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by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: identify game from very vague description
Replies: 45
Views: 5881

Re: identify game from very vague description

But yes, of course. Translates badly, but the sentiment is the same!

M.
Ouistreham, France (in spitting distance of the ferry home, but having a bite to eat first)
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: identify game from very vague description
Replies: 45
Views: 5881

Re: identify game from very vague description

Mais oui, d'accord - I used the wrong card, so it was done in Euros, but my contrib should have been spent in a bar somewhere by now :)

M.
Villars-sur-Pons, France
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Citadel on the Master Compact?
Replies: 27
Views: 6982

Re: Citadel on the Master Compact?

Ahhhh, Leyland Nationals. Other than possessing the wrong number of decks, nothing not to love about them. 8) gc Apart from the fact that the original engines overheated the second that the sun came out, the bodywork rattled itself loose after about 10000 miles, and the "power assisted" steering ki...
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: identify game from very vague description
Replies: 45
Views: 5881

Re: identify game from very vague description

Darren wrote: It asked you how old you were and if you put 12, it would come up "You are far too young to play this game".
Sounds like Sierra's brilliant Leisure Suit Larry on the PC & Mac ... gotta love the EGA graphics!

M.
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Was Zarch really written in BASIC?
Replies: 12
Views: 2489

Re: Was Zarch really written in BASIC?

I could never get the hang of Zarch - possibly just me being mis-coordinated with a mouse, or the fact that it was pretty unplayable anyway, but I still remember being mesmerised by the graphics ....

M
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Citadel on the Master Compact?
Replies: 27
Views: 6982

Re: Citadel on the Master Compact?

Nostalgia like that is one of the really great things about this forum. :) Indeed! I still remember the day that my dad took me to Electronequip in Fareham to get my "B". The car flatly refused to start (thank you mum for leaving the lights on, or maybe the fact that it was an Austin Ambassador, an...
by mjforbes
Mon May 21, 2012 8:15 am
Forum: 32-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Was Zarch really written in BASIC?
Replies: 12
Views: 2489

Re: Was Zarch really written in BASIC?

Only reason I knew about it was I was in Game (or whatever they were called 15 years ago) Electronics Boutique, perhaps? I'm pretty sure that EB seemed to vanish shortly after 'Game' hit my local high street, but can't remember if it was a takeover or just a rebrand. M. Middle of the Med, with a St...
by mjforbes
Fri May 11, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: 65C102 coprocessor support disk
Replies: 2
Views: 949

Re: 65C102 coprocessor support disk

Right here - on the main STH site ;)
by mjforbes
Thu May 10, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Language games
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

Re: Language games

Jeremy Grayson wrote:PS Couldn't see it on any of the above lists (I did skim-read through them rather), but Sulis released a French tutorial puntastically entitled Just A Mot. I'm not sure whether that is archived anywhere in cyberspace, though.

gc
Et voila!
by mjforbes
Fri May 04, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Spotted...
Replies: 9
Views: 1977

Re: Spotted...

Oooo, this will start a trend. I'll have the camera on the phone ready next time I drive to Southend, there's a big yellow bus with Top Banana written on the side parked on someones drive last few times I was there. There's one in Chicago as well ... http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1150/782591623_d2d...
by mjforbes
Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Question about Joysticks?
Replies: 15
Views: 1876

Re: Question about Joysticks?

Does Snapper (or the majority of Beeb games) even work with a joystick ? Snapper certainly does - I was playing it on BeebEm with my MS Sidewinder gamepad earlier this week when I got bored of SQL coding! I think most Acornsoft titles had inbuilt joystick support, and I think a lot of Superior titl...
by mjforbes
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2995
Views: 322673

Re: LOLPRICE

by mjforbes
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Fault codes on Floppies
Replies: 3
Views: 1259

Re: Fault codes on Floppies

To add to the above, the following is from the "Disc Drive User Guide for the BBC Microcomputer" (Viglen 1984) "This section lists the various error numbers returned in the BASIC variable ERR when an error is encountered as a result of a disc filing system command' Err Description &BD Not enabled &B...
by mjforbes
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2995
Views: 322673

Re: LOLPRICE

I've just mailed him the link, I'm sure I will get a polite response back :lol: I think the last line says it all - "Please note picture is from google as my camera broke. My item is mint condition still wrapped new. Original" - maybe that's why it's so expensive - he needs to buy a new camera? Matt
by mjforbes
Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 633
Views: 82368

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

retroclinic wrote:This poor beeb really has an identity crisis...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190614558010
A package of 85 games that doesn't include Elite? Pah! Not wasting 99p (plus however much 360 miles would cost in petrol) on that!

