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ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD - Now FULL

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:28 pm
by 1024MAK
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Please note that this event is now FULL for the Saturday

Hello everyone,

I'm pleased to announce another ABUG meet-up at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History over the weekend of 28th - 30th June 2019 :D

This is the forth year they're hosting us, which is great news :D

Please note that there will be slightly fewer tables available this year than in previous years. So if you wish to attend, please post in this thread clearly stating the days you would like to attend on, if you want a full table to yourself, half a table or not bringing kit (aka a "No-Kitter" :) ).

Space wise, there will be:
- 10 full tables (1 table per person)
- 10 half-tables (2 people per table, total of 5 tables)
- up to five people with no kit.

Entrance fee

I have just been informed that the museum has increased it’s prices (prices correct as at Sunday 16th June).

The museum entrance fee is now £9 per person per day for adults.
- If you are attending the event for the entire weekend (two or more days), the fee will be £18 - to be paid as an £9 museum entrance fee on two consecutive days (e.g. on Saturday and Sunday).
- If you are attending for one day, then the fee will be £9.
- Please inform the staff that you are attending as an ABUG attendee.
- Just as any other paying visitor, you're free to wander around the museum and play with all the retro computers they have!

Dates
Friday 28th June - 4.00pm til late (no earlier than 4.00pm please, as we don't get the room until then)
Saturday 29th June - 9.00am til late
Sunday 30th June - 9.00am-4.00pm

Dave Hitchins will be helping out with getting the room ready on the Friday afternoon and on the Sunday afternoon to restore the room back after we leave. I would be very grateful if some other ABUG attendees could assist him in anyway they can. Please contact him if you can offer help. We would like the goodwill we have with the museum to continue.

Address
Centre for Computing History
Rene Court
Coldhams Road
Cambridge
CB1 3EW
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk


Acorn & BBC Micro User Group (ABug) meet-ups are open to enthusiasts of the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Atom and Archimedes/RISC OS machines.

Attendees will typically stay for two if not all three days. The meets are always very informal and can involve:
- members bringing their own hardware to set up and show off
- time spent working on hardware and programming/games projects
- exchange of ideas/knowledge
- upgrade and repair of poorly Acorn machines
- collaborative work on community projects, such as software preservation, preparation/planning for displays at other events etc.
- sale of items by members (not guaranteed, but there are often opportunities to buy bits)
- general socialising, food/drink and the odd hi-score competition!


Accommodation
These are the hotels that people stayed at in previous years:

Oakley Lodge hotel
627-631 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8PA
It's just over a mile away from the museum.

Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road Hotel
180-190 Newmarket Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB5 8HF

If you have any other recommendations, please let me know so that I can post the details here.

Food and drink
Friday night - previously, we've ordered take out pizzas and brought our own beer.

Saturday night - previously, we've booked a table for us all at the same local pub as in previous years, as everyone seemed happy with it. It isn't a large menu but good and reasonably priced with vegetarian options. It's about 15 mins walk from the venue. As neither myself or Jason are able to attend this event, it will require someone else to arrange this if you want to do the same again. If there are any difficulties with this, Jason is happy to help with the booking.
http://www.the-geldart.co.uk

For lunch: the museum has a snack bar for tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, crisps etc . There are a couple of fast food places nearby as well as an M&S (and I *think* an ASDA) for sandwiches etc.

Parking
Parking is available at the museum. Note that hotels may charge additional fees for parking. In previous years, some folks have left their cars overnight in the museum car park (including me) at their own risk.

Classroom
Total of TEN full tables available:
1. daveejhitchins (Dave). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
2. jgharston (Jonathan). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
3. flaxcottage (John). Saturday only.
4. z0m8ied0g (Steve). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
5. mattyj (Matt). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
6. JudgeBeeb (Robert & Sharon). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
7. IanS (Ian). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
8. Paul (Paul). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
9. Arcadian (Dave). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
10. SimonSideburns (Simon & wife). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
Classroom
Total of TEN half-tables (two people per table) available:
11. SarahWalker (Sarah). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
12. flibble (Peter). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
13. markdryan (Mark). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
14. Elminster (Duncan). Arriving Saturday morning , leaving Sunday afternoon.
15. MattH (Matt). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
16. andrewvideo‬ (Andrew). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
17. ‪anightin (Andy). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Saturday.
18. gordonDrogon (Gordon). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday.
19. cmorley (Chris‬). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday.
20. Wolfgang (?‬). Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday.

