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by SimonSideburns
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Wasn't expecting that!
Replies: 37
Views: 4682

Re: Wasn't expecting that!

Would have been more painful with Acorn.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?
Replies: 25
Views: 3992

Re: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?

It's such a shame. I had a subscription to The Micro User for a year or two around the late 80's and early 90's, which is where I saw the Chameleon board. Some time between then and now, my (small) collection of those magazines has vanished. At that time I didn't do soldering so I bought a board rea...
by SimonSideburns
Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?
Replies: 25
Views: 3992

Re: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?

Combining the usual output with the chameleon circult to increase the number of colours from 8 to 16 sounds like a great way to get extra colours from the system.

Nice idea.

Wonder how easy it is to achieve?
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?
Replies: 25
Views: 3992

Re: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?

My BBC Micro has been upgraded with a Chameleon Colour Board. It allows the user to change 7 out of the 8 primary colours to any out of a palette of 4096. It allows 16 shades of red, green and blue. I seem to recall the program that was supplied with the board allowed you to change the colour of pal...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?
Replies: 25
Views: 3992

Replacing the circuitry with modern equivalents?

Hi After reading a post on here where someone has been trying to diagnose a fault on their machine and a reply was to get replacement ram chips to see if one is faulty, it got me thinking: As the technology used in the era of the BBC Micro gets more and more obsolete, and replacement parts become ha...
by SimonSideburns
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Cold Tea Anybody?
Replies: 12
Views: 2306

Re: Cold Tea Anybody?

So, what exactly is that doing. Tried it in BeebEm and it really does make the machine go loopy.
by SimonSideburns
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Your BBC "essentials"?
Replies: 9
Views: 1800

Re: Your BBC "essentials"?

I used to like playing Acornsoft Snooker and Snapper, so I found some software that could write the files into a ROM and created one with each program on it, then by typing: *SNAPPER or * SNOOKER I could then run the appropriate game, directly from the ROM. I also had and used ADT (Advanced Disc Too...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 5819
Views: 510370

Re: Today I recieved.....

Well.....thanks for the info Richard. The ROM works but I guess until I get the C ROM, I won't be doing much in the way of compiling. If anyone happens to see one of those around, kindly let me know.....my ROM needs his brother..... Thanks folks, Ed......:-) I've got one, totally original, in a box...
by SimonSideburns
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn emulators
Topic: BeebEm/C++ - Adding an exit emulator key press
Replies: 1
Views: 853

Re: BeebEm/C++ - Adding an exit emulator key press

If you're going to have to press one key to get out of the program, why not use Alt-F4 which (assuming you're on Windows) closes the current program and is only one key more? Also, many laptop keyboards have the Pause/Break key as a function on another key that you have to press the FN button at the...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Photo I took yesterday from my living room window
Replies: 15
Views: 3403

Re: Photo I took yesterday from my living room window

You've just reminded me of one I took on 18th June this year outside our home.
2013-06-18-543.jpg
18th June this year.
Looks like the sky's on fire.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: So why that Avatar?
Replies: 49
Views: 3689

Re: So why that Avatar?

Glad I can cause confusion. It's a genuine gif file. Don't know how it looks as if it is going one way one minute and another way the next, but I find that if she is rotating clockwise, if I then look to the bottom right of the image, I then catch her outstretched foot and when I then look back at t...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: So why that Avatar?
Replies: 49
Views: 3689

Re: So why that Avatar?

I've just updated my avatar to give everyone something to think about.
by SimonSideburns
Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: So, here's a thing...
Replies: 26
Views: 6595

Re: So, here's a thing...

danielj wrote:(resistors are 47k)
So, they're the most expensive part at 47 grand each :-)
by SimonSideburns
Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Acorn Users world-wide
Replies: 28
Views: 3357

Re: Acorn Users world-wide

Just outside of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

By just outside, I mean north of, otherwise I'd have wet feet :-)
by SimonSideburns
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper
Replies: 60
Views: 7406

Re: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper

Back in the day I think my high score was about 178,000 or so (no proof except for it written on a piece of paper somewhere in a memories box).

Not sure I'll get up as high as that any time soon, but I'll have another few tries before the end of the competition.
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score competition or table
Replies: 31
Views: 6276

Re: High score competition or table

Can I suggest that a rule to add would be something like: Using a graphics editor to 'beef up' your score, even though it can't easily be proven, is completely disallowed - pretending to score higher than your actual score would only be cheating yourself, and also falls into the unfair and unsportin...
by SimonSideburns
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge - Champions Choice - Snapper
Replies: 60
Views: 7406

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: 3803

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 9:23 pm
Forum: 32-bit acorn hardware
Topic: "Mojo" - New ARM/Android box
Replies: 15
Views: 3074

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 2:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: Uncracked protection - anything still uncracked?
Replies: 27
Views: 5586

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 11:13 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 35
Views: 6663

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 7:42 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 35
Views: 6663

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 10:56 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 35
Views: 6663

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 10:05 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 35
Views: 6663

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 9:47 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hi from an avid BBC Micro supporter
Replies: 35
Views: 6663

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 10:08 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is the average age on here??
Replies: 284
Views: 34547

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 9:57 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

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 8:44 pm
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

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 10:52 am
Forum: past events & exhibitions
Topic: Portsmouth RISC OS Show / Sat 28th Sept 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

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 7:26 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: other
Topic: Good demo programs
Replies: 9
Views: 1133

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...

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