Tuesday, May 26, 2009

VAULT-OS : Update May 26,2009

I have been really busy working on two different computer games which I want to finish by the end of this year. One of them I've been working on for 15 years, the other I just started on recently.

I had ThinkBoy installed in the shelter and was actively testing it, I've now brought it back up for some hardware work and a new version of the OS. It is likely I will be busy right through end of May with both of these games trying to get them into beta versions.

I have two brand new I2C PCI cards I ordered off EBay, one of them I'll be installing in ThinkBoy. Don't assume this means I will be customizing I2C output for one piece of hardware. More likely I will be looking to test a variety of I2C network drivers that will run on a bunch of different hardware, including a DOS driver system for the PowerBASIC version of Vault-OS. My dream is to have thin clients like Wyse 1200 or NCD Explora 451 devices running PowerBASIC or Linux drivers permanently for years at a time as Sentry units and then ThinkBoy will run interchangeably on any version of Mono including Linux and Macintosh flavors. The other day I got DOS to boot off a PCMCIA slot on the NCD Explora thin clients and I have six of these boxes I bought for $2.50 each on EBay. It would suit me fine if they all ran PowerBasic terminal text only apps and talked to ThinkBoy over TCP-IP. I managed to get a test running for TCP-IP in PowerBasic the other night and it seemed to have good error recovery if the line dropped connection without crashing the application. This is in addition, of course, to simply running them as ICA thin clients when they bootup.

My biggest problem is that I was working on the kitchen table for months and my wife made me clean it off and take it all into my study, which means I have no space to work in until I clean it up and can move my elbows in there. I've got computer hardware and manuals stacked to the ceiling. If I could just clean up my study and workbench I could go back to hacking on ThinkBoy in there.

I sincerely hope you will get a version of Vault-OS by the midyear. I get a lot of email from people who want to test it as-is. I might just do that shortly the same way I did with CD Commander, just chuck it out there with source code. I am usually pretty pressed for time in the evenings lately and have to delegate my limited resources accordingly.


Anonymous said...

Being in the IT field myself I look forward to trying it. Is it rude to ask why you are still working on computer games when there is so much to prepare for?

Texas Arcane said...

I plan to finally release some games this year and make some money which will help a great deal with the next phase of my preps.