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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: 5
Views: 193

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: 585

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: 5
Views: 193

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: 5
Views: 193

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: 5668

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: 5668

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: 5668

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: 436

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: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

That will be nice. Though for myself, I already have what I asked for. :)
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

Lastly, would you mind putting that &CARRIER=2 note on the tape image link pages, for easy reminding?

I'm having a great time. Mostly I just enjoy watching things load. And none have failed.

Sterling work, once again.
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Alternate Universe Micros...
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Alternate Universe Micros...

Another significant problem, apart from the networking and bandwidth, was the more general computing hardware. At least production of photo and sample packages in software houses was feasible. We did have scanners and such at home but those were too expensive for kids to play with enough. To look a...
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Alternate Universe Micros...
Replies: 17
Views: 684

Re: Alternate Universe Micros...

In my alternate universe, some CEO would have had the idea start a group to produce loss-leader riser-type modems to get all the 80s kids on the bulletin boards, with better takeups of WIMP environments to operate software. FAR fewer headaches, say, for ordinary kids stressed out at the mere thought...
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Can my MMC BBC be a serial games server for another machine?
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Can my MMC BBC be a serial games server for another machine?

This thing here about networking two micros over the serial gives me an idea: http://8bs.com/submit/subjoin2bbc.htm The article describes serial-porting BASIC listings using the LOAD and SAVE commands, though I would like to go further. My second BBC is tape-only and its user port - which another MM...
by Commie_User
Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4321
Views: 252339

Re: Today I received.....

It does look impressive with a proper expansion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjyTaPXhhcc

But even unexpanded, 1K Chess was also pretty impressive for it.
by Commie_User
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 jiffyDOS & SD2IEC
Replies: 13
Views: 841

Re: C64 jiffyDOS & SD2IEC

If I recall, the fastload in the Action Replay is by far the fastest, generally the most compatible and easily patchable at any point in a multiload and requires no soldering or switch system. 6 seconds to load the largest program is quicker than anything else I played with. Though be prepared to pa...
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4321
Views: 252339

Re: Today I received.....

Maybe you need a string of them to equate to the capabilities of one BBC B.

Remember the US air force strung together a bunch of Playstation 3's to make a supercomputer......?
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

OK, now that loads again. Your little appendage works. Thanks again. Funny that they all worked before I caused you to ruin it! I have had my Frank Spencer moments. :D Though I tried sticking &CARRIER=2 at the end when using the converter tool you uploaded and that returns nothing. Just to note....
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

I tried both BBC and Electron programs today. I do like the way the BBC can play both.
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

I've zipped it and tested the re-unzipped WAV and this is definitely running.

Playing with the baud doesn't work either. Something mucked up on its own, I think.
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

I don't remember. Very late before bed the other night I had a random pick of five, to see if they loaded and all was fine. Dotty was all I kept. Tonight I may get ZOOM 00 Block? ZANY 00 Block? ZONE 00 Data? ...but that doesn't explain how yesterday's ones worked and how the WAV I kept still works. ...
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

I've no doubt it loads on an issue 7. I've had some really tatty-sounding tapes load on those.

I'm still getting nothing for the 3 today. And I know it isn't the machine suddenly deaf. This is really peculiar. I'm not moaning of course, just surprised.
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

I have to confess my goal was to get as many games loadable cheaply / easily / quickly rather than achieve accurate WAV conversions... :oops: And you did a bang-up job! Or at least it was..... Something really odd has happened since your update. Nothing loads into my Issue 3 any more. Yesterday, I ...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

PlayUEF does the conversion itself from UEF to WAV in the browser, I am working to improve it a bit plus need to fix for IE (whoops) as I rarely use windows... For myself, maybe allow us to open and convert our own UEFs? That would sound good to me, though you've already gone above and beyond for t...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

That's great. UEFs even load into my issue 3 board for the first time, where before only real tapes, CSWs and first generation WAV saves worked. This is a huge expansion for me then, thanks! No problem! Let me know what works / what doesn't. In fact, the majority of BBC tapes don't require HQ, and ...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

dv8 wrote:There is also the Wizard Joy Rom that works with joysticks in the standard analogue port.

This thread has the ROM images and instruction manuals for both the StarStick and Wizard.



Excellent stuff! Thanks!

Now to see what we can untangle.
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

bprosman wrote:Hi Commie_user,
If you (via PM) send me your postal address I will burn you one or two.
Has to come from NL though.

Regards, Bram


Thank you. I'll wait and see if some of the inbox trouble someone else has been having has cleared up first. :)
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

dominicbeesley wrote:Hi commie_user, I've sent you a PM


I see nothing in my inbox. I'll try yours.
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: uef2wav.py
Replies: 59
Views: 1189

Re: uef2wav.py

With Firefox it works fine but in IE I get this :- playuef-IE.png Peter. Eh? Internet Explorer...? Oh I get it, a proper working IE's another April Fool joke again, like when I fell for that BBC Micro 2 thing! :lol: Won't get fooled again! Trying it once, it even told me my computer was out of date...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Re: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

You'll also need an appropriately re-wired joystick or patch-lead to connect a standard one to the user port... What that appropriate wiring is, however, is anyone's guess without getting grubby disassembling the ROM. :? d. Well I have a standard digital joystick already hooked directly to the sock...
by Commie_User
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?
Replies: 12
Views: 436

Would anyone mind burning me a Starstick ROM?

If so, how much would it cost?

starstick.jpg


Regards in advance!

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