People coming along that don't require a table
Total of FIVE places for people with NO KIT available:
21. oPless. Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon.
22A. helpful (Bryan). Saturday only.
22B. MadeGray‬ (John‬). Sunday only.
23A. Diminished (Ali). Saturday only.
23B. ‪Mike Bunce. Sunday only.
24A. SpaceFlightOrange (James). Saturday only.
24B. Spare . Sunday only.
25. Stephen R & Debs Saturday only. .
Updated 2019-06-16 13:49 due to price changes.
Updated 2019-06-28 14:40 due to cancellation.
Updated 2019-06-28 23:23.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:32 pm
by JudgeBeeb
Can you put me down as a 'tentative' for half a table. It looks like this may be the weekend of my university 30 year reunion and if that goes ahead, I will not be able to come.

Forget that, I hate reunions; they are always stuffy affairs. Put me down for all three days. Half a table please (with a warning that I may be making noise).

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:45 pm
by SarahWalker
Half table for me please!

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:55 pm
by flibble
Half table for me also, fri-sun

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:10 pm
by markdryan
Could you put me down for half a table for the whole weekend?

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:40 pm
by daveejhitchins
Full table for me please . . . Seemingly I'm looking at the museums stock of Electrons and seeing if they all work . . .

Dave H :D

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:00 pm
by Elminster
I usually sprawl to many tables. Put me down for half a table and I will go on a diet.

Sat and Sun.

Thanks.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:05 pm
by Pernod
Put me down as a no kitter for Saturday only.
I'll hopefully utilise other attendees to do some ROM/floppy imaging, need to create a list of wanted items.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:22 pm
by MattH
Could you put me down for half a table, for the whole weekend. Thanks.

Matt H.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:51 pm
by jgharston
Full table, all three days, will probably be able to make it early on Friday to help setting up.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:04 pm
by flaxcottage
Book me down for the Saturday only, please. Ideally I should like a full table somewhere so that I may archive some of the museum's software. [-o<

I shall be bringing a laptop and scanner for archiving the documentation and a Master with Datacentre, tape deck and dual floppies for rescuing the software. :D

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:36 pm
by Prime
I'll most probably not be able to make this one as I'll be on holiday (on the Isle of Wight) the week before so most probably won't make it back in time.

If I do come it will be a flying visit on Sunday, and won't have any kit with me.

Cheers.

Phill.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:06 pm
by sbadger
Great news. Full table fri to sun if possible please

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:26 am
by Paul
Hi,

I'd like to come Friday, leaving Sunday afternoon, half table should be perfect, or full table if no half's left?

Also happy to help setup, and work through and museum kit that needs work / alternatively I've a few projects I'm working through and could spend some time on!

Cheers,

Paul.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:33 pm
by 1024MAK
Hi Paul

I’ve put you down as a half-table for now.

Mark

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:17 pm
by helpful
I'll be there from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon, not planning to bring any kit.

I might have to leave Saturday evening, but will still stay for the meal before heading off :D

Bryan.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:19 pm
by Pernod
As Jason is not attending, what's the situation for requesting access to museum items for archiving? I only have a short list at the moment of floppies and ROMs (some not Acorn related). Will post a list in due course.

Last year I utilised Phill for the ROM dumping, but he's not attending. Is anyone else able to volunteer their services for this task? At the moment I'm looking at the Spectrum prototype and the rare HH Tiger, if they're made available. Probably some BBC ROMs too.