:) :D
by mjforbes
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Worth Taking a Look At
Replies: 2859
Views: 320980

Re: Worth Taking a Look At

Not sure if this is genuine, but 99p seems like a bit of a bargain - at least one of them works! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-BBC-MICROCOMPUTER-SYSTEM-Computer-Job-Lot-/160680776552?_trksid=p4340.m1374&_trkparms=algo%3DPI.WATCH%26its%3DC%252BS%26itu%3DUCC%26otn%3D5%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D434752841604716...
by mjforbes
Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 633
Views: 82368

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

Weird Sinclair PSU... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/computer-vintage-SINCLAIR-128K-SPECTRUM-2-power-supply-unit-DC-5v-/260860394830?pt=UK_VintageComputing_RL&hash=item3cbc7dbd4e#ht_538wt_935 What's that at the base of the dial? "Property of British Coal"? Where they still in existence when Spectrum 128...
by mjforbes
Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: OLD Game
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: OLD Game

Your date may well be wrong then, as although the ZX81 was popular at first, interest in the ZX81 died down once the ZX Spectrum came out (Release date April 23, 1982). Having said that, wikipedia has the discontinued date listed as 1984. I'm sure I saw ZX81s for sale well into 1985, so presumably ...
by mjforbes
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:50 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: OLD Game
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: OLD Game

Review / Screenshots / Download of the Spectrum version here; the screenshots might kick-start your memory, and let us know if that is the game you were remembering - otherwise, it's "thinking caps back on" time.
by mjforbes
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:48 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: OLD Game
Replies: 13
Views: 2280

Re: OLD Game

Beaky and the egg snatchers ? :?: A friend of mine had that BITD - sort of Joust-is wasn't it?. Trouble is, I can't remember which friend it was, so can't recall whether it was on a Speccy or a C64 - either way, whichever of the two lads it was, it certainly wasn't on the Beeb or Electron, and I ca...
by mjforbes
Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: The Great Egg Race
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: The Great Egg Race

I used to watch this show avidly as a kid Me too - and I loved it. Many thanks for the link - that'll keep me busy tomorrow when I get bored of working for a living (the joys of being self-employed and working from home!). Now all we need to do is petition the BBC to put episodes of "The Adventure ...
by mjforbes
Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: 5 1/4 drive in a PC
Replies: 12
Views: 1969

Re: 5 1/4 drive in a PC

Plugged it into the floppy socket and set the bios to 720k As long as there's a physical drive connected, you can normally tell the BIOS anything , and as long as it finds something at the end of the floppy controller, it'll pass the test and carry on booting. Try setting it to 5¼", 360k and see if...
by mjforbes
Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Train control
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Train control

Peppa Pig - could be worse.......It's Barney that needs bleeding :lol: It's the theme that does my head in - I only need to hear a few bars of that tune, and it's stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Wandering around the office whistling that gets you some very odd looks - a blessing that I wo...
by mjforbes
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Train control
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Train control

MartinB wrote:Actually, I'd be quite happy to see Peppa Pig bleeding.
Touché, Sir! What a delightful vision that conjures up in my head ... :twisted: :twisted:
by mjforbes
Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Train control
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Train control

Ask any of our three who wears the trousers in our house and they all say "Mum". Same here - even our three-month old seems to side with her two older sisters, who, in turn, agree with Lauren - my opinion counts for zero around here! (which is why I'm being dragged off to see Peppa bleeding Pig tom...
by mjforbes
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Train control
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Train control

TopBanana wrote:
mjforbes wrote: MY office as a SWMBO
SWMBO ??? #-o
SWMBO = She Who Must Be Obeyed. 'er indoors. The little woman. My other half. Lauren :)
by mjforbes
Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:09 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Train control
Replies: 36
Views: 4205

Re: Train control

Any time the Mrs Banana says "your office is a tip" I can just show her that picture ..... :lol: =D> Ah - that age-old problem! I've managed to circumvent any problems of that nature by declaring MY office as a SWMBO and daughter-free zone when I'm working (unless they're bringing me a cold, fizzy ...
by mjforbes
Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:43 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOL DESCRIPTION
Replies: 633
Views: 82368

Re: LOL DESCRIPTION

10 print "buy me now ! " 20 goto line Not the most original piece of basic but it was a delight to see it scroll up the screen when i typed now No such variable at line 20 > If there's anything scrolling up the screen when that program is run, then you're looking at one very (brown) screwed-up Elec...
by mjforbes
Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Shielding the Beeb
Replies: 9
Views: 2004

Re: Shielding the Beeb

I've heard interference of this type is not as bad if your phone is connected to a 3G network rather than a GSM one but I've yet to verify this. I think you might be right. My mobile (Sony Ericsson J10i2 Elm) normally sits in a charging/sync cradle next to my PC, and when it picks up a 3G or HSDPA ...
by mjforbes
Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:29 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Anyone know this castle game?
Replies: 12
Views: 4838

Re: Anyone know this castle game?

Oh good lord you found it! I don't believe it, I didn't really think it would turn up. I guess that was pure luck I'll be honest - I thought 'd lost it as well, but I KNEW I had it somwehere. Three transatlantic flights later, it shows up. Enjoy it Kate ;) Not going through that again! Matt, Beaver...

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