For: NC100 NC200

PIANOLA.TXT ... 1kb

Allows a tune to be played from a series of note stored in a WP file.

Mark Ray's Note: I can't quite remember the format for the music documents. I think the scale is CDEFGABcdefgabT, and you prefix the letter with a @ for a flat and a # for a sharp. The first line of the document should contain the length of each character in 100ths of a second (e.g. 50 for each character to last a half-second).

Fortune Cookie

Written by: Chris Nixon

For: NC100 NC200

COOKIE1.TXT ... 8kb
COOKIE2.TXT ... 8kb

Run this program for some wise words of guidance!

Fractal Pack

Written by: Ashwin Wavde

For: NC100 NC200

FRACPACK.TXT ... Program ... 4kb
FRACPACK.PDF ... Read-Me file ... 41kb

I decided to make a fractal set because, well, they look good, darn it!  I am looking around for some fractal algorithms to convert to an NC version.  I think they are just great to look at after working hard all day.  I tried to make the program as graphically pleasing as possible on a small screen.  I think it's pretty good.

I am not an assembler programmer so my programs are very basic, but they work!  Please give feedback on how I could improve the code, or maybe even how to use Machine Language to plot the fractals so it's even faster and you could thus do a longer loop with more detail in the picture.

The following screenshots come from Russell Marks' NC100 emulator for MS-DOS running ZCN 1.3.  ZCN would be the better way to view them as it can get more use out of the CPU and thus creates the fractals faster than under the NC's OS.

Lift Simulator

Written by: Tim Surtell

For: NC200

LIFT.TXT ... 1.8kb

Simple lift simulator with 12 floors.

Magic 8 Ball

Written by: John Wyrwas
Ported to NC100 by Ashwin Wavde

For: NC100

MAG8BALL.ZIP ... 3kb

This is a 100% ASM program for the NC100 Notepad Computer.  It is a port from the Magic 8 Ball program by John Wyrwas for the ion shell on the ti83/83+ graphing calculators.

How to Run

Copy the 8BALL.BIN file from the zip file to your Notepad.  Go into BBC BASIC and type the following:

*LOAD 8BALL.BIN 6000
CALL &6000

Ask the 8 ball a question and then shake it.

At the moment keys <STOP>, <FUNCTION>, <ARROW KEYS> quit, alphanumeric keys and enter shake the ball.

Mystify

Written by: Tim Surtell

For: NC200

MYSTIFY2.TXT ... 1.1kb

This simple pattern is similar to the 'Mystify' screensaver in Windows.

Pattern Generator

Written by: Robin Nixon

For: NC100 NC200

PATGEN.TXT ... 2.3kb

Produces geometric patterns, polygon patterns and Lissajous figures.

Visit Robin's homepage at www.robinnixon.com

From ANUWQuiz Master

Written by: Mark Ray

For: NC100 NC200

QUIZ.TXT ... 2kb

Write a series of questions and answers in a WP document and then test your memory of the correct answers using this program.

Mark Ray's Note: Once again, I can't quite remember the document format. I think it's:

Quiz Title
Question 1
Correct answer
Wrong answer
Wrong answer
Question 2, etc, etc.

Squares

Written by: Unknown

For: NC100 NC200

PATTERN1.TXT ... NC100 version ... 839 bytes
PATTERN2.TXT ... NC200 version ... 839 bytes

This small program produces a pretty pattern of squares in the centre of the screen.

Spring Piano

Written by: Johannes Rosky

For: NC100 NC200

SPRPIANO.ZIP ... 3kb

This is a little music program written completely in assembler. The program should be self-explaining. Just play a melody with the keys shown on the screen and change octave for the lower manual with the cursor keys, for the upper manual with the two delete keys. The program uses both sound channels of the NC and produces very strange sounds, if you press two keys at once. If you don't want that behavior, switch to monophonic mode by pressing the MENU key.

The program is written for the NC100 but does also run on the NC200 with some limitations: It uses only half of the screen and the upper key row doesn't work, because the NC200 uses a different keyboard matrix.

 
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