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Help with the Educational Archive

Post by flaxcottage » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:59 pm

For many years I have been collecting as much as I can of the vast number of educational software titles for the BBC micro and preserving them digitally.

There are over 1000 titles in my archive to date and I have quite a few still left to archive.

Whilst trying to crack the protection on some of the titles I have, I received help from some of the amazingly skilled forum members. =D> =D> I also became aware that between us we probably have a lot of titles which are still MIA from my archive.

I have attached a csv file of the current state of my archive, excluding titles produced by amateur programmers, teachers and titles which could not be attributed to a particular publisher or author.

So now to the request. If anyone has any titles which are missing from the archive and would be willing to send me digital copies of the same (including documentation if possible) I should be very grateful to hear from you. [-o<

Titles produced by 4Mation and Cambridge Software House must excepted from this archive request since both these companies actively enforce the copyright to their titles and do not wish to participate in the preservation of their BBC micro software in this way.
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Re: Help with the Educational Archive

Post by OneSwitch » Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:58 pm

Here's my Brilliant Computing stash including some manuals: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/42w1ynzjpfdi ... G8wja?dl=0 --- would love to find Break Time Games one day.

J.N. Tabberer's Micro Mike: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u6b2xfnzjusfq ... E.SSD?dl=0 (I think there might be another title or two from J.N. Tabberer).

Thurrock Care Switch Programmes (2000, with a tweak to make the lottery system up to date):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hcmrvsbfzaa6d ... 7.ssd?dl=0

[SEMERC Blue-File Database]:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cq2zcgmnaei8 ... xc50a?dl=0 - including ROM that's needed to view, what I believe is a copy of "The Blue File". I might be wrong though. You'll find a huge repository of educational stuff on that list. Lots of interesting stuff, including switch accessible Turtle control.

Huge thanks to you and all that helped and continue to help with preserving this stuff (Stephen Barriball, Jeff Hughes, Colin McDougall and many others).

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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:02 pm

Thanks, very much for that response. :D =D>

I'll add these to the archive forthwith.
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Re: Help with the Educational Archive

Post by pegson1 » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:34 am

I have a copy of "The Cheshire Cat Maths O Level Revision Part 1", two cassettes and Manual in original packaging.
I have never tried to read the tapes and have no plans to.
If you want this, I will post it to you.

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Post by hoglet » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:50 am

John,

Acornsoft Temperature Control Simulation (SBE16) was archived by Wim here:
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 33#p128933

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Re: Help with the Educational Archive

Post by AndyF » Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:11 am

Although I do not have anything to 'share or add' as such, I must applaud the efforts in preserving what we can, when we can before things are lost forever. =D>

Other platforms also have similar "Missing in action" type scenario's too I see, its only right that we save what we can.

I did send a couple of years ago what I managed to erm 'collect' to add to the collection however most of the titles were already present.

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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:36 pm

hoglet wrote:John,

Acornsoft Temperature Control Simulation (SBE16) was archived by Wim here:
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 33#p128933

Dave
Thanks, Dave. That has now been 'collected'. :D
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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:42 pm

pegson1 wrote:I have a copy of "The Cheshire Cat Maths O Level Revision Part 1", two cassettes and Manual in original packaging.
I have never tried to read the tapes and have no plans to.
If you want this, I will post it to you.
PM sent, thanks.
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Re: Help with the Educational Archive / Fernleaf

Post by billcarr2005 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:52 am

flaxcottage wrote:If anyone has any titles which are missing from the archive and would be willing to send me digital copies of the same (including documentation if possible) I should be very grateful to hear from you. [-o<
Here are some Fernleaf titles that weren't on your list :)

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EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE SELECTION Volume 1
A. Fletcher's Castle
B. Thorn Sea
C. Treasure
D. Money Target
E. The Perfume Hunter

EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE SELECTION Volume 2
A. The Raiders
B. Island Yacht Race
C. Find The Question
D. Can You Make It?
E. Deliver the Message

FLETCHER'S CASTLE

GREEK DREAMS
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Post by billcarr2005 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:57 am

Here are some LTS titles that weren't on your list
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MATHEMAGIC LAND.zip
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Re: Help with the Educational Archive

Post by flaxcottage » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:06 am

flaxcottage wrote:
pegson1 wrote:I have a copy of "The Cheshire Cat Maths O Level Revision Part 1", two cassettes and Manual in original packaging.
I have never tried to read the tapes and have no plans to.
If you want this, I will post it to you.
PM sent, thanks.
The tapes arrived yesterday, thanks. =D>

All the contents have been copied over to my HDD on my Master. Once the different components have been linked into a menu I'll post the SSD.
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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:08 am

@billcarr2005.

Thanks for those titles. =D> =D> =D>

Fletcher's Castle is in my box of 'to-do' titles. Now I don't have to. 8)
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Re: Help with the Educational Archive

Post by flaxcottage » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:13 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
flaxcottage wrote:
pegson1 wrote:I have a copy of "The Cheshire Cat Maths O Level Revision Part 1", two cassettes and Manual in original packaging.
I have never tried to read the tapes and have no plans to.
If you want this, I will post it to you.
PM sent, thanks.
The tapes arrived yesterday, thanks. =D>

All the contents have been copied over to my HDD on my Master. Once the different components have been linked into a menu I'll post the SSD.
Ha ha! Nothing is ever simple. :?

The code only works properly on a BBC B or B+. The programmer for these titles used a 'feature' of the BBC B regarding user-defined characters. If character 224 is defined, this is also mirrored every 32 characters downwards to 128. The programmer used defchar-96 to get the ASCII code to print and copied this directly into the program code. This is going to be a nightmare to get working on all 8-bit machines. #-o
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