software via radio

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Sun Oct 24 15:18:49 2004

On Sun, 2004-10-24 at 17:36 +0100, Tony Duell wrote:
> I've never seen the translator program for the Dragon, but there's no
> reason why there shouldn't have been one, and AFAIK no extra hardware
> would have been needed.

Fair enough. Your reference to Elektor is interesting; I just stumbled
across a reference to an optional filter module for the Dragon, details
of which were published in Elektor. It doesn't say which issue

> The other problem you may have with the Dragon, and which I had with the
> Mdoel 1 is that Basicode sort-of assumes a 40*24 text display. It's not
> supposed to (you're supposed to call a subroutine loaded as part of the
> compatibilty routines which loads a couple of variables with the screen
> size), but many programs didn't bother, or didn't do the right thing if
> one or both of the dimensions was smaller than expected.

So Basicode's basically a language in its own right, and they sold
interpreters for different machines? When I first heard about it I
assumed they'd transmitted different programs at different times for
different machines and that Basicode was just a front-end for the native
interpreter which knew how to decode the incoming radio signal to the
machine's native Basic format.


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