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by richardtoohey
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: RIP - My Dead BBC Micro B +64
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: RIP - My Dead BBC Micro B +64

What they've said above!

Think you are in Australia, though, so might be a bit more challenging unless a local user can help.

I've had machines sent from Mark Haysman to NZ - so it might not be a cheap option but it IS an option.

Definitely don't give up or get rid of the machine.
by richardtoohey
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Have you ever had one of those Hot-Collar moments?
Replies: 13
Views: 333

Re: Have you ever had one of those Hot-Collar moments?

Most recent ones with MySQL rather than electronics. A few years ago, thought I was in a work project's database, did DELETE FROM user ... but I was in the mysql database so had just nuked all the MySQL user accounts. I'd missed out doing USE <project-name> first. I'd done a SELECT * FROM user a whi...
by richardtoohey
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:44 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Has My ISP Slowed Me Down?
Replies: 30
Views: 1432

Re: Has My ISP Slowed Me Down?

You need to contact Virgin Media (don’t use and contact details in that email) to confirm if it’s actually been sent from them. +1 to this. My Dad was contacted (but I think that was by phone and they were a bit vague) and got scammed into granting remote access etc. etc. etc. You can guess the res...
by richardtoohey
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: BBC Micro olympics - check it out
Replies: 11
Views: 444

Re: BBC Micro olympics - check it out

Your post is in the wrong place - this forum (the original location) is for the discussion of new ideas and chat about software you'd like to see on old computers.

I'll move it to 8 bit high scores - that's what it seems to be more about, I think. If I'm wrong it can be moved again.
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer

OK, I've fixed fudged as suggested. dfs/dfscat.js - lines 80 to 88 look at the file extension to decide what to set ddd to. So I've left the existing logic for ddd there, this just overrides it. 76 networkGetBinaryBlob(diskPath) 77 .then(function () 78 { 79 checkDiskType(); 80 ext=diskPath.substr(-3...
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer

the original code was open-sourced on Github so I'm pretty sure you'll be okay to tweak it, especially as you'll be saving someone else the work! Well, that's the protocol issue I'm concerned about - I'll be changing some code to make it work in one place, of no value (I don't think?) to anyone els...
by richardtoohey
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: CRC-32 calculator for files on SSD
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: CRC-32 calculator for files on SSD

Since the topic subject was "CRC-32 calculator for files on SSD" and since a CRC-32 calculator is missing from the functions of the BBC Disc Image Displayer, I would've thought the request was fairly self explanatory :roll: Still don't see how a Windows EXE is useful on a FreeBSD server r...
by richardtoohey
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:45 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: CRC-32 calculator for files on SSD
Replies: 10
Views: 493

Re: CRC-32 calculator for files on SSD

Is there any chance of adding this feature to the BBC Disc Image Displayer on bbcmicro.co.uk (although I realise a lot of those files are custom, such as the instructions, or "tweaked") What did you have in mind? The code behind the site is PHP/JavaScript, so I can't see the link between ...
by richardtoohey
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer

I didn't like the idea because it doesn't help fix the shared code (well, somebody else's code, not mine.) Don't want to step on toes - not sure of the polite protocol. But the more I think about it, why not just try a bbcmicro.co.uk fix that might do in the meantime (as you've suggested), and then ...
by richardtoohey
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2
Replies: 77
Views: 1730

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 3 - Psycastria 2

Hearing the tune made me do a mental time jump back quite a few years :D

Clever programming but definitely in the too-fast-for-me category. OK, then, in the WAY too-fast-for-me!
by richardtoohey
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer

It's the same issue as this one: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?p=281535#p281535 It is mis-identifying the disc type, so it is reading the wrong sectors. Same sort of fudge works - if I change it to not think too hard about the disc type - it works - so that's definitely the problem. I'...
by richardtoohey
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:00 am
Forum: the complete BBC games archive
Topic: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Bug in disassembly tab of Disc Image Displayer

That's strange - is it just this title or others as well? I'll have a look.
by richardtoohey
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Please subscribe to the new ABug Youtube Channel!
Replies: 18
Views: 952

Re: Please subscribe to the new ABug Youtube Channel!

I've subscribed. :D

Thanks for doing this - the videos were a bit sluggish when I tried the non-You Tube setup, but that could well have been my (mis-)configuration.

There's lots of great content there, so will add to my list of fun things to try and do!
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: programming
Topic: A call for help with Androidz (memory management)
Replies: 16
Views: 765

Re: A call for help with Androidz (memory management)

OSCLI is token &FF so at that location DFS put &FFFF. But I haven't figured out exactly why ... :-k
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: past physical ABug events (Canada)
Topic: ABUG Canada West Meetup #20 December 18 2020 - Socially Distanced for Covid
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: ABUG Canada West Meetup #20 December 18 2020 - Socially Distanced for Covid

Enjoy the book!

