So you’ve dreamed of programming again in QuickBasic, on an old, dying computer? I had the same dream. Cool Retro Term fulfills our dreams.
First, let’s get the venerable QBasic from here: http://www.qbasic.net/en/qbasic-downloads/compiler/qbasic-compiler.htm
Simply click to download QBasic 4.5 EN.
Unzip the downloaded file to your /home/ folder (/home/your-username/), so that you see the new /qb45/ folder there (/home/your-username/qb45/).
Next, ensure Cool Retro Term is installed, details here: https://ugotsta.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/a-quick-video-intro-for-cool-retro-term/
Install Dosemu by entering the following in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install dosemu
Once that’s installed, run it like so:
The ‘-t’ parameter lets Dosemu know to send its output to the current terminal. You should see a DOS command prompt in the terminal, like so:
Dosemu will mount your /home/ folder as a drive, so we can easily access the files there. To get to the file we downloaded, at the ‘C:\>‘ prompt, enter ‘d:‘.
You’ll notice the command prompt change to ‘D:\>‘. Go to the QBasic folder by entering ‘cd qb45‘.
Type ‘qb‘ to run QBasic.
You’ve now got QuickBasic running through the original interface it was designed for.
You can easily exit QuickBasic by typingto open the file menu, then selecting Exit.
And to exist Dosemu, just type ‘exitemu‘.
Hope you have some BASIC fun. 🙂
Jeskola Buzz isn’t the most popular audio software out there but it’s mean powerful and has one devout group of developers and users who keep adding powers to it. It’s a music tracker built with a modular interface that lets you build compositions in a visual and very powerful way.
One of the great beauties of Buzz is that it’s free. But not only is it free, all the modules/plugins for it are free as well. And there is a bewildering array of them, accessible from the Buzzmachines.com database.
Among the many free gems available for Buzz is a couple of synthesizers that very well emulate the sound of the infamous Roland TB-303; the HD Real 303 and Oomek Aggressor 303. Here’s a video demonstration of the HD Real 303 being used to compose some wicked, squealing 303 sounds.
Oomek Agressor 303 is easily as awesome as HD Real 303, it’s just subtly different. Fortunately, Buzz doesn’t leave one torn as to which to choose, they’re both free and available for use in any Buzz composition.