Instagram on MSX

Instagram on MSX

by hamlet on 10-06-2020, 15:58
Topic: MSX Related

This is an Instagram Viewer based on INSTAGR8 MSX Basic software that is a client to Glufke's server. Its server will translate instagram pictures into MSX1 Screen2 or MSX2 Screen 8 compatible images. Those images, along with a few characters of the image description are shown on screen. This MSX-DOS client of InstaGR8 server has the advantage of not needing GR8NET, working on ObsoNet, Denyonet, SM-X WiFi, GR8NET and any other adapter for MSX that is TCP-IP UNAPI Compliant.

As it doesn't rely on GR8NET specific API, it is not possible to show the picture as fast as original Glufke program does. This is because GR8NET simply store the whole image in its own buffer and then transfer directly to VRAM. Meanwhile, in this program case, it needs to handle all the HTTP protocol to receive files, and fill the VRAM as it receives every 512 bytes or 1024 bytes, depending on your adapter TCP-IP buffer. If we are talking more specifically about Obsonet, then it is well known that it is not capable of much more than a couple KB/s transfers, and a Screen 8 picture is 53KB large, that means it will take quite a bit to finish a single image. On SM-X, that has a fully accelerated network stack, it is pretty fast, taking a couple of seconds. Now, for MSX1 images, those have 12KB, so loading times are faster.

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By glufke

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03-07-2020, 00:21

For those who want to use the GR8NET version, you can download it using HGET directly in the MSX like this:


After download, execute:

* I'm using an old Raspberry Pi 1B as server, so I apologize the slow speed. (I'm planning to move it back to AWS soon).
* Now the Instagr8 brings the TEXT of the post directly from the servers, making it faster.

This is the the smallest pixel-font I could find for MSX1.

The MSX2 can use anti-alias for the font, since each pixel can have it's unique color.

More updates soon !