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by Commie_User
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 44
Views: 1426

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Look around you. Microcontrollers are getting into nearly every electrical item these days. If most of our children only ever learn a few basics on how to use some functionality, and never get any further, this country could end up in a modern dark age. I think that was the aim, to be frank - thoug...
by Commie_User
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Haunted Beebs on TV: The Vertical Plane / Out Of This World
Replies: 11
Views: 301

Re: Haunted Beebs on TV: The Vertical Plane / Out Of This World

Carol Vorderman lied when she said BBCs couldn't connect to a network or that for BBC users, messaging was a thing of the future.

How the BBC forgot so quickly.
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn magazine collections question
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: Acorn magazine collections question

Useful to anyone?

I suppose you have a whole forum aroused like felines on catnip, don't you! :D

Lucky I technically bat for the other side, else I'd be doing it too.
by Commie_User
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2790
Views: 220810

Re: LOLPRICE

Don't forget the $150 shipping from Wisconsin!
by Commie_User
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Adventure Game (BBC TV, 1980-86): Beebs on TV
Replies: 18
Views: 217

Re: The Adventure Game (BBC TV, 1980-86): Beebs on TV

The way computers have come on, this all looks so bizarre already. And I'm a retrohead, with more old micros, PCs and game consoles than recent PCs. Thanks for posting all this.
by Commie_User
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Modern mice
Replies: 20
Views: 577

Re: Modern mice

It's just stuff getting cheaper, in all ways. Every half-year, blow a tenner on Ebay and enjoy some fresh sweeties and have done with it. Why not see a broken mouse as the small cost for versatility? Bank up and use 'em for all kinds of whatever. I Blu-Tak'ed one of mine to the MIDI guitar because i...
by Commie_User
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?

My hat goes off to this guy. Don't know why but it does.
by Commie_User
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 81
Views: 3375

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

My school favourite was to do a quick: ?&FE40=0:CLS on all the machines before the teacher came and then sit down and wait for people to start typing... Simple but evil! What??? Whyever wasn't this brought up during my RIFFER topic?? I love easily doable BBC noises which I can sample or perform! Th...
by Commie_User
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 81
Views: 3375

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

The National Museum Of Computing (Bletchley Park) Earlier today after a few minutes typing! Now that's one spooky picture as it happens. It looks like an abandoned school out of the Twilight Zone or something! I bet one or two of us wouldn't mind a fortnight's holiday there. A Stop At Willoughby fo...
by Commie_User
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: general
Topic: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?

Over at Sinclair ZX World, various members have created new PCB's and new ULA equivalents. Ah yes, The UK micro world's Shelbyville against the BBC crowd's Springfield! :D (Or perhaps that's Amstradland.) I would imagine servicing Sinclairs would be less economical in the long run if the boards wer...
by Commie_User
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 92
Views: 8455

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Hmm, let me see now. That BBC would be £1,275 today, just for the base unit. I wonder if the shops and Acorn were caught off guard when the Atari ST came out because I would imagine that would have made BBC stocks harder to shift. I honestly feel surprised that computer shops didn't feel the heavy h...
by Commie_User
Thu May 31, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?
Replies: 23
Views: 779

How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?

I'd like to throw this question open to the Acorn users especially. Their dedication to repairs and maintenance are probably second-to-none, coupled with such high technical literacy. What is the worst condition Acorn machine which users have repaired and restored to any kind of glory and what's the...
by Commie_User
Thu May 31, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Received a belated Christmas present...
Replies: 16
Views: 1313

Re: Received a belated Christmas present...

In a way, it's sad to see all this stuff. So many goodies the rest of the population are totally oblivious to again. There's not much wrong with new games that can't be fixed but I think more people should go retro, of any era. Enough people may be weaned off what the gamer community is complaining ...
by Commie_User
Thu May 31, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312858

Re: Today I received.....

Ah. I see. Thanks.
by Commie_User
Thu May 31, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4658
Views: 312858

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:57 pm
Managed to load BBC Basic from disc one, as well as a verify program. The verify program checked all the other discs out as ok.
Yeah, well. Isn't that the same BBC BASIC all the machines have in ROM? Or perhaps it's an upgrade. The C64 had a much needed superior range of BASICs on disk after all.
by Commie_User
Wed May 30, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Ah but when the C64 does it then it's broken??
Replies: 0
Views: 134

Ah but when the C64 does it then it's broken??

