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by PitfallJones
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: LINTON - A Repton remake
Replies: 1
Views: 84

LINTON - A Repton remake

Here's a Repton remake I came across for the PICO-8 console: linton.jpg http://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=29694 Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF81vpXoR4Y The PICO-8 has some really good games - there's also a version of Mazezam: http://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=29708 PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Ceefax / Fastext Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1119

Re: Ceefax / Fastext Question

Seems it was a little later - Oracle started in Jan 1987 !

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by PitfallJones
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:38 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: New version of Space Invaders (was: BASIC Space Invaders)
Replies: 73
Views: 3706

Re: BASIC Space Invaders

Wow! This is absolutely amazing! (Apart from from the fire sound that sucks) - it made me remember the first time I ever played it which was on one of those cocktail sitdown machines... Love how you've done the colours (the original was monochrome with the colour overlay as I remember ...) Please, P...
by PitfallJones
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC modes 6 and 3: why not proper text modes (1K/2K)?
Replies: 27
Views: 816

Re: BBC modes 6 and 3: why not proper text modes (1K/2K)?

Other micros like the Atari 800 and C64 (and also all the Nintendos like NES/SNES/gameboy etc.) all have character mapped screens - perhaps you can investigate how their hardware did it. It aways seemed a big shame that the BBC Micros screen organization was not linear - the ZX spectrum was also a m...
by PitfallJones
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Using PC sound as tape input?
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: Using PC sound as tape input?

Here you go: OricCassetteLeadseBayPicture_194624555_thumb.jpg http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Acorn-BBC-B-Micro-Master-Electron-High-Quality-Cassette-Tape-Leads-Cable/260963983247 Works great - I use it often! (The mp3 or wav has to be a decent recording in the first place of course...)
by PitfallJones
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Bach's Toccata - CompuSoft Ltd 1983
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: Bach's Toccata - CompuSoft Ltd 1983

Thanks for that! Just brillant! - I feel like Dracula is going to appear round the corner any second....
And the palette change after each page is sublime...
Damn the Wife has just proclaimed
"Ok, turn that off - enough already."
That's me done for this evening...
PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Search on stardot unstable?
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: Search on stardot unstable?

I've seen the same thing - in fact I just tested it: If you do a seach for something like "serial port" it will return several pages of results. As you click on some of the later pages (like page 4) it will say I can't search for 'x' seconds - but I haven't done a new search! Also this is ...
by PitfallJones
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Show us your retro computers
Replies: 68
Views: 2833

Re: Show us your retro computers

I can see two Masters, a CPC6128 and what looks like a Speccy +3?

Well spotted (Because one is never enough... I think some other people here can attest to that!)
There's also some interresting accessories - and what about the Joysticks?
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1059

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

I never noticed the AT+CLIPSEND command in my ESP8266 documentation, only an AT+CIPSEND (note that there is no L in the last command) which has a bit more complicated syntax. Sorry I meant CIPSEND. Anyway The device I actually bought is not the ESP8266 and uses a different set of commands and now I...
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Hi, Thanks again for all the help - I discovered in the end my Wifi Device didn't actually support handshaking after all - the manual mentions it doesn't even when it's web interface suggests it should. Anyway by setting $FE09 directly and adding a suitable delay sending commands to the device worke...
by PitfallJones
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Thanks so much Guys!

The Magic command is ?&FE09=Y%

With that I've finally got a response from the Device - so stay tuned as I attempt to get it doing something useful!

PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Do you mean you turned CTS/RTS handshaking off at the PC end? Yes I don't think you can turn it off at the BBC end and use the OS to send stuff can you? What's the osbyte call for that? Well the only call I could find is 138 and I think that is handshake only (unless there is some other call that c...
by PitfallJones
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RS423 serial port question with no handshake
Replies: 8
Views: 402

RS423 serial port question with no handshake

Hi, I've been experimenting with using the BBC serial port communicating to and from a PC. I have Sprows BBC to DB9 serial cable that I believe swaps the CTS/RTS lines. With handshaking on that works brillantly in that sending and receiving work fine. With handshaking off however sending data from t...
by PitfallJones
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: How much did Cybertron Mission sell for when new?
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: How much did Cybertron Mission sell for when new?

I didn't know this at the time but Cybertron was a ripoff of another C64 / Atari800 game called Shamus:

http://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/Shamus

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by PitfallJones
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: FOR.. NEXT to Seconds converter?
Replies: 46
Views: 1422

Re: FOR.. NEXT to Seconds converter?

Wow! - this is the same (almost) question I have at the moment - only in machine code

How do you do a wait( some_ms_amount ) call?

It's for some serial communications code I'm writting that needs an absolute delay.

PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: variable volume for the BBC
Replies: 14
Views: 727

Re: variable volume for the BBC

I've actually disconnected my internal speaker all togther and take the audio out of the phono port at the back of the BBC straight into some powered pc speakers - that sound alot better and have their own volume control!
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1059

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Typically you'd power larger external devices from the Aux power socket, underneath the Beeb (it's where floppies are typically powered from). Other potential places would be the user port and the analogue port. Thanks for the suggestion - I'll keep that in mind for the future. In the meantime this...
by PitfallJones
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1059

Re: How would you connect a BBC wirelessly to the internet?

Hi, Thanks for all the Replys. I came to the conclusion that at ESP8266 with a ESP01 to convert 3.3v to 5v will do the job: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP8266-Serial-Wi-Fi-Wireless-ESP-01-Adapter-Module-3-3V-5V-Compatible-Arduino-/201604719274?hash=item2ef093e2aa:g:jSQAAOSwvg9XYZtM Although it's not ex...
by PitfallJones
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Wires? Pah.....
Replies: 798
Views: 94300

Re: Wires? Pah.....

Did you ever have the Pico-Plug working through the serial port on the BBC?
Or was it only with a UPURS cable to the user port?
Thanks
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em
Replies: 64
Views: 7307

Re: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em

Thanks - that's great!
PJ
by PitfallJones
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em
Replies: 64
Views: 7307

Re: Ceefax Engineering Test Page - BeebEm 4.13 & B-em

Do you have a .ssd of your program ABZTtxt?
Thanks
PJ
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 342
Views: 23712

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Hi Mick, Could you give a link to download the latest versions, thanks, I'm not sure where they are posted - also do the disks have any method of identifing their version - like a date or number in the catalog? Actually do you think it would be possible to just zip the whole lot up into a single fil...
by PitfallJones
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BeebOPL choons
Replies: 45
Views: 2409

Re: BeebOPL choons

Hi,
I discovered you can also play all these great tunes on the PC with a WinAmp plugin available here:
http://www.adlibtracker.net/downloads.php
PJ
by PitfallJones
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mike Cook is back!
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Mike Cook is back!

Hi There,

I just saw an article by him in the latest MagPi magazine:

Apparently he's been doing the Pi Bakery column for awhile now:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/tag/mike-cook/

https://www.google.com/#q=mike+cook+pi+bakery

Just like the old days in the Micro User!

PJ

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by PitfallJones
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Trying to identify a game....
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Trying to identify a game....

Sounds like Cybertron Mission:
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