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by davidb
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: A680s
Replies: 17
Views: 1115

Re: A680s

I found DImager in another thread, though I've not tried it. Back when I used my A7000+, I occasionally used ADFimager to read ADFS format floppies, but that might not be appropriate for this task. No doubt experts like sirbod and steve3000 can recommend something to do low-level reads from the disk...
by davidb
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: TFH - a Introduction
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: TFH - a Introduction

Welcome! :D As I said in the other thread , we don't hear much about the MSX here - or maybe we do and I was not paying attention. :) My impression is that it's an under-appreciated system in the UK, at least, because it arrived late to the market. Perhaps readers in other countries know more about ...
by davidb
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: XSpelunker
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: XSpelunker

Welcome! I think this list might be a good place to start, though I expect people will be happy to recommend their favourite games in any case. :)

Feel free to drop by the introduce yourself forum and tell us more about yourself. We don't often hear about the MSX scene around here.
by davidb
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1652

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Sorry for the idiot question, but what is the fastest way to get a file called HCCS.idemgr.arc onto a floppy format that the Archimedes will understand? I have a box of 2HD blank floppies and a tower with a 'proper' FDD Drive (not USB) with Linux Mint installed. I dont have any Windows machines wit...
by davidb
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1652

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

MartinB wrote:YouTube links are so dull though compared to an embed - the latter look interesting and invite playing but links just look so boring and missable by comparison. Just my two-penneth.... :wink:

I just get to see a link either way so it's all the same to me. :)
by davidb
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: XSpelunker
Replies: 2
Views: 275

XSpelunker

I found XSpelunker (MSX) by Santiago Ontañón Villar via this article: XSpelunker - Spelunky inspired MSXdev'17 entry is rather nice indeed . There's a web-playable version that shows it off nicely. :) I thought about doing something like this for Electron a while ago, though I'd probably not want to...
by davidb
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help
Replies: 48
Views: 1652

Re: Archie Noob. Completed Restoration and could use some help

Welcome! :D

It's probably better just to link to YouTube videos than embedding them as Flash objects. Some of us have disabled Flash in our browsers and it's a format that's going away, anyway.
by davidb
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 133
Views: 11152

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

This one might be interesting to simoni if he hasn't already seen it: Catching up with Domesday, Andy Finney (Wuthering Bytes 2016). Much of the information in the talk can be found at the presenter's The BBC Domesday Project page.
by davidb
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Early 50's Zenith hearing aid (electronics)
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Early 50's Zenith hearing aid (electronics)

It looks like Zenith knew all about giving the customer a great unboxing experience before unboxing was even a thing! :D
by davidb
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Nottingham
Replies: 18
Views: 806

Re: Hello from Nottingham

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Authors of one published game
Replies: 8
Views: 486

Re: Authors of one published game

His CV also includes this line:
Video games. William's Joust for the BBC Micro. Bolo for BBC Micro & Apple Macintosh.

Found via Stuart Cheshire's home page.
by davidb
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Another C compiler?
Replies: 7
Views: 675

Re: Another C compiler?

There's also a talk called What I learned building Forth in 64-bit Intel assembly: an excursion into what happens when one quirky language from the 1970s becomes a strange urge and a silly side-project . Apparently not by the author of JONESFORTH , it seems, though the authors share the same family ...
by davidb
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Another C compiler?
Replies: 7
Views: 675

Another C compiler?

Browsing the preliminary schedule of talks for the year's PyCon UK, this one looks intriguing: Tales of C, the 6502 and the BBC (with added python): How I learnt the hard way you shouldn't just write a C compiler . I've not planned to go to PyCon UK this year. Perhaps others here have planned to go....
by davidb
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 49
Views: 3355

Re: Exile

I think the game was quite popular on both the c64 and amiga. A game with poor sales figures on either of those systems still probably outsells a 1988 BBC/electron best seller. It would be interesting to know the figures. I'm not disputing that they could be higher, but it often seems that Acorn us...
by davidb
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 49
Views: 3355

Re: Exile

When I played the transferred-to-disk Electron version in the 1990s, I noticed that the fireballs (one in the lower caverns, two in the rune door area) failed to behave properly, but I don't know if that was due to the conversion itself or to ElectrEm. Since they just dropped to the ground and were ...
by davidb
Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: PLASMA virtual machine
Replies: 24
Views: 2393

Re: PLASMA virtual machine

SteveF wrote:SSD creation is handled by David Boddie's Python module - thanks David!

You're welcome! Let me know if you encounter any problems with it. :)
by davidb
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 49
Views: 3355

Re: Exile

The footnote about copy protection is talking about the ports of the game to other platforms, though I don't know where he gets the idea that the majority of players experienced it on those platforms. From what I've read (from YouTube comments so take with a pinch of salt) the game engine loses trac...
by davidb
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile
Replies: 49
Views: 3355

Re: Exile

I'm a bit disappointed that he didn't cover Exile in much detail, though I can understand that it doesn't really fit in with many of the other games that he revisits. It's also a niche title which may have had little impact outside a limited circle of players and developers, not to mention designers...
by davidb
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: hello there
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: hello there

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the hot Spain
Replies: 11
Views: 476

Re: Hello from the hot Spain

Welcome! :D

Don't worry about your English. You're doing just fine. :)
by davidb
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron MGC
Replies: 425
Views: 32213

Re: Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron MGC

Ah, I guess you have Turbo mode on there...
by davidb
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Retro computing tensions
Replies: 16
Views: 939

Re: Retro computing tensions

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Morjens! (or Hello in common tongue)
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Morjens! (or Hello in common tongue)

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2349

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

NATHANIAL RISC is an anagram of CHRISTINA NEAL, who was an editorial assistant on Acorn User. Too much of a stretch? :? No, I don't think it's too much of a stretch. I seem to remember that the authors of Repton Infinity both wrote for Acorn User, so it seems likely (to me, at least) that they woul...
by davidb
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Good evening from Northamptonshire
Replies: 11
Views: 857

Re: Good evening from Northamptonshire

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Python module to create Acorn DFS .ssd images?
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Python module to create Acorn DFS .ssd images?

I have a couple of modules that do fairly limited things with DFS images, basically just to make it easier to create them and fill them with files. One place they can be found is in my UEF2ROM repository , though they could be broken out into a separate repository along with one or two tools I have ...
by davidb
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 10
Views: 605

Re: Hello everyone

Welcome! :D The problem is I have a huge number of floppies I want to get loaded in, and ideally copied over to the PC for ease of backup and future storage. Need to figure out a way to do that as currently I have no way to get files off or on to the A3010 (none of my PCs have floppy drives!). Once ...
by davidb
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Homebrew Acorn electron rantings !!
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Homebrew Acorn electron rantings !!

My personal advice would be to invest in a DE0-Nano (or another relatively cheap FPGA dev board) and have a play; with a little bit of work you can also connect it to VGA monitors, keyboards, etc. It's a really positive thing to learn if you like playing around with such things (and removes all the...
by davidb
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: New oldy with Beeb
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: New oldy with Beeb

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dunjunz & Dragons
Replies: 12
Views: 723

Re: Dunjunz & Dragons

Well done! :D

Hopefully the word will get out about your version of Dunjunz and we'll hear from Julian Avis.

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