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by richmond62
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Looking for Valiant Turtles
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Looking for Valiant Turtles

I should like to buy that, if it is still available.
by richmond62
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: B-Em: ROMs, Config and Linux Packaging
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: B-Em: ROMs, Config and Linux Packaging

B-Em's expected directory structure. I do 98% of my programming using LiveCode [ https://livecode.com/ ] there is an Open Source version available: https://livecode.org/ LiveCode can deliver an entirely self-contained standalone for Linux. I wonder if it might be possible to wrap B-Em inside a Live...
by richmond62
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Data Serve Retro
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Data Serve Retro

What should one make of this website?

Has anyone ordered anything from it?

http://www.dataserve-retro.co.uk/conten ... /d131.html
by richmond62
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

My packet from RetroClub took donkey's ages to get out here in Bulgaria: just ran it round with my Model B to a chap who is capable of sorting out these capacitors for me . . . . . . I hope I can use this as a "way into his heart" as he has 2 Pravetz computers and a (very rare) Puldin sitt...
by richmond62
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

Sorry chaps, I've been a bit preoccupied lately, so have only just followed your advice and ordered the Acorn BBC Micro and Master Replacement tiddly-poms.

Thanks for the support :D
by richmond62
Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 976

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Abstraction layers and so on are important, in much the same way what goes on inside my Toyota Auris is important. However, I am perfectly capable of driving my car around the place without understanding how to replace the radiator, or, for that matter how the pistons work (does it have pistons?). O...
by richmond62
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 976

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

I would like to point out that I had some 15/16 year olds who had been studying C++ for 9 for one academic year at the specialist Maths High School here in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). They became extremely upset when they worked out within a period of about 4 hours how to do things with BBC BASIC their teac...
by richmond62
Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 976

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

I have stuck with emulators that imitate the whole BBC computer experience as I believe (as I stated in that thing of mine) that the black screen serves a very useful purpose. This: http://bbcbasic.co.uk/bbcsdl/ offers BBC BASIC with jazzy syntax colouring, search & replace and so forth. I want(...
by richmond62
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 976

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Have you had any feedback? No: not even a dull thud. My feeling about most members of the CAS thing is that they are such slaves to the British exam obsession and draconian school regulations they are unable to stand back and look both at that (and see it for what it is: something exerting a strang...
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

I know a character who inhabits a "cave" full of old machines and ancient components, and if push-came-to-shove
he could probably "do" a PSU for me.
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

As I live in Bulgaria, in the short term, at least, I'll try the machine without the X2 suppressors: the "only" problem might be that I am connecting it, at the moment, to a cathode-ray tube TV . . . I have a flat-screen TV connected to my BBC Mater Compact, and I can pick up another one f...
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

"rip them out"

what? just remove? no replacement, nothing?
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

Um, Err, How would I recognise X2 suppression caps?

And why "the short term" ?
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 976

Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Right here: https://helloworld.raspberrypi.org/

Issue 3

page 71

Richmond Mathewson puffs his pompous stuff . . .
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: BBC Model B takes up smoking

Thanks!

I'll head out to the sleazy guy who I've been trying to winkle a PULDIN Bulgarian commie computer out of for a year.
by richmond62
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Model B takes up smoking
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

BBC Model B takes up smoking

As the small chimney said to the big chimney, "If it soots you, it soots me." So, there I am, having dragged my Model B all the way from GB to Bulgaria; plug the thing in, attach to oldish telly, and turn on: happy start up ping . . then, after about 2 mins, as I start fiddling around tryi...
by richmond62
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Cassette recorders
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Re: Retro Cassette recorders

I wonder if that Argis cassette recorder has a microphone socket?
by richmond62
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Cassette recorders
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Re: Retro Cassette recorders

I've got a pile of cassette tapes still in their cellophane doings: I shall make double backups :D
by richmond62
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Cassette recorders
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Re: Retro Cassette recorders

At the moment I only have a DIN to ear+mic+controller cable.
by richmond62
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Cassette recorders
Replies: 12
Views: 919

Retro Cassette recorders

Having bought myself a Model B I'm on the lookout to buy a bog-basic cassette recorder: preferably with jack-plug sockets for microphone, earplug and remote-control..

Any advice / recommendations would be great.
by richmond62
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: BBC Emulator as .DEB package
Replies: 17
Views: 1540

Re: BBC Emulator as .DEB package

Well, it is a bit late as I have a version of B-em working very successfully indeed on both Xubuntu 32-bit and 64-bit machines in my school (think of machines that are between 10 and 15 years old and you'll get the picture). Notwithstanding that: thank you for the suggestion and I'll certainly have ...
by richmond62
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Ordering alphabetically
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ordering alphabetically

You can watch Melvyn Barge (as they used to call him on Spitting Image) strut his funky
stuff in The Adventure of English on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/K1XQx9pGGd0?list=PLbBv ... hMHSyq-lhe

Very soothing, even if he does tend to skip the difficult bits.
by richmond62
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Chris Serle's blue lines
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: Chris Serle's blue lines

Mind you, his hairstyle might have gone bouffant because of this: Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.30.20 pm.png If you either don't want to risk the legal ramifications of using "whacky-baccy" or you are not on speaking terms with your "friendly" neighbourhood drug-pusher I would rec...
by richmond62
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: BASIC conditionals with 2 outcomes
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: BASIC conditionals with 2 outcomes

Because it isn't BBC basic.

That's why I wrote "pseudocode" . . . :mrgreen:

Thanks for the ":" :D
by richmond62
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: BASIC conditionals with 2 outcomes
Replies: 2
Views: 390

BASIC conditionals with 2 outcomes

I wonder why the following type of thing isn't working?

pseudocode

10 INPUT "a number " W
20 IF W > 5 THEN PRINT ">5" AND SOUND 3,-15,48,50
by richmond62
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Ordering alphabetically
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ordering alphabetically

Sorry to drag the thread off topic

It's "drags" like that that make life pleasurable. :D

And I think that the sorting has already been sorted out!
by richmond62
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Ordering alphabetically
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ordering alphabetically

bet she has this book She does; although, as she is a Prof. at a Uni' she is writing something far more detailed. I'm having to do all the maps and charts of vowel changes and so on :) Personally I preferred Melvyn Bragg's book (and the TV series): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventure_of_Eng...
by richmond62
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Chris Serle's blue lines
Replies: 7
Views: 492

Re: Chris Serle's blue lines

one like Mac's

Um, yes, it is a bit bouffant :D
by richmond62
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Ordering alphabetically
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ordering alphabetically

Young childers can understand that. Wow: my wife is currently writing a book on Historical Linguistics and the development of English. She can get a bit pompous when she is "slaving over the hot computer" so I like to annoy her a spot. I was asking her whether she believed that the Southe...
by richmond62
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Ordering alphabetically
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: Ordering alphabetically

what the comparator was doing Well, whether that was my "goofiness" in not expressing myself, or . . . we did get a bit lost. The problem, if it is a problem (and I'd like to think it is NOT ), is that children ask WHY . . . and I suppose I'm just going to have to print out an ASCII chart...