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by Commie_User
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....

That's very interesting. But 12 IDE drives? Surely there's not enough TRS 80 software n the world to fill just one IDE drive!!
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....

Interacting almost daily with these 35+ year old computers actually makes the 80’s feel closer for me. My 9 year old son now prefers BBC games to the games he has access to on the family iPad so for him the BBC has become part of his youth and these computers have a place in this decade (although h...
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....

Of course, you probably noticed I have an affinity for CP/M computers... which I cannot explain. I have a couple of Beebs here but never use them (or the Atom, Electron, Spectrum, etc, etc). I seem to be doing stuff with CP/M and hardware that predates the Beeb all the time. For that reason I'd hap...
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....
Replies: 19
Views: 619

Re: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....

It was a piece of junk really, which was slaughtered by the BBC Micro. I was still impressed with it, when I was 5. This guy doesn't seem to have much to flaunt about it either, waffling a good while before even switching it on: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=11477 Nice to look i...
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maybe Electron User was issuing “fake” news.
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Maybe Electron User was issuing “fake” news.

Ah well, it's all over and done now. At least it was never anybody's problem outside of the company. Imagine the liabilities keeping Curry and Hauser awake at night.
by Commie_User
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Music playing, performing, composing, gigging etc.
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: Music playing, performing, composing, gigging etc.

Oh, lots and lots! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F33adEML1fA https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=11477 But a few bits here should be representative. I've made music with the Beeb, Commodore, game consoles, organs, drums and whatever. It's just been for pure pleasure and it has been.
by Commie_User
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: '80s computer geeks' pictures.....
Replies: 19
Views: 619

'80s computer geeks' pictures.....

I find the micros now make the 80s seem way older than they actually are. Not even the music and many of the fashions do that to me yet.

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by Commie_User
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.

Omigod omigod, omigod!! s-l1600[1].jpg https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Watford-Electronics-Beeb-Speech-Synthesizer-for-BBC-micro-Computer/113680368606?hash=item1a77e0c3de:g:h1IAAOSw2gpchL5B Though I'm not clear what this one is about: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ACORN-BBC-MODEL-B-B-SPEECH-UPGRADE-TMS5220-...
by Commie_User
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: SAM : Vintage 1982 speech synthesis for the C64 - now online.

That's lovely. I had the Currah speech cartridge which, among other things I slung out, I wish I'd kept as I could least make a weird vocal track from it. Ah well, can do it again now there's this, plus the text-to-speech in the Amiga 500. And I can have a choir of Steven Hawkings if I can get a Ken...
by Commie_User
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 258
Views: 28371

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Tommy Boyd, ever the everyman.

Now here's a Commodore 64 animated disk directory plus a BASIC routine to make your own.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVMjLUhOX90
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 258
Views: 28371

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

Woah, the BBC can do that and the manual never told us?? It sounds a bit like when I would crash a Nintendo game with the NES or Game Boy Game Genie random codes for quirkiness to sample or mess with. I'm having a play with a few files, an OK one for random music being W.CLOCK on the Welcome disk. I...
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 258
Views: 28371

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

No, I mean if you crash the actual hardware, will the result be the same?
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube
Replies: 258
Views: 28371

Re: Remarkable videos recently posted on Youtube

That is FANTASTIC!

Can that be done on a real BBC?
by Commie_User
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1931

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

Last year I bought three old peoples' trolleys from the charity shop and they strongly reminded me of that. Very strong retro flavour. Damn fine for hifi too.

I'm still very smug actually. You save hundreds. Pity each one kind-of cost some poor soul their life!
by Commie_User
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Clever c64 lots of colours
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: Clever c64 lots of colours

It is. I think the more pastel-look colours Commodore used made the computer last the ages way better. I think I showed this before but thanks to software automating the process, I turned out some splendid photo graphics with the machine: https://www.remix64.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10476 And u...
by Commie_User
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Date of last (final) use of BBC Micros in classrooms?
Replies: 35
Views: 1931

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

SteveBagley wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:41 pm
The only bit that felt slightly anachronistic was the presence of a PC in the classroom in 1990…
Oh I don't know. It happened. In my Oxfordshire primary school, in the early-mid 80s, some classrooms had their own PC.
by Commie_User
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Aldi - 3D Printer £250
Replies: 12
Views: 764

