for years i've enjoyed writing basic programs, often just for the challenge of

successfully communicating my exact desires to the friendly but picky little

logical entity on my desk. quite often none of the commercial programs will do

some simple task i want done, so i write one myself.

when my computer was an ATARI 800, most of my programs were written by me or were

typed in from a magazine program listing.

the programs

below is a list of ibm GWBASIC programs you can download in plain ascii

form. once you load them with GWBASIC you can use the save command to

store them in compressed binary form for a more compact file.

these programs are entirely free, and you may feel free to modify or improve

them to fit your needs. if you have ideas or suggestions, i'd appreciate an email.

some programmers look down on BASIC because it is too removed from machine language,

and there are limits to its commands. my response to that is that the computer is not an

alien life form with a right to liguistic equality. it is the computer's job to understand my

language in a logical and clear form such as BASIC. users should be able to instruct their

computers to do exactly what they want done, not just approximately.

these programs will run in a dos window in windows or straight from dos.

depending on your setup, you may need a simple pif file for windows.

the command line is [path]\gwbasic [program.bas].

gw basic programs may also run under qbasic (which comes with ms dos),
but these haven't been tested that way, so if you don't have gwbasic,
try to get it. it's a better programming language, anyway
when running under windows, use the SYSTEM command
to quit (F9). mousing the [ - ] box will make it disappear but not quit.

HTMTXT removes all the html tags from a file, leaving
the plain text for easy reading without a browser

RATBALLS a screensaver. requires ega or better.
under windows, run it full-screen.


Note: The information here applies to pre XP Windows, though it may still work in XP and beyond's virtual DOS

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