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by Commie_User
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: The 6502 watch
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: The 6502 watch

Bonkers! :lol:
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 82
Views: 2525

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Well it all looks like it worked out as well as it was ever going to. Though I notice nobody wanted the change which Your Computer wanted in 1982 - for BBC Television to commit ratings suicide and have The Computer Programme use micros as scientific aversion therapy. Well played sirs. Very well play...
by Commie_User
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 82
Views: 2525

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Would those changes have pushed the prices up? Schools needed enough cash incentive to splash out on a BBC as it was.
by Commie_User
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)

Maybe. But I still think even in the case of having nothing to reply to, there was nothing in the answer to tell us what the 64 or BBC could actually do or how. All the same, check out the Herman Hauser interview from 1982 and how he's really over-egging the Electron: http://www.retro8bitcomputers.c...
by Commie_User
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Interesting treasures in shops near you?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Interesting treasures in shops near you?

In the shop at the moment.

They don't often go back to the 80s but there's quite an interesting spread there to start off a young retro newbie in the mainstream things.

Some of these pictures shouldn't be sideways but stuff it.


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by Commie_User
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)

February '83 carries a rather fence-sitting letter on whether to buy a BBC or a Commodore 64. I'd venture that because the machines were in their opening months, not enough utilities were out to fully exploit unique capabilities. http://www.retro8bitcomputers.co.uk/Content/downloads/magazines/yourco...
by Commie_User
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)
Replies: 16
Views: 401

YOUR COMPUTER's BBC MICRO REVIEW and the hateful days of type-in listings (VIC20 edition)

With our lord Chris Serle on the cover, a topless Beeb, the Kenneth Baker interview and interesting mentions of 'floppy tape', I'm surprised we don't have a permanent hotlink to this very January 1982 issue here at Stardot. http://www.retro8bitcomputers.co.uk/Content/downloads/magazines/yourcomputer...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Interesting treasures in shops near you?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Interesting treasures in shops near you?

That's currently?

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That's pretty damn special.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

It's a fascinating retro machine, as are many of the failures. The QL didn't even allow for a built-in hard drive (though Tezza's Classic Computer Collection uses a plug-in floppy drive) and wasn't IBM compatible but I like the look of its 80 column mode, its games and the idea that it could have be...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

I know there was a plant at Dundee which made the Spectrums (Spectrii?) but I wasn't aware that a substantial number of other firms were contracted. All this helps explain the variation. Though the QL being well designed for business use, with a decent disk drive and keyboard? Really? It was cheap f...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5109
Views: 376351

Re: Today I received.....

No but I did recrust some bread in it for its maiden voyage.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2918
Views: 251623

Re: LOLPRICE

How much did you ever pay for micros to do up and sell on? Surely not close to two grand !!
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Interesting treasures in shops near you?
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Interesting treasures in shops near you?

It's been a long long time since Cash Converters and other little junk shops had dump bins and shelves cascading with things like this, so it's nice to see something like this still in the wild in my town. IMG_1574.JPG They've had an Atari 2600jr in the window for some time now at All About Cash in ...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

I've heard tell experiences were often dire on the Spectrum, so I wonder how variable the quality control was at Sinclair. Looks like there's been an element of survival of the fittest with remaining Sinclair equipment now because at least the computers all seem to work just fine by now.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5109
Views: 376351

Re: Today I received.....

I got this laptop the other week too, from the same junk shop. I'll boost the RAM and have another old reliable for web work, a bit of music making and allsorts.


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by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5109
Views: 376351

Re: Today I received.....

Well not today but last week I lugged home two £6 Xboxes from the junk shop. Sold as seen but if they had the labels on then they would have been tested.

And a cooker. Nice.
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by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Well it did cost around £600 in today's money, which kind of upended the whole cheap and cheerful approach with Sinclair. Though if Sir Clive wanted his Spectrum to be as superserious as the ZX81 was, there may have been more traction had he released one of his own flimsy quality floppy drives himse...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2918
Views: 251623

Re: LOLPRICE

Up to 35 oafs are bidding on that!

So I wonder who's LOLling now??
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

guesser wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:32 pm
It was a license requirement here until 2003 when the morse test was finally dropped from the amateur radio exam.
I say again, whoa.
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though I must admit this Spectrum add-on's pretty damn cool. Just slot it in the back and you've a proper disk drive, joystick and video ports plus non-wobble support base to keep it secure. If you could only afford some modular arrangement to build your computer piecemeal, I'd say this was a pretty...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Blinged up BBCs
Replies: 20
Views: 605

Re: Blinged up BBCs

Acorn should have put one out in black. For once, they should have followed the style of Sinclair. Though does the paint job make the BBC sexy enough? It's nice but it's still not quite the sleek, slinky editing studio look of this Pioneer MSX machine: Pioneer MSX.jpg Mutton dressed as lamb in that ...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though this ZX81 attachment is interesting, along with a ZX81 sound chip plugin and other things I've seen in these old magazines, including mention of a ZX81 colour attachment up top. zx99.jpg All the same, dude listen, get a Spectrum! It's 1983, do a trade-in for a Sinclair which already has sound...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Whoa. Though as far as I see on Google, the Morse users who remain are ham enthusiasts and prison inmates. I'm still kind-of impressed that somebody out there apparently makes the Morse code handset even now. https://www.quora.com/Do-people-still-use-Morse-code https://eclecticlight.co/2015/10/20/th...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

But to answer your question, yes this did happen at school's in the 1980s. As an example, the school my Dad taught at used to use a BBC Micro to receive the weather maps from the NOAA-9 weather satellite. = Well I don't know if that counts as controlling model railways and receiving weather maps is...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 82
Views: 2525

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

I suppose you can say anything. Had Acorn not decided to sell the BBC 128 base unit alone for a monster £500 in 1985, they could have extended the BBC's life force?

Would any of these changes have actually rescued Acorn or extended any dominance?
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 480

Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though more seriously, did many enthusiasts use their BBCs at school for things like Morse code and other technical exercises, for the sake of the exercise? I don't remember things being that deep, though I was only at primary school in the actual 80s. I feel sorry for the guys who saw their compute...
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2918
Views: 251623

Re: LOLPRICE

Its hard to tell if that is a hair or a scratch between the S / Z keys but the faded logo suggests a fairly hard life. Apparently £99 is a low opening bid. I guess it would be for a never used speccy as they can go for silly money. Another thing to watch for is taking a snapshot and whacking up the...
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2918
Views: 251623

Re: LOLPRICE

anightin wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:46 pm

Once bitten...
At least it works. I suppose beggars can't necessarily be choosers these days. I'm amazed enough that as most of these old computers were slung in the skips, with so many others dumped forgotten into lofts to rot, that pretty much any of them can be found working now.
by Commie_User
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?

I'm afraid that's not quite what I meant but thanks! Had I been a bear with more brain, I'm sure I could be able to use that very well put together DIY! :lol:
by Commie_User
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?
Replies: 6
Views: 305

Re: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?

Well I wouldn't know anything about that but I have just come across the SID emulation in her B-Em program. Now that will come in handy, especially that I don't notice that a BeebSID device can be programmed with the usual ENVELOPE and SOUND commands or be used instead of the BBC's usual sound chip.