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by SimonSideburns
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL

Non destructive scanning only, this is an item from the Museum's archive and we have to treat it with respect and with all the handling advice that the museum provides. I realised that, but back in the day there were magazines that were small and were held together with staples, so it wouldn't be t...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD
Replies: 716
Views: 33044

Re: RGB to HDMI using a Pi Zero and a small CPLD

I don't know what it is about Windows 3.1x but seeing the Program Manager like this brings back many memories of when I used to use Windows back in the day. Everything was much simpler back then.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL

3.5" floppies containing a RISCIX backup (not sure what can be done with them) 5.25" floppies that are resisting export to Data Centre (they may be copy protected as some are original floppies). Does anyone have a kryoflux and 5.25" drive that may be able to try to read the floppies? Please bring t...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL

What's an extra two quid per person attending for the whole weekend? Nothing.

You can't even buy a Euromillions ticket with that.

Thanks for letting us know though.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL

Hi, This is a long shot, but it is important, so I will ask anyway... Would anyone be able to scan a magazine whilst at ABUG? It is in storage box MAG53 and is entitles "Games Computing" September 1984 Ideally, the full magazine would need scanning. Less than ideally, but better than nothing, I wou...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability
Replies: 34
Views: 724

Re: 1MHz bus and JIM interoperability

I have both a Music 500 (or is it 5000, I never know) and a DataCentre (external). I was going to suggest I bring them to the next Abug as I have just booked a table, but I don't know anything about updating firmware so would need someone with experience to help.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL

Hi guys. We'll be up on Friday (travelling from Hampshire), and will leave Sunday afternoon. Looking forward to coming along and meeting those who will be there. Have a few things I could bring, including: Hardware A BBC B with multi-coloured key tops. I posted pictures of this machine a while back ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wtd: Viglen Sideways Rom cartridges +
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Wtd: Viglen Sideways Rom cartridges +

Resuscitating an old thread here but I've just acquired a few. Are they the black covers that are screwed together and have an edge connector that comes out of the bottom which sits in a protective cap? I've just acquired 8 if you're still looking for some. I've yet to open them up to check which RO...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - NOW FULL
Replies: 156
Views: 5248

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - ONE PLACE LEFT

Now a full table has become available, I'm trying to convince the wife that it would be a good weekend away. I have to act fast though before the remaining space is taken. I have amassed some recent bits (in another post) and it would be good to bring the RISCIX backup to see if anyone can do anythi...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Pile of bits I went through today
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Pile of bits I went through today

wonder what's on the teletext discs... might be telesoftware downloads... :D I'll take a look... (checks discs for mould)... Most likely to be telesoftware. First few discs wouldn't read, but some of the later ones have. TELETEXT-009 for example has files labelled: ASSEM, EX20, EFFECTS, FLASH, G/RE...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Pile of bits I went through today
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Pile of bits I went through today

On that note, what do people suggest removing surface mould from affected discs? I'm assuming it's a gentle wipe with some IPA but unfortunately I don't have any. I remembered I had an original new in packaging 3.5" floppy drive cleaner disk complete with cleaning fluid which I understand to be IPA...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Pile of bits I went through today
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Pile of bits I went through today

The RISCiX floppies may well be interesting, particularly the 21 disk backup! :shock: I wouldn't know the first thing about what system it was from, nor how to extract the backup, so best I can do here is ask in the forum who would know and can they do anything with it? Today I braved the big cupbo...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Pile of bits I went through today
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Pile of bits I went through today

Today I had the pleasure of looking through a box of bits that I picked up a couple of days ago from someone up in Liverpool. Looks like whoever owned the items had worked in or around schools, or had picked up the items from a school when the school moved on to other systems. Included I have the fo...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5241
Views: 390681

Re: Today I received.....

Not strictly today but three days ago, a box of bits from a chap selling them on Facebook. Mostly software, floppies, ROM cartridges, books, tapes and a few chips, along with a bunch of ARM stuff. I luckily was travelling halfway up the country from Hampshire to just outside of Leeds anyway, so the ...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Disc Doctor interference
Replies: 59
Views: 1202

Re: Disc Doctor interference

CMcDougall wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:01 pm
think ADT poops just one game, can't mind what it was :?
Pretty sure the game that gets messed up is Pipeline.

Glitching and graphical errors.
by SimonSideburns
Sun May 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?