But I think it needs to be wrapped, so you get a nice surprise on Christmas Day! :lol:
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: other
Topic: BBC Archimedes - Last machine to teach BASIC in the User Guide?
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: BBC Archimedes - Last machine to teach BASIC in the User Guide?

The Atari ST manual mentions BASIC (and LOGO) and the disk that came with the machine included BASIC.PRG - so that was c. 1987. Not quite the same thing but at least the concept of the home user doing some programming was still thought a possibility!
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Master w/co-pro running MSDOS 3.2
Replies: 22
Views: 983

Re: Master w/co-pro running MSDOS 3.2

I don't understand why the hexadecimal values change when I look at the on the pc Vs on the BBC, shouldn't they be CD 19 on all platforms? I don't think this is the cause of your issues, but not sure what you mean? IIRC, COPY CON BOOT.COM just means what you type (CON=CONsole) will be put into a fi...
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Frak! - PC style for testing (Private invite to regular HSC competitors only)
Replies: 235
Views: 8064

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

MartinH wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:40 pm
Well played everybody!
Well I don't know about everybody I was useless again. Will try and be more useful with the PacMan testing! :D

But everyone else =D>
by richardtoohey
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Master w/co-pro running MSDOS 3.2
Replies: 22
Views: 983

Re: Master w/co-pro running MSDOS 3.2

One thing that did seem strange is when editing the binary file (BOOT.COM) with EDBIN (as per the guide) I specify I want to start at 0000 and change the values to CD 19 00 00 00 00 as described, but the guide says there are only four 00 where as, this doesn't account for all the values (so I fille...
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Starquake revisited: we need your help!
Replies: 27
Views: 1206

Re: Starquake revisited: we need your help!

Rich Talbot-Watkins wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:08 pm
And then what was waiting for you? Another, slightly different loop
Oh, yes, I remember those days! :D now but BITD ](*,)
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: MMBExplorer released!
Replies: 75
Views: 5250

Re: MMBExplorer released!

Ah, think I missed the vital ".." as in parent directory part of the CMake command ... EDIT: and with that I got further. I installed fltk1.3 using the GUI Admin->Synaptic Package Manager, searching for fltk, and choosing the libfltk1.3-dev option (that auto-suggests a few others). Then th...
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: MMBExplorer released!
Replies: 75
Views: 5250

Re: MMBExplorer released!

I've got Mint 20, too, and thought I'd jump on and give it a quick go. But I"m stuck on an even earlier step! :oops: I'm missing something very obvious, think I'm missing a git step but not sure what ... 1) Clone this repository (git clone https://github.com/robcfg/retrotools.git) 2) Open a ter...
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Possible Season 15 postponement depending on result
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: Possible Season 15 postponement depending on result

KarateEd wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:57 pm
I'm not sure if we're able to clear the achievements but if not maybe Nick can help in that regard.
No worries, I've managed to get mine to 0. :P I must have clocked it :^o
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Acorn - A World in Pixels - new book
Replies: 53
Views: 4519

Re: Acorn - A World in Pixels - new book

I was getting worried about my copy arriving - looks like we're hitting the shipping problems here, too: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/ports-of-auckland-hiring-more-staff-to-help-with-unprecedented-demand-as-ships-wait-eight-days-before-being-processed/RYGWYMHQEWXA5GDIYKSLMDEFWY/ BUT it arrived toda...
by richardtoohey
Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Accessing DFS images on MAC OS
Replies: 86
Views: 2546

Re: Accessing DFS images on MAC OS

Is perl still there? Yep, should have thought of trying that, too. :oops: richardtoohey@Richards-Mini ~ % perl -v This is perl 5, version 28, subversion 2 (v5.28.2) built for darwin-thread-multi-2level (with 2 registered patches, see perl -V for more detail) Copyright 1987-2019, Larry Wall Perl may...
by richardtoohey
Mon Dec 07, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Accessing DFS images on MAC OS
Replies: 86
Views: 2546

Re: Accessing DFS images on MAC OS

I'm actually now looking at Python/Tkinter which I think is probably most suitable in so far as easy portability. Sadly, frustratingly, Apple seem to be removing some open source programming languages from the base install of Mac OS X. You can still install them via other methods (haven't used any ...
by richardtoohey
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Possible Season 15 postponement depending on result
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: Possible Season 15 postponement depending on result

I'd like more time so I can get around to giving Frak! a proper go but given my very low participation in the last few seasons feel free to ignore! And I'm not sure I'll find more time, it's that time of the year and summer has started (well in NZ it has).
by richardtoohey
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Early Beeb games - 1982
Replies: 18
Views: 1142

Re: Early Beeb games - 1982

If anyone wants to join me or just comment on the games or my opinions please do so! I'm enjoying your reports so far, but nothing useful to add ... yet! :D Think we got our BBC in 1982 but only have vague memories of the games we started with - definitely Arcadians and Meteroids and Snapper but ot...

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