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by Commie_User
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4701
Views: 317237

Re: Today I received.....

sbadger wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:38 pm


my best bet 111 trichloroethane - aka tipex thinner

edit:Nice find btw! :)
Thank you. For the money, one of my best bargains ever!
by Commie_User
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4701
Views: 317237

Re: Today I received.....

Two high-end VCRs from a local junk shop, well worth £35 for the best machines I've yet seen. (With the right tape, it's just like DVD.) The guy said he house cleared them from a dead professor's place, who used them for his gargantuan porn bungalow. They still seem OK to touch. Though how do I go a...
by Commie_User
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4701
Views: 317237

Re: Today I received.....

By that cover, do we assume there's a text adventure version of Attack Of The Mutant Camels??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeONHBdE1o
by Commie_User
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

Is that anything like the PFI they have in the NHS? I'm surprised at our current governing party. There wasn't all this meddling last time. Surely there ought to be an insurance scheme where schools pay in and they can pick whichever service team they need at the moment, if they need a website. Or i...
by Commie_User
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Datel Modem 1979 to 1982, anyone used it?
Replies: 16
Views: 434

Re: Datel Modem 1979 to 1982, anyone used it?

Is there any scope for you to use it, even between just two BBCs?
by Commie_User
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

The networks are so locked down that nothing interesting can be installed and if the school is unlucky enough to have a managed IT service (what a misnomer) the red tape, countless risk analyses and "Sorry it isn't compatible with Windows 10" are enough to scupper any enthusiasm. At our secondary s...
by Commie_User
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

Primary schools are another matter. There teachers are inventive and the children have not had the enthusiasm for learning knocked out of them yet. Where there is an inspirational teacher and exciting equipment like, for example, FUZE systems for computer control, students still clamour to use the ...
by Commie_User
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

Perhaps the subject matter in school computer lessons were necessarily flat and un-fun, even then. All the same, especially with the colourful BBC-like Nimbus machines in the 80s, I remember kids awaiting their eager turn on one of the school's few micros. I remember that even for my excitement, I w...
by Commie_User
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 357

Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

I note the recent topics about BBC BASIC in schools, plus this Micro Live episode: https://computer-literacy-project.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/06602ec41cec31e49c82220c24ad1306 When I was at school, even that black, Z80-powered RM box of nothing was enough to get my heart racing. Then with the ...
by Commie_User
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line"
Replies: 24
Views: 771

Re: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line"

These tiny games are amazing.

This isn't the version I'm thinking of but there was also 1K Chess for the ZX81 and a 4 line chess game for the Amstrad (I think): https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/01/ ... 487-bytes/

487 bytes, that one.
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Design case history: the Commodore 64
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: Design case history: the Commodore 64

Still, the Beeb has to do something with all that extra processing power :D Extra? Extra?? B.. but we got the SID! :) Beebsynth was the killer app which finally forced me to buy my BBCs. The envelopes may be software driven but the sonic identity of the whole system just had to complement the C64s ...
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Well it takes living in a richly advanced place to emulate a time warp as well as live in one. :)
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Design case history: the Commodore 64
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: Design case history: the Commodore 64

Excellent stuff!

I looked at the SID insert. Are the BBC's ADSR registers in hardware too?
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

We're only talking about the 80s and the past is a foreign country already.

I bet if we were shot back there because we love our BBCs so much, we'd have more culture shocks than we'd care to admit. Yet everything would still seem so familiar.
by Commie_User
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

You mean that wibbly-wobbly effect in movement and other crumbly bits and pieces?

I noticed that and thought it surely must be my software to blame. I quickly put it to DVD to watch when I was cooking (or whatever in the background) but sure enough, I watch the original again and there it all is.
by Commie_User
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Running the BBC Computer Literacy Project Software in jsbeeb is fun, but I wanted to run this software on original hardware, so here are the ssds from https://computer-literacy-project.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/beeb Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god! Thanks! I well see Mr. Russell's ...
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

I'm sure it doesn't look its best but for 80s television programmes, I think 25p is very forgiving.

I've even seen some of these old BBC things, like Threads, on VCD - and while it's lower quality, it loses less than I would have thought compared to a DVD release.
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Still, to my eyes, it's better than it was. Especially the studio-based programmes. The resolution's still around DVD quality and there's a lovely, stable crisp big picture when I play them back on VLC Player. I've not watched it all yet, so I'm not sure where the Youtube ones are. But if beggars ca...
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Yup. Knowing the BBC, any video of theirs won't be there for all that long. And watching Micro Live before, I got the feeling Brian Jacks was a bit bewildered through his whole computerisation. First he was immortalised in an extremely clumsy, clodhoppy game and then the BBC sent him out to get a co...
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

USB hard drive? Or dumping to DVD Rom? That can save some space for later.

Or maybe make full DVD Videos? Then play through your classic Trinitron or Deccacolour for that ultimate blast to the past!
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

That works a treat. The extension detects the video played, it even lets me select a resolution and then mixes the downloaded packets to a single complete video file. It's not often you get quality akin to the master tapes when looking up these BBC videos, so I say to all of us - grab 'em and archiv...
by Commie_User
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 90
Views: 1969

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Now, how to keep them, after the BBC have discontinued them? The Torch grabber is behind at the moment and Softonic is too old. Of the free ones, this kind-of works fine: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bulk-media-downloader/ehfdcgbfcboceiclmjaofdannmjdeaoi?hl=en A Chrome/Torch add-on whic...
by Commie_User
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 2366

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: 418

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: 397

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: 2793
Views: 222199

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: 274

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: 677

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: 911

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: 94
Views: 4118

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...