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.

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

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

Screenshots:

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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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