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Postby dwarfmage » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:34 am

Hi everyone

Was introduced to the BBC at school in the early-mid 80's. Learned to program it in basic and assembly in that time before finishing school and going into involuntary BBC separation.

Tried a few emulators over the years but never got the same thrill as the real thing had given me. Thanks to the old machine, I've been playing around with computers, doing some programming and eventually after several years in the military, doing IT administration for a living.

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to get a BBC B+ 64K with dual 5 1/4 drives and a cub monitor from a local freecycle group and am now scouring ebay for floppies and small bits to get me re-started. Seriously looking forward to getting back into the whole BBC thing.

Just wish the wife would get over the whole 'its junk, skip it'. I feel lots of 'what more rubbish' phrases as I hopefully start to slowly build a nice collection up. Guess a few of you know that response from your partners :wink:

Anyway, thought I'd introduce myself as I can see me spending quite a bit of time here.

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Re: Hi there

Postby Kecske Bak » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:43 am

Welcome to the forum!

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Re: Hi there

Postby MartinB » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:03 am

Hi and welcome :D
Guess a few of you know that response from your partners
Indeed, but at least for your initial acquisition you have the defence that it was free. Just wait till you start paying good money for 'skippit junk' :wink:

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Re: Hi there

Postby retroclinic » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:15 pm

Welcome on board!

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Re: Hi there

Postby paulv » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:19 pm

Hello. :-)

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Re: Hi there

Postby sorvad » Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:19 pm

Welcome :)

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Re: Hi there

Postby AndyF » Sat Feb 19, 2011 8:09 pm

Welcome :)

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Re: Hi there

Postby CMcDougall » Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:35 pm

hi :)
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Re: Hi there

Postby Greybeard » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:26 pm

Good Man, Mr.dwarfmage! :)

I'm from Cranham myself, you know (but rarely get back there these days).

Take a tip from an Old Timer ... "skip" your other half. I did that myself twenty odd years ago, and (as they say) have never looked back! Just imagine ... life without bitching and moaning, and always being "on call" (thank Goodness mobile phones hadn't been invented back then).

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Re: Hi there

Postby dwarfmage » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:36 pm

Greybeard, thats a tempting suggestion :D

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Re: Hi there

Postby Greybeard » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:53 pm

It cost me plenty ... but (in the long run) it was worth it! :)

Enjoy your "mid-life crisis" ... but where better to experience it (your first?) than with a good old BBC Micro (or three, four ...).

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Re: Hi there

Postby mez » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:43 pm

hi dwarfmage :)

I expect there's many here who have the same experience - I listened to a (now ex-) gf, and threw my Electron+1 and A3000 (plus all of the games/manuals) into a skip, several years ago.

To say that I now regret it would be an understatement!!

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Re: Hi there

Postby Greybeard » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:54 am

That's a sad story, Mr.mez ... but not that usual, from what I hear. :(

(maybe we need to open a new thread about this)!

Did anyone else see the news item recently about the 37-year old bloke who's is into collecting (renovating etc.) military vehicles in a Big Way?

We saw all the usual comments, like:- "The guy needs to get a life", "Doesn't this sad bloke have a girlfriend"? ... and all the usual sanctimonious tripe.

Myself, I would say that blokes like that have "got a life"! And a pretty balanced one at that!

OK, so I admit to being a Sad Old Git myself ... but I remain more contented than almost anyone else that I know or come across. Perhaps it's the medication? #-o

What's with this "you must have a partner" BS, anyway? Who wants to spend life under the domination of anyone? And to my mind the word "partner" is reserved for my business associates (with whom, I should make clear, I am only intimate in the sense of having carnal knowledge of the bank account(s))!

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Re: Hi there

Postby mez » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:42 am

Yup, there's a lot of implicit pressure in society & the media to conform to the standard LTR, throughout your whole life. The media never shows singletons who are quite content to go/do/eat/watch/spend whatever they want, when they want to.

Old gits don't have to be grumpy - it's perfectly possible to enjoy yer mid-life crisis ;)

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Re: Hi there

Postby Dave Footitt » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:34 pm

Greybeard wrote:What's with this "you must have a partner" BS, anyway? Who wants to spend life under the domination of anyone?

It should of course be pointed out that having a partner does not mean you are under the domination of anyone; it's perfectly possible (and enjoyable) to have a life/hobby/whatever AND a partner :)

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Re: Hi there

Postby MartinB » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:50 pm

Couldn't agree more Dave :wink:

Indeed, on the original topic, Jayne often announces that she's just won another bit of Beeb kit for me - without me even knowing :D

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Re: Hi there

Postby Greybeard » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:58 pm

Two lucky guys ... Dave and Martin. :)

But don't forget that "anyone" can also mean:- "pushy" etc. colleague, "boss", etc., etc. ... and, indeed, bullies in general!

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Re: Hi there

Postby dwarfmage » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:29 pm

You're a lucky guy Martin. My wife just says 'how much more stuff you buying on ebay for that cr*p'.

Should point out to her how much the stuff I binned a few years back at her suggestion would now fetch on ebay. She could buy loads of her mills&boon books.

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Re: Hi there

Postby Dave Footitt » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:04 pm

Well, it's not all smiles :)

http://i.imgur.com/sXPk4.png

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Re: Hi there

Postby tautology » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:22 pm

Dave Footitt wrote:Well, it's not all smiles :)

http://i.imgur.com/sXPk4.png


Women do forget that sleeping on the couch away from the screaming child is actually enjoyable!

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Re: Hi there

Postby MartinB » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:25 pm

So.... the husband sleeping on the couch isn't normal then? :shock:


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