22 June 2016: GRAPHIC mode goes where no Tomy Tutor has gone
before: 64x192 with independent pixel colours using the GRAPHIC 64 semigraphics
mode! Fully compatible with regular GRAPHIC images. Check out the new
13 April 2016: To quote Chuck Barris, lots more ... stuff!
Updates to the XTOMYDEV cross-development
package and the
emulator; a complete internal
analysis of GBASIC program structure,
plus expanded descriptions of matrix manipulations with CELL
and reading the keyboard with KEY;
analysis of the BASIC-1 cartridges for the
Pyuuta mk II as well as the
updated screenshots and blurbs for the
various custodial updates;
and, at long last, pinouts and circuit
descriptions for the joystick
and joy controllers! GO FOR IT! PUT THAT GONG AWAY!
27 June 2015: Happy almost-anniversary! In addition to the
usual custodial updates, enjoy an updated
XTOMYDEV package with bugfixes and the first
tape-enabled Tutor emulator on any platform,
6 July 2014: It's been so long, but this update is soooo good!
Updates to the cart list, Purcell page, trade list
and memory map, and our new
XTOMYDEV suite lets you send data to and
from your Tutor through the Data Recorder!
27 January 2009: Inevitable post update clarifications, this
time to TI-vs-Tomy.
26 January 2009: Has it been two years already? Lots of
new things: The Myth, The Marketing, The
Muddle combines the Purcell Pamphlet with the new, all awesome
Tomy Tutor Demonstration Cartridge with Google Video!; some
scanned newsletters from the Tomy Tutor
User's Club with more to come; build your own
Centronics printer interface!;
revised Incomplete Catalogue with fixed
numbers and new screenshots; updated trade list
and redone photographs for both the main page and portions of the Pyuuta page;
and the usual custodial updates.
OVER TEN YEARS OF TUTOR FANDOM! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
25 January 2007: Inaccuracies in the Pyuuta Jr
translations fixed, and a small glitch in the Purcell and Pyuuta pages.
Whoops. Akemashite omedetoo gozaimashita ...
1 January 2007: As promised, a new year and new stuff on
the Little Orphan site! Scanned and transcribed the
Sarah Purcell marketing pamphlet with
a great picture of the vapourware Tomy peripherals! Also, lots of new
hardware entries, the complete line of Pyuuta cassette software, the complete
listing of Tomy Tutor User Club tapes, cleaned up and verified entries,
and more/better screenshots on the
Incomplete Catalogue! The mystery about
BASIC on the Pyuuta Mk II is solved;
additional tips about G-BASIC on
the Pyuuta (plus the carrying case, additional scans and photos);
the Pyuuta Jr Data Recorder
Interface and improved screenshots;
read about how to modify your Pyuuta Jr. and Mk II
to output composite video
to get those improved screenshots :) ;
find out about the Tomy Tutor toys,
including the Tutor Typer, the Tutor Play Computer and the Japanese Pyuuta-kun;
new trade list requests; and various custodial
link updates and typo fixes. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1 November 2006: Okay, it's been a little long since I did
an update. A higher priority project has to be done first, but I did update
the trade list and there are a few more things in the works. Hope to have
the rest of the work done in a month or two, including a secret "how-to"
page, various custodial updates, and
revised screenshots and info for the catalogue. Stay tuned.
9 November 2005: Updated my trade list after a trade deal
and my latest round of acquisitions from Japan. Screenshots (or at least
better screen shots than the ones up already)
will go up in a little while as soon as I can get to it.
17 September 2005: Another big one. Pyuuta collection
now complete! -- see the Pyuuta Jr.
up close and personal! New screenshots and cleaned-up screenshots for
the Catalogue, along with placeholders
for more of the mysterious items, and information on the MSX and
CoCo ports! Separate section for the
Grandstand Tutor! --- erm, such as it is,
since we haven't actually seen one. Additional screenshots of the
original Pyuuta. Full
emulation section! -- download firmware and
cartridges for use with MESS, the emulator of choice.
