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by Commie_User
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD
Replies: 19
Views: 292

Re: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD

The reason I need this is because I am writing a plugin that works on the UTIs but the system will just ignore it if it imports or exports them because it is a plugin so is not eligible to import / export by itself. That has to be done by an application. It sounds like Apple are totally crackers to...
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 43
Views: 2823

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Maybe perhaps this....

Image

Not because I think it looks any good but it would have put Benny back where he once belonged - the BBC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WHxqfZ9dJM
by Commie_User
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4792
Views: 327374

Re: Today I received.....

I rather meant usefulness for the general public, rather than we collectors. We always have some specialist use the new machines sometimes can't reach.
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4792
Views: 327374

Re: Today I received.....

A wonderful haul of Archi-ama there! Bit sad too, considering so many expensive pride and joys ended up in landfills a handful of years after they were bought.

I'm glad they did to get to this point but computers in the 80s and 90s came and went from usefulness so very quickly.
by Commie_User
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:52 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 125
Views: 3373

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

One or other of those archive programmes did go into professional use of AI, which doubtless has its place. Laboratories could find their applications ideal to helping them out with their puzzles. But the fridge lecturing the guy on his diet before locking him out and robot butlers behaving like KIT...
by Commie_User
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 125
Views: 3373

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Am I the only one thinking that all those 80s brainboxes wasted most of their energy hoping for a domestic AI revolution? I think it was Sinclair on the final Learning Machine episode who chipped in. I can't believe they forecast a huge Artificial Intelligence boom, especially as they must have know...
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Back to my Superbrain
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Back to my Superbrain

Looking good. I wonder how many of these modded machines will end up in museums one day.
by Commie_User
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 125
Views: 3373

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

BigEd wrote:
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:25 am
Could anyone who's snarfled the data from the site let us know how much data it is? Terabytes?
About 61 gigs.
by Commie_User
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

Oh yeah, the thing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-COMPUTER-AUTOMATION-MINI-LS1-16k-CORE-MEMORY-8-FLOPPY-DRIVE-1970s-Era/232664722019?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D52885%26meid%3D9ca32ce9a4e34a7eb8ff4114b993cc6c%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D2%26sd%3D112779776293%26itm...
by Commie_User
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

You can spend that money on this real piece of history and have plenty of change: What an intriguing bit of kit, even though it does look like a vending machine crossed with some 1960s EMI recording gear. (Though I bet LGR could play Commander Keen on it. he seems to be able to with anything else.) ...
by Commie_User
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

No backup in less than half a minute is worth over £30 grand.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/112779776293
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

I consider this Zonal tape a LOLPRICE too, as it's so cheap.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zonal-675-Au ... SwidFawVsU

Maybe the tape's worn but people with a machine ought to grab one anyway to find out.
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

One grand for a small box of common variety VHS tapes.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-x-blank-vi ... Swo4pYRri-

Greed just gnaws into them.
by Commie_User
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: celebrate with music!
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: celebrate with music!

Pity the Electron never had a flying start. It could have partnered the BBC Micro with a huge take-up and software writers cross-engineering relevant software on a huge scale. But if it wasn't for all the remaindered stock selling for £50 each, I doubt it would have had the sizeable low-end fanbase....
by Commie_User
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2829
Views: 228614

Re: LOLPRICE

Buy it now: £80 plus a tenner postage. It’s got no cpu, it’s knackered with battery acid damage and the keyboard’s shot. Seems like good value! Only in the Retro Age is it feasible to pull that kind of stunt. And to think when clean, good condition Commodores started ending at £40, I thought the da...
by Commie_User
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 175
Views: 18199

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

It's the game that's bad, though only for the lack of RAM. And full of bugs? I'm glad the type-in phase of software retail is long dead and buried, especially where normal typists were required to run off those listings.

Intriguing to watch for tips and stuff these days, however.
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Powys County Council’s first PC
Replies: 8
Views: 310

Re: Powys County Council’s first PC

I wonder how tricky it would be for Richard Russell to code a version of BBC BASIC for it!
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which killer app made you buy a BBC?
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Re: Which killer app made you buy a BBC?

BBC BASIC was a close second for me, too. I enjoyed tinkering with it back at school and readers probably remember helping me with my RIFFER program, especially where I got the joystick going: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11512 Richard Russell's BBC BASIC FOR WINDOWS is also ver...
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: general
Topic: Which killer app made you buy a BBC?
Replies: 10
Views: 432

Which killer app made you buy a BBC?

This is whether we bought our machines in retro times or back in the day. What made you choose a BBC over some other computer, especially outside education? (I guess the education side is too easy a question to answer.) For me, it was Beebsynth and know I've probably bored you with it before: http:/...
by Commie_User
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 175
Views: 18199

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

OMG!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3q1gmte_CY


Would you guys refurb a BBC once it looks like it was run over by a Mini??
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 125
Views: 3373

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

Watching some of these was genuinely interesting. The Electronic Office showed life at that interesting middle point between computers used for databases, file storage and word processing and just before DTP and multimedia, hence the New York Times still gluing articles to master sheets of paper bef...
by Commie_User
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: BBC releases computer history archive
Replies: 125
Views: 3373

Re: BBC releases computer history archive

While downloading a bunch of these, I found the Ant downloader in Firefox caused regular audio pauses for a few microseconds on playback, as the video didn't seem to keep the same speed. JDOWNLOADER 2 solved my problems there, if anyone else had trouble too. I have all I wanted now. I wonder how lon...
by Commie_User
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4792
Views: 327374

Re: Today I received.....

marcusjambler wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:45 am
WE digitiser :D

Bloody hell! That's Beeberrific!
by Commie_User
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4792
Views: 327374

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: 4792
Views: 327374

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: 4792
Views: 327374

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: 17
Views: 567

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: 19
Views: 644

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: 17
Views: 567

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: 17
Views: 567

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 ...