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by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: C64 fault
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: C64 fault

That's a great-looking resource! Need an Acorn version of it ... :D

Got a couple of C64s under my bed ... or somewhere ... need to dust them off and remind myself which issue(s) they have!
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R4 - Corporate Climber
Replies: 36
Views: 1576

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R4 - Corporate Climber

Twitch, twitch ... :shock: Given it a few goes, but not getting the secret here. Haven't even reached the cup of tea on level 1.

Must be my browser or keyboard. :^o
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by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: general
Topic: Do your family and friends 'get it'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1082

Re: Do your family and friends 'get it'?

No.

Ummmm ... no, they don't.

:(

But you guys do! :D
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops
Replies: 21
Views: 758

Re: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops

tricky wrote:2TB HD is fine with windows10 once it has finished booting from a restart (sluggish for 5+ minutes).
I wonder (but not too much!) how much difference an SSD drive/SSD boot drive would make ...
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC Micro cut-out space on left hand side of keyboard
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: BBC Micro cut-out space on left hand side of keyboard

BitSeeker wrote:I wasn't aware of the Acorn Speech System.
IIRC it was relatively expensive and a bit of work to install (for non-technical people!) and when Superior Software's Speech! came out (software only), that was the final nail in the coffin. IIRC!
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault
Replies: 11
Views: 649

Re: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault

Maybe all your rattling things about has rattled the right thing into the right place? :?:

As you can tell, I'm not an expert here. :lol:
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops
Replies: 21
Views: 758

Re: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops

For all that the HP machine does go faster running Linux with GNOME than it did running HP's build of Windows 10 and is the difference between the machine being usable even if not especially snappy, and being utterly frustrating. That's definitely my experience as well ... Linux etc. not as hungry ...
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault
Replies: 11
Views: 649

Re: Strange Laptop Keyboard Fault

I've never known a latop keyboard to use a different protocol/connection for various parts of the layout. Not quite the same thing, but don't the new Apple laptops have a dedicated chip for the fancy "keys" OLED thing that replaces the F keys? This is not entirely on-topic. :- EDIT: the T1 chip han...
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops
Replies: 21
Views: 758

Re: Windows 10 (and 8) and Laptops

My experience with recent Windows versions - you get what you pay for, hardware-wise. On a good, well-specced machine with fast CPU, plenty of RAM, SSD - it's good (well, for Windows!) Consumer-grade hardware, especially low-end - world of grinding treacle-mode misery. I've used quite a few Dells, a...
by richardtoohey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Wife
Replies: 39
Views: 1651

Re: My Wife

All the best, Ed. I think doing as you are doing - counting the blessings you had - 42 years - is a better approach than dwelling on what you've lost. Celebrate the life and the person and the good times you had. Doesn't feel like there's much useful we can do to help, but we're here. Take care, Ric...
by richardtoohey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Which Emulator for BBC Micro on Linux?
Replies: 37
Views: 1789

Re: Which Emulator for BBC Micro on Linux?

It depends, really. Usually b-em (once you get any dependencies sorted out), but for some games/applications you might find beeb-em works better. I was getting used to b-em but some recent update to my OS (OpenBSD) has made it unusable (on my TODO list to figure out what's behind that), so I've fall...
by richardtoohey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Cleaning up game titles on Details pages
Replies: 13
Views: 690

Re: Cleaning up game titles on Details pages

Searchable tags work well for this sort of thing so that's a good plan. So you can also include other names, misspellings etc. and ditch words like "an" and "the". More than one way to skin the tag cat (I've used a keywords field with full-text index in some projects, had a separate tag table for ot...
by richardtoohey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Easy question?
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Easy question?

Looks good!

Don't forget Mr Ee!
by richardtoohey
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Bank Holiday
Replies: 25
Views: 1000

Re: Bank Holiday

chrisn wrote:
tricky wrote:I spent Monday writing a new program to grab scramble maps in software scrolling friendly layout with mode 1 friendly colours ;)
I do like where this is heading... :D
+1 to that!

