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by BeebMaster
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

Interesting...I re-listed the kits on E-Bay yesterday with a note saying the links were blocked & contact me for info. When I looked today the links have been restored. Maybe they've had a change of heart.
by BeebMaster
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: New econet setup
Replies: 88
Views: 2558

Re: New econet setup

Great work! If it makes you feel any better, I've never successfully installed an Econet upgrade myself! The prototype kit back in 2003 was fitted by a friend who was an electrician and assembly line worker by trade. I did try to upgrade a Beeb to Econet about 4 years ago and it all went wrong. I tr...
by BeebMaster
Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Anti-Ferranti? — BBC Micro news from 1982
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Anti-Ferranti? — BBC Micro news from 1982

A very interesting read. What struck me was the talk of 21-day delivery. I remember mail-order purchases 20 or 30 years ago with the warning "please allow 28 days for delivery" - can you imagine anyone tolerating that now!
by BeebMaster
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: software
Topic: Trying to format hard drive
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Trying to format hard drive

It looks like that link has been broken for a long time, I didn't pick up that file when I hoovered up the files in 2013.

I've played about a bit and it needs a capital B:

http://riscos.com/ftp_space/370/files/37Boot.zip
by BeebMaster
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Accuracy loss in Basic 4 compared to earlier Basics?
Replies: 22
Views: 544

Re: Accuracy loss in Basic 4 compared to earlier Basics?

There are various sources detailing changes made throughout the various releases of BBC BASIC. The most comprehensive one I found is the appendix in the Archimedes BBC BASIC User Guide, (A300/400 era book) which I can't lay my hands on at the minute, or find an online scan. The 1999 BBC BASIC Refere...
by BeebMaster
Thu May 30, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Trying to format hard drive
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Trying to format hard drive

The format option is always greyed out for hard discs. You need a special utility, usually Acorn's !HForm which is usually somewhere on the hard disc. If you don't have it to hand (say from another machine) I can dig it out - what version of RISC OS is this machine running?
by BeebMaster
Tue May 21, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Crescent Disc Filing System
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Crescent Disc Filing System

It will happen eventually, it's been in storage for 9 years. My notes say it has a broken pin on the main unit, and suggest that something else is missing. I think I recall a thin A5 comb-bound manual with it as well. I'm not sure how it escaped being photographed before going into storage. The whol...
by BeebMaster
Tue May 21, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

Yes, I'm already on there, but I am not sure how BBC micro oriented it is, and I'm new with no points so I don't seem to be getting much traction.
by BeebMaster
Mon May 20, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Crescent Disc Filing System
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: Crescent Disc Filing System

Never heard of this one, but I do have the Kenda DMFS, although I am struggling to find any pictures of it.
by BeebMaster
Sun May 19, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

I decided to end my E-Bay auctions early (still plenty of kits available though) because they told me my listings were illegal as I had had the audacity to link to a page outside the Universe According to E-Bay and there was no way whatsoever to provide a link in the listing to the instructions. It ...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 19, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5241
Views: 390459

Re: Today I received.....

paulv wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 9:34 am
When it arrived, my heart sank.

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Shocking indeed - single use plastic!

They'll be putting prescriptions in them next...
by BeebMaster
Sat May 11, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

Well for "FIX" read "update with valid", which I believe is what the official patch is doing, as far as I understand any of these things at all. It sounds like they are going back to version 52 with a patch, which will suit me when they get round to it. The link mentioned above does have someone pos...
by BeebMaster
Wed May 08, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Acorn FIT and PET ROMs
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Acorn FIT and PET ROMs

I'm missing esp. the Econet testbox software and instructions. It is out there somewhere... The Econet Test Box software is on the FileStore Dealer Test Disc with instructions in the ReadMe file: fsdd.adl.zip It's also described in the FIleStore Service Manual appendix A (should be on Chris's Acorn...
by BeebMaster
Wed May 08, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

It's still periodically disabling my add-ons!

I've set:

xpinstall.signatures.required to false
xpinstall.whitelist.required to false
app.update.enabled to false
app.update.checkInstallTime to false

What else can I do??

