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by Diminished
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: An Exile writeup
Replies: 14
Views: 693

Re: An Exile writeup

Back in the day, I never got further than the icer. I did find a walkthrough on the internet circa 2001, and tried to complete it under emulation at that time, but one of the puzzle solutions required holding down something like four keys at once, and old PS/2 PC keyboards wouldn't register more tha...
by Diminished
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Interesting idea for an emulation technique?
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Interesting idea for an emulation technique?

This technique sounds similar to one common to modern (i.e. >=32-bit) console emulation.

http://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index ... _emulation
by Diminished
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: 363C Lecture: The Ultimate Acorn Archimedes talk
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: 363C Lecture: The Ultimate Acorn Archimedes talk

Very interesting. Glad to see Acorn finally represented at one of these. I'd been wondering for years whether anyone here might do an "Ultimate BBC Micro Talk" at the CCC. I'd even have considered doing it myself, but I'm the wrong man for the job, as I just don't know the machine intimately enough....
by Diminished
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Demystifying Nightworld
Replies: 19
Views: 1043

Re: Demystifying Nightworld

Never played this, but I enjoyed the writeup nevertheless.

This may be a form of blasphemy, but could you cheat your way over the gap, and then at least get to see what the fleece actually does?
by Diminished
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Merry Christmas from Bitshifters!
Replies: 10
Views: 594

Re: Merry Christmas from Bitshifters!

Beautiful stuff.
by Diminished
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Ain't Two Seven One
Replies: 8
Views: 914

Re: Ain't Two Seven One

New video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stY-BC-X6nQ

I tried to shoot this back at ABUG, but for one reason or another it didn't work out.
by Diminished
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The very best Beeb tunes?
Replies: 21
Views: 972

Re: The very best Beeb tunes?

Was a fan of the Cold Tea demo myself (I remember seeing at least one instance of this being deliberately modified to "Clod Eat"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X374F0dhIks
by Diminished
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Most Loathed Acorn Electron Games...
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Most Loathed Acorn Electron Games...

Sounds like a candidate for disassembly.
by Diminished
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello All
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Hello All

pete21 wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:21 am
Research; not codebreaking.

Nothing to see here :arrow: :arrow:
Pity. There was something almost John le Carré-esque about that coat trade. :lol:
by Diminished
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Done scratching that itch
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: Done scratching that itch

I don't know if you've used KiCAD, but its default 3D rendering of PCBs boasts a shocking pink soldermask with a pale blue silkscreen. I was rather disappointed when I realised that nowhere affordable makes boards like that.

That violet mask is the closest thing I've seen to KiCAD's fantasies.
by Diminished
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Done scratching that itch
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: Done scratching that itch

What a beautiful soldermask.
by Diminished
Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello All
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Hello All

What did you do with those four hours? :O
by Diminished
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: A Journey into Retro Land (hello from Surrey via Cape Town, SA)
Replies: 19
Views: 730

Re: A Journey into Retro Land (hello from Surrey via Cape Town, SA)

It's just a meet-up, but you need to reserve in advance I'm afraid.

I'm missing out this time, sadly.
by Diminished
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: A Journey into Retro Land (hello from Surrey via Cape Town, SA)
Replies: 19
Views: 730

Re: A Journey into Retro Land (hello from Surrey via Cape Town, SA)

Hello mate.

Everyone's at ABUG this weekend, so the usual flood of welcoming messages may be somewhat tempered.

Welcome!

edit: site looks great.
by Diminished
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Beeb ULA / 8271 decaps?
Replies: 0
Views: 164

Beeb ULA / 8271 decaps?

Have there ever been any attempts to take high res die shots of the Beeb ULAs, or the 8271 for that matter?

Anyone know?
by Diminished
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

1024MAK wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:50 pm
Did anyone else know of other fish & chips orders?
I believe there were six in total (per the receipt).
by Diminished
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Hmm.. was there ever an 8" floppy drive for the BBC?
Replies: 40
Views: 1628

Re: Hmm.. was there ever an 8" floppy drive for the BBC?

Alex van Someren mentioned in his talk at ABUG on Saturday that the Beeb was indeed first designed to use 8" drives (and rightly or wrongly I inferred that the original intent was exclusively for 8" drives, although this obviously ended up not transpiring). Of course this doesn't answer the question...
by Diminished
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

At the absolute worst there would be parking available over the road in the retail park.
by Diminished
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Meanwhile, next door to Roland, I am dealing with a beautiful exploded RIFA specimen.
IMG_20190921_124239.jpg
by Diminished
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Elminster wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:47 pm
Is there a floor plan this time? Just wondering where I will be on Sunday.
There is, but I don't remember whereabouts you are.

The DFS Toaster was finished with about four hours to spare:
IMG_20190920_191553.jpg
by Diminished
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Hi Simon I was not being critical. I just wanted to post the weather forecast so other people could see how unseasonably warm it is going to be... Mark I didn't think that you were. It was just good for me to clarify in my mind that I'm making the right decision. I think I secretly still want to co...
by Diminished
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Thanks guys. Like I said, I'm not going to make a fuss over it.

I don't remember how big the tables are or what exactly I'm going to bring; if I can fit on a half then I'll give up the big one.
by Diminished
Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Ok. 1 full table available. Could I upgrade to the full table from my half-table, for all three days? That would free up one half table for the whole weekend. My previous post didn't appear! cmorley pipped Diminished to the post (sorry Diminished!) in request for moving from half to full table..(vi...
by Diminished
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.
Replies: 249
Views: 11450

Re: Acorn World and ABUG meetup, Cambridge 20-22nd September 2019.

Could I upgrade to the full table from my half-table, for all three days?

That would free up one half table for the whole weekend.
by Diminished
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Project 'less clutter' phase 1
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Project 'less clutter' phase 1

Beautiful.
by Diminished
Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: STH Elite disc image

But at least Repton ( the version here? https://www.stairwaytohell.com/bbc/archive/diskimages/Superior/Repton.zip ) is undersized and can be padded out if necessary. The fact that the SSD says it's an 80 track disc can largely be ignored. Whoops, you're right. Well, that's curious; my code rejected...
by Diminished
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: More attic finds . . . Updated :o)
Replies: 37
Views: 1991

Re: More attic finds . . .

1024MAK wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:53 pm
I’m still wondering what on earth I can use 30A at 10V AC for.... :lol:

Mark
Pass it through a wide diameter coil of wire and wipe floppy discs with it.
by Diminished
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: STH Elite disc image

Ah, that's interesting. In theory I could write a nonstandard disc like that, but I'd need to write a parser for hq-UEF files and since I'm doing everything on an embedded system in ARMv4 ASM with a 16K RAM workspace, I don't fancy it right now. I'm slowly finding more discs that don't have a 40-tra...
by Diminished
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: STH Elite disc image
Replies: 8
Views: 633

Re: STH Elite disc image

So side A was 40 track and B was 80 track?

Does anyone know if there's an image of the 40 track version anywhere? Both my drives are 40.