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by OneSwitch
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Educational Archive not in STH
Replies: 652
Views: 67798

Re: Educational Archive not in STH

Hi John, Are you interested in getting hold of this sort of stuff too? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oghsdc9gzdd1eh2/AAA0-LOuM7HprfuNfuIDdv3za?dl=0 I've a few bits and bobs like that. If you'd be up for scanning them and sharing them, I'll happily post them over to you, as you seem the best home for th...
by OneSwitch
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: projects
Topic: Viewdata Service
Replies: 146
Views: 10368

Re: Viewdata Service

Its here, genuine late holiday deals. you know you want it... https://glasstty.com/wiki/images/3/39/Travel.png :) Got Telstar working on my Android phone. Surprised at how easy it was to get it working, and I love it. A much less stressful gateway to the internet. Same issues for the news feeds tho...
by OneSwitch
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 67
Views: 2815

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

Popular Computing Weekly as per the picture as opposed to Personal Computer World as per the text? The article about Sunbury on Thames Computer Club? If so, I don't have it to scan, but it's online here: https://archive.org/details/popular-computing-weekly-1982-06-03/page/n5 Popular Computing Weekl...
by OneSwitch
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Missing Magazines from the 80s
Replies: 67
Views: 2815

Re: Missing Magazines from the 80s

If anyone has the 3rd of June 1982 (page 7) Personal Computer World, I'd love a scan of it for a book I'm writing.

I believe this is the cover for that magazine:
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Personal Computer World (3rd June 1982)
by OneSwitch
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Not had a chance to dig into this yet, but thought this might be of interest to some: https://open.spotify.com/album/7ID0EuIjKxSNFw6dqOWDmo?si=qbhLHVxtTzK3hDNUZ2vNqA Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) concept album Radio K.A.O.S. from 1987, with musican credits to a BBC Master 128K operator. It's clearly ...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Thanks for trying. I'm hopeful for other speech synths. For my Votrax I'll need a custom RS423 to DB25 cable I think (I've just picked up a cable I can re-wire if needed). Does anyone know how the wiring should be for RS423 to a Votrax? And/or what command would be needed to set the BBC Micro to 240...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: BeebEm Mac - Info
Replies: 66
Views: 2749

Re: BeebEm Mac - Info

Out of interest, does the Mac version of BeebEm have all the features of the Windows version? I'm thinking of the Text-to-speech stuff, Break-out-box and touch-screen compatibility.
by OneSwitch
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Thanks to the BCAB Discussion List (British Computer Association for the Blind): https://www.bcab.org.uk/ - I've managed to get BeebEm working well with speech on BBC Micro Text adventures and the like. I'm using a Windows 10 machine with the NVDA text to speech software (reads what you type to aid ...
by OneSwitch
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Getting close! Sounds nice, thanks for trying this and posting the video. Much better speech quality than a Votrax for intelligibility. Shame it's still not playable. Maybe all the solutions used external boxes, but it doesn't seem unreasonable for this approach to work. Emulation wise, I've found n...
by OneSwitch
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Blind Accessible Adventure Games on the BBC Micro
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Blind Accessible Adventure Games on the BBC Micro

As a side note, just heard of one blind player who loved Football Manager using text to speech on a BBC Micro.
by OneSwitch
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

A little more information.... The Apple II has a repository of blind accessible games here: http://www.bluegrasspals.com/messapple/ Screen Reader: "Scread" or "Scred" mentioned for the BBC Micro. Tom Vincent Workstation used a Votrax. HAL by Paul Blenkhorn (not sure if BBC Micro) - designed for off ...
by OneSwitch
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: adventures
Topic: Blind Accessible Adventure Games on the BBC Micro
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Blind Accessible Adventure Games on the BBC Micro

I've heard several people talk about how they used text to speech output to play adventure games on the BBC Micro, such as Level 9's Lords of Time. It seems likely that people were using a method of piping the text output directly to an external speech synthesiser. I've opened up some discussion on ...
by OneSwitch
Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Look forward to hearing how you get on, Marcus. I've since had this information from David Wood in my quest to find a screen reading solution for off the shelf BBC games.... "Dr Tom Vincent of the Open University developed what became known as the Tom Vincent Workstation in the early 80’s. This was ...
by OneSwitch
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

marcusjambler wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:15 am
I've got a Watford Electronics external speech unit.
I'll give that a try at some point over the next few days.

