Question for oldschool MSX developers

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Por snout

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07-12-2004, 22:54

"Do very well" <-> "quit MSX".... are you absolutely sure? ^_^

Por T.R.

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08-12-2004, 02:05

I could be wrong, but I seem to remember hearing about an educative organization appearing in some program with Jos Brink. MC(C)M had an article proudly writing about MSX in the media. Was that the organization?

Por BiFi

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08-12-2004, 07:53

Those were mainly about the foundation he's a secretary of: Stichting Educatief VVG, a foundation which helps mentally disabled people with educating them via computer software. It all started on MSX :)Ah yeah, IIRC he mailed me about the Sunrise copy protection since they wanted to protect the programs they made against illegal copying, replied with some questions I answered about it and never heard from him ever since. I guess Stichting Educatief VVG decided not to use the system after all, and I did explain quite d-tailed (:)) how to use the system.

Por [D-Tail]

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08-12-2004, 10:55

T.R. --> Yes! Actually the first one who remembers the show. The name of the show was 'Zondagskinderen', and in the first episode the foundation was the subject of the show.

Por BiFi

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08-12-2004, 11:14

Pity it came a bit too early to add it as a nominee... Smile

Por T.R.

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11-12-2004, 00:09

Can I conclude from the meager reactions that the MSX has been only a hobby computer and not really used as a professional computer science tool?

Ofcourse, it's kind of obvious that the MSX was targeted for home users, but it's a litte disappointing...

Por [D-Tail]

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11-12-2004, 00:44

You know the MIR, right? The Russian space station which was sent down to earth some years ago? Inside there was a Sony HB-F900P for some purposes which I don't recall exactly. In any case, it was used as a powerful scientific tool Smile

Por Edwin

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11-12-2004, 01:22

I think the real problem was that it was a different time. Most of us were in school and back then there hardly were any assignments needing a computer. I was coding assembly when the teachers were working on turtle based languages. There just was no point to it.

I remember doing my Pascal excercises for university (that was already 91/92) on my msx though. But that was maybe all of 10 minutes work as they were quite lame.

I have written a few report on my msx though, but that was really one of the first things I switched over to the pc for. The msx has no software capable of writing a decent scientific report. But then again, M$ word still comes crashing down on those. LaTeX saved me there.

But to make a long story short. My use as "home pc" mostly exceeded the professional needs by far.

Por wolf_

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11-12-2004, 01:44

regarding homework on MSX:

For my study I used MBFM once, as the end-project of a sound-design-semester was: "make a composition based on simple FM (that's 2-op FM, sine-based), and 8 channels max. you can use 1 DSP effect (such as reverb)". Well so I did, 8-channel FM and a reverb from the PC.. The Dutch sounddesigner and FM-guru Ernst Bonis (you can spot his name in early MCM's (try 8 or 9) in relation to a CX5m club orso) liked it a lot, and after 3 years he actually still remembered the impact that tune made on him.. funny since he didn't really know me as I never followed his class, as he suddenly quit teaching for a while after familly-related issues.

Now, during the performance of my piece in the group I ofcourse heavily degraded the used source-equipment Big smile See, there's all kinda ppz there who used all kinda pro-stuff etc. etc. All bragging about their techniques, how they setup their reverbs, what sysex-magic they used, what software and freaky controllers, which synths they used (TX81z, DX7, SY77 you name it) And then mentioning that my piece came from a typical soundcard from a stone-age computer was ofcourse fun, esp. as that highly respected Ernst Bonis couldn't understand why it sounded the way it did. In one of the studios I found an external MSX diskdrive btw .. it seemed an MSX was used ages ago .. the CX5m perhaps? In the fourth year I went to Bonis' home in Tilburg, made a chat, and returned home with an extra mentioning for sound-design on my graduation-papers (after following 0 lessons from him) Smile

I couldn't tell on which disk I stored my tune btw.. anyway, it's useless without reverb. It was heavily based on the original Coral-theme btw Smile

Por Maggoo

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28-12-2004, 18:55

I remember using MPW for typing some text and Dynamic Publisher for some school related publications.

Later on I also did some work using Turbo Pascal and even tried once or twice Microsoft Cobol for doing my homework. Not a good idea, Microsoft Cobol isn't compatible with the Cobol of the AS/400 I used in school.

I guess I can say that most of the time MSX was preventing me from doing homework rather than helping Smile

I've seen some MSX used for professional applications tho. The pizza shop where I did summer job used a 8250 for accouting. And the Police station of the city where I lived had a bunch of 8280 with digitizing software for storing pictures of suspects. No idea if they stored those on floppies, that seemed like a strange idea.

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