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by SimonSideburns
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Second 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm
Replies: 55
Views: 987

Re: First 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm

I am able to pop in and out, and if I get my Beeb area tidy by then I could demonstrate cleaning of a floppy disc with IPA prior to export to the datacentre, as was discussed on the forum recently with a new member. I could also bring out my Spectrum in a briefcase that I mentioned at the last ABUG ...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Cub Monitor Question
Replies: 36
Views: 1115

Re: Cub Monitor Question

Fingers crossed all goes well.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 1073

Re: Virtual ABug?

I'd be interested in popping in/out of a virtual ABUG. Sounds like a great idea. I doubt I'll be able to contribute much in the way of current projects and our home is a bit of a bombsite at the moment, so I'll likely watch and learn what everyone else is getting up to.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton 3: Emulator/RNG issue
Replies: 72
Views: 1954

Re: Repton 3: Emulator/RNG issue

Cheers for the alt versions, folks. Can confirm it’s happening with the version from STH. I’ll try these and see what happens. Just mildly annoying that the ‘success’ case (enter password) is very quick to test, but the ‘error’ case requires me to play thru screens A-D to test. Silver linings thoug...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 37
Views: 1543

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

My wife had unusually high temperature (41.2°C at one point) last week so we've been self-isolating too. Thankfully we had a reasonable amount of dry goods in the house, and we've been working through a stash of meat that was bought and frozen, but it's the day to day things like porridge oats, eggs...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Can anyone play CANASTA?
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Can anyone play CANASTA?

My old flatmate used to play Canasta on his desktop PC within Windows. It had a number of sampled speech files included that would be played as you went along, such as "Welcome to Canasta". I never did learn to play it myself, though.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Regex for UK Telephone Numbers
Replies: 19
Views: 615

Re: Regex for UK Telephone Numbers

Like we're all saying, it's a total mish-mash of conflicting, confusing, and downright random at times mess. I do wish the whole thing was changed, for the better, with complete updating to a more modern scheme, with future proofing built in, and without trying to preserve any old fashioned notion o...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Regex for UK Telephone Numbers
Replies: 19
Views: 615

Re: Regex for UK Telephone Numbers

What is interesting is that Portsmouth and Southampton share the area code 023, originally with 92 representing Portsmouth and 80 representing Southampton. This was at the time of the big switch over (or whatever it was called) back in 2000. Calling my house from within the 023 area I simply need to...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Retro 5 extension lead
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: Retro 5 extension lead

I had that exact same thing. Might still have it somewhere. Masterplug if memory serves me correctly. I recall that as time went on and the older it became, the more brittle the plastic became and if you screwed a plug together a bit too tightly the screw post could crack, and then you have a useles...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: programming
Topic: zero page addresses help please
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: zero page addresses help please

The most obvious thing to check is to make sure you're pulling the correct values back off the stack.

If your routine pulls or pushes anything else during operation and you have a mismatched number of pushes or pulls, the registers will end up not containing their original contents.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D
Replies: 82
Views: 4055

Re: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D

colinhoad wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:53 pm
How about this?

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All I see is a broken image icon. When I copy and paste the URL into my browser I get a message saying the file doesn't exist anymore.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Blast Annual 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Blast Annual 2020

Only 19 days to go and not even 50% of the way there.

Good chance that this kickstarter won't make it.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Blast Annual 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Blast Annual 2020

Talking about this Annual, the kickstarter went live a few weeks back and they now only have a few more weeks to find out if it goes ahead or not.

The kickstarter (which doesn't seem to be all that well promoted) can be found here if you are thinking about backing the project.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next
Replies: 80
Views: 6162

Re: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next

I wonder if you could use the nULA and the Pi Copro to emulate the Spectrum, on a Beeb core, on a Spectrum Next?

Wouldn't that be something :-)
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next
Replies: 80
Views: 6162

Re: Beeb FPGA port to Spectrum Next

All I can say is WOW!

What a great example of how flexible the Next is.

