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by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 4415

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Apart from disk operation straight from the box, all I can think of for improvements came after the BBC's release anyway, such as integrated MIDI or other such gubbins which would have hiked the price ever higher to the heavens. Perhaps you could wonder what existed on the BBC that you would have ta...
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 4415

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

Here's an idea which is almost entirely cosmetic, but might have helped sales: change the OS ROM so the power-up screen has a nice colourful graphic. It's all very well to boot into a few lines of white text in mode 7, but it might not impress the punters. I'm so sure of that, given the BBC's retin...
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 70
Views: 7734

Re: Beeb Spotting

Ay ay ay, that's what my house looks like! Modern and retro PCs to do the Fairlight work, a stack of micros, syndrums and a very nearly garish looking MIDI guitar. (A Yamaha in the video, if I'm not mistaken.)
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4146

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

I played Elite at school. I saw exactly what all the fuss was about and it was the boxed version with all the paperwork. I had it all to myself for hours, the payoff of being one of the only kids still wanting to use the machine by the turn of the 90s. Though I've not studied it for years. How does ...
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4146

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

I came across Ghouls a few years ago and thought it was such a novelty having a BBC inside my 64. Physics were a national disgrace though, so I never stuck it for long. I wonder if the older brother games players, in their late 40s by now, have different muscle memories than those a few years younge...
by Commie_User
Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4146

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

Thanks for all the answers. So there's my answer - Repton wasn't so hot on the 64 anyway, the window was smaller and the style was passe and seemingly copied. I have one or two thoughts about the bits though. I have played the BBC Repton, the only 'proper' experience, given the reception given to it...
by Commie_User
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!
Replies: 58
Views: 2605

Re: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!

I love old programmes and noticed sometimes the colour would drain with the caption roller superimposed, especially with film. I bet the rollers were usually motorised and turned under a rostrum camera. One closing credit of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em had the credit roller shift on the screen as it mo...
by Commie_User
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 2223

Re: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?

We had one lonely BBC B at our secondary school, to my knowledge until I left in '96. Fewer and fewer people used it and I don't think even the staff did when I was the last one I remember operating the thing. I can't imagine it lasted long after I left. By the end, I'm the only one I remember using...
by Commie_User
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 70
Views: 7734

Re: Beeb Spotting

The BBC on Tomorrow's World in 1984, for the eyes or something: https://youtu.be/TXr8E37ClF8?t=556
by Commie_User
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 70
Views: 7734

Re: Beeb Spotting

Acorn Archimedes, with graphic, in a 1993 episode of MINDER: https://youtu.be/H3DADOCBOfQ?t=1106

https://youtu.be/H3DADOCBOfQ?t=1422
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: general
Topic: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!
Replies: 58
Views: 2605

Re: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!

It was the engineering challenge of Colour Recovery that appealed to me, and there's a satisfaction in seeing, for the first time in 50 years, the original colours that the set and costume designers chose back then. By contrast colourisation is just guesswork (unless one has contemporary colour mat...
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4146

Re: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

I only knew of Repton on the 64 until I looked into BBC games only a few years ago. I don't want this topic to be a hate match either, it's just I find it fascinating how Repton can be such a polarising game. Usually it's been a case of one version of a game being not so good as the same one on anot...
by Commie_User
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?
Replies: 88
Views: 4146

Why was Repton so loved by BBC users yet so disliked by the Commies?

Repton 3 got a panning at least: https://archive.org/details/zzapp_64_issue_023_600dpi/page/n21 I can't stand Repton. Compared to the Boulder Dashes, I do indeed find them contrived, clumsy and needlessly involved. Later on from Zzap, Commodore Format used to mock the games as most of us really did...
by Commie_User
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!
Replies: 58
Views: 2605

Re: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!

I presume you can colourise anything. By the late 80s, superb colour jobs were already made on movies like It's A Wonderful Life and so many Laurel And Hardys. The only factor now must be time and elbow grease. Does it take long and whatever happened to the colourisers which were supposed to be bund...
by Commie_User
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?
Replies: 23
Views: 1450

Re: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?

