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by geraldholdsworth
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 21st Century BBC Micro?
Replies: 10
Views: 314

Re: 21st Century BBC Micro?

I'd love an HDMI out on the Beeb - the hardware is already available, just need to figure out how to mount, and power it, inside the machine. But, no, we don't need a 21st century remake, unless it can be made exactly as the original but with modern chips/components.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Feb 06, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Using Kramer VP728 for BBC Display
Replies: 0
Views: 173

Using Kramer VP728 for BBC Display

I recently acquired one of these: Kramer VP728.JPG and I've just got around to having a play. Using my GBS board to convert the BBC's RGB out to VGA, this unit nicely upscales the display to 1920x1080 and puts it out on HDMI. I'd also acquired a rather nice HP monitor, with HDMI and DisplayPort in, ...
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

lurkio wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Can you not export your newsfeeds from the current version of Thunderbird
I can't find the option to export the newsfeeds.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

Weird, all the accounts/feeds on the left hand side are the same size they've always been for me I've actually just noticed that the font size is the same (I think), they've just increased the spacing between each line. However, no matter what I've tried fiddling with files in the chrome directory,...
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

lurkio wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Can you not export your newsfeeds from the current version of Thunderbird (assuming you still have them in there), perhaps as an OPML file, and then revert to the older version of Thunderbird and import them?
I tried it, but it wouldn't do the Usenet groups.

I'll have another go at another time.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

lurkio wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:58 pm
NetNewsWire is meant to be good but currently the only feed aggregator service it supports is FeedBin.
Just had a look, but it only runs on 10.14.4 and newer...I've still got High Sierra (10.13).
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

Looks like the inability to change this font size has been going on for a good few years - I found posts from folk as far back as 2013 asking for this feature.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Re: Thunderbird

Well I've just ditched Thunderbird completely. Couldn't even roll back to an earlier version without having to recreate all my newsfeeds.
So, now on the look out for something to replace it with.
OK, yes, I could just frequent the website, but I like it all appearing in a separate application.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Thunderbird
Replies: 12
Views: 311

Thunderbird

Mozilla have just updated Thunderbird, and one of the changes is the folder pane (down the left hand side that shows all the forums you've subscribed to) is now using a bigger font. Before, all the forums fitted into this pane without needing to scroll down, but no more. I cannot find anyway to chan...
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5664
Views: 478090

Re: Today I received.....

Amongst other things, a Kramer VP-728 switcher/scaler. Now, I wonder what can I use this for... :D KR-VP728.JPG Stock photo...not actual item Other stuff I got, if you are interested, is a Polycom HDX8000 VC system (with camera and microphone, but no cables, as yet), an Australian Monitor AMX-120 6 ...
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity Electron Version
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Repton Infinity Electron Version

Arcadian wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:53 pm
The UEF image on STH was created from the original media by me.
Thank you - that's good enough for me.
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity Electron Version
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Repton Infinity Electron Version

I do not know for certain if it is correct or not.

I have found this though:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2827
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity Electron Version
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Repton Infinity Electron Version

I wondering if anyone here might have an original copy of Repton Infinity on cassette for the Acorn Electron, and would be able to transfer the data files onto a PC and send them to me, please? Reason I'm asking is that I've noticed that there are some differing versions of the data files, all BBC m...
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens

And finally, for comparison, using BBC Micro Image Convertor:
Flying Without Wings Mode 1.jpg
Mode 1
Flying Without Wings Mode 2.jpg
Mode 2
ImageConvertorTestMode1.jpg
Mode 1
ImageConvertorTestMode2.jpg
Mode 2

Right, time to stop playing and get on with some proper work! :lol:
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens

Thought I'd stick up some samples (of course, this is all academic as there is already an excellent tool for doing this job): Flying Without Wings resized.jpg The original Flying Without Wings 8bit.jpg Resolution reduced to 320x256 and colours reduced to 8 Flying Without Wings 4 colour.jpg Resolutio...
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Using Photoshop to produce BBC screens

I've been wondering if one could use Adobe Photoshop to turn an image (e.g. a photograph) into something heading towards a BBC Micro screen image (obviously, it won't know about the format). So, I had a play. First thing I did was to change the colours to Indexed, and restrict it to 8 colours (this ...
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 21
Views: 826

Re: Which soldering iron?

