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by SimonSideburns
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD
Replies: 125
Views: 6156

Re: ABUG SOUTH 1 to 3 June 2018 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

I'm going to make it my mission to attend this event next year, with a reasonable amount of kit, van, wife in tow and try to make a weekend of it.

If the photos of this years event are anything to go by this can only go from strength to strength for years to come.
by SimonSideburns
Tue May 08, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Maplin Electronics components list
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Maplin Electronics components list

As a follow on from my conversation (in the Maplin post) about components, I've formatted a list of parts I now have. I know the prices are 'Maplin' prices, so feel free to give me a list of what you would be interested in along with a price you'd like to pay, and we'll see where we go from there. I...
by SimonSideburns
Mon May 07, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 100
Views: 5208

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

I went into my local Maplin and bought some of those cabinets that have the pull-out drawers that hold bits and bobs. They were ones used by the shop to hold components etc. in the back of the store, and I got them for a reasonable price. I was mainly interested in the cabinets themselves to put a m...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Disk User No. 14 cover disc
Replies: 6
Views: 585

Re: Disk User No. 14 cover disc

I bought Disc (or was it Disk) User starting from issue 4 onward and I believe I still have the magazines and the floppies somewhere. There were some good programs on these. I recall issue 10 had a MODE 7 game called Orlond's Meanies - I don't think I ever got through to the end (but I seem to recal...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: web shop / ecommerce site
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: web shop / ecommerce site

One other suggestion. I know someone who owns a company selling (among other things) cables, and he uses software called Actinic. The cable company's website can be seen here: http://www.solentcables.co.uk The ecommerce software is here: https://www.actinic.co.uk/ I'm not sure of any of the technica...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: web shop / ecommerce site
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: web shop / ecommerce site

I am a member (and Secretary) of the Havant Men's Shed, and we have been using a free Weebly site as our main web page. I believe that Weebly also have e-commerce type of ability but we've never used that, so maybe take a look there to see if that's easy to use and affordable. http://www.weebly.com
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?
Replies: 73
Views: 3163

Re: Any short type-ins for unattended Beebs?

Attempt to write a program that draws non-overlapping filled circles onto the screen.

That takes some doing, and gets you thinking too, or try to write a mandelbrot drawing program (slow in BASIC but entertaining nonetheless).
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 25
Views: 934

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

I was not quite into double figures when the first computers came into our house in the early 1980s and while all the family used the machines (for games, typing in listings from magazines and enhancing them, and other miscellaneous uses), I think it was only me that became hooked on them and kept t...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Wife
Replies: 39
Views: 1527

Re: My Wife

What can I say that hasn't already been said before. So sorry to hear your sad news. Time is a great healer, so you have to take as much of it to grieve as you need, and hopefully family and friends are around you when you need them most. Having held my son in my arms at 6 months old while he passed...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: ART 4 Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: ART 4 Windows

It would be great to see ART on Android. Art in your pocket at any time.......and phones are just the right size. Yes, that was the idea I had. Much better than having to change my phone to one that runs Windows. Glad to see Richard taking a look at it. He's going to be a whole lot quicker than I a...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: ART 4 Windows
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: ART 4 Windows

Hi I've tried this program on my laptop and it works well. I've attempted to install BBC BASIC for Android and am trying to run Art 4 Windows on it but it crashes out with an error on line 0: File or path not found at line 0 I'm going to have a good look at the program to see if I can find anything ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Here's a zip file containing two double sided discs of images - the first 78 (I believe in date order from the forums). Ah, that's got the broken version of LDPIC on it which tramples all over memory that it doesn't own, and makes absolute references to filing system workspace, and some other thing...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Making reasonable progress with a Sudoku solver
Replies: 75
Views: 3231

Re: Making reasonable progress with a Sudoku solver

Those changes are superb.

The fact that the MODE 7 version is suitable for a standard Model B is great, and for those with extra RAM the Mode 1 version is so much clearer to see.