Marcus
Nice one. Would that be via the RS 473 port to a DB25 connector? I'm guessing it needs to be a custom cable for the Speech Synth, and not just any old one for a Printer?
by OneSwitch
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Braid Speech Synthesiser
Replies: 0
Views: 163

Braid Speech Synthesiser

Does anyone have information on the Braid Speech Synthesiser, they'd be happy to share? I'm trying to get hold of one, linked to them being used to enabled blind people on the likes of the BBC Micro, RM computers and the Video Genie. A little here: http://davidbrew.co.uk/dti-projects.html . The inte...
by OneSwitch
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Braid Speech Synthesiser

*FX to set rs423 or parallel printer. Ctrl B to copy output to the printer. Are you using the patched beebem that I posted a couple of years back or the old 403 with acorn speech support that I don't think works with the cc ROMs? Sorry if this is getting a bit tangled. I've heard one way to get spe...
by OneSwitch
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Nothing sounds like a Votrax. Nothing would want to, mind. I think the person for whom my employer is named may have used an Echo II. There are pictures of him here using an early Morse sip & puff system on an Apple II: History - Neil Squire Society Wonderful stuff, thanks for sending that. What a ...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

No input, just that it's cool. And interfacing anything to a Votrax is horrid, can confirm Turns out that one of the volunteers I work with on assistive tech projects developed the Echo II for the Apple II. We met last week at the ATIA conference in Florida. The Votrax was a pig on the Apple II tha...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

*FX to set rs423 or parallel printer. Ctrl B to copy output to the printer. Are you using the patched beebem that I posted a couple of years back or the old 403 with acorn speech support that I don't think works with the cc ROMs? Thanks. I'm using Version 4.14, Feb 2012. The best I've managed so fa...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Taking a break
Replies: 10
Views: 952

Re: Taking a break

I don't know the full flow of this, but wanted to say that bbcmicro.co.uk is an amazing thing. Thanks to you, the emulator line of work and all who've built it up. It's a wonderful repository and I love the filtering methods. Brilliant. From a personal view point, it would be fantastic to see some s...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Thanks again for these thoughts and info. From tinkering, I can't get that system working in BeebEm. I can load the demo, it puts "Hello Everyone" on screen then just sits there. Any ideas why? I put the two ROMs in slots 13 and 12 in BeebEm, typed *TEXON and chained the demo. I am thinking the exte...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

I've got BeebEm speaking Lords of Time http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=2295 - by turning on Narrator, and going to Sound > Text to Speech.

It partly works with the cursor keys, but gets trapped / confused, so not playable yet to me. It's brilliant to get a glimpse. Next a real BBC Micro...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Oh, cracking info. Thanks everyone. I'll dive into this ASAP. Can't wait. :)
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

I've used the View > "Screen Reader Text View" in BeebEm but it doesn't work with Windows Narrator. I can copy and paste the text then have it read, but not straight from the game. Maybe a better screen reader such as NVDA might work. Hmm...
by OneSwitch
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Thanks for all that extra info. Good stuff. I'll look into BeebEm.

If anyone out there can find a solution for a real BBC Micro (how to send all the screen text direct to a speech synthesiser - whether a ROM or an external box such as the Votrax / DEC Talk / Something else), I'd really appreciate it.
by OneSwitch
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1683

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

One more recollection, (not as late as lots of others), is at an RNIB school for the blind. 1998 ish. BBC Micros being used with speech synthesisers for e-mail, word processing and games.

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by OneSwitch
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

BBC Micro: Speech Screen Reader with Lords of Time (Level 9)

Chatting to a blind user on Twitter, he said that his school, RNIB New College Worcester, used BBC Micros and a connected speech synthesiser (possibly on an output port shared with the printer). His recollection was around 1992-1998. He said from boot up to shutdown, they could get the BBC Micro/Mas...
by OneSwitch
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1683

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

Not quite the same, but at a Day Centre for disabled adults I used to work at we used a BBC Micro until 2001, maybe 2002. It was for accessibility purposes with this software to play games, try Yes/No, and pick lottery numbers: https://bbc.godbolt.org/?autoboot&disc=https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com...
by OneSwitch
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED
Replies: 17
Views: 3514

Re: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED

Hope no one minds a bump for this thread. Still after that missing Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing) title.

Happy new year to you all.
by OneSwitch
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5233
Views: 388798

Re: Today I received.....

Brilliant! Gives me hope to find some of the things I've been looking for for many years.

People can download it from your site here:

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http://www.flaxcottage.com/educational/default.asp
. Nice little maths game. Harsh if you get one wrong when you're nearly fully charged!