And now, a moment of taps -- Tutti, the first Tomy
Tutor simulator, has been retired. However, it will remain available
for download for people who can't run MESS, or do not have a legal right
to the firmware dumps.
19 February 2005: Custodial updates, trade list update.
22 December 2004: Custodial updates, including information
on the SN76489AN sound chip, some extra screenshots, and some minor
corrections and adjustments to the schematics on the Hardware page.
4 September 2004: Another massive update! The Pyuuta
series now have their own section! I've
added exhaustive photographs, screenshots and manual scans where possible.
Also check out a redone photographs page with
box art, higher resolution pictures and a guide to getting inside the case;
additional screenshots and cartridge classifications
for the Incomplete Catalogue; shocking evidence that GPL LIVES IN THE
TOMY TUTOR! provided by Raphael Nabet and presented on our
TI vs. Tomy page; updated and rewritten
General FAQ and Hardware
and Schematics pages; lots of inaccuracies corrected in the
Memory Map (Raphael encore); my updated trade
list; and various custodial updates. Also, after a couple requests,
tried to make the background a little less bright for legibility, although
I'd still like to keep it as close to the Tutor colour scheme as I can.
Enjoy the site!
20 January 2003: Finally, lots of new stuff! A new version
of Tutti with bug fixes and the beginnings of
GBASIC; an exhaustive (?) GBASIC reference!
with instructions for use, and lots of other new stuff in the
programming section; the long-awaited
TI vs Tomy comparison;
a type-in sample programs library!!;
various custodial fixes to links and the cartridge listing.
10 November 2002: This has been far too long in coming. Various
link corrections; more
custodial updates to the cartridges list, the Jungler screen shot, and my
trade list and some Tomy musings. Programming pages still in progress.
4 September 2001: Link to the "online" Tutor users group.
19 August 2001: Thanks to Bryan Roppolo, I've got five
Japanese cartridges in -- see the screen
shots up now!
4 July 2001: Enhanced memory map thanks to Jay's Factory, and
two new screen shots for the cartridge list!
16 June 2001: Custodial updates, a now-complete list of the
Japanese cartridges (thanks Bryan Roppolo!) and some neat new information
on BASIC tokens from Davey Brain.
Plus: a new and improved 9918 memory map!
10 April 2000: Some new hardware information from Jeff White
and Raphael Nabet, custodial updates, and link maintenance.
23 January 2000: We're now at retrobits.com
and we're better than ever! New, photographic cartridge catalogue, updated
programming section, and more!
28 September 1999: I haven't forgotten -- updates are
still scheduled! Give a med student a chance to get some free time together,
and we'll get all the cool stuff up. It's almost all typed in.
10 April 1999: Download Tutti 0.2a
-- bug fixes and now MONitor support! Also, custodial corrections to the
programming pages. Cartridge, programming and more
to come shortly thanks to a big batch of stuff from James Host! Three cheers
for the Wizard Kludgefinder! Watch this space!
1 April 1999: No April Fools'. Just some custodial updates.
17 March 1999: Top of the Irish to ye! Download
Tutti 0.2 now! Supporting graphics mode for the very first time
on the world's only Tomy Tutor emulator! Also! Updated cartridge
list, slight changes to the Pyuuta page.
19 February 1999: Ab-fab Pyuuta
photographs! -- including the Pyuuta Jr and Pyuuta Mark 2! Updated
general list to reflect newly discovered Japanese titles. Also: a
rudimentary memory map, new information on the 9995,
custodial updates. Thanks to Junya Kubota for all the great Japanese stuff,
and to Olivier Boisseau for the heads-up!
18 January 1999: Updates to the Tutti
emulator page: v0.2 is on the horizon and coming soon!
12 January 1999: Boy, it's been awhile. The lost Tomy
peripherals can at last be seen! Thanks to the great legwork of Olivier
Boisseau, pictures of the long-lost disk drive, RAM expansion, printer
and speech synthesizer are now available! See
them now! Also a new cartridge: Monster Inn. Anyone heard of it?
Thanks to Clint Dyer. And now the Programming the
Tomy section is open!
1 April 1998: This page goes up!