Getting sick of these Mozilla cretins now.
by BeebMaster
Mon May 06, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

That sounds like good news then, although the jiggery-pokery I have done myself appears to be holding for the minute. But has probably left me vulnerable. Or more vulnerable than I already was. Or whatever it is I am supposed to be worrying about online this week.
by BeebMaster
Mon May 06, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: E-mail Delivery Status Notifications
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: E-mail Delivery Status Notifications

Interesting..thanks for all that. I did just test one of the mail servers and it gave me a "250-DNS" reply even though I haven't had any notifications when requested.
by BeebMaster
Mon May 06, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

Yes indeed, but I am on 56.0 (see first post) and I am not upgrading until all the "legacy" add-ons I use have been re-written to conform with the new rules, which seems unlikely after all this time. To take just one example "DownThemAll" allowed me to sweep up all 177 zip files in Marcus Jambler's ...
by BeebMaster
Mon May 06, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

My extensions.json fix didn't last long, it obviously checked again soon after and disabled them all again. I have had to faff about with some other about:config settings. Seems to be holding for now.
by BeebMaster
Mon May 06, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Can't access disc drive
Replies: 18
Views: 330

Re: Can't access disc drive

Just one more thing which might be worth checking: test for continuity on all the socketed ICs in the disc interface - between the actual IC leg in the socket and the socket pin on the underside of the board. The service manual recommends this for empty sockets at production time in case bent socket...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Can't access disc drive
Replies: 18
Views: 330

Re: Can't access disc drive

Also try accessing all drive numbers (with *DRIVE 0-3) then *CAT in case the drive or the cable isn't set up for drive 0.
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Can't access disc drive
Replies: 18
Views: 330

Re: Can't access disc drive

Is it a known good DFS ROM (working in another machine) and a known good floppy drive (working in another machine) and correctly connected to the disc drive port (not 1MHz bus) and powered? Does the DFS ROM show up in *HELP and *HELP DFS ? And is DFS being selected on BREAK, or D-BREAK, or with *DIS...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

Re: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

Wow, I don't even have this setting! The only one with a value of 21600 is "browser.search.update.interval". So I don't think my old build of Firefox is going to benefit from this official update. Reading about other users on old versions it seems the only way is to edit extensions.json to re-enable...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: E-mail Delivery Status Notifications
Replies: 4
Views: 184

E-mail Delivery Status Notifications

I have sent a few e-mails recently where I could really have done with a delivery receipt. I use Thunderbird and tick the "Delivery Status Notification" box in Options whilst composing the message. Other mail utilities have a similar function I believe. However I don't get any notification. I even t...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What has happened to Firefox add-ons?
Replies: 24
Views: 557

What has happened to Firefox add-ons?

Well, I know the short answer is that Mozilla have made a complete chimps' tea-party of security certification which disables nearly all add-ons. But what I don't understand, and can't seem to find out from reading around the deluge of froth on the interweb, is why can't they just FIX the certificat...
by BeebMaster
Sun May 05, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Help Needed with 6502 Second Processor
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Help Needed with 6502 Second Processor

I can supply a 40-way IDC female-female cable suitable for the Tube. Just check that the cable is in fact detachable at the second processor end, I am sure that on some cheese wedges the cable is soldered to the board.
by BeebMaster
Thu May 02, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

The next batch of 32 kits is available. They are identical to last July's batch except that I have reduced the packaging further by combining the resistors and capacitors into a single bag. The kits contain all components required to upgrade a BBC Model B from issue 2 onwards to Econet, regardless o...
by BeebMaster
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Add switch to dual drives to allow booting from either/or?
Replies: 23
Views: 473

Re: Add switch to dual drives to allow booting from either/or?

Very nice idea, and here's me for nigh on the last 30 years when I've wanted to boot from a disc in drive 1 actually ejecting the disc, and putting it into drive 0!

What a mistake-a de make-a!
by BeebMaster
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

Pots of tea later, and a couple of chapters of P G Wodehouse, and reading about the predicament of someone forced to spend the night in a summer house hiding from his drunken valet, marauding loony-doctor and ravening prospective US-tycoon father-in-law make things seem just a little more bearable. ...
by BeebMaster
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

It’s not only Linux/CUPS that repeatability sends the same page over and over again. I get the same at work on a Windows machine printing to a network printer sometimes. Ahh - could be network printing I suppose. Really slows the task down though - by the time the final print job disappeared from t...
by BeebMaster
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit
Replies: 52
Views: 3365

Re: BeebMaster BBC B Econet Kit

A bit later than anticipated, I've made a start. Another week or so and I should have some kits ready. It's taking me longer to print the labels than to make up the kits! I have been using Avery L7162 equivalent laser labels for at least 20 years but every template I have ever used does not print in...