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by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper
Replies: 60
Views: 6347

Re: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper

My first attempt. Haven't played this for some time but still managed to get to the grape level (at least, I think they're grapes).
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:00 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: IC simulator?
Replies: 17
Views: 3295

Re: IC simulator?

Don't know if this app covers all your IC's but this is a circuit simulator in Java.

I've tried to learn a bit of electronics and I find this simulator quite interesting:

http://www.falstad.com/circuit/
by SimonSideburns
Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: "Mojo" - New ARM/Android box
Replies: 15
Views: 2799

Re: "Mojo" - New ARM/Android box

I have one of those Android "Smart TV Box" devices (Cortex A9 processor 1Ghz with Mali 400 GPU, 1GB Ram, HDMI), and it seems quite a reasonable device. I've had some trouble using it as the original firmware didn't do what I wanted it to do, so I have tried some alternatives, including a version of ...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Uncracked protection - anything still uncracked?
Replies: 27
Views: 5051

Re: Uncracked protection - anything still uncracked?

I've got the original disk of Tynesoft's Uridium. I don't particularly like the game, so I'm not advertising it, just that when I attempted to back up a copy of the disk image to my DataCentre it would have none of it, so I am assuming there are bad tracks on the disk of this one. I'd be more than h...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

I suppose, in this case, being as the battery is for preserving the contents of the RAM chips, it is (or was) still in use even if the machine was powered down, so you're right, it's been anything between 20 and 23 years I've had this.

As a precaution I will get hold of one.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

Hi Mark and others Do these batteries leak (or have the potential to leak) regardless of the amount of use a machine has had. I mean, back in the day (around the early 1990's) I used the machine constantly, but since it's been in a PC case it's not had anywhere near as much use. In the last ten year...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:56 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

retroclinic wrote:Hi.

The modern equivalent is a Varta 3V/150H. You can get them from RS, Farnell etc....or me!

Thx, Mark.
And your price is....?
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

Hi Mark

Thanks for the quick reply. Do you know what sort of battery it is, and can you suggest where I can get a replacement? I expect you to say RS Components :-)

Many thanks.

Simon
by SimonSideburns
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

Hi Guys Have been busy doing some home improvements for the last few weeks, although if you were to see my place right now you'd wonder what I have been doing as the place looks like a bomb's gone off! It's definitely a work in progress... As I've neglected this thread I thought I should continue my...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is the average age on here??
Replies: 268
Views: 26620

Re: What is the average age on here??

I turned 40 in April so that means I'm below average :-)
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013

Craplin were at the very bottom of the list in the 'if I get no luck anywhere else and get really desperate' bit.

Thankfully nobody wanted to sell me anything! :-)
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013

Well, I went along, and while some things were of interest, many others were over my head.

I think there are some nerds (I am one and proud of it) who possess minimal people skills, as I went to the event with a view to purchasing a Raspberry Pi but left with nothing.

Oh well, maybe some other time.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013

I live just outside Portsmouth so I will be popping in to see the event, hopefully.

Daft thing is, I'm on Facebook, Twitter and the Star Dot forums and I only heard about this show today (Friday).

Don't know if this event was heavily advertised but I only read about it here by reading this post.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Good demo programs
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Good demo programs

I thought I was going daft after I couldn't find my post about the lack of demos for the BBC Micro or Master scene. The sort of demo that you find on the ZX Spectrum, C64 or Amiga for example. There are hundreds of examples on those platforms. Thankfully, the link you posted shows exactly the sort o...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Pernod's Animation
Replies: 7
Views: 2542

Re: Pernod's Animation

Is it just me or are these demos (I've got several of these) on the Beeb nothing like the sort of demo found on other computers. If you look at the demo scene on the ZX Spectrum (ok, the 128 usually due to faster loading from floppy etc.) or the similar things that get done on the C64, Amiga and so ...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: general
Topic: "Is that it?"
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: "Is that it?"

