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by SimonSideburns
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Stardot possibly hacked?
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: Stardot possibly hacked?

I also receive email from random unknown email addresses with a from address containing the name of someone I know (and a few of those people are dead), so every time I receive one I mark it as spam and block the sender. A couple of clicks and a minor inconvenience, but should be worth it in the lon...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Formatting floppy’s
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Formatting floppy’s

What is diskfault 00/00/00? Sometimes it's good to go back to basics to explain things in a simple way so it is easier to understand for all! That wasn't a dig at other replies, but I think it helps others if we sometimes realise not everyone is at the same level of understanding. Any star command ...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello - BBC B Newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 366

Re: Hello - BBC B Newbie

Hi and welcome to the forum. It's good that you have saved this machine from its sorry existence in a box for years unloved. I too was at school in the 1980s when BBC computers started being introduced into schools. We had one on a trolley desk thing that could be shared by two classrooms when I was...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: A whole TV station worth of kit
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: A whole TV station worth of kit

My, what a large list that is.

nearly 90 pages with 30 items per page.

I've not noticed anything Acorn related yet, but I'm only on page 10.

Lot 1044 - Cumana (BBC Micro) floppy disk drive.

Lot 1924 - Cambridge Z88 computer.

That's the only vintage computer related items I found in the list.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: A whole TV station worth of kit
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: A whole TV station worth of kit

My, what a large list that is.

nearly 90 pages with 30 items per page.

I've not noticed anything Acorn related yet, but I'm only on page 10.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: miscellaneous new bbc and electron games
Topic: BBC AGD Games
Replies: 23
Views: 2613

Re: BBC AGD Games

The only one I know of is ROBOT - The Impossible Mission I just played through ROBOT - The Impossible Mission on the web based emulator and managed to complete it on Medium difficulty level with two lives remaining, and there were some quite odd glitches with sprites. It seems like sprites were pic...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Received bad news last week
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Re: Received bad news last week

Thanks for all your lovely messages. It is very comforting to have such lovely friends who share common interests. I will certainly take you up on that offer of a chat in Southsea at some point Matt, once we are all able to stand two metres apart without risk. My wife and I don't drink alcohol - we'...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Received bad news last week
Replies: 20
Views: 532

Received bad news last week

I haven't been visiting the forum much of late but even less so since Thursday just gone as I received bad news Thursday morning when my mum phoned me at 10am to say my dad died at home overnight. He was 66. He didn't suffer any long term medical conditions, so there's no sensible reason why at the ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in 6502 Assembly
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: Drawing a circle in 6502 Assembly

I ran this in BeebEm. It's very quick.

I also then did:

Code: Select all

CLS:CALL demo:CALL demo
And was surprised to find the routine draws the circles on the first pass, then erases them on the second.

Also interesting is to do:

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MODE 5:CALL demo
That gives quite a pleasant effect.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Odd (To Me) Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: Odd (To Me) Keyboard

Colday wrote:
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:29 am
Are you able to provide us with a look at that Simon? It's quite interesting as I believe the straight and angled black keyswitches were both Futaba, not the white ones.
Unfortunately it was only the text above. There were no pictures or other information.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: TR-3 EXtra backup tapes
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: TR-3 EXtra backup tapes

I had mixed success with this project. Firstly, the larger tapes (the 2.2Gb uncompressed) TR3-EXtra ones had completely seized. The tape wouldn't turn. I opened each tape very carefully (three or four small screws on the underside) and checked the rollers and elastic belts, and gently persuaded the ...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Odd (To Me) Keyboard
Replies: 7
Views: 347

Re: Odd (To Me) Keyboard

The description of the various key caps as displayed in the WeServe catalogue from March 1991 had the following descriptions for four key switch types: BBC B Key Switch - P.E.D. (black +hole) BBC B Key Switch - SMK (black straight) BBC B Key Switch - Futaba (white) BBC B Key Switch - Wong (black &an...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Music 500/5000 cable question
Replies: 16
Views: 549

Re: Music 500/5000 cable question

Is there enough space on the case of the Music 500/5000 to fit in some case mounted RCA sockets, or a SCART socket (depending on what outputs you need)?

You could then completely ignore the DIN socket.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: LET me ask a stupid quieston
Replies: 25
Views: 831

Re: LET me ask a stupid quieston

I had an Oric 1 back in the day, and I can't quite remember if LET was required or not, but I am going to say it was needed.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: TR-3 EXtra backup tapes
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: TR-3 EXtra backup tapes

I managed to source what I hope to be a compatible Travan tape drive today for £15 on ebay and quite local to me too. It didn't come with any software or cables, but I just have to find a suitable PC to shove it in and I'll then have to figure out what software I used. Not sure how I'll work that ou...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: TR-3 EXtra backup tapes
Replies: 4
Views: 296

TR-3 EXtra backup tapes

I have been going through one of the metal sheds at the bottom of my garden with a view to replacing soggy mouldy cardboard boxes with plastic crates, with a goal to work my way around the shed lining it with polystyrene insulation. I'm mostly done with the polystyrene, and every cardboard box has b...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Clogger: variant with level data files?!
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: Clogger: variant with level data files?!

