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by algenon_iii
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2837
Views: 231559

Re: LOLPRICE

I wonder at the demographic makeup of those spending Lisa money. Museum proprietors or Youtube stars perhaps? Or someone bored and rich who wants an expansive collection just a little different from Harley Davidsons or electric guitars? Either way, I hope these old machines are maintained and kept ...
by algenon_iii
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: software
Topic: Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks
Replies: 12
Views: 1079

Re: Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks

First (and by far the smallest) batch of disks (I'll probably post photos of the others).

Micro User original disks
December 1991
January 1992
February 1992
March 1992
May 1992
June 1992
July 1992
September 1992
by algenon_iii
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks
Replies: 12
Views: 1079

Re: Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks

Right, done a first pass on the floppies sorting out the cover disks from the other ones and there seem to be disks dating from the early 1990's all the way to Nov 1999 (latest date I spotted). I've got disks from the following magazines: Acorn Computing, Acorn User, Archimedes World and Micro User....
by algenon_iii
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: software
Topic: Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks
Replies: 12
Views: 1079

Archimedes / RiscPC subscription / cover disks

I've recently adopted a RiscPC that came with a load of stuff including 3.5" cover disks from the likes of Acorn User, Micro User etc. from around the early 90's. I don't see myself as having much use for the disks so I'm just wondering if anyone is interested in them for archiving purposes or even ...
by algenon_iii
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: general
Topic: The Acorn C5?
Replies: 12
Views: 1095

Re: The Acorn C5?

:evil: Cynical attempt to cash in on Acorn / BBC nostalgia.

Get money off suckers, develop a custom Android keyboard / skin (or rather get someone in China or India to do it), buy a load of phones from alibaba.

Let us hope it's as big a success as the Sinclair C5.
by algenon_iii
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Most disappointing conversions from other systems
Replies: 62
Views: 4531

Re: Most disappointing conversions from other systems

Not owing a C64 back then, and not having access to a C64 back then, I can't comment on, but do wonder if some BBC titles had the minimum work done to convert from the C64 versions. Mark Total speculation here... The C64 basically had a 6502 (6510 = 6502 + I/O ports) so from that perspective it cou...
by algenon_iii
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 180
Views: 18843

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

US YouTuber The New Retro Show reviewing some new games for the BBC Micro (you might just recognise some of the games and authors 8) )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzJFyxP86Ps
by algenon_iii
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 583
Views: 49660

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

I've got to ask what the going rate is for the new ULA board as I don't think I've seen a price for it (assuming there are still any available). They are £52.50 including UK P&P. I only have one left but I may order some more PCBs and make some more if there's enough demand. I'm in Newport so you c...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 583
Views: 49660

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

Having seen all screenshots of the likes of Exile and Strykers Run without the Crayola palette I've got to ask what the going rate is for the new ULA board as I don't think I've seen a price for it (assuming there are still any available). Looking at the Exile screen it's shocking that just the addi...
by algenon_iii
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: New Acorn 8bit? Should there be one?
Replies: 85
Views: 5970

Re: New Acorn 8bit? Should there be one?

Just seen this discussion, so here's my 2p worth. The idea sounds good and the possibility of making it multi-Acorn 8-bit sounds cools as well. Adding 4096 would be appropriate as well considering that the chameleon board added this capability to the original. Data Centre style USB and CF(IDE) / or ...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 180
Views: 18843

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso IIRC I do apologise to everyone in this forum in advance for any mistakes! And I apologise again! No need to apologise. Personally I thought it was a very entertaining video. The Break key problem is a ve...
by algenon_iii
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 180
Views: 18843

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Chinnyvision teardown and review of the BBC Master
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86s8cWfRso
by algenon_iii
Sat May 20, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion
Replies: 26
Views: 2294

Re: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion

Nice idea, considerably more compact than a Plus 1 as well. As an aside, has anyone ever considered an Electron Plus+? Basically a single expansion that gives all of the BBC B ports (and ROM sockets) in one handy unit that plugs into the back of the electron (perhaps retrofitted into a Plus 1 case)...
by algenon_iii
Fri May 19, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion
Replies: 26
Views: 2294

Re: "Minus One" - 3 x cartridge Electron expansion

Nice idea, considerably more compact than a Plus 1 as well.

As an aside, has anyone ever considered an Electron Plus+? Basically a single expansion that gives all of the BBC B ports (and ROM sockets) in one handy unit that plugs into the back of the electron (perhaps retrofitted into a Plus 1 case).
by algenon_iii
Fri May 19, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Do you insure your retro systems for much?
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: Do you insure your retro systems for much?

