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For many years this site had a forum. It was PHPBB based, an older version.

Not much traffic, mostly news from me (which is now also here) and some posts already added to the pages of the site.

Thank you for the contributions and the Contact page is always available for your questions and contributions!

6502 illegal opcodes list

Groepaz from the VICE emulator team and the C64 demo group Hitmen just released an updated PDF of 6502 illegal or perhaps more accurately called unintentional opcodes.

I would say this document and the use of illegals are for advanced programmers but they can come in very handy for generating smaller or faster code at times.

Some illegal opcodes can be unstable on certain chips

NMOS 6510 Unintended Opcodes no more secrets (v0.91 – 24/12/16)

SB-Assembler 3 released

San Bergmans has released SB-Assembler 3

Download here.

Now written in Python 3, runs on Windows, Linux, Max OS.

New Features Of The SB-Assembler 3

  • Will now run on Linux, MAC and Windows machines.
  • Written in Python3, a modern multi-platform programming language.
  • Source files will be included, allowing you to create your own cross overlays.
  • Local labels from other global labels can now be accessed.
  • Can now generate warning messages where errors would be inappropriate.
  • Include source files can now be nested as deep as you like.
  • Separate target spaces for code memory, RAM memory and EEPROM memory.
  • The .TA directive can be used to map generated code to the ROM address map easily.
  • More room, we can now use Giga bytes, in stead of some 550k bytes to do the job.
  • As from Version 3.01 label and macro names may also start with an underscore.

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Lee Davison

During many years I have communicated with Lee Davison, an engineer from Wales. Known for EHBASIC (6502 and 6800 version) and a wide interest in 6502 hardware and software.

On this page I have tried to reconstruct his website. As said, incomplete with regards to the 2013 version, sorry about that.  EHBASIC versions are the latest, as they were saved in multiple locations on the web and I have collected diverse sources.

Enjoy and remember an special gifted person, Lee Davison!

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Why I left 6502.org, the disappointing OberonStation

I left 6502.org, the site devoted to the 6502, because  the owners/moderators (Mike Naberezny and Garth Wilson) allowed a commercial advertisement, completely 6502 off-topic, for the OberonStation. I regret that I bought the Oberonstation following this advert.
The questionable product, OberonStation is advertised, but is not to be critically discussed on their forum. After finding out about my experiences as documented in this blog, which I did not publish on 6502.org though, Mike asked me to ‘Please take your discussion off the forum’ instead of removing the advertisement.  So I did leave and took most of my recent topics off and I left!
See here the email discussion that led me to try to delete my account, and why I started removing my topics as I thought was ordered to do…

Here the OberonStation story, an ugly tale.

Victor Yurkovsky a.k.a. Enso, developed an FPGA based board, called OberonStation, in cooperation with Paul Reed, which is supposed to run Project Oberon.
It does work, but in a very mediocre and unreliable way. And Victor gives no warranty or  aftersales service nor  a real refund for this poorly designed and badly manufactured product.

oberon station damaged

This is the product I received: see the damaged connector in the left top.

My advice: do not buy it and work with the excellent and free emulators!  Read More