Search found 2143 matches

by davidb
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Request for help in organising/releasing source code
Replies: 47
Views: 941

Re: Request for help in organising/releasing source code

My impression was that there are quite a few avid users of BBC BASIC for SDL and Windows, so you may find that one or more of them might be interested in helping with the language implementation. After all, the users are often the ones driving development. :)
by davidb
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 174
Views: 18069

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Interesting to learn about the genesis of some of the ARM6's features - thanks for bringing it up! No problem! It's interesting to know that Apple requested features for either their cancelled ARM-based desktop machine or the Newton: 32-bit mode and big endian support, if I remember the video corre...
by davidb
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: game certificates BITD?
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: game certificates BITD?

Don't forget the controversy over Barbarian that raged in the pages of Electron User! I wonder what the authors of those letters make of today's video games... :roll:
by davidb
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Yet another hello... with wallabies!
Replies: 12
Views: 181

Re: Yet another hello... with wallabies!

Welcome! :D

I see you have your own species of BBC Owl in Tasmania! ;)
by davidb
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron versions of archived software
Replies: 45
Views: 315

Re: Electron versions of archived software

snapman intruders panzers mayday Are these from Classic Arcade Games ? spread graph money word dbase address/planner Acornsoft productivity software? spacehike parky rally alphaswap knockitout moneymaze jam butty haunted ten of best I think these are Electron User games. Certainly looks like Ten of...
by davidb
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: general
Topic: Electron versions of archived software
Replies: 45
Views: 315

Re: Electron versions of archived software

From a quick glance it looks like lots of commercial games plus type-ins from Electron User and other magazines. Nothing obviously missing from the archive as far as I can see. Maybe others will spot something.
by davidb
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Electron versions of archived software
Replies: 45
Views: 315

Re: Electron versions of archived software

Cross-referencing with the Stairway to Hell, Acorn Electron World and Every Game Going is usually a good way of determining whether something has been archived.

Other than that, post the list and I'm sure the usual suspects will look through it. :)
by davidb
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Game worklog, development blogging sites?
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Game worklog, development blogging sites?

Retro Software doesn't have to be 8-bit only. It's just that we haven't got round to writing anything 32-bit yet. ;)
Also, the site went offline for a while and we might have lost a bit of momentum there. I'm not sure if it's been HTTPS-enabled, either.
by davidb
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Game worklog, development blogging sites?
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Game worklog, development blogging sites?

We used to use the Retro Software Wiki for development diaries. However, I don't know the status of that site now - are we still using it for that? Also, you might not want to tie your game to Retro Software so perhaps that wouldn't be ideal for you. You could start a thread in one of the subforums ...
by davidb
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Request for help in organising/releasing source code
Replies: 47
Views: 941

Re: Request for help in organising/releasing source code

I meant to post this yesterday but apparently didn't hit the Submit button. I can't really tell you what the "best practice" is. However, it would be worth identifying files or components that are common to different platforms and either group them together in a repository or create a repository sp...
by davidb
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Acorn games on other platforms
Replies: 15
Views: 351

Re: Acorn games on other platforms

RobC wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:15 am
I think Firetrack also got an outing on the C64 too but I've only ever played it on a Beeb.
Frak! and Zalaga, too.

A few Acorn originals have been ported to the Atari 8-bit machines, including Ziggy and Hobgoblin.
by davidb
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: general
Topic: 4corn update 11/09/2017 - 9 more manuals
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: 4corn update 11/09/2017 - 9 more manuals

Thanks for making these documents available. :) Acorn Information - Volume 1 - Enormous folder containing technical information and circuit diagrams on Acorn System, Atom, BBC and Electron machine Plus diagrams for many of the add-ons, such as the Z80 and 6502 second processors and Teletext decoder....
by davidb
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Lancs, UK
Replies: 12
Views: 283

Re: Hello from Lancs, UK

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn Electron Trial
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Acorn Electron Trial

Thanks for making this available. At first glance there don't seem to be too many differences between this ROM and OS 1.00.
by davidb
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4771
Views: 326153

Re: Today I received.....

