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Squiggle?

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:54 pm
by charlewi
Hi

I was lucky enough to go to a school with a computer lab full of A310's (+1 A440 for the solitary laser printer) back in 1989 and, coming from a BBC Micro / ZX Spectrum background, was blown away by these machines. I've been trying to track down a silly demo called something like 'Squiggle' that allowed you to draw a quick doodle on the screen (I think) and would proceed to fill the screen with deformed representations in lots of colours. Does anyone remember what it was called or have a copy, or is this just a figment of my imagination?

(Thanks)

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:50 pm
by Kazzie
I may have seen a copy of this yesterday, on an A310 I'm currently restoring (or one of the hard drives that came with it). There was certainly a folder of demos that I stumbled upon.

I'll take a look this evening or tomorrow morning, when I'm back at the machine.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:57 pm
by jms2
There used to be all sorts of "nice but inconsequential" demos for Risc OS. Sadly, I don't think they have a natural home any more, and so like a lot of Risc OS software they are in danger of fading away altogether... which is a pity.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:28 pm
by paintings
It's called !Squiggly. It was written by Stuart Cupit in 1989.

If you have access to the Arcade BBS file archive, it's file number 001841 in area 41 (Acorn 32-bit graphics).

Arcade BBS is now sadly offline, but there's a copy on the Wayback Machine.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:25 pm
by Kazzie
It turns out it wasn't one of the demos I'd seen, anyway. The folder I'd found contains Banthorpe (tubes), Contours, Garden, Guido, Hall, and Pics.

I can upload those, if you're interested.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:09 am
by charlewi
paintings wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:28 pm
It's called !Squiggly. It was written by Stuart Cupit in 1989.

If you have access to the Arcade BBS file archive, it's file number 001841 in area 41 (Acorn 32-bit graphics).

Arcade BBS is now sadly offline, but there's a copy on the Wayback Machine.
That's the one - thanks very much! I would have never found that - or rather known to look at the Arcade BBS - speaking of which what a treasure trove.
Kazzie wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:25 pm
It turns out it wasn't one of the demos I'd seen, anyway. The folder I'd found contains Banthorpe (tubes), Contours, Garden, Guido, Hall, and Pics.

I can upload those, if you're interested.
I would be but not if it's any great hassle. I've purchased a number of Archimedes over the years and it's always interesting to see what's installed - it's like a brief window into a past world.

Yes it's a pity parts of the history are slowly degrading, for me more so when websites go AWOL. I wish I'd got into the scene a bit earlier but I guess 40ish is the magic 'nostalgia' age and that wasn't long ago.

Anyway thank you again for the help.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:39 am
by Kazzie
charlewi wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:09 am
Kazzie wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:25 pm
It turns out it wasn't one of the demos I'd seen, anyway. The folder I'd found contains Banthorpe (tubes), Contours, Garden, Guido, Hall, and Pics.

I can upload those, if you're interested.
I would be but not if it's any great hassle. I've purchased a number of Archimedes over the years and it's always interesting to see what's installed - it's like a brief window into a past world.
It's no trouble, as they're small enough to fit on a floppy disk. It's a SparkFS archive, but I've stuck a .zip extension on it so the forum software allows me to upload it.

Re: Squiggle?

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:48 pm
by charlewi
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