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by flaxcottage
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Just saying Hi
Replies: 11
Views: 187

Re: Just saying Hi

Welcome, Dave. Enjoy your stay. :D
by flaxcottage
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000
Replies: 7
Views: 110

Re: Another Dutchie resurrects his A5000

Welcome, Erik. The A5000 is a great machine. :D
by flaxcottage
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 319

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

At our secondary school, we had just the one proper computers teacher and he handled all the maintenance himself. I'm sure I recall other guys coming in to help installations but by and large, there was only the odd terminal PC opened up for repair and plenty of tinkering around on the server side....
by flaxcottage
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: I'm the new game reviewer for the Zzap!64 magazine
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: I'm the new game reviewer for the Zzap!64 magazine

danielj wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:38 am
This thread is from 5 years ago! :D
Ha ha! If I could read I'd be OK. :?
by flaxcottage
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4684
Views: 316080

Re: Today I received.....

That looks the business. So simple! :D
by flaxcottage
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: BASIC FOR loops
Replies: 15
Views: 268

Re: BASIC FOR loops

No.
by flaxcottage
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?
Replies: 16
Views: 319

Re: Are kids still as excited by school computers as we once were?

"IT and computers are boring! Can we go on the internet, sir?" That was a common litany three years ago when I was still teaching in secondary schools. Computers at home can do so much more than computers in schools. School computers are frequently out of date so that they cannot run the latest soft...
by flaxcottage
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: I'm the new game reviewer for the Zzap!64 magazine
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: I'm the new game reviewer for the Zzap!64 magazine

Well done, Marcus. =D>

Games? The sign of a misspent youth! :lol:
by flaxcottage
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Need help figuring out how to fix a couple of Beeb PSUs
Replies: 18
Views: 334

Re: Need help figuring out how to fix a couple of Beeb PSUs

Along with what MartinB says, BITD I had some of these transistors crack the soldered joints under the PCB. Reflowing the solder solved the problem then.
by flaxcottage
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Code to load PROCs on demand
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: Code to load PROCs on demand

Beebug also did an article about this, somewhere.
by flaxcottage
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4684
Views: 316080

Re: Today I received.....

A whole bunch of electronic goodness. :D

I bought this to go with my Raspberry Pi stuff. It also included an Arduino clone and a digital clock/thermometer, which were a complete surprise.
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Electronic stuff.jpg
by flaxcottage
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Cheap wire wrap/link wire
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: Cheap wire wrap/link wire

Looks good stuff. I need more colours too. For prototyping I now use what I think used to be called Vero-wire. It has a fusible varnish that acts like a flux so that it can be soldered without stripping. Cool. 8) Only have two shades of orange though. :( Do you have a link to that, as I can only fi...
by flaxcottage
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4684
Views: 316080

Re: Today I received.....

Some of these for my Plotmate A4 IMAG1293.jpg They work a treat! :D =D> IMAG1292.jpg Mind you they are pretty expensive as they have to be specially made since they are no longer a stock item. I chose black ones but they can be ordered in red, green, blue, etc. to match the BBC micro's colour set. A...
by flaxcottage
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Cheap wire wrap/link wire
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: Cheap wire wrap/link wire

Looks good stuff. I need more colours too.

For prototyping I now use what I think used to be called Vero-wire. It has a fusible varnish that acts like a flux so that it can be soldered without stripping. Cool. 8) Only have two shades of orange though. :(
by flaxcottage
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 2217

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Took me 10 or 12 manual iterations in a spreadsheet to do the turnstile problem. I'd like to think a younger version of me could do it in his head. But is there a way to do it without iterating? A spreadsheet is the best way to solve the problem. Mathematically the difficulty is that three simultan...
by flaxcottage
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 2217

Re: Using BBC BASIC to teach programming concepts in 2017

Ah, so it would seem to a mathematical programmer! :lol: Socially, what happens in this exercise is: split a class into 3 groups (say 10 per group). a group splits into two smaller groups, one subgroup is the presenters, the other the receivers Each presenter sub-group gets a problem in a sealed env...
by flaxcottage
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hey!
Replies: 23
Views: 730

Re: Hey!

Welcome, Chris. :D
by flaxcottage
Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Convert master psu to bench psu
Replies: 17
Views: 280

Re: Convert master psu to bench psu

I second that - from experience. I have an old Farnell 0-30v, 0-2A variable PSU which is similar to the Thandar one.
by flaxcottage
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4684
Views: 316080

Re: Today I received.....

Good enough for a Beeb then? :)
by flaxcottage
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2790
Views: 221731

Re: LOLPRICE

Ah but the cheap one has no leads or PSU. They must be expensive!
by flaxcottage
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Not at the moment - just a BASIC program.

I'd like to get it working with LOGO but that would need a ROM.
by flaxcottage
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Not exactly software this but I have found a cheapish way to fit a pen to the plotter. The original pens, type 1CY14P5-N, for black, are very expensive and, as far as I can tell, are only available from a single company worldwide. The pens have to be made to order, which means expense and a long lea...
by flaxcottage
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Multi-purpose podule with a Raspberry Pi
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Multi-purpose podule with a Raspberry Pi

This sounds excellent - I think. :?

BITD I thought I understood electronics but now everyone talks way above my head.
by flaxcottage
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: general
Topic: Acorn magazine collections question
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Acorn magazine collections question

The mags might be online but there is no substitute for holding a paper copy in ones hand, I feel. :D
by flaxcottage
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Charlottesville, VA, USA!
Replies: 15
Views: 456

Re: Hello from Charlottesville, VA, USA!

Welcome, Robin. :D
by flaxcottage
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Back to Acorn
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Back to Acorn

Welcome. :D
by flaxcottage
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 286

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Thanks for the A3 image links guys.

Unfortunately the A3 one will not drive the A4 plotter properly. :(
by flaxcottage
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Archimedes A3000 to AKF30, possible ?
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Archimedes A3000 to AKF30, possible ?

My A3000 connects to my AKF30 monitor through a 9-pin to 15-pin VGA adapter. Then an old, 90s retro VGA cable completes the setup. Modern VGA cables will not work.
by flaxcottage
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 286

PLOTMATE A4 software

Having just taken delivery of a working Liner Graphics PlotMate A4 plotter I am keen to get it working properly. BITD when I had one of these it came with a system disk and an optional ROM. Both of these I need. I have hundreds of ROMs and ROM images but no PlotMate. There is a website http://www.cr...
by flaxcottage
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4684
Views: 316080

Re: Today I received.....

Managed to get my hands on a Plotmate A4 plotter. Yippee! I have always wanted one of these. Plotmate A4.jpg I have tested it without a pen attached and it appears to be fully working. I do love that warm, musty, old electronics smell. :D Now the challenge will be to source a suitable pen. I know BI...