I'd never thought of that :shock: I'm not overly worried about the Beebs and Archies I have there's nothing that special about them so could be replaced with stuff off ebay. However, my electron set-up has a few bits that would be difficult (AP5) or maybe even next to impossible (4-channel sound car...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 9696

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Mark - that's pretty what I'd imagine the A+ or A-lectron :wink: to be. Only thing I'd drop is the RGB port (the model A didn't have one as standard I think) and just have TV and colour composite video - more than enough for a home computer. I suspect that Acorn decided that they wanted a £150 machi...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 9696

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Forgot to say that I think we got ours when it was full price or nearly full price, purely because it was a cheap BBC 'compatible' computer. As mentioned before, with hindsight, a stripped down Model A (cheaper psu, no empty chip sockets, no provision for additional ports on board and all on a small...
by algenon_iii
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 9696

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

..... at the £199 price point. I wonder how many people actually paid that much for one. If it had been a success and remained at that price I would never have owned one.I'd probably have got a speccy instead because at £199 my parents could not afford it. I agree that it only became popular when t...
by algenon_iii
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 161
Views: 9696

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

If as has been suggested Mode 0 had been dropped, it might have been an idea to replace it with a halfway house resolution sitting between Mode 1 and 5 that might have been better suited to gaming. Basically a compact 4 colour 30 column x 25 row text / 240x200 resolution mode (using blanking lines a...
by algenon_iii
Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 180
Views: 18843

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Personal Computer News magazine review of the electron on Chinnyvision

https://youtu.be/-I6YVuVAPcE?t=18m10s
by algenon_iii
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Microcomputer magazines - the early years
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Microcomputer magazines - the early years

Personal Computer News http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/mags/pcn/top_lvl.html Some scans seem to be missing, like the electron and Torch BBC Unix front covers :( and dedicated PCN site is down. One set of scans that is there is the "Acorn quits home computing" front cover about the demise of the elect...
by algenon_iii
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Playing Tetris got me thinking...
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Playing Tetris got me thinking...

Got PC Tetris (CTetris) up and running on Dosbox with a Hercules display using SIMCGA. Other that a weird looking aspect ratio it looks reasonably good in just B&W
SIMCGATetris.jpeg
by algenon_iii
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Playing Tetris got me thinking...
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Playing Tetris got me thinking...

Could it be worth looking at the CGA version of Tetris (that I remember well albeit via a monochrome Hercules emulation of CGA) as that is based on a four colour mode with similar(ish) resolutions as the BBC/elec? Here's a screenshot courtesy of mobygames http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/8242...
by algenon_iii
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The Cascade 50 cassette
Replies: 44
Views: 3135

Re: The Cascade 50 cassette

A youtube video has been released for the spectrum version, covers some of the history it as well as looking at the games.

At 1:43 the game clip looks suspiciously like it could be off an BBC/Electron.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z-4k-jDS_s
by algenon_iii
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: APPALLING games list?
Replies: 22
Views: 2156

Re: APPALLING games list?

sydney wrote:
danielj wrote:Cassette 50.
I declare Daniel the winner.

Licensed to kill was pretty bad.
So bad it managed to make the book "Terrible old games you've probably never heard of".

Trench for the BEEB made the book as well (personally I'd never heard of this game).
by algenon_iii
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2837
Views: 231559

Re: LOLPRICE

WTF? Someone is selling blown BBC psu capacitors for 99p + 75p p&p.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Retr ... 2254594429

On yer bike mate!
by algenon_iii
Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Super Mario on the BBC?
Replies: 111
Views: 10102

Re: Super Mario on the BBC?

I'd prefer a Sonic port if someone thought of adapting a console game to the Acorn 8 bits. I've never been a fan of the Mario games. Rant: It seems that the NES always has to have a prominent place in the histories of computer and console games that are published on mainstream sites dedicated to ga...
by algenon_iii
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 180
Views: 18843

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Ashen gives the electron a fair bit of attention. Licence To Kill on the electron gets a dishonourable mention at the Norwich Gaming Festival. https://youtu.be/6Shmi76Pax8?t=29m30s I guess that means it gets a mention in his terrible old games you've probably never heard of book, might have to buy a...
by algenon_iii
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Super Mario on the BBC?
Replies: 111
Views: 10102

Re: Super Mario on the BBC?

I don't think it was cost effective to add custom chips to games on systems where games were normally published on cassette or disk. Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror being an exception on the BBC. On other home computer systems, games needing extra hardware didn't even make it to publication. May...
by algenon_iii
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features
Replies: 65
Views: 6488

Re: BBC Micro: advantages, disadvantages, quirks, questions and suggested features

The C64's main problem was it ran it's CPU at 1MHz (or thereabouts). And the available colours from the VIC-II were a bit dull (which was okay for life like graphics, but did not so good for what was suppose to be brightly coloured games compared to a BBC B/ZX Spectrum/Amstrad CPC). I like the C64'...