Re: [stella] Some more questions

Subject: Re: [stella] Some more questions
From: Lord Spambraticus of Borg <lord-of-hell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 05:23:52 +1000
On Sat, 9 Jan 1999 10:41:12 -0800 (PST) petehollandjr@xxxxxxxxx (Pete Holland)

>Hello, everyone.  Thank you for the responses.  I have a few more
>questions at the moment.
>1)  The book I'm reading did not explain this:  what is a kernal?

It's really just a small bit of fast and tight code (cycle-counted) written for
a sharply defined purpose.  Kernel is typically used to describe a core
executive which manages cpu, memory, resources, etc.  In this case, it's more of
a "graphics driver" of sorts.

>2)  If letters must be drawn out by the graphics engine, what about
>numbers, like for a score display?

Everything, baby.  Every single thing you see on the screen must be drawn in a
similar fashion (player-missile graphics aside, but you get very few of those,


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