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by Commie_User
Wed May 08, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn Electron press launch event: a shambles?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Acorn Electron press launch event: a shambles?

Well you pays your cookie and you takes your crumble. Compared to the Amiga's glittering, star-studded launch, the Electron's seemed proportionately right.

But what did the Elk offer? Acorn only took most of the best bits from the BBC Micro and sold the remainder as the economy value pack.
by Commie_User
Mon May 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

I can't find a Dragon's Claw to get us back on topic.

But here's a piece of Dragon self-unawareness.....
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Dragon 32: There's only one thing harder than building a great computer. Building software to match.
by Commie_User
Mon May 06, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

I'm more than aware of that, mind you. In Britain, it took no less a giant than Churchill himself to come back to power with his party to hammer down that bit of organised government planning, which also included the public being on half the wartime food ration that they had ten years after Hitler i...
by Commie_User
Mon May 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

I think Spain just really really didn't like Commodore or Apple. It appears that a Spanish electronics place persuaded their government to go all Trump and impose import tarriffs on foreign equipment, which was then rather sharply curtailed after powerful lobbying from manufacturers of that equipme...
by Commie_User
Mon May 06, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

The BBC/government in the early 1980's understood something some computer companies didn't, the importance of standardisation. I didn't do GCSE Computer Studies (or O levels as they were back in the early 80's) but I can imagine the misery schools and exam boards would have if there hadn't been sta...
by Commie_User
Mon May 06, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

Of course, the Dragon limped on for a few more years in Spain, while Sinclair had a go with a Spanish machine and the Amstrad CPC ended up king of the hill there. I can easily imagine how Spain looked a land of promise in 1984-85, with a saturated British market standing in stark contrast to the com...
by Commie_User
Sun May 05, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Ancient Compaq Laptop
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Ancient Compaq Laptop

Ebay, m'good friend: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Compaq-Contura-4-25c-Laptop-Computer-Vintage-in-good-clean-order-Spares-Repairs/323795595157?hash=item4b63b8af95:g:Th4AAOSw6ttcyvd- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Compaq-Contura-4-25-Laptop-Computer-2820D-Series/173893204868?hash=item287cd7bb84:g:F...
by Commie_User
Sun May 05, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: general
Topic: You Can Now Sell Things On Everygamegoing
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: You Can Now Sell Things On Everygamegoing

That's a sweet idea. Though is there any benefit over selling on Ebay?

Nice to see a game called Richochet as the featured on the home page, with video. I never expected something as fast and polished on the Electron. Bit too fast for me though.
by Commie_User
Sat May 04, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2931
Views: 254480

Re: LOLPRICE

Isn't the software obsession akin to rare record collecting? That makes things a bit more understandable. I've bought a nice few boxed things and they've made my micros feel all the more golden but never for really silly money. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-BEATLES-Please-Please-Me-MONO-Black-Gold-...
by Commie_User
Sat May 04, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2931
Views: 254480

Re: LOLPRICE

Not if someone buys it. :lol Indeed. You can get a 'real' BBC for that money, nicely refurbed and upgraded. Does this Epson PC look a reasonable collector's price? I'd say on the edge of probably not: https://www.ebay.com/itm/EPSON-Q301A-PCE-PC-COMPUTER-PORTABLE-VINTAGE-RARE-Q301A-VC1/264286131554?...
by Commie_User
Thu May 02, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3067

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

The C64 also had analogue pins in its two joystick ports. Must have been in the VIC 20 too.
by Commie_User
Wed May 01, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

They WERE good decks. When I was given my hand-me-down Electron, the tape deck was almost one of a kind. The same reliability I came to expect with the proprietary CBM tape decks. (Amazing reliability with the CBM units, actually, when you feel how light and flimsy they seem, especially when you ope...
by Commie_User
Wed May 01, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

Er, Boots would of sold proper computer tape recorders :lol: I must admit I looked at those and and scoffed, as I'd recognise so many as rebadged or repurposed regular mono cassette decks. Even the Acorn one. Though much as the Dragon was holed under the waterline by design, it's truly fascinating ...
by Commie_User
Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

Look the Dragon wasn't perfect, no machine was not even the Beeb, and there are some valid criticisms to be made but please try and do so based on the actual hardware / software capabilities rather than general impressions. Is it only a general impression that the Dragon seemed more susceptible to ...
by Commie_User
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

Re: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

It doesn't even seem Spectrum-level but it was sold for twice the price.

Reading the magazines, they dish out funny little techie tips. To avoid feedback ruining loads and saves, users had to remove the Mic and Ear cables alternately.
by Commie_User
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Commodore 64 SID composition
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Commodore 64 SID composition

And here it is all refined, with violins and piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qOl2qT_8ho

Just to show it done.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What Ultrawide Monitors are good for!
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: What Ultrawide Monitors are good for!

Just a mo', the BBC wasn't widescreen and the picture doesn't look stretched.

How did you get this?
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....
Replies: 52
Views: 1140

DRAGON USER gripes about the Computer Literacy Programme.....

Seems more than Sinclair felt left in the cold and took comfort in bellyaching that the Conservative government weren't putting computers in schools fast enough, without enough of a software spread and freezing out Acorn's competition. Well to quote Yes Minister , Rome wasn't built in a day and in a...
by Commie_User
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Commodore 64 SID composition
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Commodore 64 SID composition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtJCyOQsoag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtJCyOQsoag I think this sounds pretty good, even before taking the actual MIDI and running it through whatever. Just thought you might be interested. http://www.megalextoria.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/tumblr_...
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: 192

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: 97
Views: 3067

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: 97
Views: 3067

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: 500

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: 294

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: 500

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: 500

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: 294

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: 582

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: 582

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: 5190
Views: 383227

Re: Today I received.....

No but I did recrust some bread in it for its maiden voyage.