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by SimonSideburns
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Show us your retro computers
Replies: 103
Views: 9538

Re: Show us your retro computers

Commie_User wrote:Now where would I start?
Ref your first picture, I'm pretty sure I've got one of those video recorders (the silver one) somewhere too. Is it a Sharp model?
by SimonSideburns
Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Using PC sound as tape input?
Replies: 17
Views: 2191

Re: Using PC sound as tape input?

I'm sure it's possible, but there can be issues with it. If you can be certain no other program (windows explorer, outlook, web browser, etc.) will make any noise during the playback of the tape you should be fine. However, with modern machines running so many things at once, the slightest timing is...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Forth
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Forth

I recently bought a pristine copy of Forth for the (cough) ZX Spectrum. I've never learned Forth before and wouldn't mind having someone around to provide hints and tips. I wonder how compatible different versions of Forth are to each other? It would, I suppose, depend on how they individually handl...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Pipeline working on the MMC interface fix
Replies: 23
Views: 2293

Re: Pipeline working on the MMC interface - not working ? fix

I have a version on disc that I was given BITD, and it too has the same lines to the left/right of the player at the start. I never got very far into Pipeline when I was younger, so I have no idea if anything is missing. However, on mine, I get a message on the initial MODE 7 screen (where it shows ...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: software
Topic: The Raspberry Pie contest
Replies: 35
Views: 5680

Re: The Raspberry Pie contest

dfeugey10 wrote:Basic, GPIO, step motors?
Sounds like I have a few things to learn. Must start soon as I'm not getting any younger.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: software
Topic: The Raspberry Pie contest
Replies: 35
Views: 5680

Re: The Raspberry Pie contest

Thank you very much David.

It is a good idea, but I have no idea how to go about doing what I proposed.

Still, your speedy sending of the Raspberry Pi meant it arrived this morning. Top rate service.

Simon
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: emulators
Topic: how to get rom in beebem ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2723

Re: how to get rom in beebem ?

Hi Duikkie If you want to get the ROM file from a Disc into the ROM configuration, you have a few choices. Firstly, to get the ROM off a disc onto your PC (I'm assuming Windows), load up the disc and go to the Edit menu and choose "Export files from disc". You can then copy the file from the disc on...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Odds and ends for sale
Replies: 8
Views: 1214

Re: Odds and ends for sale

Been looking into the SD to IDE adaptor and the CF to IDE adaptors. There's a whole load of info on CF for example on Wikipedia.

Interesting reading, and I still have no idea what I'd do with one.

Not many uses for IDE these days on any of my kit, be it Acorn or PC related.
by SimonSideburns
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Beebem on Github
Replies: 133
Views: 13523

Re: Beebem on Github

Some of the things wrong with BeebEm (as far as I can tell - who knows if they are well known about or not) are: The recent hacks (posted on the forum) to create a higher resolution MODE 7 screen don't work. Full Screen Mode seems broken when attempting to access the Menu (they don't display properl...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Re: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!

I don't have a page anywhere. It must have been something I sent you, or uploaded here (or on a server I had at the time) and linked to on the board, or maybe uploaded to facebook. I can add attachments of the other disc images here no problem. Feel free to use any you find useful. There may be an o...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1322

Re: Aaarrrrggghhhh!!!!!

Seems like you got that from me. Maybe I uploaded it here as a result of some previous post asking for a particular music file or something. I don't recall the origins of the files on the disc, but I received a large collection of software from a friend when I got my own one in late 1980s to early 1...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Simple MODE 1 picture viewer in BASIC
Replies: 10
Views: 2300

Re: Simple MODE 1 picture viewer in BASIC

I love these pictures. Even on BeebEm, simply squinting a bit improves the quality of all images, and your way of encoding the files has reduced greatly the file size by keeping long lines of single colours together (which allows the encoding to work more efficiently).

Good job.
by SimonSideburns
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: any interest in a character display with sprites?
Replies: 16
Views: 3140

Re: any interest in a character display with sprites?

There is a program for the ZX Spectrum called AGD - Arcade Game Designer. It allows someone who has no coding background to write games. It includes a scripting language, sprite editor, map or screen layout designer, sound and background tune editor and compiler. I suppose it's a bit like how they d...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: MODE 7/75
Replies: 19
Views: 2663

Re: MODE 7/75

Like you say, I didn't get anything similar to your images on BeebEm (hardly surprising). Sounds like it could be a nice effect though. I'm not as technical as you guys so don't worry if I'm simply rambling, but if you only printed full blocks (all six elements of a graphic) would it then not matter...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Not so common (these days) 8 bits
Replies: 8
Views: 1261

Re: Not so common (these days) 8 bits

Back in the day I had a ZX81 but also acquired an Oric-1 which was an awful looking machine with small clunky keys, but it was an OK machine to use. Had a couple of screen modes, 4 keywords for sound effects (PING, EXPLODE, oh what were the other two - maybe BANG was one) as well as a SOUND command ...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Selling up every thing and mean everything price lowered
Replies: 7
Views: 1397

Re: Selling up every thing

If they're from smoke free and or pet free home would be of importance to some too.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: New Adventures?
Replies: 185
Views: 25193

Re: New Adventures?

