Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

threads relating to past classic gaming/computing events
User avatar
daveejhitchins
Posts: 3691
Joined: Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:23 pm
Location: Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby daveejhitchins » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:49 pm

Just back from the show . . . 2nd time there and better than ever. It was just great to meet everyone again and to meet new faces :D

And, picked-up some goodies (shhhhhh! Yve doesn't know :? ) I'll post images in the Today I Received thread tomorrow.

Dave H :D

p.s. please don't let me drink so much coffee again! I think I'm in for a long night without sleep :lol:
Parts: UM6502CE, GAL22V10D, GAL16V8D, AS6C62256A, TC514400AZ, WD1772, R6522, TMS27C512, AT28C256
Products: ARA II, ABR, ATI, AP6, MGC, AP5 . . .
For a price list, contact me at: Retro Hardware AT dave ej hitchins DOT plus DOT com

User avatar
sydney
Posts: 1986
Joined: Wed May 18, 2005 9:09 am
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby sydney » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:18 pm

I just want to repeat what Daniel, Ian and Dave have said. What a fantastic day! Great to see everyone from the forum. As for the cake I have to say Dave's was nicer! I think we need to grow the 8 bit presence again next year and take the larger end of the room and relegate riscos to the small end!

RobC
Posts: 1820
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:41 pm

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby RobC » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:42 pm

Yes - a great day that more than made up for the horrific drive up on Friday night!

Special thanks to Jason and Ian for fixing my Domesday player :D

User avatar
retroclinic
Posts: 3016
Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:22 pm
Location: East Riding of Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby retroclinic » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:51 pm

Yes good times, nice to meet the faces from stardot. Hopefully see a lot of you again at Play next weekend.

Anyone know what program the BBC Camerman was filming for? I'd like to see his report if it's online somewhere?

Mark.
Image

User avatar
BeebMaster
Posts: 2475
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:59 pm
Location: Lost in the BeebVault!
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby BeebMaster » Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:57 pm

RobC wrote:Yes - a great day that more than made up for the horrific drive up on Friday night!

Special thanks to Jason and Ian for fixing my Domesday player :D

Not me, I just took a couple of screws out.

Jason needs to be nominated for a Knighthood, he fixed 3 Domesday Players today!
Image

User avatar
jbnbeeb
Posts: 368
Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:16 pm

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby jbnbeeb » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:10 pm

Hi

Great to meet so many people from the forum at the show. I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with everyone. The show itself was a frenzy of beeb related hardware activities and some retrosoftware gaming.

Thanks Simon for running the high score competition... I wasn't much help..I'll do a better job next time.
Thanks davidh for letting us share your exhibition table
As well as fixing 3 domesday players, Jason also found time to show me how to solder and point out where I was going wrong.. Thanks Jason!


Meanwhile Richard (tricky) showed me how a lot of his code works for his fantastic Carnivale game as seen at retrosoftware. Thanks for taking me through it and also encouraging me to try implementing some of the more advanced stuff that might not be so scary if I get stuck in.

Some cool stuff was on display . The robot arm via data centre USB socket was good.. As was David boddie's castleraider demo.. Also over at retrosoftware.

Curious about the camera guy with BBC tshirt

Btw awesome BBC micro owl jumper beebmaster!

I hope people post photos up soon. I took a few, if they are any good I will post here.
I'm going to ..
ABUG North Halifax June 10-12
Image

firthmj
Posts: 227
Joined: Tue May 26, 2009 8:37 am
Location: Ipswich, UK

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby firthmj » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:43 am

I'll add my voice to the growing messages of appreciation - last year was enough fun to make doing it again this year seem a good idea.

And this year's was even better. Good to meet those I've met before again, and good to put faces to a few more names from here.

And while slightly annoying, it was probably kind of my A3020 to announce to me that the battery was about to start destroying the machine!

Real shame about that A3010 mezzanine machine which wasn't so lucky :-( - see here for paulv's picture.

Michael
Last edited by firthmj on Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
Had fun at the
Image
Meeting 13th May 2017

User avatar
tricky
Posts: 1917
Joined: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:25 am
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby tricky » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:59 am

Thanks everyone for making my first acorn show in nearly 30 years great.

If anyone wants to help find the causes of my last two bugs (apart from hi-score can't save on various ROM/compact combinations) the story of Carnivale and .ssd can be found here: http://www.retrosoftware.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=877&p=6558#p6558

jbnbeeb, I love speaking to people who are keen to program and if it is on the beeb, that is all the better.

In general, I think anyone writing retro software needs as much encouragement as possible. Is it too late to get beebs back in schools?

User avatar
Garrettimus
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:50 am
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby Garrettimus » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:12 pm

Pictures, please! Pictures, please! Pictures, please... or...