Re: Aldi - 3D Printer £250

Bloody hell. And I thought when genuinely high quality 6-head Nicam video recorders plunged to $250 that the future had landed to stay.
by Commie_User
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Poor Eddie, he was a chronic alcoholic. Reeked of mints/booze and had bottles of scotch 'hidden' under the desk in his office. On the way home from school most nights, Eddies car would be outside the boozer in the next village. At 15/16 this seemed hilarious. At 40 it seems bloody tragic. Well, tal...
by Commie_User
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

It's easy to forget that due to its position as the leader in education, there were a wealth of peripherals, high-quality educational software and documentation available for the Beeb that just weren't there for other machines. Etc. .. Those are good points too. But there still comes a point of mar...
by Commie_User
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Having spoken to some older pupils our school went from Pets, to BBC's, to CPC's and then in 1991 to 286 PC's with Windows 3. But for our school the main purpose of the computers was to look good, not actually to teach. Teaching consisted of 'there's a computer, go dick around with it for 40 minute...
by Commie_User
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 67
Views: 6535

Re: Beeb Spotting

Here it is on STARRING THE COMPUTER : http://www.starringthecomputer.com/appearance.html?f=79&c=2 http://www.starringthecomputer.com/snapshots/damon_and_debbie_beeb.jpg Here's a little girl: https://aislingleavy.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/learning-from-video-games/ https://aislingleavy.files.wordpress...
by Commie_User
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

I've read the Wiki and other things on Acorn and I know the company did move on beyond the BBC's technology. So it makes sense that the company would continue to sell the BBC for money it wouldn't justify commanding, on the face of it, by the time it was becoming truly obsolete. All the same, it was...
by Commie_User
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Perhaps Acorn should have cost downed the BBC Micro/Master instead. Once it was established in the education market bring the price down. Because 400 quid for a 32k micro was absurd. Weren't they still selling the BBC Micro at that price in the late 80's when you could buy an Amiga for that? That s...
by Commie_User
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Beeb Spotting
Replies: 67
Views: 6535

Re: Beeb Spotting

Data Base receives an instant message, plus BBC software at the end in audio format! (Just as I like 'em, nice and shrieky!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szdbKz5CyhA

It looked like a pocket Micro Live. I'll say it again, a BBC Micro makes a scene both look modern but also so dated.
by Commie_User
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present

I wish I'd known that when I started stockpiling Commodores in earnest, around 2006. The prices weren't quite so mad and those comands alone make a micro very good for having its chip multisampled.
by Commie_User
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

The Electron was the peg which just didn't seem to fit any of the holes properly. Variously, it's been presented as a junior BBC for home education, a toy BBC for not-so-brilliant game rendering or just a little hobbyist thing. It would have sold as a toy had the two Christmases been caught. It did ...
by Commie_User
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

Well that makes things clearer - it's an early 80s computer which only really got going nearer the mid-80s. Perhaps to really compete with Sinclair, perhaps a 1982 publicity gameplan could have primarily made it a fully-promoted 'baby' BBC for schools at a cutdown price when some places actually did...
by Commie_User
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: general
Topic: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?
Replies: 222
Views: 14195

Re: Should the Elk have been a 'full' Beeb?

For sure the ULA was way to ambitious for its time. It killed the potential sales by missing Christmas. A less ambitious approach to reducing the chip count should have been used. If just missing Christmas could hole its chances so fatally, surely that's a clue to the white elephant the machine mus...
by Commie_User
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: general
Topic: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present

By 'eck! When I wer' a lad we wer' up at t'crack o' dawn workin' our fingers to t'bone, typin' page after page o' nothin' but hex codes, an' yer never 'eard us complainin'. Kids today, don't even know yer born. Humbug! No way! https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gK4kPIk-p-w/XGucJLaTXrI/AAAAAAADcTY/jSIt9ah4T...
by Commie_User
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: general
Topic: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present
Replies: 34
Views: 1340

Re: Ideas please for better beep when Second Processor is present

The listing isn't long long but Microsoft Qbasic had a much shorter way to play a short few notes, which appeals to me. Mind, I don't see how clear it is to have chords.

http://www.schoolfreeware.com/QBasic_Tu ... _QB64.html