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by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.

Do they mean the BBC TV show - I definitely watched that (and Blake's Seven and Doctor Who etc. etc.)? Or specifically the books (I didn't read those until MANY years later)? Or it doesn't matter. (The Wargames movie was another computer inspiration, and the US show Whiz Kids). Drifting off-topic no...
by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Newbie questions: Programming tools and graphics
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: Newbie questions: Programming tools and graphics

Don't forget the fantastic resource in the old magazines like Beebug and The Micro User - lots of great articles in those.
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

KarateEd wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:02 am
Have now been around completely and got through level 1 again
Well done =D>

Might try again tonight but off camping tomorrow so that will be my excuse for this round ... :wink:
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

...the monsters, try to knock them off with the apples and other objects that give you 400 points. The monsters yeild 800 points... Oh, I was trying to avoid that, thinking it was mild cheating - timing things to get an extra 400/800 seemed naughty ... but if you have to do it to clear a safe path,...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

A tiny bit further ... 4,000 ...
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by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

Whimper ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) It's not a bad game but ... :oops:
dkjr.jpg
Got to almost the top of level one a couple of times but go to pieces soon after. I didn't bother reading the instructions for any of the levels, what's the point ... :-({|=
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Xilinx lawyers
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Xilinx lawyers

No-one has said anything outrageous (so no-one take offence at me saying this, please) but it feels like it is getting a little heated in here ...
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

Leave me SOME excuses for my rubbish scores, Ed, please ... [-o<

e.g. "Oh, I was too busy working on corrupted characters under MOS 3.2 to play the game much"
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

I'm sure it can be restored ... just who wants to do it? :?: Looks fairly simple (in concept) - copy the prosilver directory in the themes directory to a new one called RetroSoftwareRed and tweak the files in there. (That's pretty much what was done for the old version of the site ... but the 3.2.x ...
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.
Replies: 79
Views: 853

Re: High Score Challenge S11 - Donkey Kong Jr.

klintworth wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:34 pm
Going for the Low Score Challenge! :lol:
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Don't worry, I'll be along shortly to give you some low scores to beat :D

Guess you are playing on a Master going by the mangled characters at the top of the screen? Maybe I'll make a slight diversion to make a Master-compatible version ...
by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: acorn atom and system
Topic: Big Benny: a real time clock for the Atom
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: Big Benny: a real time clock for the Atom

roland wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:23 pm
At first it didn't work at all
Y2K bug? :wink:
by richardtoohey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

Thank you for all the "thank yous", they are appreciated. :D
by richardtoohey
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

OK, that's done (which is great from a security point-of-view as well). So Media Wiki (wiki directory) is latest version, phpBB (forum directory) is latest version, and Mantis bug-tracker (mantis directory) is just hacked to display the login page (needs more work or upgrading). Theming looks like a...
by richardtoohey
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello, world!
Replies: 19
Views: 416

Re: Hello, world!

It's not buying old rubbish for some nostalgic rose-tinted trip, it's an investment! Prices can only go up! :D

Worth a try, anyway! :wink:
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What New Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 21
Views: 329

Re: What New Language Should I Learn?

Replace RISC OS 4 with PHP and I'll tick that. :)
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4958
Views: 356228

Re: Today I received.....

Doom book; recommended (also recommend his earlier Wolfenstein 3D book, 2nd edition):

http://fabiensanglard.net/gebbdoom/index.html

Makes you nostalgic for the PC days :D
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e.g. of the sort of content in it - programming fire: http://fabiensanglard.net/doom_fire_psx/index.html
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: 1980s Jobs Available
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: 1980s Jobs Available

e.g. this?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcochiap ... x-spectrum

Screenshot to save you clicking on the link (it's very heavy on advertising!)
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by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello, world!
Replies: 19
Views: 416

Re: Hello, world!

I'm still a software developer today - but now I get paid for it! [...], far removed from my origins and with computing power at my fingertips of which I could never have dreamed back in my 80s bedroom. But I never had more fun than when I was starting out with the BBC. Think that describes quite a...
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Canada West December 22 2018 Meetup #6
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: ABUG Canada West December 22 2018 Meetup #6

Something like this please:
dogfight.jpg
Hmm, am I off-topic ... [-X
by richardtoohey
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

The upgrade is pretty smooth so that will (a) fix the security issues of staying a (very!) older version and (b) fix all the BBCode issues without needing crude hacks and (c) make future upgrades a bit easier. BUT It means any extensions/modifications/styles etc. have reverted to the phpBB defaults,...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

Ugh ... the code from "the internet" doesn't quite work as advertised. The phpBB code is written to build & then execute PHP, and that PHP can be stored in the database (so it needs to work again.) Each fudge I do works for one thing (e.g. code block) but then not another (quote or url). Retrosoftwa...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

OK, I'll have a look at that - rather important that the code shows! From my earlier message it will be this: includes/bbcode.php (Nasty fudge ahead, just to hide a warning!) 112 $message = @preg_replace( ... and ... 483 $tpl = @preg_replace( Put the leading @ in there to make the warnings go away ....
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: Borrow a beeb in the Bay Area?
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Borrow a beeb in the Bay Area?

Of course I would buy my own but we're a bit low on space so I'd get in to trouble with the family. Time to update the family :twisted: :wink: One little BBC B with screen won't take up that much room ... the trouble starts when you need a Master and a Master Compact and an Electron and an Atom and...
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: AP6 ROM update issues
Replies: 40
Views: 691

Re: AP6 ROM update issues

I think Martin would REALLY like to know what version number is showing. :D
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 11 Game Nominations
Replies: 12
Views: 728

Re: Season 11 Game Nominations

How about Mr Wiz? It's nowhere as good as Mr Ee! but might still be fun?

Not sure I can think of another two games right now, will do some more thinking ... :-k :-k :-k
by richardtoohey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Canada West December 22 2018 Meetup #6
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: ABUG Canada West December 22 2018 Meetup #6

Just thinking you guys should try Opus's Dogfight next time you meet ... that's a fun two-player game! :D
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Beeb.mmb access
Replies: 14
Views: 248

Re: Beeb.mmb access

If TurboMMC or derived from that, maybe the command you need is

Code: Select all

*DUNLOCK <disc>
by richardtoohey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Oundle
Replies: 7
Views: 185

Re: Hello from Oundle

Welcome, +1 for RetroClinic.
by richardtoohey
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Retro Software website down
Replies: 31
Views: 1072

Re: Retro Software website down

The issue is older versions of PHP software will have security issues. So the longer you leave a site unmaintained (i.e. don't keep upgrading it) the more likely it is that one day you'll be unlucky. Even if you turn off logins, uploads, registration etc. etc. if there's a security issue in "some_pa...
by richardtoohey
Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: 6522 VIA emulation: IFR write vs. timer interrupt
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: 6522 VIA emulation: IFR write vs. timer interrupt

:D I've got a fudged beeb-em so when I press Control-B the "printer" output goes to my console window. Very useful!