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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby BigEd » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:57 pm

He's quite the technophile, I think.

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby poink » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:55 pm

Commie_User wrote:Surely that will break it. Though for an idea, can I simulate that in BASIC, somehow?

You can probably do a similar effect by reprogramming the palette registers (NB., doesn't work in MODE 7). I believe we covered the VDU command (VDU19,logical%,physical%,0,0,0 - where logical% and physical% are BASIC integer variables) when you asked about the horizontal lines effect.

Something like:
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The *FX19 is needed to synchronize with the field sync, else, you get a rolling effect (which might be useful?). The display isn't entirely stable, you'd need to turn off interrupts - some of which can be done via more *FX commands. Additionally, to get smaller bands, more control over the sizes, and more complex changes (eg., the text at the right time), you'd need to poke the palette hardware directly. (Ideally, you need to use assembly.)

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Commie_User » Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:09 pm

That's fantastic.

I made a little adjustment already, to make it better reflect my own personality. (Absolutely tedious, as I think I've picked up here !! ;) )


beeb.jpg




That's about it. Through intuition, I stabbed a few bits in and got this nice flickery thing.

beeb.jpg



And it's all thanks to you ! Now how do we speed it up?

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby poink » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:09 am

Commie_User wrote:Now how do we speed it up?

The big thing slowing it down in the first one is the SOUND statement, the Beeb is waiting for the previous note to complete (and each not is 1/20 second) Using channel 19 (&13) (aka channel one, but asking for the previous note to be flushed is a lot quicker). This runs the loop a lot quicker, but obviously gives a very different audible effect.

So, you probably need to do multiple VDU commands for each SOUND command; Experimentally, something like the following gives somewhat similar results:

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10 VDU 19,0,RND(8)-1,0,0,0
20 VDU 19,0,RND(8)-1,0,0,0
30 VDU 19,0,RND(8)-1,0,0,0
40 VDU 19,0,RND(8)-1,0,0,0
50 VDU 19,0,RND(8)-1,0,0,0
60 SOUND &13,-15,RND(900),1
70 GOTO 10


I've also changed it to RND(8)-1, which should give a better balance of colours. (The flashing colours are, of course, useless, given that the colours are being randomly changed so quickly).

You can unroll the loop (like the multiple VDU statements), maybe combine lines, avoid REM statements etc., but ultimately, BASIC's VDU command isn't going to allow you to change colour much faster than ~300 times a second. Could probably poke the hardware directly, but in BASIC any speed improvement of accessing the hardware directly is probably outweighed by the extra work in BASIC. If you want the colours to change faster than the above sample, then it's probably time to learn assembly.

(BTW, *FX20 redefines the character set!)

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Commie_User » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:39 am

I forgot that sound thing, thanks.


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I had a nice toy at making it only sound when the keyboard is hit, the ASCII values playing as notes. Sounds very Spectrum-y. I tried replacing some of the random numbers in the VDU lines with the ASCII values (and ASCII values plus 10 or something) but Beeb-Em glitched out on me and froze. I daresay that's me knowing too little again.



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I also tried a FOR.. NEXT loop but it wasn't to Beeb-Em's taste.




(BTW, *FX20 redefines the character set!)


I'm sure I noticed a difference on the bars with it too.

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Pernod » Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:27 am

Commie_User wrote:I also tried a FOR.. NEXT loop but it wasn't to Beeb-Em's taste.

At line 70 you GOTO 10 which is inside the loop [-X Change to GOTO 5
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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Kecske Bak » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:55 pm

I'm glad someone posted a link to that video; I always enjoy ChinnyVision's reviews, even though he can't stand Repton! His channel is fascinating.

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby davidb » Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:33 pm

I noticed that some of my videos got incorporated into this video: The Acorn Electron Story | Nostalgia Nerd. Creative Commons licensing doing what it's supposed to, there.

It's a bit strange to see my This is MODE 0 video being used to illustrate vanilla MODE 0. Perhaps I should have given it a more imaginative title. #-o :lol:

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Commie_User » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:52 am

Brian Redhead, Managing The Micro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz_a4Q0TF3o

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby algenon_iii » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:59 am

Ashen gives the electron a fair bit of attention.

Licence To Kill on the electron gets a dishonourable mention at the Norwich Gaming Festival.
https://youtu.be/6Shmi76Pax8?t=29m30s

I guess that means it gets a mention in his terrible old games you've probably never heard of book, might have to buy a copy.

