Archive for February, 2013

A new programmer joins TakeFlight

Casimo from UCF has joined our programming team to help provide you with outstanding calculator programs for fx9860 Power Graphic 2 series.

He has several projects under way, including a black and white port of Aspirin,  ZipMe (a .zip compression tool for fx9860s), a Tetris game, and a version of LuaFX that works with Power Graphic 2 calcs. All are compatible with the Power Graphic 2 calcs.

Please give him a warm welcome!

Aspirin for PRIZM

I have made a port of Aspirin for the PRIZM in LuaZM.

Use arrow keys to manoeuvre to the target without hitting the obstacles.

None, of course. Then again, if you happen to notice any random features, please let me know!



Why the TI-84C is not worth the money

The past six months have seen many fickle Casio fans turning their efforts eyes and money towards a new calculator, the TI-84C.

Why this calculator is no better than any other casio rejects (aka, TI calcs):

  • The 84+CSE has only 21KB of user RAM. While there are 128KB available for assembly programmers, TI-Basic users and such are stuck with even less RAM than before. The Casio PRIZM, on the other hand, has approx. 50KB of RAM, plus 16MB of storage space.
  • The 15MHz z80 processor. Much slower than the PRIZM’s SH-4A (58MHz). Remember that we’re dealing with color here, and 15MHz just doesn’t cut it.
  • The screen is capable of 16-bit color, but the calculator itself isn’t. Refreshing the whole screen once with just 8-bit color takes 2 seconds. This is unacceptable.
  • The lack of a good C compiler. At this point there is no way to program in anything other than BASIC or Assembly. The PRIZM comes with support for C, native support for BASIC, and third-party languages like LuaZM.

In reviewing this calculator, we are forced to realize that this is nothing more than another over-priced, under-powered, excuse for a calculator from who else but, Texas Instruments.

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