Today marks the 41st birthday of the ZX Spectrum, so I thought I’d mark the occasion by bringing some presents to the party.
Let’s start with a party game. Or more accurately the digital download of Winter Wonder Worm. This isn’t the complete version you get if you purchase the tape from TheFutureWas8Bit – but you do now get 4 levels to worm around in. You can download it from here.
In a bizarre coincidence, the first public release (v0.01) of my long filename browser the ZXUNO and DivMMC / DivIDE devices was also released on this day three years ago. To mark this anniversary, I’ve released v0.24 today as well. This includes some new features, obligatory bug fixes, speed ups and a full rewrite of the .brwscfg configuration program in assembly. You can see me previewing a development version of it in the following video:
And what’s a birthday party without jelly? I’ve got you covered there as well, especially if you lurrrvve green jelly. I did a mod of my Kempston joystick mod of Snake Pit for Rod Hull so the eggs were changed into green jellies. This probably makes more sense if you were watching certain TV programs on BBC2 back in the 1990s. You can avoid snakes and chow down on jelly here. Here’s a video of Rod playing my green jelly mod:
Spurred on by the recent one year anniversary of the release of v0.01 and the YouTube videos by Rod Hull (HE IS ROD HULL!) of TheFutureWas8Bit fame showcasing my long filename browser for esxDOS with his DivMMC Future device, I thought I’d post a small update.
At the time of writing this, version 0.17 has just been released which contains a couple of important bug fixes to the code used by the NMI version of the browser. So, if you’re on an older version or running the No_MMC_Memory version on your divIDE device, I would strongly recommend updating to this version even if you’re just using it to launch your .tap and snapshot files and not using some of the more advanced functionality.
As always, you can get the latest version of the browser here and the forum thread at spectrumcomputing.co.uk is a good place to ask for advice, request features, report bugs and get the latest test versions of the browser before official releases.
If you’re a fan of videos with poor production quality, that use the Spectrum ROM font and feature shonky camera phone or video capture footage, then you may also be interested in my fledgling YouTube channel, where you can find videos highlighting new features in upcoming versions of the browser.
I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people who have reported bugs, made suggestions, given feedback and spread the word about my browser. Seeing where the browser is now, just a year on from the first release (which only worked with .tap files on FAT16 cards) is very satisfying!