An electron with slogger turbo board makes an appearance on his main channel (from his visit to the Centre for Computing History).
https://youtu.be/sRyZ8kQC4aI?t=12m38s

Escape from moonbase alpha and a mashed-up golden figurine screenshot https://youtu.be/sDuyBviQUuE?t=2m30s

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby lurkio » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:49 pm

^
I guess a two-and-half hour video playthrough of a Beeb text adventure game* is "remarkable" (in a way):

:shock:

* Xanadu Adventure, possibly the hardest text adventure game for the Beeb

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby leenew » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:04 pm

Wow! I thought my "Cascade cassette 50" would be the highlight of this festive season, but you've taken it to a ho ho whole new level with this release.
I can picture families huddled round the open fire watching this tomorrow, their smiles of joy shall be your crowning achievement.
He he sorry Chet!
You may have noticed I have gone a bit insane this Christmas :lol:
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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby acorn » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:11 pm

The Domesday Project 1986 (1985 , VHS) https://youtu.be/UZBNbWq5DKQ

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby kieranhj » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:25 pm

The Ultimate Gameboy Talk from this year's CCC in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CImyDBJSTsQ&t=3s.

Following on from equally excellent previous years' talks:

The Ultimate C64 Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsRRCnque2E&t=3s
The Ultimate Atari 2600 Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNyebnxV9R8&t=1963s

They have suggested next year's be either Acorn Archimedes or SNES. I figure SNES will win the vote. FWIW I've asked Matt Godbolt if he'll proposed his jsbeeb presentation as The Ultimate BBC Micro Talk for a future conference. :)

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Commie_User » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:14 pm

acorn wrote:The Domesday Project 1986 (1985 , VHS) https://youtu.be/UZBNbWq5DKQ


Sarah Greene still looks great.


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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby lurkio » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:43 pm

Chinny compares different versions of Thrust:

chinnyhill10 said rather than wrote:The BBC version is the original. It's the most polished. It's the smoothest. It's the most fun to play, no question at all. It just really works. It's really optimised for the hardware.

:idea:

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby BigEd » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:24 am

Anyone up for a dose of 1979? This is the Open University on how they use computers for remote learning:
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It covers a timeshared system, a PET, a system called Cyclops which does teletext-style graphics using audio cassette and can also serve Prestel, and a system called PLATO running on a CDC - there's a drag-and-drop graphical chemistry experiment on a plasma screen. (This video being highlights from a 25 min original.)

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:25 pm

Find 3 hours to listen to Hermann Hauser :
https://youtu.be/Y0sC3lT313Q

Very interesting, to me, in particular about the ARM chip.

Did you know it almost fell into Siemens' or Thomson's (French) hands at some point, when Acorn wanted to sell the technology ?
In another interview Herman said it was French company Bull which could have bought the ARM technology, but since he said it was a French company making computers for the education, and he couldn't remember if it was either Thomson or Bull, I definitely think it was Thomson (with its infamous MO5, MO6, TO7 and TO9).

You'll hear the man is worth several hundreds millions sterling pounds, thanks to his luck or cleverness in various investments he did, through a fund.

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby BigEd » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:33 pm

Should be interesting! I found the transcript, which is more my kind of thing:
http://www.computerhistory.org/collecti ... /video/32/

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:38 pm

BigEd wrote:Should be interesting! I found the transcript, which is more my kind of thing:
http://www.computerhistory.org/collecti ... /video/32/


Great !
Thanks for the link.

Interesting to know too that at 1st the ARM chip design was not intended to have a FIQ mode : the idea was given by someone not from Acorn, but by somebody (David Willow) from the Cambridge computer lab.
Note also Hermann is responsible for the barrel shifter.

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby algenon_iii » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:29 pm

Personal Computer News magazine review of the electron on Chinnyvision

https://youtu.be/-I6YVuVAPcE?t=18m10s

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:28 am

Midlands User Group, 21st January, 2017: John McCartney demonstrates Easi/TechWriter


https://youtu.be/IC_VleVUls4

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:42 am

Adrian Mills of Pebble Mill (and Dr Who fame) tries out a summer camp at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight with a computing angle - lots of great shots of Acorn Archimedes in use in this classic clip from Meridian TV's Summer Getaway.

https://youtu.be/V3gS_qeSKVU

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:32 pm

Chris Turner, Acorn, ARM history.

https://youtu.be/1W5umUMF3oM

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:50 pm

From a summer job via Olivetti at Acorn, to ARM : touching memories of this Italian :
https://youtu.be/QJC88JSA4Nw

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby Zarchos » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:24 pm

An Acorn Cambridge Workstation fitted with RetroClinic USB DataCentre

https://youtu.be/xLP5V2LBwfc

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Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Postby BigEd » Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:31 am

This 8 min video is about ARM and Archimedes with a bit about games and WIMP interfaces:
TECH STORIES: Acorn Archimedes - The most important computer... IN THE WORLD (IMO)

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Also has some (familiar) footage of Steve Furber and Sophie Wilson talking about ARM and RISC and WDC ("If those guys were capable of designing a processor, anybody could"[!])


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