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by Commie_User
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk

Ah. Thank you.

There was a niggle in my brain - among all the others - about how the original equipment worked just fine with the original disk size if there wasn't any more actual program data.
by Commie_User
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk

The 170 kB disc is split into 683 sectors on 35 tracks, each of the sectors holding 256 bytes. A D64 disk image comes out at 171K, while a G64 disk image comes out more. I don't know what the extra 1K is for (error logs?) but the Web says the bigger G64 image is for archives where the 64 program wa...
by Commie_User
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk

I'm still amazed and humbled that programmers got so much with so little for our computers, not just the 64 of course. Arty programs and games still come across differently from what's out today and even Mayhem In Monsterland was released on PSP with only a wider panorama. http://images.nintendolife...
by Commie_User
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Apple II Europlus
Replies: 35
Views: 672

Re: Apple II Europlus

Ctrl-G, beep. I wonder why Acorn “copied” this ... My guess is that it was Acorn's classy embellishment but it surely does something, like the SysRq key once did. (That toggled a register in the 286 CPU.) I don't know who came up with whatever first for the micros. We're going to need historians fo...
by Commie_User
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Apple II Europlus
Replies: 35
Views: 672

Re: Apple II Europlus

The Apple II was 1977. And I'm not so sure that Acorn were any less innovative just for some common parts. For example, there was a holy trinity of processors in micros at the time - Z80, MOS 6502 and Motorola 68000 - but just look at the huge spread of machines and capabilities those powered. The A...
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: disk images: graphical images of data layout on disk

What do the coloured bits represent? They must be bytes.
by Commie_User
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Apple II Europlus
Replies: 35
Views: 672

Re: Apple II Europlus

Aye, I’ll try my best to do a neat job. Not sure about the software, or really what’s available to tell you the truth. The first Apple I ever saw was in 1995, one of those with everything built into one box, monitor etc, looked like a large upturned brick. I remember once, maybe 1992, finding a nea...
by Commie_User
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?
Replies: 5
Views: 275

Re: What version of Windows is best for running emulators, assemblers etc?

Windows 7 and 10 with machines at least 5-7 years old or less are about the best performance you get. That I saw, anyway. But in the end, it's mix and match. A good pick-n-mix of operating systems, machines and emulator versions are worth dabbling in for the best compatibility. For example, on my In...
by Commie_User
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4353
Views: 265684

Re: Today I received.....

It makes the 80s seem a lot more recent again, packaging in that kind of nick.
by Commie_User
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Computer ad and review compilations
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Computer ad and review compilations

I'd call that a smell of my youth. http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/cache/2017/01/computer-5/1894215870.jpg Excitable about computers: http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/70s-80s-computer-ads/ And the Yugoslavs knew how to promote computers: http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/yugoslavian-com...
by Commie_User
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Apple II Europlus
Replies: 35
Views: 672

Re: Apple II Europlus

It's probably worth drilling into to get those prime examples back on the road. The Apple II line would have been better than the Mac, had Steve Jobs not nobbled the processors of the later revisions and such. It's interesting to speculate how well the updated Macs would have rivalled the 16-bits, h...
by Commie_User
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?

I think that's cleared a lot up, thank you. I know there was a crossover between the age of machines attractive to the layman and those being avaliable in kit. I just didn't know how substantial. On balance - if I was age 15 a decade and a half earlier - I probably would have waited until at least t...
by Commie_User
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?
Replies: 10
Views: 357

Re: How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?

Well not consciously! It just came to mind how I'd cut myself and things.
by Commie_User
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?
Replies: 10
Views: 357

How many people found computer self-assembly annoying?

I'm going purely by how I am. As we all know, we're talking soldering irons, not modular boards and chips. And I'm not talking full enthusiasts but a more ordinary man on the street who might have fancied a bit of this BASIC business without spending his inheritance. Many little new computers were s...
by Commie_User
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Internet of Strings
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Internet of Strings

I think this is more the equivalent of Alexander Graham Bell saying 'Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you'.
by Commie_User
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My new project - A Documentary!
Replies: 35
Views: 3260

Re: My new project - A Documentary!