For 50p in a charity shop today I picked up a 12" CD Video disc. Not to be confused with Video Cd or other similarly named and wholly incompatible formats, e.g. LaserDisc. I don't believe the charity chop even knew nor cared what it was they had. I've never seen one before, and probably won't ever ...
by davidb
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master
Replies: 32
Views: 685

Re: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master

So it is - Several problems: Slightly bigger IC socket needed (if you use sockets, that is) : I'd want to use the whole capacity, somehow :oops: : I don't have them in-stock, so it would have meant more cash layout! Also, does MartinB's Utilities work with it? Using the whole capacity would mean us...
by davidb
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello all!!
Replies: 10
Views: 179

Re: Hello all!!

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master
Replies: 32
Views: 685

Re: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master

Elminster wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:07 am
Could you still get the 28pin 28c256 to work electrically in the 32pin holder? For some reason I cant see the datasheet.
Not without some pin remapping which would probably involve clipping legs off the IC and using jumper wires, as far as I can tell. :(
by davidb
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master
Replies: 32
Views: 685

Re: Retro Hardware ARA III - Low Cost Writable ROM Cartridge - For the Electron and Master

It's good to see something like this - the low cost nature of it is one of the aims I had for my cartridges. Thinking about saving pennies here and there, how about using the SST39SF010A-70-4C-PHE-ND Flash ROM instead of the 28C256? I know it's a larger components and much of its capacity would be w...
by davidb
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 174
Views: 18069

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

The Centre for Computing History has put up a few interesting videos related to ARM recently. Here's one that I found quite intriguing: Historic ARM Presentation to Apple Computer - 1992.
by davidb
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: The Classic Acorn Website has moved!
Replies: 4
Views: 204

Re: The Classic Acorn Website has moved!

Thanks for developing and maintaining the site for so long. There's a lot of helpful information there that I'd perhaps forgotten about. Certainly, there's a guide to stripping down an A7000 that someone was looking for a while ago, so it's all still proving to be useful. :)
by davidb
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Plus1 Slogger ROM without cart joy interface?
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Plus1 Slogger ROM without cart joy interface?

I found JOYPLUS on an old ADFS disk. Hope someone finds it useful. :)
by davidb
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Electron Joystick Interface - Identification? - Sorted
Replies: 21
Views: 455

Re: Electron Joystick Interface - Identification? - Sorted

For completeness, here's the advert for the Commander 3 joystick from Electron User.
by davidb
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Interesting image
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Interesting image

Here's an 8 colour MODE 1 resolution version of that image. It's quite remarkable how much detail remains.
by davidb
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Looking for some classic Archimedes games and demos
Replies: 28
Views: 944

Re: Looking for some classic Archimedes games and demos

Looks like it was published on cover disc 1 of the January 1997 issue. Maybe it will also be on one of the Acorn User CD-ROMs that were published. Edit: Looks like it was on Acorn User Cover CD 3 . Individual ArcFS file here . I suppose it might be possible to just unpack that onto a floppy disk. Ot...
by davidb
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Looking for some classic Archimedes games and demos
Replies: 28
Views: 944

Re: Looking for some classic Archimedes games and demos

Hi, I'm trying to find a copy of Xenon 2 hopefully in ADF format. I've scoured the net to no avail. Does anyone know where I can obtain it please? I've no idea about where you might find it online, but CJE have it in stock as part of a compilation . Making an ADF file from it might be a challenge b...
by davidb
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: TZXDuino with UEF support
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: TZXDuino with UEF support

Well, there's an "official" but ancient MS-DOS version and I also found an non ancient but old version (files here). It looks like 7-zip might be simpler to use.

Note that I haven't tried any of the above. I last used Windows on a computer I own in 2002/3.
by davidb
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay
Replies: 15
Views: 514

Re: Hello: Who remembers Action Replay

Welcome! :D