I loved Clogger back in the day, but I only ever played the version given away with The Micro User.

I found it interesting, and a bit of a challenge, but I never saw anything other than maybe the first couple of levels.

I can't remember how many levels were on the TMU version.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can MODE 3 or MODE 6 display graphics?
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Can MODE 3 or MODE 6 display graphics?

I have often wondered if it would be possible to tweak (for no reason other than seeing if it is possible) the OS into allowing PLOTting and DRAWing in MODE 3 or MODE 6. I was in the bath the other night reading the AUG (which I never had a copy of back in the day) and address &361 stores a byte tha...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991

That's fabulous. Really appreciated.

And now it's available in the Internet Archive for future generations to view and see what crazy prices things were back in the still relatively early days of the IBM PC.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991

I had a look at ScanTailor and it's very good. My only concern is that somehow the original 35Mb PDF file (which I had to go online and get converted to separate JPG files to save me scanning it again) once put through ScanTailor changed into a 155Mb PDF but now in the right page order. I'm not sure...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991

I'd never heard of Scan Tailor before, and now I know why. Edit: I've now found an executable, so I'm going to have a look at the software myself. I tried to find an executable of the program so I could have a look at it myself, but even though I downloaded a zip file through Github the files were j...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991

Here's the PDF of the catalogue. Because it is A4 folded into an A5 booklet, rather than scan each page separately I took the (rusty) staples out, placed them in my scanner's multi-sheet feeder and fed them through automatically, saving the results directly as a PDF file. While that saves me time, i...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: scanning of books, magazines, ads and letters
Topic: WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991
Replies: 7
Views: 571

WeServe catalogue, 15th March 1991

I've been sorting out a metal shed at the bottom of our garden, and getting stuff out in order to be able to insulate it somewhat as it currently suffers from some condensation issues. Part of this tidyup is replacing cardboard boxes (that have gone soft and mouldy) with plastic crates, and chucking...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid
Replies: 65
Views: 2707

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R07 - Arkanoid

I used to love playing this back in the day and I could rack up quite the score - well into the 100,000s. But, and here's a big but, it was too fast for me, so in order to slow it down I used to hold down the pause and unpause keys all the way through. Keeping those two held down (DELETE and COPY if...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: I need to learn
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: I need to learn

What you are looking for (hopefully) is an option in the print dialog for printing a document in booklet format. That will get the pages into the right ranges so no guillotine will be required.

Fingers crossed you find that option, as it will save you time and effort for the future.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: past weeknight 'developer' sessions
Topic: Weeknight 'Virtual' Dev session #2, Thursday 10th September 2020, 7pm - 10pm
Replies: 55
Views: 2832

Re: Weeknight 'Virtual' Dev session #2, Thursday 10th September 2020, 7pm - 10pm

I'll happily attend. I'm not currently working on anything in particular, but will happily observe.

It might be the only chance I have to attend as the choir I belong to are restarting the following Thursday.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: New: in-browser BBC BASIC for SDL 2.0
Replies: 34
Views: 1321

Re: New: in-browser BBC BASIC for SDL 2.0

Would it be possible to load a local file? E.g. appending ?chain=file://blablabla.bbc to the URL. I tried it but nothing seemed to happen.

Also, is the 32k memory limit in place (like in the trial version)?
by SimonSideburns
Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Picked up some unusual equipment today
Replies: 16
Views: 1247

Re: Picked up some unusual equipment today

Still no photographs, but that's mainly due to spending the last three weeks watching snooker on the telly. I decided to take a look at the tower PC and connections to the "track eye" device. I opened up the tower PC first, and took a look at what is in it. The motherboard is an ASUS board with inte...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Picked up some unusual equipment today
Replies: 16
Views: 1247

Re: Picked up some unusual equipment today

Do you know what the company was called? Yes, it is called Semcon. They still exist, they were just closing this particular office. From what I gather from speaking to the lady overseeing the removal of everything from the office, they used to be given a brand new car that had been built which they...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: Picked up some unusual equipment today
Replies: 16
Views: 1247

Re: Picked up some unusual equipment today

I've finally got around to opening up the full tower PC case to see what's inside. There's an ASUS Motherboard with built in SCSI, with a Pentium II (with MMX) in. I can't see anywhere the speed of CPU. 1 x Fujitsu IDE HDD 3 x Seagate Cheetah SCSI HDDs 1 x SCSI CD-ROM drive (Toshiba) and several exp...

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