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by LordVaderUK
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator

Rather than writing data to files directly on the beeb I went with the cheaty method of building them using an Excel spreadsheet (type in the data, click a button and it produces files) and then dragging them into an SSD file to use on a beeb. Ooh I might nick that idea, would save a bit of time...
by LordVaderUK
Sun Apr 19, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator

b2 is supposed to behave the same as a real Beeb, so if you're having Can't extend problems in the emulator then you ought to have the same problems with the equivalent disk on the real hardware. If you send me the disk image, I can have a look at some point in the next week or two. (I'm the author...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator

What do you know - using the blank SSD worked a treat. Thanks!
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator

So if you have a SSD, is it actually 100Kb in size? Excellent question, unfortunately I have no idea. What I wanted to do was start with a blank SSD. But I don't know how to create one in B2 (or anywhere else) so used an existing one and then *DELETE to clear off the files. *FORM doesn't work on B2...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: programming
Topic: Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Struggling with file handling - B2 emulator

Hi all, I am continuing my long quest to write an adventure game - for my own amusement rather than anything else. Having got it largely working in Richard Russell's excellent BBC BASIC, I've now tried it on an emulator, B2 being the choice since it's the only one I can find which runs on a Mac... A...
by LordVaderUK
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 611946

Re: Today I received.....

My first Model B I haven't opened it up yet, but it looks in decent cosmetic nick for an eBay special. Considering the prices stuff has been going for the last few weeks, I think £89 plus shipping wasn't too bad... Looks to be in very good nick - and yes that seems like a bit of a bargain! Let us k...
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Next Virtual ABug
Replies: 17
Views: 1447

Re: Next Virtual ABug

I like the idea of an evening session, 2-3 hours, perhaps every two or three weeks? And then maybe an all day VABUG - complete with speakers - once every few months?
by LordVaderUK
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 611946

Re: Today I received.....

£113 for that cornucopia of goodies is a screaming bargain, well done!
by LordVaderUK
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 611946

Re: Today I received.....

Some Beeb and drives... will they work? I won them in a big lot on the bay, but seller didn't included the electron and the zx81, both boxed, that was in the lot... i'd to complain! Update: noticed only now that the shipping was splitted in two different parcels.. so i'm waiting for the rest of the...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Beeb Arcade Joystick.
Replies: 21
Views: 1294

Re: Beeb Arcade Joystick.

Looks lovely - I’d certainly be interested in buying one.
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: trickysoft (new bbc micro games)
Topic: Circus (AcrobatTV) for the BBC Micro (continued from RetroSoftware)
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: Circus (AcrobatTV) for the BBC Micro (continued from RetroSoftware)

Really enjoying these videos and hearing how the games were developed and/or ported. Great work tricky!
by LordVaderUK
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: handling binary numbers
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: handling binary numbers

Funny enough, I was working on this yesterday, trying to get my head around it. I want to use a single byte to store various flags for use in a text adventure game. I found a good description in a book, How to write Adventure Games by Peter Killworth - see attached. I then wrote a little program whi...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: past all-day virtual ABugs
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #1, Saturday 11th April 2020, 9am - 5pm
Replies: 97
Views: 6006

Re: Second 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm

Thanks for organising, I think that was great. My only feedback would be that as it's unlike a face to face ABUG, where people can wander around, chat, get together in small groups, etc. then maybe some sort of rough agenda or timeline would be helpful. That way people could drop in and out to see o...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: past all-day virtual ABugs
Topic: All-day 'Virtual' Acorn session #1, Saturday 11th April 2020, 9am - 5pm
Replies: 97
Views: 6006

Re: First 'Virtual ABug', Saturday 11th April, 9am - 5pm

I will be there, not sure I can attend for the whole day but I will drop in and out if that's OK? I am really not an expert in anything much but would love to see what the real experts are doing, and "meet" some of the names who have been so helpful on the forum.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from the Chew Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Hello from the Chew Valley

Hi and welcome, great to have another subject matter expert here on this great little forum.

