Chris Pile

Programmer, Person

1969 –


Who is Chris Pile?

Christopher Pile, a.k.a. 'The Black Baron', is a British programmer, born in 1969, living in Plymouth, Devon. He created the computer viruses 'Pathogen' and 'Queeg'. He was also a prolific programmer of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and MGT SAM Coupé 8 bit home computers, writing Pro-DOS, a CP/M emulator for the SAM, an implementation of the arcade game Defender, and the Dr Kode assembler for the ZX Spectrum, as well as Dr Scroll VTX5000 modem software.

From the mid to late 1980s Pile was programming Z80 code for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Many of his programs were utilities, and included the Dr Kode editor/assembler, the Ultra208 high-capacity disk formatter for the ZX Spectrum +3 and software to allow any ZX Spectrum equipped with a VTX5000 modem to access the many on-line Bulletin Board systems which were popular at the time. Pile also had several utility programs published in the popular Your Sinclair magazine, these included an ultra high-speed circle routine, and a flood fill tool. Pile was also a semi-regular contributor to the game hacking pages within the magazine.

Around 1990 Pile turned his attention to the newly released SAM Coupé home computer.

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on July 23, 2013


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