It didn't happen! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

User avatar
denni505
Posts: 132
Joined: Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:36 pm

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby denni505 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:45 pm

wish went ran out if money to go get the one next year sounds excellent

User avatar
flaxcottage
Posts: 2798
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flaxcottage » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:25 pm

To put Gerrettimus out of his misery ...

I didn't take many photos - much too busy but here are some.
IMAG0055.jpg
This one shows my table which I shared with paulv, his multi-upgraded A440 is the one on the right

IMAG0056.jpg

This one shows ddaveejhitchins and arcadian (in red) at their tables

IMAG0057.jpg

This one shows what was left of the charity stall after stardot raided it. I wish I had had my camera ready to capture Mark of Retroclinic fame staggering down the stairs beneath a mound of 'rescued' BBC micros :twisted:

IMAG0058.jpg

Another one of my BBC Master, upgraded with a Datacentre, running a program to drive a USB robot arm. The screen shot is of the help screen.

IMAG0061.jpg

The last one is of Lee trying to install Solidisk double-density disc interfaces or was it an Acorn speech upgrade? And to the right Beebmaster can be seen holding something in his hand helping to repair one of several laser disc players that were fixed.

The show was a great event and a lot of upgrading and repairing went on as everyone shared their skills and expertise. I got to see a kryoflux working and was mightily impressed. From what I could see the 8-bit section was much busier than the other one.

A huge vote of thanks to paulv who took the time to upgrade my A3000 with the VIDC enhancer I bought last year but never got round to fitting. =D> =D> =D>

Roll on next year.
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

User avatar
sPhilMainwaring
Posts: 251
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:57 pm
Location: Mid Wales
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby sPhilMainwaring » Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:30 pm

Would just like to thank the relevant "bods" who did the organising and a special thanks for the kryoflux demo by danielj :-)

My first show ... a retro virgin no more !

Great to meet everyone and finally put some faces to the names ... Arcadian, Daniel, DaveH, Simon to name a few ... will definitely be at the next one :)

Can't believe I went without my nice new camera ... I looked at it before I left and thought "Don't forget to take that" ... then did!

User avatar
Garrettimus
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:50 am
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby Garrettimus » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:15 pm

flaxcottage wrote:To put Gerrettimus out of his misery ...

Great photos! Thank you very much, Sir!

User avatar
jms2
Posts: 1840
Joined: Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:38 am
Location: Derby, UK

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby jms2 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:37 pm

Any tales of risc os trolling then? :lol:

User avatar
leenew
Posts: 3402
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2012 3:27 pm
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby leenew » Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:12 pm

Here's my take on the show...
It was great :D
You want more?
Oh, OK then!

First of all I am gutted I didn't take any pictures :twisted: It totally slipped my mind as I was too busy with other stuff....

Oh! Except this one! :lol:
20140426_125514[1].jpg


Beebmaster looking resplendent in is hand knitted beeb-jumper =D>
I took some flak for wearing a Super Nintendo T-shirt :oops: but hey ho!, there's more than one kind of retro :D

Oh.... the review...

I arrived a little late having been instructed to nip to the butcher's for some chicken breasts, then I forgot my phone so had to go back home..

I missed Mark's apparently amazing feat of strength and balance, carrying teetering piles of goodies that will be brought up to spec in due course.
**Those chicken breasts cost me the chance of snapping up a few bits I am sure! The sales tables looked like a tornado had just blown through when I got there, but I still managed to bag a few chips including a speech upgrade or 3.
I also grabbed some Torch manuals which will look nice along side the Torch I am sticking on eBay next week 8)

I picked up the Acorn monitor from omx50 (Pete) that I bagged from him a week or two ago - thanks.

I got a bagful of bits from Mark (Retroclinic) - thanks.

I got 2 SWR modules and an IDE cable from Beebmaster - thanks.

I got a load of EPROMS from DaveH (more on this later) - thanks.

I got an UPURS cable/ROM from PaulV - Thanks - OH! wait a minute - he forgot to bring it! *** PAUL I will p.m. you my address in a bit :roll: ***

I got my badge (eventually!) from Arcadian - thanks.
I wore it with pride :D
DaveH :D commented that he felt 'important' wearing his badge, and I felt just the same way 8)

Once I had settled in and made a few hello's to some people I had met before (Retroclinic, DaveH, DanielJ, Flaxcottage, PaulV, Beebmaster, Flynnjs, Firthmj, jbnbeeb, Sydney, Crowley) and meet some new faces (Tricky and sPhilMainwaring, Arcadian), and I spied a few 'names' JGHarston, AlanD, flibble RobC, and probably more that I cannot bring to mind at this moment :oops:

Beebmaster commented to me that he felt more relaxed this year as he wasn't officially exhibiting, so could get out of the spotlight if he wanted. (even though he stayed behind the tables 99% of the time) (the other 1% time was spent making a cup of tea :D ).

