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by regregex
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Games down from the attic
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: Games down from the attic

@CMcDougall: LOL, the Agfa computer cassettes were particularly bad! (Their full-length tapes were top notch though)

After a few playings there were so many dropouts the program sounded like it was recorded in a gale.
by regregex
Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The slowest-loading tape games
Replies: 35
Views: 6194

Re: The slowest-loading tape games

@Lion: Actually loading would have been at least 2 minutes longer as the inter-block gaps are played short!

Consider yourselves lucky that the previous owner of your Beeb's tape recorder didn't disable the speaker cut-out. ](*,)
by regregex
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLRARE
Replies: 167
Views: 25595

Re: LOLRARE

It's for Catholics - you know, confessions ..... forgive me for I have sinned , I touched a Spectrum [-X That'll be ten Hail Marys and one playing of a Gregorian chant CD. And if you use a FOR...NEXT on the Hail Marys God may send His lightning, and the Beeb will release its smoke! And you know wha...
by regregex
Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 23562

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

Thanks for the tip Michael. I didn't know Hugo Tyson was there, I'd have asked him a few questions about ADFS!

--Greg
by regregex
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 3075
Views: 389512

Re: LOLPRICE

Myself, I'm rooting for this guy. I like his style, and hope he gets a result! :) [censored] the Mainstream! 99p? Not much of a result for all those ever-expanding caps. Perhaps his favourite film was Star Wars? OTOH, this is the first time I've seen anyone pimping their hardware, in the oldest-pro...
by regregex
Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 23562

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchl

iomanoid wrote:
regregex wrote:Big Iron.
Good Lord... that guy - the one who's in all three pics - has the best Unix beard I've seen in an ice age. Respect! =D>
Awesome, isn't it? It was almost a distraction! :)

--Greg
by regregex
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 23562

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

Y'mean there were some micros around? LOLRARE interviews with hyper important computer personalities? I was unexpectedly and utterly sidetracked by TNMOC almost all weekend, gettin' freaky with all the Big Iron . Meanwhile at at the Mansion it was cute to see R3play posters everywhere, Mark 'amazed'...
by regregex
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:21 pm
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: RM 380Z
Replies: 25
Views: 5166

Re: RM 380Z

Not that you should believe everything you read on Wikipedia (I should know, being an editor and all) but the reported release year of 1982 (also at old-computers.com) seems rather early. According to this mag the timeframe is wrong. This issue is copyrighted in 1984 and the new ("Now, the comp...
by regregex
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: other vintage hardware, software and languages
Topic: RM 380Z
Replies: 25
Views: 5166

Re: RM 380Z

Am I imagining things, or did RM make some form of BBC B clone at some stage? I'm sure a friend of mine (who went to a different school) used these things, and I swear that he claimed they were a 'rebadged beeb'. Or have three decades of stupidity 'n' beer finally caught up with me? Cheers M Haha. ...
by regregex
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 2-Button Mouse
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: 2-Button Mouse

I can't remember me ever using the right hand button of the 3. What does it do anyway? Selects additional files in Explorer windows * directory displays, a lot like Ctrl+click in Windows. Also selects additional objects in Drawfiles, each Adjust usually followed by lots of double-Selects to dig thr...
by regregex
Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: LCD screen for BBC
Replies: 31
Views: 8099

Re: LCD screen for BBC

Phooey to reviewers...they can't even grasp the difference in refresh rates between LCD and CRT, saying that 60 is too slow? For a CRT yes where the beam scans the screen, but for an LCD, where it is an "update" frequency rather than a "refresh", as all pixels are active (with T...
by regregex
Tue Jun 08, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 2-Button Mouse
Replies: 12
Views: 2099

Re: 2-Button Mouse

I also found this in my collection: Tibor Dornbach's MouseKeys (SparkPlug Zip archive)

--Greg
by regregex
Tue May 25, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Wires? Pah.....
Replies: 908
Views: 168385

Re: Wires? Pah.....

Neat work Martin :) Nice inventive solution on the BBC side, although does it mean the link is one way? I can see how a serial solution would be harder since the device is of course a serial modem, with a built in modem cable effectively. However if an ordinary Beeb to PC serial cable loops DTR back...
by regregex
Tue May 25, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Domesday Player Error Codes
Replies: 39
Views: 5186

Remember, remember...