Also, who's the resident floppy archiver (flaxcottage?). At the moment I think I only have a couple of requests relating to Atom and System, so don't expect to take too much of anyone's time.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:55 pm
by Prime
Pernod wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:19 pm
Also, who's the resident floppy archiver (flaxcottage?). At the moment I think I only have a couple of requests relating to Atom and System, so don't expect to take too much of anyone's time.
If you can get a chance any software for the System 6809 card would be good to test my clone out :) I know they have a System 3 with a 6809 card as it was out last time I was there.

Cheers.

Phill.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:25 pm
by Pernod
Prime wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:55 pm
If you can get a chance any software for the System 6809 card would be good to test my clone out :) I know they have a System 3 with a 6809 card as it was out last time I was there.

Cheers.

Phill.
It was that and the floppy in the Prophet that are on my most wanted list.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:19 am
by flibble
I thought people might like a heads up, it seems that the date is a busy time in Cambridge [1] as such it seems that hotel prices are a bit more expensive than usual and there is less availability.

Probably worth booking earlier rather than later.

(I've booked a slightly more distant travelodge to save myself 50 quid, but with an added 15 min car journey)

[1] I think this is caused by this being one of the Cambridge university graduates dates.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:41 am
by flaxcottage
Pernod wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:19 pm
Also, who's the resident floppy archiver (flaxcottage?). At the moment I think I only have a couple of requests relating to Atom and System, so don't expect to take too much of anyone's time.
I only handle BBC disks in DFS and ADFS flavours. If they are protected then that might be a 'no' in the time available because some protection can take days to crack. :? Unprotected disks should be easy to do. :D

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:27 am
by daveejhitchins
I'm bringing our caravan, again . . . site booked already :D

Dave H :D

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:03 am
by andrewvideo
Is anyone going from Sheffield or any city nearby. Could I have lift please. I can meet you in Cherserfield,Sheffield, Barsley,Doncaster, Googe, Wakefield and leeds trains stations. Happy to share the fule cost. Cheers.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:46 am
by Paul
daveejhitchins wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:27 am
I'm bringing our caravan, again . . . site booked already :D

Dave H :D
Ooh, what site? I'd like to bring my caravan up.. save on hotel costs :)

Cheers, Paul.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:56 am
by daveejhitchins
Paul wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:46 am
Ooh, what site? I'd like to bring my caravan up.. save on hotel costs :)
I'll let you know later . . . Not my department :wink: But we stopped there last year - basic site with small but good facilities.

Dave H :D

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:39 am
by tricky
I still don't know if I can make it but I would appreciate a copy/photos of the text to speech addon booklet for the computer concept speech system http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... peech-ROM/

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:10 pm
by Pernod
flaxcottage wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:41 am
I only handle BBC disks in DFS and ADFS flavours. If they are protected then that might be a 'no' in the time available because some protection can take days to crack. :? Unprotected disks should be easy to do. :D
Thanks, not expecting anything protected, just simple 100K DFS. My only concern is their condition.
tricky wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:39 am
I still don't know if I can make it but I would appreciate a copy/photos of the text to speech addon booklet for the computer concept speech system
I can put this on my list, and take photos on my phone if that's acceptable, unless there's a scanner I can utilise.

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:26 pm
by z0m8ied0g
Please put me down for a full table.

Looking to arrive Thursday night so will be available for Friday if you need any help setting up. Leaving Sunday.


Cheers

Stephen

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:18 pm
by 1024MAK
List updated.

Reminder to any new attendees, space fills up quickly, so if you are interested, please state clearly which days you are interested in attending and if you would like a full table, half a table or are a no kitter.

Mark

Re: ABUG Cambridge 28th - 30th June 2019 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:30 pm
by oPless
Since this is on my doorstep, I think it'd be rude of me not to at least attempt to try to attend.

Put me down as a no-kitter for now, and if there's any no-shows, my lock up is around the corner so I can always drag my setup out.

If I get my viewdata / teletext stuff working, I'd probably like to show that off ... but I'm still faffing with that at the moment alas.

I must get around to getting them to show me their communitel setup too.

Is that okay ?

-S