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by Andy1979
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: RISC OS presentation to my Linux user group

It's a difficult sell though with the lack of certain categories of software, such as real presentation software for instance. I used Linux to present.. In theory it must be possible to port LibreOffive or OpenOffice to RISC OS because the source files are available. The main questions is: who want...
by Andy1979
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC)

z0m8ied0g wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:50 pm
Can I please have the Turbo Drivers if they are still available.

Cheers

Stephen
Certainly Stephen - send me a PM and let me know where to send them.
by Andy1979
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Virtual Assistants - Return of the command line?
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Virtual Assistants - Return of the command line?

Slightly random post, but I recently received a Google "Home Hub" smart display as a freebie with my new Pixel phone contract, and I already owned a couple of Amazon Echo devices. While trying to get the Google hub to play my music through my surround sound, and grappling with the Alexa 'Skill' for ...
by Andy1979
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Free to a good home: Risc OS Turbo Driver and Bush Internet Box (Risc OS NC) BOTH ITEMS NOW TAKEN

Having a bit of a clearout after our first baby arrived 8 weeks ago, who's been keeping me quite busy ever since :lol: Would like to offer the following to someone who will appreciate them before they become e-waste. I don't want any money for these, but would appreciate if you could cover postage. ...
by Andy1979
Fri May 31, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

That’s a great bargain you got there! =D> Mark I'll echo that. Well done. :D =D> It's in amazing condition, barely a scratch on it. Sadly though, the plastic in the battery compartment holding one of the battery contacts has become brittle and needs a little repair, and one of the hinges is showing...
by Andy1979
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: software
Topic: ADFFS 2.72 released
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: ADFFS 2.72 released

Have now imaged some of my old games and thought I would share what works and what doesn't. UPDATE: Thanks for activating my account Jon, have now shared this on JASPP forums. https://forums.jaspp.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&p=3935#p3935 I'm using a Pi2B with a recent build of Risc OS 5.27 and AD...
by Andy1979
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin are back ...
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: Maplin are back ...

There's a token nod to the hobbyist with some Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits, but it's a sad state of affairs when you can't purchase a soldering iron or multimeter from them. Hopefully they'll grow their range over time, but I expect eBay/Amazon will continue to be my source of electrical bits and b...
by Andy1979
Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: software
Topic: ADFFS 2.72 released
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: ADFFS 2.72 released

Finally got around to updating my Raspberry Pi 2 from RISC OS 5.21 to latest version, and the first thing I did was install ADFFS. What can I say, absolutely fantastic work. Enjoyed playing some Lemmings, Cannon Fodder, Pacmania and Manchester Utd Europe. They all play just how I remember them, with...
by Andy1979
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Exile and GoSDC
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: Exile and GoSDC

Try this thread: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13795&p=228207&hili ... sd#p228207

Haven't tried it myself, but did have problems getting Exile going under MMFS on my Master Compact, so plan to try it when I get chance.
by Andy1979
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1969

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

Maybe this half-counts, but tonight's episode of BACK IN TIME FOR SCHOOL saw today's kids use the BBC in an 80s environment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0002jvr/back-in-time-for-school-series-1-episode-6 It's on Iplayer a while. Torch can download it properly if you want to keep it. p070...
by Andy1979
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: general
Topic: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?
Replies: 23
Views: 1225

Re: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?

My Information Systems coursework in 1995 involved using CommunITel to set up a teletext-style school message screen. Plotting out the school logo in 2x3 characters on graph paper also tested the limits of my artistic skills! I edited the source code to allow for shortcut buttons connected via the u...
by Andy1979
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retro upgrades, value for money, eBay & why bother?
Replies: 58
Views: 2678

Re: Retro upgrades, value for money, eBay & why bother?

That sounds absolutely outrageous. You get "problem customers" in all areas of life, it's just unfortunate that the internet makes it so easy for them to display such nonsense as your review. I suspect that retro kit attracts a few different kinds of buyer. At one end you have those who've owned the...
by Andy1979
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2936
Views: 266887

Re: LOLPRICE

sbadger wrote:
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:38 am
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183666032661

it just looks so......@£#&
You'd think for £999 they could have found a better solution for mounting it than cable ties!
by Andy1979
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1969

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

Secondary school computer room was a mix of A3000s and BBC Masters/Micros until about 1992/3 I think. Remember being 'taught' to program in BASIC in lieu of maths for a few weeks, which I absolutely loved. Given I'd already been doing that since I was 9yrs old it was fun to try and expand the simple...
by Andy1979
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2936
Views: 266887

Re: LOLPRICE

£9,999 for these?! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Psifax-for-Psion-Handhelds/153350299604?hash=item23b463dfd4:g:rN8AAOSwEvZcSJYv:rk:20:pf:0 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Psion-16k-Datapak-for-Organiser-II/163501384628?epid=24028370815&hash=item26117123b4:g:PWwAAOSwkAxcSJvY:rk:10:pf:0 https://www.ebay.co.uk...
by Andy1979
Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