Jon (Flaxcottage) had a great setup showcasing the educational archive which he kindly gave me a copy - thanks. (No 4Mation obviously :mrgreen: )
He had rigged up a robot arm that you could control by typing in commands using a language of Jon's own creation =D>
It was rigged through the datacentre's USB capabilities and I believe this is the first time this has been done. (Mark RC seemed to like it)
I had a good 'spot' noticing a copy of Wolfenstein 3D for the Arc shoved in the bottom of a box that I grabbed for Jon as he has been after it for a while :D

Jonathan Harston seemed to like the robot arm too.
After learning the language for one microsecond, he proceeded to make the robot arm pick up a small packet in its jaws.
I could be wrong, but I think I saw him smile. Just a little one :D

Special mention must be made to the repair team headed by Jason Flynn.
Working tirelessly from start to finish, they managed to repair 3 Domesday laser players and were working on a 4th when the show closed!!! Absolutely amazing.
"It's not rocket science" Jason said.
Maybe not, but still damned impressive work =D>
I am sure this made RobC's arduous journey from Welsh Wales a little more bearable on the return leg :wink:

Well, when I said Jason never stopped working on the machines from start to finish - I am lying - he stopped to solder 2 wires back on to a couple of Solidisk dual DFS boards for me - a wire fell of each of them while I was there!!
He also soldered a leg onto a speech chip that I had just bought - thanks Jason.

The only thing that didn't get fixed as far as I know was an A3000 with terminal damage from a leaky battery :( and a RAM/ROM board of Lurkio's that I took along for him, but there just wasn't enough time :cry:

**Lurkio - it's a shame you had to babysit mate!! I am sure we could have fetched the little 'un along in a cat box or something? :roll: **

PaulV was as enthusiastic as ever, showing his A440+++ and fitted Jon his VIDC enhancer to his A3000 after a bit of jiggery pokery.
That A5000 was a bit of a bargain Jon!!

PaulV has the best soldering iron I have seen in quite a while!!!

DaveH :D fetched along his EPROM programming stuff and blew me half a dozen EPROMS for me to test the Solidisk Dual DFS (1770/8271 on one board) that I fetched along.
I knew these were finicky about which ROM works with which board, so Dave blew 'em all :lol: - thanks Dave.
After trying a couple, I got one working (Version 1 board with version 2.00 DFS) but I could not get the version 2 board working - in fact it seemed to be 'killing' the EPROMS???
After Dave had verified an EPROM, I tried it in the beeb, only to get some random characters on screen - giving it back to Dave, it failed the verify - very strange.
I tried this a couple of times then gave up on it :oops: Jason would not approve [-X
Well! I had other things to look at :D
I had fetched along a Z80 communicator, and clipped on beebmaster's cable, only to find it didn't work :(

DanielJ plugged his into my beeb and it worked.
After Daniel looked at my board, he noticed the crystal was hanging off - so that's another job for me tomorrow.....

I met Dave (Arcadian) for the first time (I was a bit excited :lol: )
He forgot the badges again :lol: :lol: but nipped off to Brighouse to get them for us all =D> =D>
Dave bought some more stuff to add to his collections and showed off some good stuff including a couple of beeb 'luggables' the likes of which I had never seen before! **visualise something like an Osborne case with a beeb guts in it - someone must have taken a photo surely! **

Sydney had set up his high score station and it got plenty of takers.
I left my attempt until later after I had thoroughly weighed up the opposition.
Hmmm. that flibble looks a bit good...
sPhilMainwaring... good skills......
Right - my turn - Arcadians - terrible!!!!!
I was a bit of an embarrassment :oops:
Tricky's daughter Imogen certainly knew her way round the old games - I wonder if dad has anything to do with that?

His "carnivale" game is absolutely excellent! =D>
I was a bit better at that than I was at Arcadians and I put it down to the fact that it is just about arcade perfect in look and responsiveness - well done indeed.
JSnake by jbnbeeb was really good fun - but very unforgiving! it ramps up to turbo mode at 2,500 points and even if you know when it is coming - death isn't far away :lol:



All in all I had a fantastic day, and it was a pleasure to mingle with the fellow stardotters :wink:

Roll on 2015

Oh, there was a room with some RISC stuff in it. Apparently.

Lee.

User avatar
sPhilMainwaring
Posts: 251
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:57 pm
Location: Mid Wales
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby sPhilMainwaring » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:45 pm

leenew wrote:Oh, there was a room with some RISC stuff in it. Apparently


Damn I missed that ... was it in the Theatre?

