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by jonb
Fri May 25, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from London
Replies: 14
Views: 169

Re: Hi from London

No Speccys in the house then?
by jonb
Fri May 25, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Forum GDPR compliance?
Replies: 55
Views: 617

Re: Forum GDPR compliance?

I don't see any ability for the forum to use the personal data collected to target communications with them, and there is no requirement for users to supply data that personally identifies them. Doesn't my email address personally identify me? After all, it is unique and I can be identified with it...
by jonb
Wed May 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4591
Views: 303370

Re: Today I received.....

@Elminster : Would love to find out a bit more about this one, it looks interesting...
by jonb
Mon May 21, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Disc rot on 5 1/2” disc
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Disc rot on 5 1/2” disc

Nasty.. Take the disc out of the jacket as Mark says. You will probably find the inner sleeve is covered in mould. I've recently been swapping disks and jackets over to good effect - the secret with the sleeves is to try and cut where they are joined (by the fold opposite the head slot), then you ca...
by jonb
Wed May 02, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: New laptop
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: New laptop

But what is it?

Edit: No, don't answer that!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70xKuWK0Wm8
by jonb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Soldering and Hotair station options
Replies: 31
Views: 1314

Re: Soldering and Hotair station options

I'm using a Hakko FX-888D and the Duratool desoldering station. Can't speak too highly of the Hakko, it's the business. I really missed it in the garage last week when I was soldering some flying leads to a pair of car speakers I was installing. I was using an Antec 15w iron that I've had for decade...
by jonb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer II with S-100 Expansion Unit
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Exidy Sorcerer II with S-100 Expansion Unit

Paul, I replaced a tantalum cap with an equivalent on a Superbrain and it worked fine (but for smoothing a power rail feeding the SRAM so probably not critical). Not sure about the inductor. The Liveport floppy drive has two cards inside it linked by a fat ribbon cable. It is either a functional spl...
by jonb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 106
Views: 7559

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

Err... it's a copy of "Attic Attack" isn't it?
by jonb
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 603
Views: 60143

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Yikes! As if the small standard speaker wasn't loud enough!
by jonb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer II with S-100 Expansion Unit
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Exidy Sorcerer II with S-100 Expansion Unit

Oh yes, Paul, I have one of those (with a faulty disk drive). It's a Liveport FDM 180 and it contains a boot ROM, so is connected to the bus at the back of the Sorcerer. The problem is that I cannot see all of the boot code, probably because some chip is bad on the drive or the connections are dodgy...
by jonb
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2597
Views: 212006

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

I don't think I'd want to lug that into a coffee shop...
by jonb
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Scope recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: Scope recommendations

"And, of course, when Bagpuss gets his 'scope out, all his friends do, too!"

Good point on the user interface, boba, it can be a little bit annoying but what a 'scope.
by jonb
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Scope recommendations
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: Scope recommendations

I went through the same process as you and bought the Rigol 1054Z, again from Batronix. I'm a newbie to 'scopes but as far as I am concerned it is the biz. Especially after applying the "hack" and considering its relatively low price, I think you cannot go wrong. The feature list (post hack) is amaz...
by jonb
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi
Replies: 16
Views: 674

Re: Hi

We like a bit of the old banter too!

Hi Bas!
by jonb
Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 865

Re: Bank Holiday

I spent BH Friday under a 45 year old Lotus.
On Saturday I went out to score some Easter Eggs.
Sunday it was a Lamb roast with the mother in law.
Monday I curried the remainder of the lamb.
The rest of the time I sat in front of the fire and gazed out at the miserable weather. :(
by jonb
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2597
Views: 212006

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

I'm with Mark on this one. This thread, plus the "Today I received..", LOLPRICE and LOLDESCRIPTION threads are the ones I look forward to reading!
by jonb
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: projects
Topic: Akalabeth - World of Doom (Ultima 0)
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Akalabeth - World of Doom (Ultima 0)

Love the faux Medieval language.

"Shalt though complete thy code forthwith?"
by jonb
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4591
Views: 303370

Re: Today I received.....

I used to watch "Crown Court" when I was a lad. Didn't understand a word of it, it was very very boring, but had a catchy theme tune.

..M'lud..

;)
by jonb
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4591
Views: 303370

Re: Today I received.....

Well I read up on it but I'm none the wiser.

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the- ... /recorder/

Some sort of assistant judge?
by jonb
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: acorn atom
Topic: Acorn Atom restoration
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Acorn Atom restoration

danielj wrote:What's needed are workable 3d printed plungers...
Don't need to be exact replicas, just "good enough".

d.
I thought that, too. It can't be that hard to do, especially for those of us who scored a 3D printer from Aldi. (Not me, sadly!)
by jonb
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: iOS edition of BBC BASIC announced
Replies: 38
Views: 1575

Re: iOS edition of BBC BASIC announced

I wonder if you could implement LOAD / SAVE to play a program as an audio file to the earphone, then read it back via the microphone? You might be able to store these as audio files in the iTunes folder. You can create apps on an iOS device using Codea, as their "Cargo Bot" game demonstrates. (Codea...
by jonb
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2597
Views: 212006

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Ask yourself why you collect computers. To play or preserve? Then you'll know the answer to the "build it or not" question. If it was me I'd buy a built ZX81 to play with and keep the kit as is.
by jonb
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2597
Views: 212006

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

@LB - It takes less than an hour to build a ZX81 from a kit, then the value is gone. Maybe you should frame the case and components and hang them on a wall?

I'm not joking...
by jonb
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: StarDot has suddenly slowed to a crawl
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: StarDot has suddenly slowed to a crawl

StarDot junkie missing a fix? :shock:
by jonb
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 106
Views: 7559

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

But writing a new game which only runs on new hardware... that's just... writing a video game. Isn't it? Yes, but it is written in Z80 assembler I assume, and that is an interesting endeavour to many. It's nice that they are able to share the fruits of their work, and nice that others have the abil...
by jonb
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: A special day for a very special computer!
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: A special day for a very special computer!

I had an 8 bit parallel I/O board plugged into the back of my self built ZX81 that I tried to generate polyphonic tones on, using one data line and a speaker. The code was hand assembled and had a nested loop to trigger a 1->0->1 state change back and forth on the line the speaker was wired to. This...
by jonb
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?
Replies: 106
Views: 7559

Re: ZX Spectrum next... Anybody backing ?

Warhawk looks like Xenon on the ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz-IMa1j1d8

..sort of. I mean the game play is pretty well the same. It is impressive but looks very un-Spectrum like, apart from the right hand panel.

Is that a bad thing? I think not.
by jonb
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 94
Views: 4669

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

I have bought quite a few tools from them over the years. In particular a UNI-T multimeter for around £60. I figured it was about time I had a decent one. Then I saw a review on EEVBlog and wasn't very happy at all. On the other hand, it has served me reasonably well, and I don't use it for high vol...
by jonb
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Post pictures of your beeb setup
Replies: 222
Views: 23439

Re: Post pictures of your beeb setup

Lardo Boffin wrote:Argh. Everything is in storage for a couple of months while I move house!
What's shocking is the price of storage...