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by scruss
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464
Replies: 31
Views: 454

Re: Dragon 32 or Amstrad CPC 464

You really, really don't want a Dragon 32. Their colours are underimpressive for people used to PAL television. If you must have a 6809-based machine, there are probably Tandy CoCos nearby for less.
by scruss
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Canadian A3000?
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Canadian A3000?

I doubt he cares very much about it these days, but the Joe Casale of Comspec mentioned in the newsletter is now the chairman & MD of Index Exchange . A couple of my friends work there, but I don't think they interact with Joe daily. I couldn't find any other reference to the UWO Acorn lab. There wa...
by scruss
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.15 released

My PiStop and new RasPi 3+ arrived, and I decided to give it a go. And, much to my surprise, plugged in the PiStop in one of the recommended locations, set the associated GPIOs to output and started wiggling values and the lights lit up on the very first attempt. Yay! Without resorting to using sud...
by scruss
Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Chuckie Egg II by Dave Bruce 1984
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Chuckie Egg II by Dave Bruce 1984

This isn't the Chuckie Egg 2 that I know. CE2 is pretty bad, truth be told.
by scruss
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.15 released

I'd be very happy to get you a PiStop, which is about the simplest and cheapest GPIO thingy
by scruss
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Fixing the Grundy NewBrains
Replies: 7
Views: 252

Re: Fixing the Grundy NewBrains

… I'd like to replace these, preferably with something that inserts into sockets for easy disassembly. On eBay I find lots of these flat_ebay.jpg but I can't seem to find any connectors, let alone any that are suitable for this purpose (The PCB holes seem to have the standard 2,5mm spacing where th...
by scruss
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Where do you get your retrocomputing fix?
Replies: 35
Views: 708

Re: Where do you get your retrocomputing fix?

For the more homebrew side of retro: RetroBrew Computers Forum

I'm also lucky enough to be in the same city as TPUG - the Toronto PET User's Group. It's mostly Commodore, but other machines get a look in too.
by scruss
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What's that sound effect?
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: What's that sound effect?

It was also used as the backing music to the Mr Wobbly Hand bits on Vic Reeves' Big Night Out. I'm pretty sure it was also used as part of the theme tune to a kids' programme in the mid-70s: the Woozies, perhaps?
by scruss
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD
Replies: 21
Views: 541

Re: Does anyone 'own' SSD and DSD

I looked at the UTI ("urinary tract infection"?) definition, and it doesn't seem to have any magic to it. So it seems to be just whoever can make the best claim to the extension gets it. Given that DSD is already used by Autodesk for drawing sets, I suspect that Apple would be more likely to honour ...
by scruss
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Request for help in organising/releasing source code
Replies: 92
Views: 3051

Re: Request for help in organising/releasing source code

Richard Russell wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:42 pm
(is there a way of detecting 32/64 bits so the makefile could be 'universal'?).
From the shell

Code: Select all

getconf LONG_BIT
returns 32 or 64. From a Makefile, I do not know how.
by scruss
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: development tools
Topic: Using GitHub - introduction & tutorial
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Using GitHub - introduction & tutorial

That's really nice! I've never used the GUI, only the command line tools. It seems a little strange to have to use a pull request then local sync to get your local files sorted out, but if it works … It's also likely much less of a faff than with the command line tools, though. A useful feature that...
by scruss
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Request for help in organising/releasing source code
Replies: 92
Views: 3051

Re: Request for help in organising/releasing source code

The 64-bit Linux edition has been downloadable from my website for a month or so Yes, I just noticed that. It installs and runs beautifully. Thank you! The reason it's not an 'official' release is the obvious one: unless and until there's an x86_64 assembler, it doesn't qualify as 'proper' BBC BASI...
by scruss
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Request for help in organising/releasing source code
Replies: 92
Views: 3051

Re: Request for help in organising/releasing source code

Richard - one really nice thing about having the source code here in front of me is that it includes a runnable x86_64 version. The previous releases required 32-bit compatibility libraries to run on 64-bit Ubuntu, and these just never worked correctly for me. At least on the Linux side, your code o...
by scruss
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)
Replies: 1104
Views: 100147