One problem with the clamshell design, is that eventually, the plastic case at the sides suffers from cracks, then these develop into breaks, then the case partly falls apart, such that you have to be very careful when opening or closing. Making them impractical to use :twisted: There also problems...
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1. Fantastic bits of kit, that’s a great collection you have there. Haven’t used OPL in about 20yrs but remember it being my favourite progr...
by Andy1979
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

An Acorn Pocket Book IMG_0597.jpg Had one of these at secondary school and wrote loads of useful programs for it. Sold it to buy a Psion 3A (which I still have) but couldn't resist this for nostalgia value. Unfortunately the Comms port wasn't working properly, and trying to sync data from my A3010 w...
by Andy1979
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Vintage Collections
Replies: 57
Views: 2632

Re: Vintage Collections

My collection is mostly stuff I've held onto over the years, with a few additions to fill in the gaps, meaning I can access all my old files and software on original machines: Computers: - Acorn A3010 4mb, IDE podule with 256mb CF card and AKF17 monitor - BBC Master Compact with MMFS - Cobbled-toget...
by Andy1979
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010
Replies: 38
Views: 2412

Re: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010

Is that an ESP32 limit? The A3010's serial port was happy to communicate at 57600 or even 115200 bps if you were lucky. Have fun hubersn No, the ESP32 can probably go to well over 115200 bps. I just always thought 19200 was the reliable limit on A3010 due to lack of FIFO buffer. Would be delighted ...
by Andy1979
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010
Replies: 38
Views: 2412

Re: Simultaneous internet & mass storage solutions for the A3010

Looks like someone has come up with a solution on the ESP32. Sadly I can't quite follow exactly how one is supposed to install the code, but I'm sure someone familiar with these things can make use of what's on GitHub. It's an ingenious solution - in addition to supporting BBS over telnet, as used i...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: PAL, MCU, EPROM, Flash programmer recommendations please?
Replies: 7
Views: 663

Re: PAL, MCU, EPROM, Flash programmer recommendations please?

Thanks for the replies. I've found the TL866 with a set of adaptors available from the UK for only £2 more than the Chinese listing Gerald found. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TL866II-Plus-USB-Universal-Programmer-EFPROM-FLASH-8051-AVR-MCU-GAL-PIC-Kit/362327119196?epid=8019725463&hash=item545c61155c:g...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: SCART image quality

Thanks everyone for the responses. In conclusion then it seems two of my screens are not well suited for BBC use. On the plus side I must have soldered my SCART lead correctly, and the picture on my big Samsung TV is great :D IMG_6201.JPG The 19 inch screen isn't totally unusable, so will make do fo...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: SCART image quality

I'm nor sure how technical an answer you are looking for here. Thanks Dave. Pixel clocks point is interesting - could explain the disappearing image on the LG TV. Could it also explain the colour bleed? Know my photos aren't that clear, but don't think they are scaling artefacts. To be honest I was...
by Andy1979
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: SCART image quality
Replies: 9
Views: 700

SCART image quality

This weekend I soldered up an RGB SCART cable for my Master Compact using the wiring diagram shared in numerous threads (I think the Retroclinic design is similar). I've used 220ohm resistors, except for sync where I subsequently changed this to 270ohm (as per the diagram), which had no impact on im...
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

So if you have two 8K byte ROM images that you want to use, put them in a 32K byte EPROM as if they were 16K ROM images (that is pad the 8K byte ROM image upto 16384 bytes, then combine with the second padded image) :wink: Thanks Mark. Sounds like to make most use of the space I should put two 16K ...
by Andy1979
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 128
Views: 9736

Re: Prince of Persia

EPROM burning/erasing equipment finally arrived, so got chance to try this on my Master Compact with MMFS. It's fantastic, can't believe how smooth it runs. Great work =D> Also recently installed the PC version on an old 386. Apart from the Beeb's more limited colour palette there is basically no di...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

So if you have two 8K byte ROM images that you want to use, put them in a 32K byte EPROM as if they were 16K ROM images (that is pad the 8K byte ROM image upto 16384 bytes, then combine with the second padded image) :wink: Thanks Mark. Sounds like to make most use of the space I should put two 16K ...
by Andy1979
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5408
Views: 416691

Re: Today I received.....

Cheap eBay EPROM programmer, a new 32k EPROM and some used 27C128 EPROMS. All I need now is my cheap eBay UV eraser and should be OK to burn some ROMs. My Master Compact currently has one 32K socket free, and I can replace Interword with a 16K EPROM. I've found threads on here about combining 2 x 16...