was great to meet everyone at the show.
A small gathering of us were in the bar night before - Tricky (Richard), Prime (Phil) and his other half, Sean - a newcomer to the forum and the show I think, Crowley (Jonathan) and oswrch (Mark).
A first for me this year was that I didn't wake up with a hangover - and also I don't recall winding anyone up this time - at least intentionally
. In the bar, I remembered that I was setting a stand up the following day, and so switched to soft drinks and lots of water before heading to bed at about 1am.
After a hearty breakfast (I forgot to heed ZarchOs's advice to leave room for his incredibly vast array of cakes!) , Crowley kindly helped carry my stuff in to the exhibition room. Though I wasn't hungover, I was tired from little sleep, and setting up the kit in an incredibly hot room (all those people+kit+low ceiling and no open windows) was bit gruelling. What nearly wiped me out was carrying a box full of DaveM's Beebs and seemingly non working disk drives from his car and up three flights of stairs!
Still, it was worth it, with a bit of help from Tricky (built in scrolling on his monitor!) , Dave H and osrwrch, plus DaveM's cool 10" scart TV, we had a fully working jbnbeeb+dboddie RS stand adjacent to Tricky's brilliant and growing collection of faithful reproductions (or emulations!) of early 8bit arcade games.
With some plastic stands for instructions for the RS games , plus a rolling Powerpoint presentation giving an overview and screenshots/artwork of the games, I thought the two RS stands looked pretty good IMHO.
Tricky kept things fully retro to best display his smooth flicker free games - old CRT portables for running at 50hz.. in fact one of his tech demos won't run on an LCD due to critical timings with scanlines.
Zarchos's stand had an impressive Archimedes graphic demo which was also manipulating scanlines to produce wavey animation on the screen. Zarchos explained to me this was no mean feat as detailed documentation of the Arch video hardware wasn't overly available, as Acorn emphasised strict use of OS calls even more so than in the Beeb days.
Dave H had an excellent collection of Electron interfaces available and was also demonstrating a work-in-progress MegaGamesCartridge.
Meanwhile DaveH and danielj were working on updating Matchbox co pros. Sydney's little contraption didn't quite work I understand, but daniel was on hand with pins to be soldered on to the underside of the copros.
Big thanks to DaveH for lending me his AP Plus 5 and External Datacentre. This enabled me to get dboddie's Castle Raider up and running on an Electron rather than a Beeb. I really wanted to do this to show off his wonderful achievement of Elk smooth full screen scrolling, all without hardware help (as hw scrolling isn't possible on Elk).
Incidentally, the Elk set up on the RS stand got a lot of interest re the hardware set up, what with a rare in-the-wild sighting of the AP5 and DC plugged in to an Elk, and also going through a DV204 scan converter so the Elk display could be put through one of my 19" LCD monitors (no SCART fitted).
I also later spotted LeeNew and danielj using a Kryoflux set up. LeeNew had the novel travel arrangement of a Beeb in a suitcase! Perhaps a Beeb did go with him whilst on his honeymoon
Flaxcottage (John)'s stand was impressive with his array of old educational titles as well as a demo of his Raspberry pi running pico RISC OS (is that the right name?) - which looked really weird! Like a Beeb on steroids on account of pico RISCOS a) booting up in to Mode 7 and b) stripped of the RISC OS GUI .. I think it displayed the number of MB free (a LOT) in the OS boot strapline at top of the screen.
Sydney (Simon) had an ABUG stand to inform attendees about our Acorn gatherings in conference rooms unaccustomed to playing host to electronics wizards, retro micros and many soldering irons. His stand had several machines for some impromptu and mind blowing high score achievements from one of the Wakefield visitors - not sure he's on the forum or not - but he should be to take part in the Stardot high-score competitions!!
The last thing I'd like to say here is - SORRY! for the jBiplane intro music being so loud (and looping constantly). I was so proud of having managed to get the music going (I completed the music routine on Thursday before the show) that I was keen to show it off. My beeb was initially inaudible, so I removed the lid and keyboard to adjust the volume pot - too enthusiastically
Cheers everyone and thanks to DaveM for posting the photos.
I'm off to Replay in Blackpool next weekend - let me know if any of you are attending.
PS I will post up the disk image and source code for jbip on RS very soon and post on Stardot. I might slip in a "sound off" option before doing so