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by scruss
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC VI for console and SDL1.2: V1.22.8 released
Replies: 1187
Views: 88153

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

Confirmed¹! Thank you!

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¹: no, really: this from a binary created from git and dated 2018-08-21 07:46 …
by scruss
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Printing a capacitor

Looks like it's jamming or not feeding somehow.
by scruss
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC VI for console and SDL1.2: V1.22.8 released
Replies: 1187
Views: 88153

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

I've tried several things - * starting Brandy normally, hitting CTRL-Z in the terminal then typing 'bg' - it works fine, and ESCAPE breaks me out of a tight loop. * Starting Brandy with stdin and stdout redirected from and to /dev/null - again, works fine. * Starting Brandy from the IceWM menu. Aga...
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Printing a capacitor

Looks like your printer gave up ¾ of the way in. Either that, or your hotend sliced the top off the cone: is there anything stuck to the printhead? I just made one: halfcap.jpg Apologies for the purpleness, it's what was loaded in the printer. PLA, 0.2 mm layers, nothing special. I did have to chase...
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC VI for console and SDL1.2: V1.22.8 released
Replies: 1187
Views: 88153

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL: V1.21.10 released

Can confirm the both Capslock issue and the two-symbols-on-GET on local Ubuntu x86_64 (Gnome3?) and local Raspbian (ARM, LXDE). The Capslock issue doesn't happen on VNC to the Raspberry Pi, but the two-symbols thing does. So I don't think it has much to do with window manager. Still seeing the issue...
by scruss
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: TZXDuino with UEF support
Replies: 17
Views: 2065

Re: TZXDuino with UEF support

For Arduino use, you want the smallest SD you can find, preferably ≤ 4 GB. Format the with the SD Association's Memory Card Formatter as FAT or FAT32.
by scruss
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: BBCSDL - Functional Differences from Other BBC BASIC implementations?
Replies: 49
Views: 4986

Re: BBCSDL - Functional Differences from Other BBC BASIC implementations ?

You overestimate my degree of understanding of the principles behind GitHub! git is an absolute horror, I'll admit that. While it has all the user-friendliness of a provoked wolverine, github does give you: a unified place for others to download and study your code that can be maintained by drag an...
by scruss
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: FORTH - And SDL?
Replies: 7
Views: 963

Re: FORTH - And SDL?

gforth already has multiple SDL bindings to choose from, if you're inclined that way.
by scruss
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Printing a capacitor

Unfortunately my 3D printer seems broken. That's pretty much natural state for most 3D printers. I work with them for my day job, and keeping them running is endless hassle. Probably a system update knocked out your serial driver. An ideal capacitor should never get hot. Yeah, ideally. But I've wor...
by scruss
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Printing a capacitor
Replies: 17
Views: 1698

Re: Printing a capacitor

I just put this together in OpenSCAD : Retro Radio Repair Axial Capacitor Cover 1d952e4f0f905d7fa35fcdb587a4f335_preview_featured.jpg I can't comment on the advisability/safety of doing this. These caps may get hot and expand, and a 3D printed shell would make a great heat insulator. Burning PLA sme...
by scruss
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: BBCSDL - Functional Differences from Other BBC BASIC implementations?
Replies: 49
Views: 4986

Re: BBCSDL - Functional Differences from Other BBC BASIC implementations ?

... I haven't a clue how all these diverse build environments can be integrated with GitHub (for example) so ideally I would like assistance from somebody who has tackled a similar task. Initially, I suggest not worrying about it. Perhaps even create a separate source repository for each version, e...
by scruss
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)
Replies: 37
Views: 4734

Re: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)

Just in case anyone is looking for other solutions, today I looked at: zub2/dotprint: Produce PDF output out of text files with dot matrix printer escapes. - this was quite dismal. Requires you to convert your old PRN files to UTF-8, and then it will likely fail to make any output. dosbox - while no...
by scruss
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)
Replies: 37
Views: 4734

Re: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)

Coeus wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:22 pm
Limited in what respect?
Hardly anything I fed to it produced useful output … in addition to zero documentation and misleading build instructions. Doesn't seem worth spending much time on.
by scruss
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)
Replies: 37
Views: 4734

Re: Printer Emulation..(ie ESC P printer emulation)

I've been looking for something like this for a while. Haven't found anything useful yet. There are numerous commercial (and surprisingly expensive) solutions for commercial companies with ancient workflows The Retro-Printer project showed promise, but it seems to have stalled. Its backend Epson→PDF...
by scruss
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:31 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Which Raspberry Pi to purchase?
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Which Raspberry Pi to purchase?

Unless things have changed radically, RISC OS will only use one out of the 3B+'s cores.
by scruss
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Anyone remember a four colour ballpoint pen plotter?
Replies: 11
Views: 1362

Re: Anyone remember a four colour ballpoint pen plotter?