Just in time for a Christmas release.

Consider it the best gift a BBC Micro fan could want. Bit like back in the day I suppose, waiting for a game and hoping Santa knew exactly which one and on which format.

Great stuff.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: New Adventures?
Replies: 185
Views: 25193

Re: New Adventures?

I've seen your progress with the development of this game by following this thread and now you're really close to release I should say I'm really looking forward to playing with it. Your graphics are great, the descriptions of the locations (that we've seen so far in the preview pictures) are lookin...
by SimonSideburns
Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Free Occiloscope
Replies: 13
Views: 2067

Re: Free Occiloscope

JonTr7 wrote:Hi
I am offering for fee an old but working 20Mhz dual trace occiloscope model Crotech 3132
It's to big and heavy to post so is for collection only

John
Fee or free? Opposite ends of the spectrum there :D :D :D
by SimonSideburns
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: What do I type to put this on tape, please?
Replies: 6
Views: 1326

Re: What do I type to put this on tape, please?

That picture looks so much better on a CRT - almost life like. Nice program also.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 63
Views: 5809

Re: What would you buy?

Ok, £5000 to spend. I'd be after one of the early XT clones (not a real IBM one). Stupidly, I got rid of one in the early 1990s. It had 8-bit interfaces, a very small (20mb?) MFM hard drive, hercules monochrome monitor (that ran a TSR to simulate CGA graphics), ran at 4Mhz and had a turbo mode that ...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Border tracing Mandelbrot generator for the Beeb
Replies: 83
Views: 9138

Re: Border tracing Mandelbrot generator for the Beeb

Funnily enough, I have been writing the Mandelbrot in a BASIC program on the ZX Spectrum recently as I am a member of a facebook group called BASIC on the ZX Spectrum. My code includes a zoom rectangle, three dithering methods (to avoid the famous Spectrum colour clash it is in monochrome) - simple ...
by SimonSideburns
Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Border tracing Mandelbrot generator for the Beeb
Replies: 83
Views: 9138

Re: Border tracing Mandelbrot generator for the Beeb

Of course the next possible speedup is to realise that if you have the 0 imaginary axis somewhere within your top y and bottom y range then the negative value pixels are the same as the positive values (e.g. the image is mirrored at the 0 coordinate on the imaginary axis).
by SimonSideburns
Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Conway's Game of Life for Atom, Beeb, Elk?
Replies: 70
Views: 8162

Re: Conway's Game of Life for Atom, Beeb, Elk?

When I first saw this post about GoL I immediately recalled a version that used MODE 7 on the Beeb that was on one or two of the Disk User disks. I was going to post about it and then promptly forgot. I believe the programs were called Life and Super Life, and they were possibly on successive issues...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings from Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 1622

Re: Greetings from Hampshire

Nice to virtually meet a fellow Hampshire resident.

If we get a few more in this area it could be worthwhile having a get together.

I'm in Purbrook just outside of Portsmouth.
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: More Colours in mode 7
Replies: 64
Views: 5616

Re: More Colours in mode 7

Just flashes a lot and tries to give me a headache in BeebEm. Guess it works much better on an old fashioned CRT monitor. It would appear to be switching between two sets of colouring - one horizontal and one vertical - very quickly. On a CRT this would likely trick the eye in to seeing intermediate...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Do Modern Dot Matrix Printers work with Beeb/Electron etc?
Replies: 20
Views: 2771

Re: Do Modern Dot Matrix Printers work with Beeb/Electron etc?

There are (or were about 15 years ago) some Kyocera Laser printers that had a whole language built in called Prescribe. If you have one of these then by embedding Prescribe commands into the text that is output you can insert Barcodes, graphics and a whole lot more. I have no idea if Kyocera still e...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: 360K Drives, Windows XP and Omniflop
Replies: 25
Views: 6471

Re: 360K Drives, Windows XP and Omniflop

Hopefully he's still reading this almost two years later :-)
by SimonSideburns
Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Anyone know the type-in game I'm thinking of?
Replies: 14
Views: 2420

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

BungeeBill All I can say is wow. This is what modern retro computing forums are about. I'm glad we've helped you become reunited with your clever self from your youth. Now, the big question is: Do you still remember how to code in 6502, and if so, do you know how to make the game more boulder dash l...
by SimonSideburns
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Can I have a variable speed knob for the BBC, please?
Replies: 19
Views: 2536

Re: Can I have a variable speed knob for the BBC, please?

The software based version was from Disc User. The final issue (number 14 if memory serves me correctly). The software was called slomo.