A rather interesting Lemon 64 forum post this: http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=68173 The guy's Commodore 64 beeps when it is switched on and he wonders where the fault is. Nothing seems wrong with any of the obvious components and I hope he keeps it. Nothing wrong with a touch of BBC st...
by Commie_User
Mon May 28, 2018 2:51 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 100
Views: 5268

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Nice rack. When we moved premises at our branch, I had, shall we say, an early free closing down sale of my own. ......No no no, nothing like that! They were switching from one design of furniture and fittings to another. There was quite a lot of junk they got rid of and one particular thing I enjoy...
by Commie_User
Sun May 27, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Computer Shops From Back In The Day
Replies: 92
Views: 8455

Re: Computer Shops From Back In The Day

Even though I was there, all this stuff in the 80s completely passed me by. Other than owning some LCD games or playing on someone else's school computers, Atari 2600 or ZX Spectrum once in a while, it was always tellies, video machines and stereos I aspired to and sometimes got for myself. Computer...
by Commie_User
Tue May 08, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: New laptop
Replies: 14
Views: 620

Re: New laptop

The second hand shops are full of cheap computers. Maybe get some old desktop, load it with toddler software and hook up one of those childproof outsize keyboards to it, A-B-C rather than QWERTY. Though on the other hand, why give them real computers when they are still young enough to break everyth...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV
Replies: 16
Views: 686

Re: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV

More Stanley Baxter. Wasn't there the same co-pro for the Elk?
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by Commie_User
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes
Replies: 12
Views: 712

Re: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes

Yes, better off framing it!
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Grandstand 6000 - ADMAN 1978
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Grandstand 6000 - ADMAN 1978

£141.56 !!! That thing was £141.56 in today's money. You ought to be soldering that back together with gold. I can't believe there's been this much inflation only in that space of time. But there it is: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-mon...
by Commie_User
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes
Replies: 12
Views: 712

Re: Buying software on 'vintage' floppy diskettes

Well, it's buyer beware. As a collector, you buy for what it is rather than the quality of what's on it. I've gramophone records nearly a decade older than Dr. Crippen's murder and I only heard anything comfortably discernible after noise reduction software had a crack at them. One song was almost c...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1
Replies: 16
Views: 532

Re: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1

The good thing about a magazine is it condenses all the good stuff into one place. i.e. like someone doing the hardwork of finding all the interesting bits and pieces in the forum and condensing into one easy to digest magazine. Perhaps he could have a section, Pick Of The Forum or something, where...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1
Replies: 16
Views: 532

Re: Electron Forever E-Magazine Issue 1

Nice fanzine. I always loved Arcadians and it was easily up there with the C64 version of Galaxy for keeping me occupied for hours years ago, or the stellar Atari 2600 version of Phoenix. And that was even with the Electron's handicap of having no joystick port. I think there's a suggestion for a fu...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV
Replies: 16
Views: 686

Re: The Beeb's (first) 32-bit second processor on TV

How much must that fictional family have been earning to buy all those cheese wedges? Mum and Dad Stanley Baxter must have really loved little girl Stanley to buy all that, especially when computer bits went unusable way faster then than today.
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 157
Views: 16187

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

As I recall, there was an interesting review of this game in The Games Machine. My copies are buried somewhere but I think PDF copies are out there.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary
Replies: 19
Views: 3628

Re: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary

BONUS POINTS for the Commodore monitor!

(Nice to see someone recognises their monarchs! :lol: :wink: )
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: general
Topic: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary
Replies: 19
Views: 3628

Re: How Beebs helped rescue the Oxford English Dictionary

That's a fantastic achievement! Maybe there's a way to archive it as a single-click Windows-compatible DOS shell or something. That'll be well worth archiving for the completists!
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: A special day for a very special computer!
Replies: 13
Views: 854

Re: A special day for a very special computer!

As Coeus says, it was the first way to cheaply dip your feet in the water properly. I'm not surprised kids would have found it a bit hit and miss, especially with copycat Atari-esque consoles like the Teleng Colourstars for just £35. (That's about £155 now.) But for getting to grips with your first ...