@daveh - take it easy & get well soon. @jgh - good luck, hope all goes well.
by richardtoohey
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: Any home for the Acorn System?
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Any home for the Acorn System?

So are we ... splitting the Atom ... [topic]? :lol: :lol: \:D/ [-X :-$ :-# :-#
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Easy question?
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Easy question?

Beeb-em is here: http://www.mkw.me.uk/beebem/

b-em can be found here: http://b-em.bbcmicro.com/

Both probably have newer versions lurking on the forums.
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Easy question?
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Easy question?

Hope they have fun ... kids today are VERY sniffy about the 8-bit classics of yesteryear. :(
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: Easy question?
Replies: 9
Views: 617

Re: Easy question?

Emulator for what?

Acorn? BBC? Electron?

Multi-platform?

Assuming BBC ... not sure what will work on XP (hope it's not connected to the internet!) but beeb-em or b-em are the usual choices.
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: My Wife
Replies: 39
Views: 1651

Re: My Wife

Oh, Ed, what terrible news.

Words aren't much use.

Condolences on your loss & thinking of you.
by richardtoohey
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB keyboard LEDs?
Replies: 26
Views: 1207

Re: RGB keyboard LEDs?

These Trinkets - "new" M0 ones - are great - no micro/mini HDMI, no power supply needed, no installs, no IDE, no yadda yadda. Plug into USB, edit/save main.py, your new code is running. Serial console, Ctrl-C and you drop into a command prompt and can play directly and interactively. Pins, blinking ...
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RGB keyboard LEDs?
Replies: 26
Views: 1207

Re: RGB keyboard LEDs?

To those I've chatted to about various projects: this thread is evidence of how rapidly and wildly my scheming can veer from one place to another Your mention of the Adafruit Trinket sent me off to their site, and now I've got some Trinket M0s and I am learning about I2C and SPI and CircuitPython. ...
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Printing from the BBC Model B
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: Printing from the BBC Model B

RetroClinic's Datacentre provides USB and I think I got to the stage of making it notice the printer, but then I got distracted.

Obviously it would be an expensive solution (if doable) just for printing!

Still on my TODO list ...
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Glitchy Master
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Glitchy Master

crj wrote:Dumb question: what's an ABR?
Advanced Battery RAM. Or something like that ...

e.g. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5672

Mind you, that says it's the Advanced Battery-Backed RAM ... wouldn't that be ABBR? :-s :-k
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Maze of Madness
Replies: 26
Views: 2433

Re: Maze of Madness

You're not in marketing, are you? :shock: :lol:
by richardtoohey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: New here
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: New here

Welcome. Your story sounds so much like mine - BBC, disc drive, Beebug magazines (not too much typing because in the end my father bought the discs as well), and still got all the original kit (BBC, drive & Beebug magazines and discs.) (My dad is still with us, though.) Just have to pick up a Beebug...
by richardtoohey
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage
Replies: 26
Views: 930

Re: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage

Well, there is this, for example: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 26#p199205

:-k

So it's not perfect (what is?). But I'm getting a bit over the constant sniping at it. (My Spectrum is cheaper than your BBC B!)
by richardtoohey
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage
Replies: 26
Views: 930

Re: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage

II don't think anyone taking swipes at the TurboMMC (even if tongue in cheek) is particularly helpful or warranted. [-X That's what I was trying to get at, thank you. I've kept quiet when there's been sniping at TurboMMC over the last wee while but I feel like it's getting a bit over-the-top now. E...
by richardtoohey
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 114
Views: 5665

Re: Prince of Persia

tricky wrote:something for the weekend sir ;)
We've got this and 16shades levels of grey in another of your posts, I'm beginning to wonder what's going on! :lol:

Oops, off-topic [-X :-#
by richardtoohey
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage
Replies: 26
Views: 930

Re: TurboMMC removing a software diskimage

I'm quite happy with my TurboMMCs.

There are cheaper and possibly better and perhaps both cheaper and better options, but I've had no trouble.

Building my own has just led to ](*,) :-x :( :-({|=

YMMV.
by richardtoohey
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 114
Views: 5665

Re: Prince of Persia

=D> I'll give it a go this weekend. :D