Sorry...hijacking this a bit. I've also been looking at desoldering stations, for SMD work, and found a Duratool D01841 at CPC. The only annoyance is that I need to buy the PLCC chip (is that the correct term for ICs with pins all round the outside?) nozzles separately.
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ADFS 'Dir Full' error when it's not full problem
Replies: 15
Views: 517

Re: ADFS 'Dir Full' error when it's not full problem

Glad you got it sorted.

I have written (well, part written, part collated) a guide on disc formats. Mostly as an aide memoir for myself, but also so that all the information is in one place and makes some sort of sense (well, more sense than the PRMs).
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ADFS 'Dir Full' error when it's not full problem
Replies: 15
Views: 517

Re: ADFS 'Dir Full' error when it's not full problem

The end of the directory entries is marked with a 00 as the first byte (of the tail). So maybe this has been written accidentally - it's all I can think of. If you like, I can take a look at the structure and see what is going on - if you send me the ADF. Or you could run it through Disc Image (writ...
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Emulating (or obtaining!) an ARM Evaluation System
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: Emulating (or obtaining!) an ARM Evaluation System

BeebEm emulates the ARM...not sure on the accuracy or what ARM though.
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISCOS 4.39 ROM Backup
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: RISCOS 4.39 ROM Backup

mattdy4 wrote:
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:26 pm
Thanks Gerald - great to know they're not eternally lost. I'll take you up if you don't mind in some form once I've fixed some new VIDC issues on my RPC #-o
I'll have a hunt on my PC for it and send you the Dropbox link - probably best and easiest way.
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISCOS 4.39 ROM Backup
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: RISCOS 4.39 ROM Backup

mattdy4 wrote:
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:28 pm
Anyone know of a copy of the RISCOS 4.39 CD?
I do believe I have a physical copy and, maybe, even a digital ISO copy.

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton 2 Electron Map
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Repton 2 Electron Map

And Snuggsy187 has sent me the cheat patch for the Superior Collection Volume 3, on ADFS, which I have now put on the website.

Great work Snuggsy. Looking good.

Cheers,

Gerald.
by geraldholdsworth
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton 2 Electron Map
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: Repton 2 Electron Map

Well done.

For those that haven't found it, Snuggsy has written a modified version of the cheat (i.e. one that doesn't contain the game, but modifies the game assuming you already have it) for the Repton Resource Page.
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC B MMC
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: BBC B MMC

hoglet wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:04 am
Card? means MMFS can't even communicate with the card.

The cause is usually:
- the wrong build of MMFS being used
- a hardware problem with the interface
- a hardware problem with the BBC VIA
by geraldholdsworth
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Create SSD on PC
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: Create SSD on PC

If I pulled my finger out and finished it, Disc Image Reader would do the job. Once Chrimbo is over, I'm hoping to get back to it. Oh, and it's open source too.
http://www.geraldholdsworth.co.uk/code. ... =DiscImage
by geraldholdsworth
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: software
Topic: Risc OS 3 Safe Mode
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Risc OS 3 Safe Mode

The only thing I know of, aside from pressing R, T or DELETE power on to reset the CMOS, is pressing 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the keypad on power on to change the monitor type.
by geraldholdsworth
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Which version of Repton 2?
Replies: 17
Views: 2618

Re: Which version of Repton 2?

I guess that they have learnt from their mistakes...the new mobile versions of Repton 2 scenarios have been tested to completion - I tested three myself.
by geraldholdsworth
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: PayPal fees on tax collected by eBay
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Re: PayPal fees on tax collected by eBay

They've added £3.81 at the top, then taken it off at the bottom. This is, effectively, the same as your earlier invoice except that it lists the Ebay fee. So, does the seller pay the extra £3.81, which is then removed by Ebay for themselves? And, as someone has stated, Ebay fees are 10%, including p...
by geraldholdsworth
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: 6502 assembler for Windows/Linux
Replies: 13
Views: 833

Re: 6502 assembler for Windows/Linux

BeebASM.

Edit the code in a text editor, then run it through BeebASM as a command line prompt...I do believe. Haven't actually used it myself.