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Dave Jaklitsch was one of the notable people that was involved in the TI community when it was first becoming popular on the Internet. His site TI Terminal had the largest archive of TI programs and games anywhere on the 'net, and he himself wrote many games and programs (in both TI-Basic and assembly). He later merged his site with others' sites throughout the TI community to form TI-Files, one of the big three TI sites along with ticalc.org and Dimension-TI.
- List of their programs and games
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- List of their important milestones (date joined TI community, important programs, etc.)
(Taken from TI-Philes about page)
Hi there. Although my name is Dave Jaklitsch, you probably know me as D. JacKaL. I'm 17 years old and a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, which is located in Cleveland Ohio. I am triple-majoring in Music, Chemistry, and Computer Science. I am also currently a pledge of The Ohio Alpha Beta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity.
As far as hobbies go, I have too many. In addition to programming, I play tennis, play 5 musical instruments (cello, euphonium, trombone, piano, and voice), collect TI graphing calculators (I have all of 'em — TI-80, TI-81, TI-82, TI-83, TI-85, TI-86, and TI-92), and whenever I actually have free time, I spend it on the internet. I program in HTML (if you can actually call that a language), Basic, Pascal, C++, Assembly (68K and Z80), and, of course, TI-Basic. ;] I maintain my own homepage, called D. JacKaL's Dominion, where you can find a link to the TI Terminal, my ownTI page. I used to maintain the largest TI program archives on the internet there, but now they are at TI-Files, their rightful home.
If you've ever wondered why I call myself D. JacKaL, then here's where you can find out. The members of my school's tennis team were quick to realize that my last name, Jaklitsch, sounds like jackal. I got used to being called just jackal, so I decided to use that name. Then I somehow decided that since my first initial was D. and that sort of sounds the the word the, that calling myself D. jackal would sound like the jackal. While downloading game after game after game soon after the purchase of my graphlink, I came upon one programmer who used both capital and lowercase letters in his programming name. I figured out that it was because of the limited availability of lowercase letters on the TI-82, and so I decided that it would be cool to settle upon the name D. JacKaL, taking advantage of the lowercase letters that were available. Thus, D. JacKaL was born…
I've made a few games and programs myself, but I don't usually have the time to do so. The only one I ever spent lots of time on and put all of my effort into was Mega Man, which started out as a TI-82 game based on the popular series, but now has expanded to all TI's. One day, all of the versions will be done. Of course, that day may be a long ways away…
It seems like everyone and their mother is making some sort of a game or program for a TI now. There's nothing wrong with that, and we here at TI-Files like to see new games and programs all the time. The best games, though, are the ones that have a lot of thought put into them. The big games are usually quite good, because tons of effort were put into them. My personal favorite types of games are Role-Playing Games and Platform games. They require you to think and give you a long-lasting challenge. The FFX series are probably the best examples of this. However, it doesn't take a full calculator to make a game great. Quality goes much further then quantity. Some games such as Boulderdash (82/83 version) and Thetaman are small, but can keep you entertained for hours on end. It is important not to overlook these games. Also, puzzle games are great for a good challenge. Insane Game and Tetris will never lose their appeal. As you can see, there are all types of great games, and you should try them for yourself to find out!
As a member of the TI-Files team, I am proud to be a part of the largest and best TI page on the internet. As you can see by the huge amount of hits we've been getting, this site has already become quite popular. This site has only been up since the final days of March, and it is already a huge success. Special thanx goes out to all of you who have visited and liked what you saw. We hope to keep this page up forever, and not go the way of TICalc.Org and TIGCM. Thanx for reading this, and enjoy your stay!