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by Commie_User
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes
Replies: 7
Views: 234

Re: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes

Well, it's buyer beware. As a collector, you buy for what it is rather than the quality of what's on it. I've gramophone records nearly a decade older than Dr. Crippen's murder and I only heard anything comfortably discernible after noise reduction software had a crack at them. One song was almost c...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1
Replies: 16
Views: 284

Re: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1

The good thing about a magazine is it condenses all the good stuff into one place. i.e. like someone doing the hardwork of finding all the interesting bits and pieces in the forum and condensing into one easy to digest magazine. Perhaps he could have a section, Pick Of The Forum or something, where...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1
Replies: 16
Views: 284

Re: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1

Nice fanzine. I always loved Arcadians and it was easily up there with the C64 version of Galaxy for keeping me occupied for hours years ago, or the stellar Atari 2600 version of Phoenix. And that was even with the Electron's handicap of having no joystick port. I think there's a suggestion for a fu...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 267

Re: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV

How much must that fictional family have been earning to buy all those cheese wedges? Mum and Dad Stanley Baxter must have really loved little girl Stanley to buy all that, especially when computer bits went unusable way faster then than today.
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 146
Views: 14399

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

As I recall, there was an interesting review of this game in The Games Machine. My copies are buried somewhere but I think PDF copies are out there.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary
Replies: 19
Views: 3424

Re: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary

BONUS POINTS for the Commodore monitor!

(Nice to see someone recognises their monarchs! :lol: :wink: )
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary
Replies: 19
Views: 3424

Re: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary

That's a fantastic achievement! Maybe there's a way to archive it as a single-click Windows-compatible DOS shell or something. That'll be well worth archiving for the completists!
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: A special day for a very special computer!
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: A special day for a very special computer!

As Coeus says, it was the first way to cheaply dip your feet in the water properly. I'm not surprised kids would have found it a bit hit and miss, especially with copycat Atari-esque consoles like the Teleng Colourstars for just £35. (That's about £155 now.) But for getting to grips with your first ...
by Commie_User
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:44 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4540
Views: 294312

Re: Today I received.....

A totally unexpected cheap laptop from Cash Plus. It's the silver one with 4 gigs RAM and Intel 64 bit processor for £59. The black one cost double from them last year and that's only a bit faster, with a 2.4 gig CPU. Both were pretty nice bargains considering the same specs sell for roughly double ...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

My brother's girlfriend is delighted and amazed at what we can do with these things now, especially when a lot of us couldn't afford to do a lot with them back in the day anyway. I think she'd be instantly overwhelmed and somewhat put off if she was to have a try at the amazing stuff - and she's a s...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

For myself, unless there's something I should know, I've completed my set. To cap the stockpile if nothing else, they virtually all have some kind of musical application - as I said elsewhere - and they age span from a couple of 1978 Pong clones and an Atari 2600, right up to an Xbox 360 in a retro ...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault

Yeah! And best of all, it looks rather like a Commodore PET keyboard. Win-win!
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Do your family and friends 'get it'?

Inspired by the topic at Lemon 64, I wouldn't mind asking it here: http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=67519 How do your loved ones see your retro computing proclivities? (Sorry if it was asked before.) For myself, my mother is interested that I can be so 'clever'. My dad scoffs at the poin...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault

Indeed that's true. Just yesterday I reseated the RAM in one of my PCs to have all working flawlessly again, when before the machine only booted when it liked. 'Take it out and then put it back in again' is a policy which seems to work way more often that it ought. And the machine's squeaky clean in...
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: web shop / ecommerce site
Replies: 9
Views: 476

Re: web shop / ecommerce site

What about using the Ebay shops? The infrastructure's already well known and there. And as I understand it, it's just a question of taking photographs, doing your own taxes and organising the suppliers and dispatch.

Maybe more than that?
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 26
Views: 2726

Re: Beeb Spotting

She jokes about a Pacman board game but there was actually one of those: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AVnPQ_Gs8E8/U1PxumhJaKI/AAAAAAAACCQ/qZRs3kTQ_PM/s1600/Whacky+wit+pac+man+board+game+review.jpg When I was tiddly, I thought the board game came first. I must have wondered what those clever boffins wou...
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

However there is a MODE 7 FMV demo that used GOSDC if I remember correctly: http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=53841 That's absolutely astounding. And fed straight from floppies (or at least an image host)? Whoa. Sound as well! It's just as amazing that IanB strutted his stuff back in the day too....
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Prestel
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Prestel

Ach, so much is lost, even from the Internet Age.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 629

Re: Bank Holiday

Ah yes, though a bit before my time. This guy's tutorial restores all the excitement users must have felt back in the day. I can feel it and I use Kontakt and all the rest of it! Cut straight to his drum samples and recording his guitar string: https://youtu.be/PM5MxWvYY-U?t=233 Marvellous sound, of...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 629

Re: Bank Holiday

I like the limitations of it.... It's not even really about limitations, though you do work within limitations. It's such a pity that perfectly good audio boxes and cards can't be used just because newer systems lack the slots and compatibility. Also the composing software is different across the y...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 629

Re: Bank Holiday

She makes a good fruit cake too! We had that yesterday.

I've a house full of good old PCs going back to Y2K. Unbelievably good for music and I can still use the old programs and audiophile interfaces, like the Edirol UA25.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 629

Re: Bank Holiday

A nice family Easter for us, especially when my mother makes great cakes. There was a fruit one as well. Plus I got her ancient ex-laptop on the wifi with a £2.50 USB aerial. I've bumped up the RAM to 2 gigs and expanded the hard drive already, also for peanuts. Not bad for a 2004 unit, I have to sa...
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

1024MAK wrote:Not sure what you are getting at? :?


I thought a distinction was being made between feeding compatible video through the system for display and wanting on-the-fly file conversion and RAM buffering of some kind.
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

You don't mean a bit of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNRZW5TTW4



Well there I have it! Fantastic. Thanks. :)

Though I take it the disk images used aren't interchangeable with the Turbo MMC, which I have.
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

The spectrum's Z80 is running code in a loop to read incoming packets from the network chip and copying the data to the display memory. For me, that's a completely valid video streaming effort. It's pre-formatting the video to make it compatible with the ZX architecture for native display. Otherwis...
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

So in the case of the Beeb, that would involve it's 6502 CPU and it's main RAM. Wouldn't that be superfluous if the video is already BBC compatible? On the 64 and Spectrum examples, I see the principle as no different to my PC's DVD player card I once had. That was no less valid a way of playing vi...
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

That's lovely!

I think these little things should have been sold in Smiths. I found it amazing enough that the Microrhythm series of sample-based drum sequencers were sold for £1.99 30 years ago.
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

I'd like to see the Star Wars demo, especially if it has actual recorded video in it. I wouldn't count the Bad Apple Teletext animation myself but it poses another nice question: Would that have been streamable across the broadcast system to an original BBC Micro or television?
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Re: Can the BBC stream full motion video?

I'm not sure if streaming straight to the screen RAM is cheating because photo graphics on the Beeb can be done that way without a grumble: http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12053&p=152878#p152874 I'd be very interested to see your system. I like old 8-bits used for what they ...
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC stream full motion video?
Replies: 32
Views: 819

Can the BBC stream full motion video?

I've tried looking online but all I can find are ZX Spectrum FMV streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooi9rpx6ECM ...and the Commodore 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXLv7UosQXs The Commodore had a RAM expansion but there it all is. I'm surprised there's nothing on using a BBC B with an e...