User avatar
tricky
Posts: 1917
Joined: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:25 am
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby tricky » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:17 am

leenew wrote:Oh, there was a room with some RISC stuff in it. Apparently.

Lee.


I must of missed that, I did find a second room with cake :D

User avatar
aerworuld
Posts: 1689
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:40 pm
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby aerworuld » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:34 am

Sorry the wife and I couldn't make it up norf this year; sounds like it was a cracking show!

However, although we couldn't make it, it seems a certain something has been found on the Charity stand that I've been searching for..... [-o< More to follow =D> =D>

Stuart :mrgreen:

User avatar
sPhilMainwaring
Posts: 251
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:57 pm
Location: Mid Wales
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby sPhilMainwaring » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:12 am

aerworuld wrote:... it seems a certain something has been found on the Charity stand that I've been searching for...


It wasn't an original Acorn Atom PSU was it by any chance ... ?

User avatar
aerworuld
Posts: 1689
Joined: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:40 pm
Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby aerworuld » Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:22 am

sPhilMainwaring wrote:
aerworuld wrote:... it seems a certain something has been found on the Charity stand that I've been searching for...


It wasn't an original Acorn Atom PSU was it by any chance ... ?



Nope, but as much of a Holy Grail to me ;) it was a certain Electron communications device..

User avatar
BeebMaster
Posts: 2475
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:59 pm
Location: Lost in the BeebVault!
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby BeebMaster » Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:32 am

Does that picture of me seem to show me lying down, or is it a Ubuntu image orientation glitch again?
Image

User avatar
flaxcottage
Posts: 2798
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flaxcottage » Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:47 pm

No, you were originally that way up. :lol:
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

User avatar
flynnjs
Posts: 757
Joined: Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:33 pm

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flynnjs » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:47 pm

You can't keep the tea in the cup if you're laying down like that.

User avatar
Arcadian
Posts: 2801
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2000 12:16 pm
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby Arcadian » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:15 am

That was a great write-up Lee! (Are you Samwise in disguise?).

Wakefield was great this year - the best yet for me I think (even though I had to disappear for about an hour-and-a-half in the middle of the show!). Great meeting new and old faces from the forum.

Same again next year? (Just with more tables for 8-bit!!!).
For a "Complete BBC Games Archive" visit www.bbcmicro.co.uk

Image
ABug NORTH (Manchester) (19-21 January 2018)
ABug SOUTH (Hampshire) (1-3 June 2018)

User avatar
flaxcottage
Posts: 2798
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flaxcottage » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:24 am

Arcadian wrote:
Same again next year? (Just with more tables for 8-bit!!!).


What an excellent idea. :D :D :D
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

User avatar
BeebMaster
Posts: 2475
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:59 pm
Location: Lost in the BeebVault!
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby BeebMaster » Thu May 01, 2014 10:15 pm

I promised my May update would be on time, and it is (just about), and it's all about Wakefield:

http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/Wakefield20 ... d2014.html
Image

User avatar
jbnbeeb
Posts: 368
Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:16 pm

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby jbnbeeb » Thu May 01, 2014 10:48 pm

Fantastic pics Beebmaster! Love the captions too. I love the way you start with a cup of tea :)


BeebMaster wrote:I promised my May update would be on time, and it is (just about), and it's all about Wakefield:

http://www.beebmaster.co.uk/Wakefield20 ... d2014.html
I'm going to ..
ABUG North Halifax June 10-12
Image

User avatar
flibble
Posts: 592
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:29 am
Contact:

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flibble » Fri May 02, 2014 8:31 pm

Some more pictures.

http://home.marutan.net/~peter/subsite/ ... /20140426/

Arcadian, let us know if you want any of the RAWs.

User avatar
flaxcottage
Posts: 2798
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:46 pm
Location: Derbyshire

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby flaxcottage » Fri May 02, 2014 9:42 pm

Great pictures guys. Thanks.

Was it just a week ago?
- John

Currently running Level 4 Econet with BBC B, BBC B+ 128K, Master 128K, 4Mb A3000, 4Mb A3020, 4Mb A4000, 4Mb A5000 dual FDD; UK101; HP41CX setup; Psion 3a, 3mx and 5mx; Z88; TI-58c, TI-59 and printer, HP-16C programmer's calculator

User avatar
richardtoohey
Posts: 3378
Joined: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:13 am
Location: Tauranga, New Zealand

Re: Wakefield Acorn Show / 26 April 2014 / W. Yorks

Postby richardtoohey » Fri May 02, 2014 10:16 pm

Yes, thanks for the pics & write-ups. =D> Not as good as being there, of course, but much appreciated!

@flibble (1) what is the glowing box on top of the Electron with +3? And (2) can you name names for the group shot at the end? I can work out some of them based on the write-ups and other photos, but not all of them.


Return to “past events & exhibitions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests