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by richardtoohey
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Why was BBC BASIC so fast?
Replies: 196
Views: 7034

Re: Why was BBC BASIC so fast?

People who get banned here are (as far as I know) only people who are persistently offensive. I'm pretty sure they always get a warning shot. You should have nothing to worry about on that front. So far as I know, yes, yes, and yes. :D You'd have to be MILES off-topic to annoy anyone, and it's more...
by richardtoohey
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Unnamed Elk/Beeb robot game
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Unnamed Elk/Beeb robot game

0xC0DE wrote:
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:24 am
Animation is still smooth.
What an understatement! =D>

It's looking silky smooth - seen the animations scrolling past on my Twitter lurking. And so much happening on-screen as well!
by richardtoohey
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)
Replies: 116
Views: 1612

Re: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)

As usual you guys are miles ahead of me!

Don't think you've left any bugs for me to find.

I've finished one level but seems I have some way to go ... my time was 1.29 (no, not seconds!)

Looking good (the game, not my playing!) =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Any Acorn repairists?
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Any Acorn repairists?

+1 for Mark at RetroClinic.
by richardtoohey
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Electron Keyboard Cable
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Electron Keyboard Cable

aerworuld wrote:
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:50 pm
Thank you for asking about the elk - she's in the great care of Dave H at the moment so will live again!
I was going to ask in the other thread about your Electron but sounds like I'm not the only one wondering how the patient is! :D
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.11 disassembled and reassembled
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: RISC OS 3.11 disassembled and reassembled

=D> Good effort :D

My RISC OS machines gathering as much dust as my other retro machines at the moment, but great to see this sort of thing.
by richardtoohey
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Speeding up File Copying/Disc Transfers
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Speeding up File Copying/Disc Transfers

Mmm....definitely something which can read a lot of files into a buffer and then write them out again when the buffer is full (just like RISC OS filer operations do) would be good. One in, one out seems a bit 1975 MS DOS to me. Linux/BSD/Windows/Mac etc. will all use buffers, as will your drive's e...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: past physical ABug events
Topic: ABUG Canada West Sept 25 2020 Meetup Meeting #19
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: ABUG Canada West Sept 25 2020 Meetup Meeting #19

Looking good and nice to see you are both still going strong despite 2020's best efforts! :D
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:16 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Game & Watch Box
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Game & Watch Box

I may have some BITD boxes ... somewhere ... so if need another set of measurements I'll have a look ... but I may get lost in the piles of junk treasure :-k
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Speeding up File Copying/Disc Transfers
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Speeding up File Copying/Disc Transfers

What Stephen said. If you need to do 100 operations to read the files and 100 operations to write the files then you aren't going to save much by buffering - it's still going to be a total of 200 disk operations (which is going to be slow on spinning rust). Plus any metadata changes. Migrate everyth...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: Acorn Electron motherboard
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Acorn Electron motherboard

Good to see you again, Stu. :D I've got at least a couple of unhappy Electrons that I've not got around to (aka don't know where to start!) looking at, so can send those (probably directly to Dave H. so he can make them happy again.) But let's keep that as a plan B ... you should be able to find som...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Zalaga
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Re: Zalaga

I thought the illegal opcodes were more to do how the aliens were drawn, not so much to do with the explosions.

Have to go rummage around and see.

Do things like Planetoid and Snapper etc. work OK? I'm trying to think of games that tickle the 6522 - think Planetoid does that.
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:41 am
Forum: trickysoft (new bbc micro games)
Topic: Asteroids emulator/source code port without the source
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Asteroids emulator/source code port without the source

My memory not much cop these days, but pretty sure Asteroids was the first arcade game I laid my eyes on.

Didn't have much spending money in those days so I didn't waste much on it!

=D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: ARM sold to Nvidia (by Softbank)
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: ARM sold to Nvidia (by Softbank)

Yes ... not sure how this is going to work out.

Apparently there are going to be promises made about HQ being kept in the UK etc. but ... we'll see ...