The video's nice and a very interesting alternate history, now we've all heard and seen the Western versions ad-infinitum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpYfeR7p8yw Youtube's rolling translator makes for a vaguely passable job of understanding what's happening. Would have been nice with English su...
by Commie_User
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Internet of Strings
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Internet of Strings

Wet string - so much for so little. It way surpasses the tin cans we thought it was stuck at.

Noting your interest in tea things, you may also be interested in these at Reading museum. The display on chutzpah no doubt, so I took a pic.
by Commie_User
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4353
Views: 265684

Re: Today I received.....

One thing you can try is matching serial numbers against the registry. I tell you what, these guys are serious: http://c64preservation.com/dp.php?pg=registry The motherboard should have a year printed on it, like this one: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/90/C64_ASSY_NO_250425_mother...
by Commie_User
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4353
Views: 265684

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Even if I end up sending it off to be fixed it is still a cheap breadbin!


With those orange keys, you may have an early one, which collectors gasp for. Why not buy one of those brand new motherboards and keep it going for as long as we've seen the BBC now?
by Commie_User
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: An odd collection
Replies: 12
Views: 509

Re: An odd collection

I actually made piles on the floor in a grid layout (very similar to the text output above) and then counted each pile and entered them into a text file (using vi) and then reformatted. Old school ;-) Hey, the REAL reason we were all supposed to have micros! I knew there was something! 'Count your ...
by Commie_User
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Show us your retro computers
Replies: 71
Views: 4701

Re: Show us your retro computers

For anyone looking, those Trinitrons are among the absolute best CRTs ever made - outside monitor territory and perhaps even including those (matching like-for-like). Many earlier flatscreens, like my Daewoo DSL19M1WC, make a surprisingly crisp and clear picture from interlaced PAL sources. Though w...
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:24 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Computer ad and review compilations
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Computer ad and review compilations

And I think this, erm, counts.

Image

I remember this from the Spitting Image book.




Spitting Image game:

SpittingImage[1].jpg
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/pub/sinclair/games-adverts/s/SpittingImage.jpg
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Repairing Adventures for your BBC micro
Replies: 15
Views: 673

Re: Repairing Adventures for your BBC micro

That's pretty damn good! Way too good than the book may deserve!

My way probably would have been to find a small ring binder and drill holes in the pad of pages.
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Computer ad and review compilations
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Computer ad and review compilations

Thanks. I'd love to see them complete that archive. I'm intrigued by Sanyo's '1959' advert as much as the site compilers: https://nosher.net/archives/computers/pcn_1984-01-14_sanyo Cars and computers don't really match up but I'd say Stuart Chefait's comparison of the C64 to the Model T was more app...
by Commie_User
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Computer ad and review compilations
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Computer ad and review compilations

Vintag.es has a good spread, as I flip through it. Many a healthy dose of the chicks of computers - in all their safe for work propriety - with the machines in as prominent display. http://www.vintag.es/2015/08/colorful-pictures-of-computing-in-1970s.html http://www.vintag.es/2015/09/the-dawn-of-tec...
by Commie_User
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 65
Views: 5928

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Ooo, oo, oo: http://www.vintag.es/2016/10/interesting-photos-of-computer-stores.html https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0BkNKaoE0Pk/WA13xHFxI5I/AAAAAAACbCk/8nbtFm-V9xsT6V5aR3jU3oDwszACp9ZaACLcB/s640/computer-stores-1970s-80s-2.jpg These are American but I think they count just as much. Especially with this...
by Commie_User
Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 65
Views: 5928

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

The Harris Arcade shop was very spartan and tiny but it always had kids in there. It was just software in there, maybe some joysticks and blank media. There was also a Cash Converters right outside the station, which had a decent dump bin of various tapes and a few micros on the stands, typically th...
by Commie_User
Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 65
Views: 5928

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Reading is south of the Thames, where that HMV shop was. I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned the unsung heroes of kid-level computing - places like Toys R Us, Smiths, Argos and countless poky little newsagents with their carousels of tapes. I bet most kids got their new software and magazines th...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 518

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

Hi commie_user, I've sent you a PM The two ROMs have arrived, thank you. Though I've shoved them in and nothing's happening. I'm typing *STICK and whatever the manual says but not even the Wizardjoy is playing ball. I've no idea if it's my board. *HELP is supposed to tell me which chips in the comp...
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1544

Re: uef2wav.py

That will be nice. Though for myself, I already have what I asked for. :)

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