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by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 263831

Re: LOLPRICE

How much did you ever pay for micros to do up and sell on? Surely not close to two grand !!
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Interesting treasures in shops near you?
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Interesting treasures in shops near you?

It's been a long long time since Cash Converters and other little junk shops had dump bins and shelves cascading with things like this, so it's nice to see something like this still in the wild in my town. IMG_1574.JPG They've had an Atari 2600jr in the window for some time now at All About Cash in ...
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

I've heard tell experiences were often dire on the Spectrum, so I wonder how variable the quality control was at Sinclair. Looks like there's been an element of survival of the fittest with remaining Sinclair equipment now because at least the computers all seem to work just fine by now.
by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

I got this laptop the other week too, from the same junk shop. I'll boost the RAM and have another old reliable for web work, a bit of music making and allsorts.


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by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

Well not today but last week I lugged home two £6 Xboxes from the junk shop. Sold as seen but if they had the labels on then they would have been tested.

And a cooker. Nice.
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by Commie_User
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Well it did cost around £600 in today's money, which kind of upended the whole cheap and cheerful approach with Sinclair. Though if Sir Clive wanted his Spectrum to be as superserious as the ZX81 was, there may have been more traction had he released one of his own flimsy quality floppy drives himse...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 263831

Re: LOLPRICE

Up to 35 oafs are bidding on that!

So I wonder who's LOLling now??
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

guesser wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:32 pm
It was a license requirement here until 2003 when the morse test was finally dropped from the amateur radio exam.
I say again, whoa.
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though I must admit this Spectrum add-on's pretty damn cool. Just slot it in the back and you've a proper disk drive, joystick and video ports plus non-wobble support base to keep it secure. If you could only afford some modular arrangement to build your computer piecemeal, I'd say this was a pretty...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Blinged up BBCs
Replies: 60
Views: 2071

Re: Blinged up BBCs

Acorn should have put one out in black. For once, they should have followed the style of Sinclair. Though does the paint job make the BBC sexy enough? It's nice but it's still not quite the sleek, slinky editing studio look of this Pioneer MSX machine: Pioneer MSX.jpg Mutton dressed as lamb in that ...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though this ZX81 attachment is interesting, along with a ZX81 sound chip plugin and other things I've seen in these old magazines, including mention of a ZX81 colour attachment up top. zx99.jpg All the same, dude listen, get a Spectrum! It's 1983, do a trade-in for a Sinclair which already has sound...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Whoa. Though as far as I see on Google, the Morse users who remain are ham enthusiasts and prison inmates. I'm still kind-of impressed that somebody out there apparently makes the Morse code handset even now. https://www.quora.com/Do-people-still-use-Morse-code https://eclecticlight.co/2015/10/20/th...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Re: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

But to answer your question, yes this did happen at school's in the 1980s. As an example, the school my Dad taught at used to use a BBC Micro to receive the weather maps from the NOAA-9 weather satellite. = Well I don't know if that counts as controlling model railways and receiving weather maps is...
by Commie_User
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: Bit of fun - One change only
Replies: 97
Views: 3603

Re: Bit of fun - One change only

I suppose you can say anything. Had Acorn not decided to sell the BBC 128 base unit alone for a monster £500 in 1985, they could have extended the BBC's life force?

Would any of these changes have actually rescued Acorn or extended any dominance?
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Those Spectrum nerds, eh?
Replies: 26
Views: 762

Those Spectrum nerds, eh?

Though more seriously, did many enthusiasts use their BBCs at school for things like Morse code and other technical exercises, for the sake of the exercise? I don't remember things being that deep, though I was only at primary school in the actual 80s. I feel sorry for the guys who saw their compute...
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 263831

Re: LOLPRICE

Its hard to tell if that is a hair or a scratch between the S / Z keys but the faded logo suggests a fairly hard life. Apparently £99 is a low opening bid. I guess it would be for a never used speccy as they can go for silly money. Another thing to watch for is taking a snapshot and whacking up the...
by Commie_User
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2933
Views: 263831

Re: LOLPRICE

anightin wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:46 pm

Once bitten...
At least it works. I suppose beggars can't necessarily be choosers these days. I'm amazed enough that as most of these old computers were slung in the skips, with so many others dumped forgotten into lofts to rot, that pretty much any of them can be found working now.
by Commie_User
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?

I'm afraid that's not quite what I meant but thanks! Had I been a bear with more brain, I'm sure I could be able to use that very well put together DIY! :lol:
by Commie_User
Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?

Well I wouldn't know anything about that but I have just come across the SID emulation in her B-Em program. Now that will come in handy, especially that I don't notice that a BeebSID device can be programmed with the usual ENVELOPE and SOUND commands or be used instead of the BBC's usual sound chip.
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Can the BBC's tape out be used as a second sound channel?

I'm very impressed how Tandy game programmers got the cassette circuit to work as a pretty decent sound system: https://youtu.be/ycjNyud0RMc?t=839

Wouldn't mind messing with a bit of the BBC in at least twin channel independent mono, if something fairly rudimentary can be done in BASIC.
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

Interesting.

If you can put it simply, how does it work and how would you hook a BBC to it and for what?
by Commie_User
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

Without a remote control, I can have trouble with DVD menus, plus any default subtitles stuck on when I do play them. Still, HDMI out! The resolution is 720p and forced widescreen on 4:3 films though. One interesting oddity I found is that my Hard Day's Night film plays the remixed title track openi...
by Commie_User
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

As there are no line-ins on the unit, it must only record karaoke progress to the flash card or something. An online manual must tell me, plus I can find no remote control for the full functions.
by Commie_User
Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5352
Views: 408501

Re: Today I received.....

A £12 DVD player with fancy outputs today, in new condition in some decent audiophile quality! I think it was priced so cheap in the junk shop because either staff or customers thought it looked too niche. The same shop dished up a nice cheap odd jobs laptop, to replace an old desktop PC which kept ...
by Commie_User
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Something for Netflix subscribers
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Something for Netflix subscribers

C64 and BBC briefly shown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY84EZUj4XM


Possibly the reason for that Trio badge cover was a cult fashion sometime in the 80s to cover manufacturer labels. I don't know why but I know it happened.
by Commie_User
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Something for Netflix subscribers
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Something for Netflix subscribers

We had the Young Ones book too. I don't think there's much of a spoiler to say he can't stop killing his own dad.

Nohzdyve is actually a real game for the Spectrum now: https://www.tuckersoft.net/ealing20541/

I'd have preferred more computers in this. :?
by Commie_User
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Something for Netflix subscribers
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Something for Netflix subscribers

My dad had that record player. It's a TRIO, so I've no idea why they put a white label over the logo if a) Netflix is commercial and b) the company is long dead by now. Also, there's one or two little period errors, such as the blue screened digital onscreen display with an early 1980s Betamax VCR. ...
by Commie_User
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Something for Netflix subscribers
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Something for Netflix subscribers

BANDERSNATCH shots, as I watch.