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Educational Archive online

Post by flaxcottage » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:21 pm

After several years of resisting the impulse I have finally decided to post the Educational Software Archive to the world wide web.

The site is still in its infancy and is still evolving. I am steadily working through the archive and publishing the titles I have online. At the moment there are about 70 packages uploaded from a range of software houses. Packages that are complete with documentation are priorities.

All new acquisitions will be posted on the website and can be downloaded from there.

Although titles from 4Mation and Cambridge Software House may be mentioned they cannot be downloaded from the website as that would infringe these company's copyright. So please don't ask for Granny's Garden! :lol:

The archive can be found at www.flaxcottage.com
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Post by leenew » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:50 pm

Nice one John =D>

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Post by davidb » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:39 pm

Congratulations! :D

I read a comment on an article or video the other day that lamented the lack of preserved educational material for the BBC Micro. It's good to know that some of that material has been saved, though we've known for a while that you've been very busy doing just that. ;)

Thanks to you - and to all the others doing this kind of work - for all the effort you've put into it. :)

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Post by klintworth » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:11 pm

Great work, John! :D
I'm hoping to upload some more material on Stardot soon - getting together with KarateEd and his DataCentre next week! You are quite correct that documentation is missing from most sources.
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Post by sweh » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:16 am

I wonder if my game will ever show up again...

My Mum was a teacher at a local infant school. I created a simple 'number block' game for her; it was a MODE 7 game that displayed two numbers in a sum with the relevant number of blocks, and the kids needed to count them to do the addition.

Now I was a smart-arse at the time, so I poked some VDU characters in the first REM statements so that it would display my name, my Mum's name, the school and then disable the screen and the printer. Pretty standard simple stuff.

But the fun part was a year later; my mum was at a teacher's conference and a teacher from another school displayed this wonderful number-block game and claimed she'd written it. My mum spoke up; "I think you'll find my son wrote that; look at the program code". The other teacher LISTed the program... oops :-)

I've lost the disk (it was probably on a 3.5" for the Master her school had, so not on any of my disks). Would be amusing if it ever showed up again!
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Post by Elminster » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:30 am

Nice Site.
sweh wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:16 am

But the fun part was a year later; my mum was at a teacher's conference and a teacher from another school displayed this wonderful number-block game and claimed she'd written it. My mum spoke up; "I think you'll find my son wrote that; look at the program code". The other teacher LISTed the program... oops :-)
That is outrageous, a teacher claiming they wrote software a pupil wrote.
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Post by flaxcottage » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:32 am

Love that story! :lol:

A similar thing happened to me. I was at a LEA teacher's meeting, 1987 I think it was, and a disk of software for Archimedes computers was given to all attendees along with a booklet describing all the software on the disk. One look was enough to show that most of the software on the disk was mine and the rest was copyright.

A quiet word to the organisers resulted in some very red faces. But the disk was not recalled!!! The snag now is that the disc does not seem to have survived. :(
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Post by AndyF » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:51 pm

This is excellent to see John, thank you for your continued efforts (and others too!) =D>

Alas, what little bits I had floating about I sent your way last year if I recall correctly, possibly the year before. I've yet to obtain anything else yet.

Will be good to watch this archive grow over time. :)

EDIT... The couple of pages on protection methods I also found a very interesting read too, as they were written in a way even I (yes really!) could easily follow and understand.

Oh I'm still searching for 'Cargo' too, it will eventually land in my possession!
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Post by flaxcottage » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:04 pm

You are in luck, Andy. :D

I found this in a mass of disks I was preserving. I'll upload it to the website next week, when I get time.
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Post by alchresearch » Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:52 am

I've found this in a pile of RM software. Does it need digitising?

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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:09 am

Yes please.
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Post by billcarr2005 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:25 am

alchresearch wrote:
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I've found this in a pile of RM software. Does it need digitising?
Based on other AVP titles, track 1 may be unreadable and the catalogue could be prevented for viewing by control codes :)

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Post by danielj » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:25 am

A great big =D> :)

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Post by AndyF » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:09 am

flaxcottage wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:04 pm
You are in luck, Andy. :D

I found this in a mass of disks I was preserving. I'll upload it to the website next week, when I get time.
=D> Many Thanks John!
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Post by alchresearch » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:02 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:09 am
Yes please.
You still at the same address John? If so I'll get it in the post.

Although I was watching BBC4 last night and saw a programme about the crags, so I might venture over on Saturday and push it through your letterbox!
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Post by AndyF » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:14 am

Very basic (no pun intended here) instructions on Cargo, these were written with Beeb-Em in mind for those who were not immediately aware of how to use it.
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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:02 pm

alchresearch wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:02 pm
flaxcottage wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:09 am
Yes please.
You still at the same address John? If so I'll get it in the post.

Although I was watching BBC4 last night and saw a programme about the crags, so I might venture over on Saturday and push it through your letterbox!
Thanks very much. Sorry I was out and missed you but was at my daughter's in the wilds of Wiltshire - no broadband! Got home today and will archive asap.

I hope you enjoyed the crags. It can be quite spectacular. We haven't been for a while. Have to go soon.
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Post by flaxcottage » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:31 pm

AVP Hydrology and Statistics has been archived and is now on the educational archive website. :D

It was not hard to archive once its protection method was discovered.

Thanks to alcresearch for the package. =D> =D>
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Post by flaxcottage » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:27 pm

As of the latest update there are over 500 programs on the website available for download. :D

In fact, there are so many I had forgotten that I had them! :?

All the programs have been tested and should run on an emulator or from a floppy disc/tape when converted to the real thing.
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Post by AndyF » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:54 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:27 pm
As of the latest update there are over 500 programs on the website available for download. :D

In fact, there are so many I had forgotten that I had them! :?

All the programs have been tested and should run on an emulator or from a floppy disc/tape when converted to the real thing.
All I can say is "Thank you" =D> =D>
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