I think we've our Star Winner tonight: At Uni living in digs,one of my flat mates had a 29 gallon aquarium controlled mostly by a BBC B. He had the lights on a seasonal timer routine, a primitive C02 sensor attached for the plants (which triggered a valve on a fire extinguisher he stole from somewhe...
by Commie_User
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!
Replies: 58
Views: 2605

Re: Morecambe & Wise restored using BBC BASIC!

Bloody hell.

I wonder how fast that would take on a real BBC!
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: general
Topic: What was your most shining BBC moment at school?
Replies: 23
Views: 1450

What was your most shining BBC moment at school?

Your magnum opus , your trademark Quant creation? I can't say I did much past poncing about with BASIC and entertaining some mates during a wet playtime with very crude type-ins I somehow saved to the PC network. But this guy got his school's old BBC to something something, something about chemicals...
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 70
Views: 7734

Re: Beeb Spotting

Preserved in aspic.

It guarantees to age you double, instantly.

And look at the large incantation in the cabinet: GAME OVER. That's it, curtains buddy. You're in the morgue now!
by Commie_User
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: How much of this is just rose-tinted specs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1145

Re: How much of this is just rose-tinted specs?

Well as you say, all these bits of wonder gear are way more complex and miniaturised for a Sinclair enthusiast to possibly replicate nowadays. No garden shed could accommodate it. And people wouldn't want to. I think they see those days as akin to when we had our backsides hanging from our trousers....
by Commie_User
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5526
Views: 452318

Re: Today I received.....

You'll be fitting it, to a BBC I presume?
by Commie_User
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Disassembly of Orlond's Meanies (written by Terry Blunt)
Replies: 9
Views: 710

Re: Disassembly of Orlond's Meanies (written by Terry Blunt)

We had sprite killer, reset and pokefinder cartridges on the C64. Out of interest, would it be reliable to automate a process like this for the BBC?
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Nostalgia Nerd - BBC Domesday Project
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Nostalgia Nerd - BBC Domesday Project

Playing devil's advocate, that sounds more an obscure fact than a basic one. Myself, I'd consider a lot of these videos educational anyway as there seems enough info for general coverage. And I think I learn more from videos than if they were dry. Though maybe I'm biased today. I live in Reading and...
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: general
Topic: British Micro Federation
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: British Micro Federation

Well as everything goes around in a circle, I feel convinced all this bondage will eventually lead to a resurgence of physical media. That and the torrent culture securing its future along with its present. People always want what's theirs. It fails under socialism and communism when the state dicta...
by Commie_User
Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Nostalgia Nerd - BBC Domesday Project
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Nostalgia Nerd - BBC Domesday Project

I never bargained all these museum pieces may have ended up saved for posterity by Youtube channels or we collectors, of whatever measure. I just hope there are enough of the nerdy unborn to keep our collections shipshape when we all go up the chimney. And there's this radio documentary as well, whi...
by Commie_User
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5526
Views: 452318

Re: Today I received.....

I see you're quite a Star Trek family with the Dalek sitting there.


[backing away a little] Now then, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1..... :D ;)
by Commie_User
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: British Micro Federation
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: British Micro Federation

Well I put that here because of what was said earlier about the Cloud and whatnot.

Looks a pretty disturbing development to me. Just with games, you don't just have a download and that's it, until the hard disk knackers. Some git with a mouse decides how long or often you access it.
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: general
Topic: British Micro Federation
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: British Micro Federation

Screw not having any physical download copies of your apps or data: E-readers like the Kindle have revolutionized how we consume written work. Now, instead of having to go all the way to a bookstore to buy a book that you'll put on your shelf and never read, you can buy dozens of books you'll never ...
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: British Micro Federation
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: British Micro Federation

I smell the explanation coming up....
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: British Micro Federation
Replies: 35
Views: 1520

Re: British Micro Federation

You mean that alone guaranteed the common OS as the conquering factor? The concept itself had no superior qualities?
by Commie_User
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 63
Views: 5972

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

Well certainly a stock BBC couldn't match those raster effects. Though I daresay the more conservative 64 edition could be contemplated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRmgQIRcCXE Though I always found it interesting that the game was an amended clone of Star Wars for the Atari 2600 (or Return of t...