It’s easy and straightforward to replace the capacitors in the power supply, do a search or ask for help if you need it.
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 2188

Re: Virtual ABug?

Not a massive response but enough for me to have a go at organising this. Some questions to those interested: What day(s) would be best? I presume Saturday and/or Sunday as many people will still be working or teaching their children for a midweek day. When should it take place? Is mid to late Apri...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Working at home: 1986 (for the Dutchies)
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Working at home: 1986 (for the Dutchies)

I haven't the faintest idea what's going on, but model railways and a BBC B setup - I'm in! :lol:
by LordVaderUK
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Brighton
Replies: 19
Views: 996

Re: Hello from Brighton

So on very basic inspection of BeebEm Mac it's built against the Carbon SDK which was removed from macOS Catalina 10.15. So it needs the GUI porting to AppKit which should doable. Might be worth wrapping the C code into SPM module and then writing the GUI application using Swift so that it will kee...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

I spend many hours on that setup since we got the Beeb in 1981. I remember some long late nights in 1984-85 playing Elite and finally got there and sent off for the Elite badge that I still have today. Starship Command, Frak!, Chuckie Egg, Castle Quest, Speech! and Dare Devil Dennis were other favo...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Re: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

That’s the sort of thing! I am currently locked down at my partner’s house, not my own place, so can’t dig through the photo albums for a while yet. I might ask my parents if they’ve got any - as they are almost certainly the ones who would have taken photos at that time, presumably while a spotty, ...
by LordVaderUK
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?
Replies: 19
Views: 1115

Photos of your Acorn setup, Back In The Day?

I found a thread on an Atari forum (don’t hate me) where people had posted photos of their setups back in the 1980s . Think lots of beige furniture, swirly wallpaper and orange carpets 😬 But some splendid images of “brand new” computers and peripherals too, with their young and enthusiastic users. I...
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 3153

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

BigEd wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:31 am
I read a great piece on self-care, from someone who has been housebound for a while and has experience.
This is great, thanks for posting, I will share with friends and family.
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 1757

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

Update, for those still interested... a replacement RGB -> SCART cable arrived today, and works perfectly. So it was a faulty cable all along... :roll:
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5988
Views: 611946

Re: Today I received.....

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Thank you Flaxcottage for this massive boost to my Acornsoft library! I think I’m gonna need a bigger bookshelf... :D
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: A blast from the past
Replies: 12
Views: 790

Re: A blast from the past

Blimey, the creator of Elite-A, we are not worthy! Welcome to the forum, very pleased to have yet another subject matter expert here on this excellent forum.
by LordVaderUK
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: New Year, New Project (Skirrid)
Replies: 19
Views: 2431

Re: New Year, New Project (Skirrid)

That looks great! Will have a go on my Master once I get the video working... :p
by LordVaderUK
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: other events + general event chat
Topic: Virtual ABug?
Replies: 22
Views: 2188

Re: Virtual ABug?

Definitely up for this!
by LordVaderUK
Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 40
Views: 3153

Re: Isolating myself - for three months !!!!!!!!!!!

Look after yourself Dave, and as far as possible enjoy this time - books, box sets and of course BBCs!

My mum is doing the same and she’s quite stoic about it - currently tackling the first of half a dozen fiendish jigsaws...!
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck
Replies: 33
Views: 1757

Re: BBC Master Composite colour fix - stuck

The biggest problem with SCART leads, is not the Beeb, or the SCART lead, but that this is a standard that was developed long after the Beeb was designed. The SCART leads that I have includes one from Cool Novelties and it works fine for me. However, that is with the two LCD TVs that I normally use...
by LordVaderUK
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Acornsoft titles
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: Wanted: Acornsoft titles

Bump! My shelf is looking better - five titles now - but lots of space for more... anyone looking to offload duplicates or make space?!

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