Doesn't feel like there is going to be a happy ending.
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 46
Views: 2733

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

Thanks, roland & dave. We can cross the shipping-to-NZ bridge when we get to it, so give me a prod when we get to that point. But definitely interested (and used to paying $$$s for stuff to get to NZ.)
by richardtoohey
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Increasing code length in posts
Replies: 15
Views: 581

Re: Increasing code length in posts

Thinking I'm dragging things a bit off-topic (moi?) but are you meaning things like PWA? In which case, yes, Apple wants to make sure they get their 30% cut and "real" apps will be better than web apps. But on the other hand Google wants everyone using Chrome as the one-and-only web-browser (that's ...
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Increasing code length in posts
Replies: 15
Views: 581

Re: Increasing code length in posts

Incidentally Mark I tried different web browsers but had no joy. You would think Chrome would be ok..... If this is on Apple devices then they (Apple) force every browser to use their web browser back-end. So it's not really Chrome: https://www.howtogeek.com/184283/why-third-party-browsers-will-alw...
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 46
Views: 2733

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

roland wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:36 pm
please keep asking .... I want to know if I have to order 5, 10 or even more additional boards
Oh, you've convinced me then! Yes, please. No rush, and we'll have to sort out postage to NZ if you're OK sending it this way. :D
by richardtoohey
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: (Found - Thanks) RetroClinic DataCentre.
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: RetroClinic DataCentre.

But ... you also need a Master Compact, an Electron, a B+64, and a B+128K. :twisted:
by richardtoohey
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 6056
Views: 640946

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:10 pm
Another reasonably priced book in virtually perfect condition.
Even has the original receipt.
That looks mint. I have my copy from BITD and it's a bit sad ... the glue in the spine and the paper quality not the best, I don't think. :( But I can still read it ... carefully ...
by richardtoohey
Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Retro computing fans rejoice!
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: Retro computing fans rejoice!

That's good news! :D

Maybe next year I can visit. [-o<
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Recommended BBC Model B upgrades
Replies: 50
Views: 1581

Re: Recommended BBC Model B upgrades

But if you don't fancy building anything, Mark @ Retro Clinic an excellent source!
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: past acorn preservation team sessions
Topic: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1255

Re: Acorn Preservation Team meeting #1, Sunday 20th September 2020, 6pm - 9pm

Hmmm, 7 a.m., Sunday morning, after my wife's 50th birthday party (dear little COVID permitting, of course). I'm ticking the boxes of wanting (and able!) to be involved but that time isn't going to work (after a late night), but do remember I'm available to work on the LAMP/FAMP side of things, just...
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 65
Views: 2720

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

Hmm, for me it's more a matter of reacting to the ball moving and making my fingers move the bat in the correct direction before the ball disappears! :roll:
by richardtoohey
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 65
Views: 2720

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

fwibbler wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:51 pm
If I play the ZX Spectrum version instead, does that still count? :mrgreen:
I'm still researching the Atari ST version - that's definitely easier ... but I'm still not getting on that hi-score table either!
by richardtoohey
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 65
Views: 2720

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

:shock: I'm sure it wasn't this fast back in the day ... will have to dust off a real machine and see. Managed about 1500 after a few goes so don't think I'll be getting onto the high score table with this game, either! ](*,) Pretty sure I was playing this BITD and not the Atari ST version ... can't...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges
Replies: 46
Views: 2733

Re: For sale: Acorn Electron WiFi cartridges

Heart says "want" but head says "look at all the other cool retro stuff gathering dust".

Looks impressive =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper
Replies: 53
Views: 1898

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper

It's my new alias and I've gotten good at games! :^o :^o :^o

Congrats Ailasue =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Deathstar
Replies: 16
Views: 983

Re: Deathstar

There was in fact, Space Pilot by the same author, Peter Johnson, written not long before DeathStar and using the same engine (or at least, very similar!). :oops: I think I might have just had my first senior moment and I'm not that old! There was a little voice in the back of my mind telling me I ...
by richardtoohey
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper
Replies: 53
Views: 1898

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R06 - Trapper

To answer my own question, yes, have to build a little trap (with no diagonal escapes!) and lure him in there, and finally squish him. Managed it once for a pathetic 600 points which doesn't get me on the table at all. But at least I didn't completely miss this round. O:) Think I'll move onto Arkano...

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