Simon, just noticed your signature and couldn't stop myself from typing it in. What made you have it as your sig? I guess, after all these years, I was surprised by how much I could remember from back in the day. The code, which was really suited to use in mode 6 as that mode only used 8K (I think)...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: "Is that it?"
Replies: 19
Views: 1687

Re: "Is that it?"

In some ways I can see where you are going. A number of years ago, I commented (not on these forums) on the possibility of connecting a USB device to the BBC Micro. At that time it was met with no enthusiasm whatsoever. Several years later, I've now got a Retro Clinic Data Centre which has the abili...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5233
Views: 388842

Re: Today I recieved.....

Yesterday I received a lovely Weller Soldering Station from a very helpful forum member. It was so well packaged it was like Christmas had come early, and it was like pass the parcel as there were a few layers, all completely wrapped up with at least half a roll of parcel tape. Absolutely sterling e...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:21 am
Forum: community projects
Topic: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd
Replies: 297
Views: 60447

Re: How many sold? German tank problem:serial nums wtd

Hi

Sacrilege. Both my BBC B's have no serial number stickers.

My Master has the s/n: 01-AMB15-0258716

My two A3020's are:

93-AGB22-1044681 (with an AKA12 user port and midi thru/in/out) and
93-AGB23-1013798 (with a Morley User port and analogue port).
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: ! ! 3 1/2" PC Drive/s on a beeb ! !
Replies: 162
Views: 63549

Re: ! ! 3 1/2" PC Drive/s on a beeb ! !

Great thread and lots of useful information, even it most of the technical stuff was way over my head. While reading, a thought entered into my head: What about the possibility of plugging in and using a 1.44mb HD USB floppy drive into Retro Clinic's Data Centre and using that? I know it wouldn't be...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

Here are some images of the next item in my collection... http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1242-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1243-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1244-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1245-tn.jpg http://www.needano...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Original BBC disks
Replies: 20
Views: 3652

Re: Original BBC disks

^MarkT, just checked my electric meter box, where some 51/4" discs are hiding from my wife, and I have those too, with printer driver discs. Defo PC good old DOS or Win3.11 Ooh, floppy disks and AC electricity. Not a good combination. Might find those erased! I have the original 5.25" floppy of Uri...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

I get the distinct feeling that that ROM and the one below it are out of my main machine, probably put there while doing some debugging.

Thank God they're still around, otherwise I would have lost them.

Explains why they're on their own over one side of the foam.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

Welcome Simon :D If you are after an easy to use USB EPROM Programmer, I have one of these and it works really well: http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4282 Paul I'm not sure if I can justify that price (it's not too expensive, just quite expensive for something t...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 32
Views: 5702

Re: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter

A few pictures of something in my collection. As usual the thumbnails link to full sized images. http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1248-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1249-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/2013-09-02-1250-tn.jpg http://www.needanother.co.uk/BBC/20...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC PSU Connectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: BBC PSU Connectors

I've sent you a PM Dave with my details.

Hope that's ok.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC PSU Connectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: BBC PSU Connectors

If you're into repairs (?) I have a Weller soldering station that you can have - But does need repairing. I'll get some photos of it later today. Dave H :D Well, that's mighty fine of you. Most appreciated. I'm not sure if I've reached the number of posts to be allowed to Private Message but if not...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: BBC PSU Connectors
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: BBC PSU Connectors

I agree about that rubbish lead free stuff. I've got a ORYX soldering Iron that I was given sometime around 1989-1990 while I was on YTS (Youth Training Scheme) at Marconi Defence Systems. It was the head of the YTS, a chap called Henry Thorne who taught us how to solder properly. I've still got the...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Anyone know the type-in game I'm thinking of?
Replies: 14
Views: 2175

Re: Anyone know the type-in game I'm thinking of?

Yeah, like Refreshers sweets, or lemon bonbons! (and countless others I can't remember right now...) Although, as the game is a basic program it wouldn't (probably) be too hard to load the listing, print it out (somehow) and edit it to make it better. Well, that means remembering how to program in 6...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Bullseye
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Re: Bullseye

Those pictures look super, smashing, great! <groan!>