Beeb Spotting

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Diminished » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:47 am

Elminster wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:16 am
Beebs in the US. It will never catch on. :evil:
Make Acorn Great Again?

(... sorry)
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:54 am

Beeb in prime position in this Norwegian educational program, about the 2 min mark. And, they then run a Richard T Russell version of Basic called Kontiki-Basic on the nearby Kontiki machine.

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/datastart/FSKO0 ... 01-10-1984

I've had a bit of a look at the Microprocessors episode nearby, and there's another Beeb on view there.

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by adrm » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:36 am

BigEd wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:54 am
Beeb in prime position in this Norwegian educational program, about the 2 min mark. And, they then run a Richard T Russell version of Basic called Kontiki-Basic on the nearby Kontiki machine.

https://tv.nrk.no/serie/datastart/FSKO0 ... 01-10-1984

I've had a bit of a look at the Microprocessors episode nearby, and there's another Beeb on view there.
I remember these!
Thanks for pointing them out :D
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by davidb » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:15 pm

Very interesting! Thanks for pointing out the program. I didn't realise you understood Norwegian, BigEd. :)

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:25 pm

I don't yet, but these programmes seem the ideal way to learn!

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by davidb » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:32 pm

You need to keep watching this episode. They get to play a Norwegian geography game on the Beeb a few minutes later. :)

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:43 pm

I do like the unaffected presentation style. And the Beeb gets a good showing there before the C64 turns up.

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Kazzie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:07 pm

Found in the foyer of Conwy Library:
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Picture is the organiser's, not mine. My camera had a sulk and didn't keep the photos I'd taken.

A local primary school's recently closed for redevelopment, and they were holding an exhibition and gathering ex-pupils' recollections. The organiser had taken to twitter to find a Beeb to borrow, and had loaded Granny's Garden from a cassette player. I've loaned them a floppy drive to connect up to it and add to the experience.

(The picture behind the cub monitor is of the school's Beeb. In the foreground there's an unplugged Acorn Data Recorder, and the upturned box of a Cumana Floppy Drive. It seems the picture was taken on the occasion of the school getting a floppy drive to use with its Beeb!)
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:12 pm

In Stephen Hawking's office, from a 2008 documentary on his life and research.
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by MartinB » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:40 pm

The ‘Museum of Childhood’ on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh.....


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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:25 pm

Preserved in aspic.

It guarantees to age you double, instantly.

And look at the large incantation in the cabinet: GAME OVER. That's it, curtains buddy. You're in the morgue now!

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by sydney » Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:57 pm

Just watching Rogue One and I spotted what looks like a keyboard with red function keys! Maybe not a beeb but it seems to be possibly beeb inspired.
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by jms2 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:50 pm

I've just been reading David Mitchell's autobiography "Back Story", in which he makes a passing reference to having a BBC Micro as a child and that his Dad bought him a disc drive that wasn't compatible with all the normal ones. Probably an Opus one I'd imagine!

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:37 pm

Acorn Archimedes, with graphic, in a 1993 episode of MINDER: https://youtu.be/H3DADOCBOfQ?t=1106

https://youtu.be/H3DADOCBOfQ?t=1422

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by topcat96 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:31 am

Not sure if posted somewhere on here already, but came across these adverts for both the BBC and Electron earlier today ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPdx5P1izwI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmnilpSD64
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:59 am

The BBC on Tomorrow's World in 1984, for the eyes or something: https://youtu.be/TXr8E37ClF8?t=556

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:13 pm

Beeb on sale in HMV, Oxford St, first floor, 1980s:
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by iainjh » Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:00 pm

on BBC4 last night - Kate Bush documentary. On the Top of the Pops I think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg3x7qwrPcY

Just ignore the fairlight!

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:04 pm

Ay ay ay, that's what my house looks like! Modern and retro PCs to do the Fairlight work, a stack of micros, syndrums and a very nearly garish looking MIDI guitar. (A Yamaha in the video, if I'm not mistaken.)

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:17 pm

Very well spotted! About 2m45:
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:58 pm

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I tried to track this image down because it was posted without comment on this tumblr blog and that seemed like a puzzle worth solving.

Oddly, if you view the cheap and maybe fake documentary video
The 90's Tech - History Of Internet Documentary - Films
you'll find this as the title image in your history. But I haven't found that frame in the video itself - couldn't find it on a quick skim.