BeebMaster wrote:However, that's going to have to wait until after the State Opening of Parliament.
And you just posted pictures of devices ominously combusting! :?
by regregex
Wed May 05, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley
Replies: 153
Views: 23562

Re: Vintage Computer Fest, 19-20 Jun 2010, Bletchley

So it looks like I may well be able to make it to this after all. I have a season ticket which claims that it's valid for VCF, so I guess I don't need to do anything else. I've brought beebs to previous shows so if anyone wants me to bring anyone to this one, let me know, otherwise it's just me and...
by regregex
Mon May 03, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Goodbye Stairway, Hello ..................
Replies: 33
Views: 7031

Re: Goodbye Stairway, Hello BBCmicro.com

I am in the process of assembling some sort of UeberBeeb. I.e. getting the modern and good old gear gathered in 1 machine. As a proper "mine is bigger than yours". I think it would be nice to see the most powerfull configurations out there that can still be called a Beeb proper. With pict...
by regregex
Mon May 03, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Master Compact -> PS/2
Replies: 37
Views: 6737

Re: Master Compact -> PS/2

Nice. :)
by regregex
Mon May 03, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unusual Beeb
Replies: 10
Views: 2076

Re: Unusual Beeb

It's an 8271 based system, you can fit 1770, but it's undocumented for that board, altho shouldn't be too hard to work out. Ahh, I may initially just fit an 8271 to test it out then, I have a couple that I pulled from other beebs to upgrade them. Though as I generally use 3.5" disks, wasn't th...
by regregex
Sat May 01, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Unusual Beeb
Replies: 10
Views: 2076

Re: Unusual Beeb

What versions of DFS are compatible ? I have a WE 1770 DFS clone board drilled out, I'd just need to add the components/blow a rom if this would work. DFS 2.26, perhaps, as later Watfords were Acorn compatible? As the mobo is rare, what do you plan to do for the data separator and clock mods? BTW s...
by regregex
Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:55 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ADT Trapping Too Aggressively?
Replies: 6
Views: 1438

Re: ADT Trapping Too Aggressively?

I don't understand why *BACKUP (in the example I gave) is served by ADT when it's in socket 9 and DFS is in socket 13. FWIW it's because ADT (and the zillion other utility ROMs with these 'helpful' features) trap the command during ROM call 4 (unrecognised OSCLI); only when it is not trapped there ...
by regregex
Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Sophie Wilson @ ROUGOL
Replies: 10
Views: 2203

Re: Sophie Wilson @ ROUGOL

Dave couldn't be there due to pressing commitments but I attended the meeting. There were about 45 people there and it was cosy, but not cramped. First was a history of Sophie's career from CPU to Broadcom, concentrating of course on Acorn. If you've seen Steve Furber's talk at Acorn World you'll ha...
by regregex
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:37 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is your main operating system?
Replies: 28
Views: 4645

Re: What is your main operating system?

I don't quite see what you mean when you say "files will be scattered all over the C: drive" - Linux doesn't touch Windows partitions unless you touch it yourself. You should be able to shrink Mandriva and install Ubuntu in the free space; and if it doesn't work, delete Ubuntu and grow Ma...
by regregex
Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is your main operating system?
Replies: 28
Views: 4645

Re: What is your main operating system?

Single booting XP laptop here, bought early to avoid Vista and sat in the box for months! (SP3 is out Tom, hurry up and get it!) Have to say, I am a dissatisfied Linux user. It's great when you're running a remote session over ssh or X11, but when the box is in front of you you expect more, and in m...
by regregex
Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: ADFS Build Error
Replies: 9
Views: 1936

Re: ADFS Build Error

That's the Challenger ROM's *BUILD command running. Does it work when the Challenger is plugged in? Glancing at the ROM binary I suspect it's trying to use page &FD (JIM) as the OSWORD line input buffer, but the Challenger's RAM isn't there to host the page. Hence the noise pattern repeats at th...
by regregex
Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings :o)
Replies: 10
Views: 2788

Re: Greetings :o)

Nice anecdotes! Welcome to the forum.

--Greg
by regregex
Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: stardot FORUM
Topic: Goodbye Stairway, Hello ..................
Replies: 33
Views: 7031

Re: Goodbye Stairway, Hello BBCmicro.com

Another milestone Dave, I don't know how you do it! =D>
by regregex
Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What's with RAR?
Replies: 17
Views: 2644

Re: What's with RAR?

I also found RAR works really well with PNG images, compresses down really well, with no loss of quality, unlike JPEG. PNG images are already compressed :?: Now finding files named .tar.gz is just retarded, only linux types think that is cool. Sometimes you have to process the file twice to get it ...
by regregex
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: PSU cutting out
Replies: 1
Views: 655

PSU cutting out

I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this before. A couple of days ago my Beeb was slow to turn on -- suggesting a dried out C9, so I replaced it, but the Beeb has now started turning itself off, anything from 5 seconds to a minute. It did it yesterday and just now but was fine all day. The metal...
by regregex
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Best error message ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3849

Re: Best error message ever

I was sure WON'T was an actual error condition of the 8271 or 8272/765... no sign of it in the datasheets.

Funnily enough just now, my Linux box reported 428511.0% idle. No, really!

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