Hanging around Commodore users and their (many) woes, it seems that the nylon gears in the Alps plotter mechanisms grow brittle with age. I've seen attempts at 3D printed replacements, but I'm not sure they are accurate enough. I thought you were going to mention the Linear Graphics BIC-based plotte...
by scruss
Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: acorn atom and acorn system series
Topic: Atom Users Group Canada Newsletters ("Oak Leaves")
Replies: 7
Views: 1202

Re: Atom Users Group Canada Newsletters ("Oak Leaves")

Thanks for doing this!

While I'm geeking out to the very old-school dot-matrix typography (no descenders!) it's going to make the OCR very difficult
by scruss
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED
Replies: 18
Views: 4309

Re: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED

Hey, I know it wasn't contemporaneous with the BBC Micro, but I work for an assistive tech charity — the Neil Squire Society 's Makers Making Change initiative. We were one of the early developers of sip and puff technology, and maybe the Jouse that was developed by NSS in 1995 was available for the...
by scruss
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: general
Topic: *TAPE baud rates
Replies: 24
Views: 2344

Re: *TAPE baud rates

My memory might be playing tricks on me then but I could of sworn that the media gap in the case and the track 'hole' were not shuttered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Xlx5qRszU Yes, very shuttered. I occasionally sent (but more frequently received) 3" disks mailed with nothing but a label on t...
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: general
Topic: *TAPE baud rates
Replies: 24
Views: 2344

Re: *TAPE baud rates

Yup, I remember the TV broadcasts. I also remember a weird little optocoupler embedded in a sucker that you could stick to the top of the screen. It used an embedded photodiode to decode software transmitted by flickering the corner of the screen
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: CP/M 3.1
Replies: 1
Views: 596

Re: CP/M 3.1

From what I remember, it was a minor bugfix/feature on 3.0. It may have added easier user configuration: CP/M 3 added rudimentary system-wide support for terminals. CP/M 3.1 was shipped with the Amstrad CPC6128, Amstrad PCW range, ZX Spectrum +3 and the Commodore 128. I recall it was more often call...
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: general
Topic: looking for BEEBUG(?) BBC BASIC learner booklet
Replies: 0
Views: 404

looking for BEEBUG(?) BBC BASIC learner booklet

It was: A5 format looked a lot like BEEBUG's magazine format plain-paper cover, stapled around the 32-64 page mark possible printed in blue ink sold to school students for a nominal amount (£2, maybe?) available in 1985. maybe had an advanced companion book, which I never got to because attention sp...
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: *TAPE baud rates
Replies: 24
Views: 2344

Re: *TAPE baud rates

AndyF wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:33 pm
Anyway, I've wondered for ages why there's a 300 baud rate as well as the 1200 :-k
Those of us who may have allegedly traded BBC programs over CB radio are very thankful for 300 baud.
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: modern implementations of classic programming languages
Topic: Matrix Brandy BASIC VI for console and SDL1.2: V1.22.8 released
Replies: 1187
Views: 88153

Re: Matrix Brandy BASIC V for Linux with SDL

… I've recently started hacking on the source code for Brandy BASIC V by David Daniels Thank you! I'm not in a position to submit useful patches, but Brandy has always had a vexing relationship with its launching terminal. If you launch brandy & or put the job in the background with bg , it loses k...
by scruss
Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Atom Owner from Smalltown, Canada
Replies: 23
Views: 2513

Re: Atom Owner from Smalltown, Canada

Yes, I remember Walter mentioning that retailer. TBH, 30 year old address data is very unlikely to be considered personal data these days. The chances of any of it being current is almost nil. TPUG - Toronto PET Users Group , still going strong ( growing , much to our surprise) - has all of its old ...
by scruss
Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Atom Owner from Smalltown, Canada
Replies: 23
Views: 2513

Re: Atom Owner from Smalltown, Canada

waltermixx in Toronto has recently got an Atom again. He told me that there was a retailer in Toronto that had a bunch of Acorn Atoms, and he bought one as his first computer. He sold it some years ago, but just got a new one. The magazine's interesting. I guess the local Acorn support might've expl...
by scruss
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line"
Replies: 24
Views: 3065

Re: trying to track down a one-line game, possibly called "One Line" [RESOLVED]

Hope it's the one you were after? Yes! thankyouthankyouthankyou! I don't think I've played that since 1986! So it's called Asterisk Tracker . Not Whirly . Not One Line . blown away … thank you so much! You can play it too now: https://bbc.godbolt.org/?autorun&loadBasic=https://gist.githubuserconten...
by scruss
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Viewdata Service
Replies: 165
Views: 24155

Re: Viewdata Service

Richard, John — thank you. This works extremely well on BBCSDL on a Raspberry Pi, even over a VNC connection. If you need another Acorn connection, VNC was originally out of Olivetti Labs Cambridge, which was kind-of a relic of Acorn's R&D group.
by scruss
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: yet another Canadian …
Replies: 16
Views: 1211

Re: yet another Canadian …

I hope you have RISC OS (Pico or full blown) on at least one of those Pi's :-) It's close to being a real Acorn machine! Sorry, no: I've tried to like RISC OS, but its UX seems unbelievably awkward to me. Even if I do appreciate the nice touches, like typography by the great Rosemary Sassoon, it ne...

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