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Bank Holiday

Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:59 am

Hi there
Completely off topic. How is everyone spending their Bank Holiday monday (for those that have one)..........or if not your Easter....did you do any BBC stuff

I am tinkering with Android and BBC basic.........just tried the Ceefax demo. That is very impressive!

It's nice to have time to tinker. Might have time for one more pic later. We shall see!

I also painted / made this............ :)
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Post by 1024MAK » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:38 am

Friday and Saturday were work days. Sunday was a day with our family. Today so far has been a lay in and catching up with the forum :D

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Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:41 am

Oh that's not fair Mark ! Well hope you have a nice day off today.

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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by Bat » Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:42 am

Hi,
Got the grand bratz for a few days! :shock:
Cheers,
Gavin :)

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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:12 am

Oh dear. Wish I'd not started this thread now ...........grand bratz and having to work the weekend. All we need now is it to be raining on the bank holiday......oh wait................. :lol:

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Post by Commie_User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:19 am

A nice family Easter for us, especially when my mother makes great cakes. There was a fruit one as well.

Plus I got her ancient ex-laptop on the wifi with a £2.50 USB aerial. I've bumped up the RAM to 2 gigs and expanded the hard drive already, also for peanuts. Not bad for a 2004 unit, I have to say. Hefty CPU as well, at 2.4 gig.
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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:08 pm

Cor that is one fine chocolate cake! I love fruit cake. It is one of my sins!

That laptop looks vaguely familar...........the Fujitsu one with a giant square hole .........lol........I love getting old tech like this back in working fashion for a few quid.....my Dad is on Puppy Linux and it never gives me any problems on his 10 year old Dell Optiplex 620 :D

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Post by Commie_User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:43 pm

She makes a good fruit cake too! We had that yesterday.

I've a house full of good old PCs going back to Y2K. Unbelievably good for music and I can still use the old programs and audiophile interfaces, like the Edirol UA25.

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Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:56 pm

I sometimes fire up my old Mac......white one..........and do some music on that...........I like the limitations of it....I was a big fan of Cubase on the ST and on the G3 mac........

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Post by hoglet » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:09 pm

Building some tools for 6502 code profiling, see this new thread

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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:24 pm

That looks super technical hoglet!

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Post by Commie_User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:37 pm

pixelblip wrote:I like the limitations of it....
It's not even really about limitations, though you do work within limitations. It's such a pity that perfectly good audio boxes and cards can't be used just because newer systems lack the slots and compatibility. Also the composing software is different across the years, so I express myself completely differently across the eras and computers, right back to the 8-bits. And if that isn't enough, even quality software sound processors like reverbs or compressors or samplers have their own sonic identity and quality - much like classic outboard hardware themselves.

Only a retrohead knows!

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Post by pixelblip » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:45 pm

Akai 950 :D

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Post by Commie_User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:28 pm

Ah yes, though a bit before my time. This guy's tutorial restores all the excitement users must have felt back in the day. I can feel it and I use Kontakt and all the rest of it! Cut straight to his drum samples and recording his guitar string: https://youtu.be/PM5MxWvYY-U?t=233

Marvellous sound, of its own. Basis of so many of your own 'sound fonts'. Made the 80s what they are today! Mostly.

And best of all, his part 2 marries it up with an Atari ST: https://youtu.be/TOshWKwrU-8?t=101

I've a good 1040ST and screen myself. Brilliant for some of those unique music twiddlers too, like Music Mouse. And it handles some good outboard realtime MIDI processing I need.

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Post by daveejhitchins » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:12 am

Since getting out of hospital, last Tuesday, I'm stuck in a chair with my leg up. Due to the very high dose of antibiotics I'm taking I can't even face chocolate :shock: :( Another week to go - then I'm going to have a chocolate feast 8) as I sent Mrs H out yesterday to grab some reduced chocolate eggs Mmmmm!

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Post by jgharston » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:11 am

daveejhitchins wrote:Due to the very high dose of antibiotics I'm taking I can't even face chocolate :shock:
I feel for you. I had pre-op tests this morning, and the one thing I can't face is needles, and I'm still woozy from all the precious life fluids they extracted from me, plus having to get up at half past dawn to get there. (I even passed out, but that was my usual side effect from having my blood pressure taken.) I have to get up even earlier next week for the operation, and they expect me to find my own way home afterwards.

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Post by crj » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:14 am

daveejhitchins wrote:I sent Mrs H out yesterday to grab some reduced chocolate eggs Mmmmm!
I hope she found some! In recent years, supermarkets seem to have elected to have the Easter eggs vanish from shelves instead of sitting around discounted after Easter, presumably to encourage people to buy full-price eggs beforehand.

Where do all the unsold eggs go, one wonders?

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Post by daveejhitchins » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:42 am

crj wrote:I hope she found some!
Oh yes . . . She's a good shopper :D Aldi had lots whereas Tesco had very little and what they did have was still expensive.

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Post by tricky » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:45 am

I spent Monday writing a new program to grab scramble maps in software scrolling friendly layout with mode 1 friendly colours ;)
As our daughter is with her grandparents, I get programming session in hours instead of minutes :)
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Post by chrisn » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:50 am

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

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Post by richardtoohey » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:33 am

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.

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Post by 1024MAK » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:34 pm

Easter did bring some nice food:
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Hot cross bun and fruit cake
@Dave, I hope your recovery goes well. @Jonathan I hate being prodded and poked as well. It takes nurses less than ten seconds to mark me down as one of the 'afraid of people in white coats' brigade! I hope your operation goes smoothly.

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Post by jonb » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:51 pm

I spent BH Friday under a 45 year old Lotus.
On Saturday I went out to score some Easter Eggs.
Sunday it was a Lamb roast with the mother in law.
Monday I curried the remainder of the lamb.
The rest of the time I sat in front of the fire and gazed out at the miserable weather. :(

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Post by helpful » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:15 pm

Spent most of the weekend at the Science Museum, either in the Power Up exhibition (sadly without Arcadian this year :-( ) showing visitors how to play the classic games, or helping children do stop motion animation with their plasticine monsters :D

Also saw Ready Player One, which was fun spotting all the old games/TV/movie references.
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I was amused that the finale came down to playing Adventure on the Atari VCS! I could have won that for them, muscle memory still gets me straight through those catacombs without even thinking :P

A pretty good weekend, and mostly inside so avoided the awful weather \:D/

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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by Bat » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:41 pm

Hi,
It wasn't all bad the grand bratz being here gave me an excuse to get this up and running...
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I was going to use a MAME emulator but it looked like you need a good spec PC to run it. Whereas using beebem I can use an old xp machine and get a similar result.
Kids like it, just have to keep the queue in order!
Cheers,
Gavin :)

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Re: Bank Holiday

Post by pixelblip » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:39 pm

Oh wow Snapper on an arcade machine. Cor! That looks great fun.

I had a Williams Defender arcade cabinet a few years back. Wow that thing really was really psychedelic. The sound it made was mindblowing and very electronic....all the phasing computer sound fx with multicoloured explosions everywhere. Sadly it had to go :( Defender was the one to get the top high score on in the arcade....if you did that you got nuff respek!

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