BeebMan2018 wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 10:02 pm
Where do i do that ?
The Attachments area below the text entry area, then you can place them inline into the post at the current cursor position.
by SimonSideburns
Sun May 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?
Replies: 37
Views: 600

Re: INPUT Magazine Listing / Electron Error ?

Hi, Im not sure if this will work but ive uploaded a photo to Photobucket ! On a side note can anyone recommend a good image hosting service thats free and fast. Photobucket used to be quite good but its currently NFFP Not Fit For Purpose and i need something thats fast and simple as i dont have ti...
by SimonSideburns
Sun May 05, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Doom?
Replies: 123
Views: 5609

Re: Doom?

Can't wait to see more videos of the various screen modes, dithering, etc. versions, as I don't have the necessary hardware to give it a play until I save some £££s for the necessary upgrades (namely PiTube and nULA).
by SimonSideburns
Wed May 01, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Customizing SPEECH! by Superior Software
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Customizing SPEECH! by Superior Software

Those words are interesting. I remember back in the day I couldn't even get Speech! to say bed. I tried all sorts of combinations, such as behd, but nothing sounded quite right.

I might have to try again after studying your list further.
by SimonSideburns
Wed May 01, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: BBC Micro and Acorn Electron demo effects
Replies: 69
Views: 2812

Re: Acorn Electron demo effects

I am indeed using Chrome, but I can try from my smart TV which has a Youtube app built in, and will let you know the outcome.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: BBC Micro and Acorn Electron demo effects
Replies: 69
Views: 2812

Re: Acorn Electron demo effects

Strange.

I can see the one mimicking ZX Spectrum loading bars, but the rest come up as:

The video does not exist.

I'm in the UK too.
by SimonSideburns
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1998

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

It also doesn't let you do XOR plotting, but that's a bit fiddlier. Yes, that's a very good point. It can easily be forgotten that in order for XOR plotting to work correctly (specified either with GCOL 3 or 4, or by using an 'inverting' PLOT code) every pixel must be plotted just once . Quite rece...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Assembly language text adventure
Replies: 78
Views: 2108

Re: Assembly language text adventure

If nothing else, to make it clearer to read your code, you ought to enclose it in code tags within the forum.

Code: Select all

Here's an example
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1998

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

Provides both filled and unfilled circles in BASIC using only INTEGERS, ADDITION and SUBTRACTION. I'm sure it would be trivial to convert into machine code if speed was vitally important. It could be sped up a bit as it plots each physical horizontal line twice, due to using logical pixels instead ...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC
Replies: 50
Views: 1998

Re: Drawing a circle in BBC BASIC

This code: L. 10MODE2 20REPEAT 30r%=RND(512):h%=RND(1280):v%=RND(1024):c%=RND(8)-1 40IFRND(2)=1 PROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) ELSE PROCfilledcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 50UNTIL FALSE 100DEFPROCcircle(h%,v%,r%,c%) 110VDU 29,h%;v%;:GCOL 0,c% 120x%=r%:y%=0 130LET z%=x%/2 135REPEAT 140PLOT 69,x%,y% 150PLOT 69,x%,-y% ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

marcusjambler wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:22 pm
This is interesting :D

plasma3.jpg
Those weird blobs at the bottom right occur if the palette wraps around. It then has to get from 15 to 0 in a small number of pixels. The latest version is using all 15 colours so it could work nicely with nULA with a gradient.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

I wasn't quite happy with it so a few tweaks later (not really sure what I'm doing, just trying to make it look a bit better) and here's the latest incarnation: Here's the latest code: 10 REM PLASMA 20 REM SIMON FERRE' 30 MODE2:g=RND(-TIME) 40 VDU 19,1,4,0,0,0,19,2,1,0,0,0,19,3,5,0,0,0,19,4,2,0,0,0,...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Plasma effect in BASIC
Replies: 7
Views: 462

Re: Plasma effect in BASIC

AndyF wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:15 pm
Perhaps this ought to go into the 'short type ins' topic ?
I did contemplate this, but I wasn't sure it was short enough. It would probably take 10 minutes for an average typist to enter into the Beeb.

I've also been modifying it further. I will post an update later.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Art Thread
Replies: 790
Views: 52416

Re: Acorn Art Thread

pixelblip wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:24 pm
That's very interesting Simon...........well done =D>
I like the patterns in the second one alot......you could make a nice tablecloth with that :D
Thanks. That means a lot.