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The same image is used to illustrate this article:
Here's the story behind how Silicon Valley got its name
where it's credited as a Getty stock image, which (when finally tracked down) has the caption
Computer Talk
15th May 1984: A deaf woman operates a microprocessor telephone by typing the message into the computer then dialling the number to which the message is to be sent. When the call is answered the encoded message is sent down the line by a synthesised voice. (Photo by Tom Harley/BIPs/Getty Images)
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:48 pm

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The DJ Aphrodite shows off an Amiga, a Spectrum, and a Beeb, about the 54 min mark on
Guitar, Drum and Bass Series 1: Episode 2. On Bass... Tina Weymouth!
Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club celebrates the contribution of bass to popular music, tracing its progress from doo-wop to drum and bass, grime and beyond.

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by danielj » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:58 pm

I was meaning to post a screenshot in this thread, but haven't managed to get around to doing it... If anyone's had the pleasure (and I mean it, it's hilarious) of watching Strange Hill High (CBBC), you'll spot BBC Micros in a few different places :)

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by BigEd » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:47 pm

Reading about the early days of computer chess, this jumped out at me:
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Afterwards Garry demonstrated his skills in computer games on the Acorn computer – and was crushed by the child on Frederic's lap, who was three years old at the time
Also
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and a 1985 letter sent to the 22 year old future World Champion Kasparov:
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Andrew_Waite » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:14 am

I think this was one of the BBC Micro's finest hours. I remember watching this live BITD, too.

Live coverage on the BBC of ESA's Giotto Space Probe as it passed within 600km of the nucleus of Halley's Comet. Twenty minutes into this video Prof. Tony McDonnell at the University of Kent shows how he uses a BBC Micro to plot the location of dust particles striking the micrometeorite shield of Giotto. More BBC Micro generated images too at 1:10:30 withing seconds of the probe's closest approach to the comet!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxDMdH4uzxI
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:40 pm

Data Base receives an instant message, plus BBC software at the end in audio format! (Just as I like 'em, nice and shrieky!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szdbKz5CyhA

It looked like a pocket Micro Live. I'll say it again, a BBC Micro makes a scene both look modern but also so dated.

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by jgharston » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:54 pm

Somewhere....... I've got a photo of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange trading floor, filled with Beebs and Compacts, and a photo of a Hong Kong hydrology research system which had a model of the harbour and a suite of Beebs monitoring it.

I really should have taken some photos while at work when I was with AFE. I think this is the only one I have, and that's not a Beeb. :(

Code: Select all

$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by tricky » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:34 am

Andrew_Waite wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:14 am
I think this was one of the BBC Micro's finest hours. I remember watching this live BITD, too.
...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxDMdH4uzxI
Thanks, now I remember watching that BITD too.
I may have some of the beebs in that video as I have a few from that department that were there at that time.
One has a Giotto sticker and a set of double drives have a NASA sticker (a joint mission I believe).
jgharston wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Somewhere....... I've got a photo of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange trading floor, filled with Beebs and Compacts, and a photo of a Hong Kong hydrology research system which had a model of the harbour and a suite of Beebs monitoring it.
...
I would love to see these Jonathan, I hope you find them.

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by jgharston » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:11 pm

tricky wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:34 am
jgharston wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Somewhere....... I've got a photo of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange trading floor, filled with Beebs and Compacts, and a photo of a Hong Kong hydrology research system which had a model of the harbour and a suite of Beebs monitoring it.
...
I would love to see these Jonathan, I hope you find them.
I haven't managed to track down what I was looking for, but Acorn User Sep 1994 page 40-41 is an article on where I worked, AFE/SMC in Hong Kong. Photo in the bottom left: the server room, I remember well - freezing cold! My desk was just outside, and I kept a jumper there to wear when working inside.

Also found:
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$ bbcbasic
PDP11 BBC BASIC IV Version 0.25
(C) Copyright J.G.Harston 1989,2005-2015
>_

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Re: Beeb Spotting

Post by Commie_User » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:03 am

Here it is on STARRING THE COMPUTER: http://www.starringthecomputer.com/appe ... l?f=79&c=2

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Here's a little girl: https://aislingleavy.wordpress.com/2012 ... deo-games/

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Plus the unimpeachable Fred Harris on ITV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oNOE3F77Wk

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