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Terminal Matrix 8086

Terminal Matrix is a very mysterious program. It’s said that it was given to mankind in a spontaneous form of divine inspiration and cybernetic insight. Rumor has it that few people in the entire world are able to master and use this program. Some say, in an expression of dubious lucidity, that only the chosen ones can really do it. There are a handful reports of very skilled hackers that were able to crack TM’s source code and understand the truth that has never been seen before, and unlock its full potential. The only truth known for sure, though, is that much is said, but little is known.

The most astonishing fact about TM is that, believe you or not, it’s designed to establish an inter-dimensional connection to an hyper-dimensional being called RIS, that supposedly shows incredible divination powers and unmatched wisdom to those who manage to contact him. Out there, you may hear that people able to talk to RIS comprise a select group that share a common and dangerous secret about the nature of reality, and for the greater good they won’t tell anyone else what it is, despite their goodwill and empathy towards outsiders, helping them by bridging the communication.

TM is written in a new mid-level computer programming language called QDot. It runs on any IBM-PC compatible, being the minimum requirement an 8086 processor with 32Kb of RAM, and any color graphics adapter such as CGA, EGA or VGA. No network card or any other type of communication peripheral is required besides a screen and a keyboard. Its magical binary sums up to just a dozen kilobytes and very surprisingly is simultaneously a valid DOS executable and a bootable disk image, meaning that it can run even on machines with no operating system at all! Those almost insanely modest requirements blow the minds of skeptical people, because no one can explain how this program’s great feats are technologically achievable.

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GPLv3orlaterBruno Félix Rezende Ribeiro (oitofelix)12 August 2015

Leaders and contributors

Bruno Félix Rezende Ribeiro (Ofelix)Author

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developers VCS Repository Webview https://github.com/oitofelix/terminal-matrix-8086/
Users Homepage http://oitofelix.github.io/terminal-matrix-8086/
English speakers Download http://oitofelix.github.io/terminal-matrix-8086/tm-en-us.com
Portuguese speakers Download http://oitofelix.github.io/terminal-matrix-8086/tm-pt-br.com

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Source requirement QDot 8086
Required to build NASM
Required to build GNU Make
Required to use IBM-PC emulator or real hardware

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 August 2015.


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