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by sydney
Thu May 06, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Vaccination Tales
Replies: 59
Views: 1960

Re: Vaccination Tales

My son had a 'vaccination bus' arrive close to his home in Nottingham and it was a walk-in system although some people had booked a shot. He was lucky and got one without an appointment. Mind you they only brought 45 vaccinations :shock: so lots of people were disappointed. Me too, though luckily I...
by sydney
Mon May 03, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

From the current High Score Challenge: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?p=318309#p318309 I think the more I play this game, the less I like it. I get a really weird glitch sometimes where when I do sharp turns, I go up in spite of the fact that I pressed down. It only happens for a fracti...
by sydney
Mon May 03, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

This video is almost certainly windows beebem under wine. I have seen this in beebjit too.
by sydney
Mon May 03, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

I'm not sure how helpful this is but here it is. The video starts at 9:28 and the issue occurs at 9:32 - 9:33. It also happens around 9:42. I'm moving up and the release up key, briefly push left then push down but I move left then continue up. It only happens when I'm trying to do it very quickly s...
by sydney
Mon May 03, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

I am better on real hardware though so there is a difference between emulation and the real thing. That's a really interesting difference. Any idea what it could be? Keyboard latency? Display latency? Cheers Chris No Idea! As Tricky said, some games I'm better at, some games I'm worse at, some I'm ...
by sydney
Sun May 02, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

Just had a quick go of Frenzy which is a game I know very well and everything worked perfectly, certainly there was no noticeable difference to any other emulator or my experience of beebjit on better hardware. No crackles or clicks in any audio. I am better on real hardware though so there is a dif...
by sydney
Sun May 02, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

Sorry about that. I've pushed a fix. I think the warning, in this case, is harmless. But it's definitely valid. Looks like your compiler version is cleverer than mine (what version is it, out of interest?) No need to apologise! The fix compiled perfectly, thanks very much. Gcc reports version 7.5.0...
by sydney
Sun May 02, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

Thanks. I'll give it a try in the morning.
by sydney
Sat May 01, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures
Replies: 31
Views: 1259

Re: beebjit-0.9.5 release: a story in pictures

I built my daughter a desktop PC and she no longer uses her little laptop so I've nabbed it and stuck Lubuntu on it instead of windows 10 which absolutely crawled on it. Obviously the first thing I want to install is beebjit but it failed to compile giving the following message: Screenshot.png Its a...
by sydney
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: new ideas wishlist & general chat
Topic: Elite - The New Kind
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: Elite - The New Kind

Have you tried Oolite?
I lost a good 18 months of free time playing Oolite.
by sydney
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 9 - Kix
Replies: 88
Views: 1755

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 9 - Kix

I might try to join in this round as last time we played it was picked immediately after Frenzy and while they look similar the gameplay is quite different and I struggled to get out of my Frenzy state of mind.
I love Frenzy, it's one of my all time favourites, so I should like this too.
by sydney
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Looking for recommendations for a low('ish) cost gaming PC
Replies: 30
Views: 1161

Re: Looking for recommendations for a low('ish) cost gaming PC

I build a low cost (£80!) system for my daughter to play Minecraft and a few other games. I found a guy near Durham selling 1Gb AMD R5 240 graphics cards for £10 each. Not great by any means but enough for Minecraft and possibly better than on board graphics. Let me know if you want his details.
by sydney
Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: "Edit" Source Code
Replies: 23
Views: 1010

Re: "Edit" Source Code

BeebMaster wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:39 pm
and the first thought which occurred to me put me off completely - how do you deal with shuffling everything about in memory when you want to insert some text?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_buffer
by sydney
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The worst commercial game...
Replies: 27
Views: 1210

Re: The worst commercial game...

For those with enough sense to avoid playing Licensed to kill I've found a 1 minute clip of the electron version in the excellent 'Five games, five minutes.' series from everygamegoing.com here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdLvz6gACus&t=140s
by sydney
Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The worst commercial game...
Replies: 27
Views: 1210

Re: The worst commercial game...

Licensed to kill from Alternative Software. Nothing comes close.
http://www.bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1272
by sydney
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Thanks for getting the move information from the video Ed. I didn't have much room on my desk last night for a pen and paper as my laptop was facing the PC monitor to show the game to the ABug. Round one is complete and round two will begin with Colossus chess Vs superior chess followed by White Kni...
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

The higher level yielded a very similar result so I've stuck with the level 7 video which had less pauses by me in it.
https://youtu.be/zpsstrnqxaA

by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

At the end of the game White Knight 12 had taken an emulated 17 hours and ten minutes thinking time compared to Micropowers 4 hours an 19 minutes. I'm considering upping the level on Micro power to see if it provides stiffer opposition.
checkmate.png
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

White Knight 12 has a very similar interface to Colossus and so I'm going to set it up in the same way as I set Colossus. Off to test micro power chess now.
Micropower suggests level 7 will take 30 minutes per move which is what White Knight 12 is set to so I'll try that.
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I'm going to try to get match 4 completed during tonight's ABug.
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Looking for advice on Beeb Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 617

Re: Looking for advice on Beeb Purchase

flaxcottage wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:03 am
I love this. Two respondents and two completely different opinions. :lol:

Now if we'd been teachers there would have been three different opinions! :twisted:
Dave Hitchins will be along soon to tell you you are all wrong and you should buy an electron.
by sydney
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: riscosblog.co.uk
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: riscosblog.co.uk

by sydney
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: 6502 BBC micro ide development
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: 6502 BBC micro ide development

It sounds interesting but I can't see any way to start a BBC project. BBC support is recently added so maybe things will improve.
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

It was a pretty easy win in the end for Colossus. It's quite hard to pay attention to what is happening while entering moves as I find myself being distracted and missing a move!
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Here is the match! https://www.youtube.com/v/cciIUYuTLm8&hl=en&fs=1 BEEBCHESS COLOSSUS 1 D2 D4 G8 F6 2 G2 G4 F6 G4 3 B1 D2 E7 E5 4 D2 F3 E5 E4 5 C1 D2 E4 F3 6 E2 E4 D8 H4 7 D1 F3 B8 C6 8 F1 C1 G4 F6 9 E4 E5 C6 D4 10 F3 D3 H4 E4 11 D3 E4 F6 E4 12 E1 C1 E4 F2 13 D2 E3 F2 D1 14 E3 D4 C7 C5 15 ...
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

So I finally got some time to myself today and managed to do some testing on Colossus Chess and BeebChess. BeebChess: Since it doesn't seem possible to make it play against itself I set it to the middle level and played a few moves myself. The levels work as follows - x.yy where x is the 'level' and...
by sydney
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I've done a small amount of testing with Superior Chess this morning. It's quite difficult to decide how to set the level with so many options that affect the time taken to make a move so I've decided to keep everything but the 'level' option at the default. With the level set to 6 it takes 8m 45s r...
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Windows 10 reinstall help needed

I couldn't find a way to install it without a Microsoft account but have been able to do n the past. My download was of the October 2020 update so maybe that's when it changed.
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2507

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I've just uploaded the raw 18 minute video for the Acornsoft testing here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Ma5rLEMJA Level 8 took forever to make just two moves so I stopped it halfway through the video and replaced it with levels 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and 0. I'll take a look at it later today or tomorrow ...

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