Re: Pi-based Co-Pro on the cheap - 100MHz 6502 for £10? (now 274MHz)

The only thing here is that I'm not sure how linux is going to take to just being switched off without shutting down. Badly. The usual way to do this is to have a read-only root filesystem and have the user filesystem in RAM. You might be able to do this on a Zero, but I'd be more worried about the...
by scruss
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.11 released

aside: the little demo game on the Raspberry Pi blog today — Learn to write games for the BBC Micro with Eben — works really well with Matrix Brandy BASIC. Just change line 280 to WAIT 10
by scruss
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

The original pens, type 1CY14P5-N, for black, are very expensive and, as far as I can tell, are only available from a single company worldwide. These are standard Roland and HP (short) plotter pens. You can usually get a job lot of them on ebay for not much, on the understanding that most of 'em wi...
by scruss
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Don't really know the ways of DFS, but when I tried to load it in b-em, the disc wasn't accepted. I'm sure it's fine elsewhere.
by scruss
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: general
Topic: master.ttf
Replies: 19
Views: 724

Re: master.ttf

Nice work!

Fontforge whinged mightily over the unusual Em-size (24; typically 1000 for PFB and OTF, 1024 for TTF) but I haven't seen any rendering problems yet.
by scruss
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

I found that disc 1 to be unreadable too
by scruss
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)

PostScript will only do bold for you if you've downloaded the bold variant to the printer and make the switch to that font explicitly. There's no "make this bold" command in PostScript as it ships. DMPs did emphasis by reprinting the character with a slight shift, as you suspected: Screenshot from 2...
by scruss
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Isn't there a Hershey package for the Beeb? I think it may have been from Beebug? Yup, from Beebug. Only copy I could find in any archives has a corrupted disc 1 of 2. Beebug's version pre-dates the Usenet Hershey posting by a couple of years, so some poor sod at Beebug must've typed all those numb...
by scruss
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Using the HERSHEY character generator with PLOTMATE A4 (for use on the PLOTMATE A4M see stage 4) Anyone know what this HERSHEY software might be. I've only ever heard of a typeface with that name. It's just font outlines, if extremely complex ones. They'll be derived from the Usenet Hershey font di...
by scruss
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)

I've also just given ESCParser a shot, and it's the best I've tried so far. Pros: handles bitmap graphics; includes almost dot-for-dot perfect graphics and text (it includes parts of the ROM of a Russian Epson clone to do this) Cons: text is output as dot patterns, so is completely un-searchable and...
by scruss
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

I have a booklet from the Walsall LOGO Project on Islamic Patterns. There are some superb patterns in there. As a pattern artist and plotter nerd, this booklet would very much be my jam. Should you be able to scan it, I'd be very happy to do the cleanup and OCR, and possibly even port the examples ...
by scruss
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: Printing a capacitor

expensive, though: 40 g of Sugru costs roughly what I pay for 1 kg of PLA filament
by scruss
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

Confirmed¹! Thank you!

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¹: no, really: this from a binary created from git and dated 2018-08-21 07:46 …
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: Printing a capacitor

Looks like it's jamming or not feeding somehow.
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

I've tried several things - * starting Brandy normally, hitting CTRL-Z in the terminal then typing 'bg' - it works fine, and ESCAPE breaks me out of a tight loop. * Starting Brandy with stdin and stdout redirected from and to /dev/null - again, works fine. * Starting Brandy from the IceWM menu. Aga...
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 562

Re: Printing a capacitor

Looks like your printer gave up ¾ of the way in. Either that, or your hotend sliced the top off the cone: is there anything stuck to the printhead? I just made one: halfcap.jpg Apologies for the purpleness, it's what was loaded in the printer. PLA, 0.2 mm layers, nothing special. I did have to chase...
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.16 released
Replies: 379
Views: 12138

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

Can confirm the both Capslock issue and the two-symbols-on-GET on local Ubuntu x86_64 (Gnome3?) and local Raspbian (ARM, LXDE). The Capslock issue doesn't happen on VNC to the Raspberry Pi, but the two-symbols thing does. So I don't think it has much to do with window manager. Still seeing the issue...