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TI-Nspire CX OS 4.2, Ndless 4.2, mISSion imaginaTIon, and More!

Started by pimathbrainiac, February 19, 2016, 10:58:37 pm

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pimathbrainiac

February 19, 2016, 10:58:37 pm Last Edit: February 19, 2016, 11:10:33 pm by pimathbrainiac
Well some idiot over here by the name of pimath has been slacking at his job, so it's time for a (non-project) community news roundup!

First on the list is the TI-Nspire CX/TI-Nspire CX CAS OS 4.2, which is the second major Nspire OS TI has released since they dropped support for monochrome Nspires (the last supported OS for the monochrome Nspires is 3.9). It added some new features, such as inequality graphing, sliders on graphs, and new context menus.

As with every Nspire OS update, 4.2 blocked Ndless, but after an extremely short amount of time, Ndless 4.2 has been released. For those who don't know, Ndless is a TI-Nspire "jailbreak" that allows for the execution of assembly and C programs (which are not supported on the OS), including some awesome games and tools.

Also news from TI: mISSion imaginaTIon, a new series of TI-Nspire activities, made in conjunction with NASA, to inspire students to participate in STEM fields. In addition to the first TI-Nspire activity, Fuel for the Fire, there is an engineering design challenge in which the winners get to talk with a NASA expert and win a set of TI-Nspires!

There has also been lots of activity in the community recently. Long time News Editor for ticalc.org Ryan Boyd has retired from his position. We will miss you, our dear friend Ryan. To take his place, Xavier "critor" Andreani has stepped up. We look forward to more exciting news on the ticalc.org front page in the future!

There have also been two major contests! First up we have Cemetech Contest #15: Crypto Golfing. In this contest, participants were issued a series of cryptography challenges. Scores were determined by expedience and source size. The smaller the program and the faster it was turned in, the more points accumulated. The winners were Hooloovoo, PT_, and lirtosiast. Well done guys!

Over on CodeWalrus, there was CodeWalrus Contest II: A Game About Walruses, in which participants were asked to include the CodeWalrus mascott, Walrii, in their games. Winners were determined by a hybrid judging/community vote. The winners were c4ooo and Unicorn. Congratulations!

As for project releases, there have been quite a few. One of the most notable was CEmu, a TI-84+CE (and equivalent) emulator, made by a team lead by MateoConLechuga. It is open source and anyone can contribute. Take a look if you haven't already! Technically, there is no official "release" yet and is very much in alpha, but it is very much worth mentioning.

Also made by a team lead by Mateo, we have A CE C SDK, LibLoad, and Libraries. These projects allow for easier C programming on the CE series, as well as the use of dynamically linked libraries on the CE.

Finally we have KermMartian's Graph3DC for the TI-84+CSE (and equivalents). Graph3DC is a 3D grapher for the CSE series that has full color support and OS integration.


And with that, there is the major news roundup of the last few months. Thanks for reading!
Well, I'm bach here too!

DJ Omnimaga

Thanks for mentioning the contest by the way. Just as an head up, though: Do you plan to copy the news on all three sites verbatim? Because it might be worth it if you get your posts on front pages to ensure that staff is ok with duplicate program features (for example, on CW news the CW Contest II results have been featured twice now :P

pimathbrainiac

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 20, 2016, 06:16:41 am
Thanks for mentioning the contest by the way. Just as an head up, though: Do you plan to copy the news on all three sites verbatim? Because it might be worth it if you get your posts on front pages to ensure that staff is ok with duplicate program features (for example, on CW news the CW Contest II results have been featured twice now :P


I made sure the stuff that got rehashed on Cemetech was okay with Kerm. As far as here, I forgot to ask O.o I'm willing to make omissions from the cross-posts if a site admin would like those omissions.
Well, I'm bach here too!

critor

Then why is the Ndless 4.2 paragraph missing in the Cemetech copy of this news ?
Censorship from Kerm ?
For what purpose ?

DJ Omnimaga

You would have to ask directly in the Cemetech news article I guess. Or pimath might know (it's included in his post, just not their front-page news)

critor


aeTIos

Quote from: pimathbrainiac on February 20, 2016, 10:15:04 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 20, 2016, 06:16:41 am
Thanks for mentioning the contest by the way. Just as an head up, though: Do you plan to copy the news on all three sites verbatim? Because it might be worth it if you get your posts on front pages to ensure that staff is ok with duplicate program features (for example, on CW news the CW Contest II results have been featured twice now :P
Nah man, as long as you don't post illegal stuff, IMO you can post anything (as long as it's on-topic)

I made sure the stuff that got rehashed on Cemetech was okay with Kerm. As far as here, I forgot to ask O.o I'm willing to make omissions from the cross-posts if a site admin would like those omissions.
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DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: critor on February 23, 2016, 05:57:09 pm
I cannot. That's why I'm asking here.
Oh, right, I forgot about the IP ban @critor . >.< Pimath has no control on what gets posted on any site front page I think (he can post topics, then an admin will approve it, and in Cemetech's case the front-page post can be different from the original, unlike on CW/Omni where it fetches its content directly from the original)

Quote from: aeTIos on February 23, 2016, 06:09:56 pm
Quote from: pimathbrainiac on February 20, 2016, 10:15:04 am
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 20, 2016, 06:16:41 am
Thanks for mentioning the contest by the way. Just as an head up, though: Do you plan to copy the news on all three sites verbatim? Because it might be worth it if you get your posts on front pages to ensure that staff is ok with duplicate program features (for example, on CW news the CW Contest II results have been featured twice now :P
Nah man, as long as you don't post illegal stuff, IMO you can post anything (as long as it's on-topic)

I made sure the stuff that got rehashed on Cemetech was okay with Kerm. As far as here, I forgot to ask O.o I'm willing to make omissions from the cross-posts if a site admin would like those omissions.

It depends too. We can't just news about the same program over and over again. Hence my suggestion to check past site news in case of duplicates. In some cases, though, such as big community recaps, this is fine, though. However, the news pending queue topic is often outdated in the way that stuff that got newsed about isn't always put inside strike tags, so people who don't news as often might need to double-check.

aeTIos

Of course, but we don't really have subject bans per se. Reposting is a different thing of course.
ceci n'est pas une signature

DJ Omnimaga

Yeah true. Just as long as it's relevant to the overall site interests (for example no news about Rubik's Cube world records lol)

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