Great stuff.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Making reasonable progress with a Sudoku solver
Replies: 75
Views: 3231

Re: Making reasonable progress with a Sudoku solver

I have a suggestion: The Sudoku grid doesn't make it clear where the borders of the 3x3 grid are, thus making it harder to see the divisions. One way to solve this is to use a solid line for the border of each 3x3 region and a dotted line within to separate each single cell. Another way is to thicke...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Atomic AGD
Replies: 56
Views: 2998

Re: Atomic AGD

Great progress on this Kees. I've been playing with AGD on the Speccy for a while myself, and while I've not designed anything of release quality, I've often wondered about the possibilities of the system for other machines. I'd love something similar for the Beeb, and if it could be developed on Wi...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Here's a zip file containing two double sided discs of images - the first 78 (I believe in date order from the forums). Extract both discs, load disc 'a' into drive 0 and 'b' into drive 1, then shift-break to watch. It's simply a BASIC program, so pressing ESCAPE at any time will return you back to ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

I've been loving these pictures. Has anyone created compressed versions of these and shoved them on a disc or multiple discs to create a slideshow? If not, I'm quite happy to try to do so, but just wanted to avoid duplication of work if they'd already been converted. I don't know how many will fit o...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Most disappointing conversions from other systems
Replies: 60
Views: 3891

Re: Most disappointing conversions from other systems

For me, Atic Atac was one of those that was most disappointing on the Beeb. It just didn't seem right considering that it required a high number of colours and on the Beeb that meant MODE 2 with its fat pixels when compared to the Spectrum version.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Here's a couple more (I've realised you can right-click on the teletext area of the edit.tf site and save image, but for some reason they come out square):

North Pole:
North Pole.png
Stockings:
Stocking on wall.png
Grinch:
The Grinch.png
House and snow:
House snow.png
by SimonSideburns
Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

I just displayed the file in the edit.tf website then used an old version of Paint Shop Pro to grab the screen then crop it to the teletext window.

Not very good (and I didn't know that the edit.tf site had an export image option).
by SimonSideburns
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

Yes, very nice MODE 7 pictures.

Here's another of mine. Christmas Candle.
Christmas Candle.png
by SimonSideburns
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

guesser wrote:Does mode 7 art count? Maybe should be disqualified because I didn't create it on a Beeb :^o
I've got some of those I did for Teletext Advent Calendar last year.

This sort of thing:
Christmas Snowman.png
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 21165

Re: Acorn Art Thread

I have pictures I have converted to BBC Micro Screens that would be ideal for this thread if it didn't feel like cheating when there is software that does it for you.

What do others think?
by SimonSideburns
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Snake from Your Computer
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: Snake from Your Computer

After a small play, a few observations: Your tail never gets erased. When you die your length is always 3 (which is the value it starts off at). You do not die when hitting your own tail You die when you hit the screen border A series of 5 squares arranged in a diamond shape are automatically cleare...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4634
Views: 311909

Re: Today I received.....

My haul today, collected from the mother-in-law's attic (and partly Acorn related) is: Atari ST1040F computer Commodore 1084S monitor Philips CM8833 monitor (already have his younger brother, the CM8833-II) Atari SM124 monitor. All in unknown condition but were working when last used in early 2000s....
by SimonSideburns
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The Savestate thread!
Replies: 43
Views: 11831

Re: The Savestate thread!

Interesting thread.

I do recall once finishing Imogen. That had quite the ending. Very cinematic from what I remember.

Haven't played it for some time so it would be worth taking it on again.

Saved states a must I would have thought.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: community projects
Topic: Provisional STL DDFS 2.0 User Manual
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Provisional STL DDFS 2.0 User Manual

I have also manually typed it back in (...) along with most of the errors. Argh. So.... want... to.... correct those errors. ;) It would be so interesting to see what changed between this provisional manual and the actual one that was sent out. I touch type and had to make my fingers follow what wa...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: community projects
Topic: Provisional STL DDFS 2.0 User Manual
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Provisional STL DDFS 2.0 User Manual

I have painstakingly scanned in the above named document. I have also manually typed it back in (which was always going to be quicker than trying to use OCR) along with most of the errors. I'll leave it up to the viewer to correct anything found (if they wish). I'm happy to attach both the PDF and T...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: NuLA demos
Replies: 130
Views: 9491

Re: NuLA demos

I am in agreement that these pictures look fabulous.

Shame I'm limited for funds at the moment or I would have ordered one.

Will save up and get one later in the year hopefully.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: ADFS 1.30 disassembly
Replies: 64
Views: 5249

Re: ADFS 1.30 disassembly

daveejhitchins wrote:I may get a little time this evening, though. After that it'll be next Thursday, as I'm taking my Dad home to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Dave H :D
My neck of the woods. I'm near Waterlooville just 'over the hill' from Portsmouth.