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by danielj
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Huge bundle of goodies to go through
Replies: 14
Views: 409

Re: Huge bundle of goodies to go through

The drive wasn't reading any disk at all. After I cleaned it it was reading every disk fine. Oh, I don't doubt it improved things but it's not ideal and it might cause problems further down the line as it will have left residue on the drive heads - isopropanol won't. People do get away with cotton ...
by danielj
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Huge bundle of goodies to go through
Replies: 14
Views: 409

Re: Huge bundle of goodies to go through

I wouldn't use alcohol handgel on it, it's got all sorts of things in it (oils, moisturisers etc). Best not to use cotton buds either :? Isopropyl alcohol and a lens tissue or chamois tipped swab ideally... If a disk died from reading it, it's because it was disintegrating or oddness from the hand g...
by danielj
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 hard disc interface
Replies: 141
Views: 12060

Re: A3010 hard disc interface

I was just talking about the on-board IDE :)

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by danielj
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 hard disc interface
Replies: 141
Views: 12060

Re: A3010 hard disc interface

It can deal with up to 512mb as a partition (slightly smaller is preferable to stop the allocation blocks being ridiculous sizes), but only one partition per drive unless you employ something like poweride or whizzofs which allow for multiple partitions. It doesn't matter, however, if the drive is l...
by danielj
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

Even if it was, people are always going to take oxbridge 1st over an ex poly, even if the course on that Poly was better. Aye - which is a shame as the teaching on many courses at certain "pre 1992" institutions really is far superior to those at some of the others... This is standard blu...
by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: A3010 hard disc interface
Replies: 141
Views: 12060

Re: A3010 hard disc interface

Hi Ste, enabling PMs for you.

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by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

I taught on a joint field course with Manchester Met, and both institutions applied the same standards in that context. I would concede, however, that I'm not convinced it's uniform across the board, although I'd like to think it is...

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by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 3954
Views: 195614

Re: Today I received.....

Awesome! :D
by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

It is at this University. And looks to be the same at Reading (just as another institution I could find the criteria for easily): https://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/exams/UgClassification-post-2012.pdf (That's not to say some don't slip through the net, but in my experience, marking is surprisingly...
by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

Not true - synthesis of existing information to draw new conclusions is original thought. Extrapolating hypotheses even if you're not in a position to test them is original thought. That's the sort of thing that would get you a first. Generation of new knowledge (what you get an MPhil/PhD for) isn't...
by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

You're unlikely to get a 2:1 or a 1st if you're not demonstrating some level of independent thought. Certainly my experience has been that we try and encourage them to think on their own despite rather intense pushback from students with a vocalised desire to be spoonfed (I think we can thank A-Leve...
by danielj
Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Pegasus, New AP5 and New AP3/4 Painted Metal case
Replies: 17
Views: 252

Re: Pegasus, New AP5 and New AP3/4 Painted Metal case

1. Acorn Beige
2. 2x peg cases please
3. Yes to AP5 case.

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by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact
Replies: 18
Views: 339

Re: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact

and if you want it on a dfs format disc image, just ask! I should add, there's nothing to run on there, it's rom images that you need to load in on a master with the *srload command.
by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact
Replies: 18
Views: 339

Re: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact

It's an adfs disc in a format that can be written in omniflop for use on your master compact. As discussed earlier in the thread.

If you want to use it in beebem, try putting it into master compact mode first (if it has one?)

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by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

Elminster wrote:Ah so that is what the offtopic forum is for, you just put random posts on replies to other posts :evil:


Birmingham.
by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

Call it the natural evolution of a conversation. It is in the off-topic forum after all :D

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by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Item Delimiters?
Replies: 12
Views: 170

Re: Item Delimiters?

Ah, but then you wrap that up as a function and you're away. :)
by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

COBOL, now, there's a thing.... As someone who's done academic programming (ie brute force data munging), I found my grounding in BASIC actually hobbled me to a degree. Perl and Java were generally the weapons of choice, unless you were a physicist in which case you'd pull Fortran out from somewhere...
by danielj
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Music 5000 in B-Em
Replies: 73
Views: 2598

Re: Music 5000 in B-Em

Thanks Simon! :D

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by danielj
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Idea of Summer Fun
Replies: 74
Views: 921

Re: My Idea of Summer Fun

Just looking at the Usborne "coding for beginners using python" book, (similar vein to their fantastic basic books of yore), definitely has for loops, while loops etc.. Or do you mean in the sense that they're obviously terminated blocks and in python you're relying on the indentation to c...
by danielj
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted - Econet Clock
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Wanted - Econet Clock

I think DanGardener posted a simple econet clock circuit a while back, otherwise have you been in touch with beebmaster?

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by danielj
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Arcade BBS
Replies: 9
Views: 177

Re: Arcade BBS

Either is fine. I had a bit of a rummage this morning and couldn't find the obbs disk images. Might be worth asking Jon again?

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by danielj
Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact
Replies: 18
Views: 339

Re: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact

It's a single sided 80 track adfs image (320k) :)

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by danielj
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact
Replies: 18
Views: 339

Re: Turtle LOGO for BBC Compact

Here you go - based on the ROMs on the bbc lives archive - there are two versions of logo-1. I'm not sure what's meant to go with what. I'm guessing 1&2 need to be put into sideways RAM?

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by danielj
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions
Replies: 52
Views: 1152

Re: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions

Great work :) =D>
by danielj
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions
Replies: 52
Views: 1152

Re: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions

How are you with reading the schematic? What you basically need to do is check that each of the lines coming from the CMOS IC is connected to what it's meant to be connected to. Replacing the IC is a little trickier if it comes to that - do you know anyone with a hot-air solder rework station? The I...
by danielj
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions
Replies: 52
Views: 1152

Re: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions

It's a 180ohm resistor, so 179 or 177 is still within a 2% tolerance - I very much doubt it'd make any difference. Double check the continuity of all the connections of the CMOS IC. If it's still misbehaving, replacing that might be the solution :? (I don't think it's likely to be a software issue) d.
by danielj
Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions
Replies: 52
Views: 1152

Re: CMOS Battery Replacement Questions

When it's off, do you see a voltage back out of the battery? (or is that when you're reading the 1.35v?) And are you reading a voltage on the relevant pin of the CMOS IC?

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