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Merry Christmas from Mike and Orion! Here's a gift for you.

Postby orion70 » Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:43 am

The VIC-20 Bible Series II: Pentateuch

Following the success of our previous Easter release, we present you the first books of the Old Testament, the Jewish Torah, in a D81 disk, where you will find the whole text incredibly compressed by Mike and presented in browsable books in full 40-column screens, completed by graphic depictions of book covers, and of the main episodes in the first steps of this crazy world.

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The program was realized using the Minigrafik tools for handling text output and graphics, and once again demonstrates the power of Mike's tools.

To launch the program, extract BIBLE1.ZIP in the VICE main folder, and double-click the CMD file enclosed.

We hope you will find it useful, fun, and nice to see.
HAVE YOURSELF A HAPPY (from Mike) HAPPY (from Orion) CHRISTMAS AND A JOYFUL 2011!

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Postby orion70 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 4:34 am

Woody Allen wrote:Hmmm. I had counted on a little more support.

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Postby Pedro Lambrini » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:08 am

Sorry bloke. I haven't been around much but I spotted this yesterday. I haven't had a chance to look around it yet but I'm sure it's up to your's and Mike's usual high standard. :) Do you think you'll do another Easter release this year coming and do you intend to do the whole Bible? :)
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Postby orion70 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:40 am

:) Why not! The whole Bible in a VIC... You wouldn't believe that, right? But this is stuff for believers... :P

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Postby Jeff-20 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:35 pm

This is really impressive!
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Postby nbla000 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:54 am

wow a very big work !

my compliments.
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Postby Mike » Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:34 pm

A Happy New Year to you all! :)

It's nice to see this second part of the VIC Bible series is also being appreciated by our Denial fellows. :D

Orion70 and I had planned this follow-up to the Evangelists already in June last year while I visited North Italy. At the end of November I wrote the "launch" PM - and then was faced with a slight "problem" directly thereafter - all text combined from the first five books, uncompressed, needed ~860 KB. :shock: Slightly more than a 3 1/2 inch disk for the 1581 can store.

One of the edge conditions in writing this software was that in any case it should be possible to run this on "standard" hardware, i.e. a VIC-20, +24 K RAM expansion and a 1581 is the minimum configuration. Otherwise we could have quite as well just prepared all text (i.e. the entire Bible!) for a subdirectory on a SD card, which still would have worked for users of a SD2IEC (and uIEC, FE3, etc.) but excluding those without newer storage solutions. I even thought about using a 1 MB HD 5 1/4 format with a SFD 1001 or the like, for this installation. ;)

Short having a streaming LZW codec available in the depths of my HD, I reused a simpler compression scheme tailored to text data I had written around '94, on the Acorn Archimedes. It uses "long" 8-bit bytes for uncompressed, and "short" 5-bit bytes for compressed characters. With this algorithm, most texts compress by ~30%, which was sufficient in this case.

Alessandro did his part by again selecting some episodes with accompanying scenes, and we got everything nicely packaged together in a timely manner before Christmas. :)

Greetings,

Michael


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