I can't wait to receive mine (I ordered an Accelerated model). If it arrives before my birthday in early April I'll be a happy bunny.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D
Replies: 82
Views: 4055

Re: Who's ready for... guess that game! ;D

It's the one (the name escapes me) where you go around the multi-screen map trying to locate objects - the first level is to collect the key then go to the box that looks like a safe. You can move around in 8 directions and fire in 8 directions, you cannot touch the walls as they are electrified, an...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Hampshire
Replies: 24
Views: 556

Re: Hello from Hampshire

Welcome :-) It'd be great to meet up at some point and discuss all things Acorny There's a Southampton user group meeting tomorrow! https://www.riscository.com/2020/southampton-user-group-meeting-10th-march/ Bryan. I went along once a few years ago, and still receive an email in advance of every me...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Hampshire
Replies: 24
Views: 556

Re: Hello from Hampshire

"It's a small world after all" as the lyrics say. It'd be great to meet up at some point and discuss all things Acorny, as long as that doesn't seem too corney. It's good to have another Beeb fan close by. I'm also reasonably handy with a soldering iron. It's just the fault finding bit that I'm not ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Robot arm - free for postage
Replies: 16
Views: 580

Re: Robot arm - free for postage

https://youtu.be/_JR8kqPSdgg Ha! Nice! I presume there's some sort of "lower the arm" instruction in the program? If the Break key does nothing until you release it, then can't you add a "raise the arm" instruction to the program, making sure you've allowed enough time for the arm to lower itself a...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Hampshire
Replies: 24
Views: 556

Re: Hello from Hampshire

Greetings I'm in Hampshire too. Just outside of Portsmouth. Maybe stick a pin into the map available on the "Where is everyone" thread. It's worth checking out the Southern ABUG meetings (usually there's one around September time and again in November, then towards the end of January) where several ...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Finding my old school equipment (Sheffield)
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Finding my old school equipment (Sheffield)

I wasn't really on the ball when it came to phoning Educational establishments to see about recovering old Acorn kit, and missed out greatly. I tried again a few years back just on the off chance that some old bits and bobs might still be languishing in the back of an old store cupboard, for example...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Creating a database from disk images on a DataCentre
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Creating a database from disk images on a DataCentre

Yes. Yes, you have. Well done. :wink: Export, import, (consult the user guide often). You'd think that after a bout of archiving the commands would stay forever burned into my brain, but sadly, not. Basically, I'm asking for a Finder- or Explorer-type app for Beebs with DataCentres. :idea: I hadn't...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Phoebe Schematics rev 1
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: Phoebe Schematics rev 1

Unless the schematics of the chips went up in flames along with the cases, there would be some surviving evidence somewhere, but I'd imagine it's going to be quite rare. One other option I've heard about is removing the surface a chip to take high resolution scans of the silicon itself, but I very m...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Creating a database from disk images on a DataCentre
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Creating a database from disk images on a DataCentre

I may be rambling here but I have an idea and don't know if it's possible or would be well received. I have a Retroclinic DataCentre. I've EXPORTed several floppy disks from multiple locations and would like to make some sort of database of the files on all the disk images. I could do something with...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Not HDMI or DP as I know it
Replies: 10
Views: 488

Re: Not HDMI or DP as I know it

What's on the other end of the cable? Another of the same thing, or something different?
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Robot arm - free for postage
Replies: 16
Views: 580

Re: Robot arm - free for postage

For those of us who have a DataCentre with a USB port on the front, I wonder how simple it would be to somehow control it that way?

I still haven't looked into this myself but it does seem like some of the work is already done.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Renovating my original BBC B
Replies: 29
Views: 949

Re: Renovating my original BBC B

I took the two rom files SYS1132 and SYS2132 and using a small BASIC program I opened both for input, a third file for output and interleaved them into the output file. I was annoyed at the end of that that the resulting file still appeared to contain random data, and no obvious readable text. I did...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: *FOUND* PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: PULL DOWN RAM DRIVER V1.0 by R.S.ANDERSON

Pernod wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:44 pm
Coming soon to MAME
There seems to be no end to your talents.

Great job.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Renovating my original BBC B
Replies: 29
Views: 949

Re: Renovating my original BBC B

I've been through those ROMs and saved the full file on all of them. I've also added a couple of files on side 2, and renamed a couple of files. I've updated both the attachments in the post a few above. I couldn't find ROM 2 of the SYS 2.5K, so it's likely I didn't have it at all. There's not even ...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Renovating my original BBC B
Replies: 29
Views: 949

Re: Renovating my original BBC B

The commands I used to make the dumps are in the C.ROMSAVE BASIC program. Is there anything there that would suggest an issue? I don't know how the *MOVE command (from ADT) works so I just used it without checking if it worked well or not. I could add a byte or two to the *MOVE command if required,...