20:00 - 21:30
Ian Bradbury - Career in computing and broadcast media (IanB)
IanB wrote: I've been invited to talk about my background in the industry, particularly with Acorn branded Computers and was asked to supply an overview of some of the items that I will likely talk about on the 1st August. Here goes ... !
- My introduction to home computing, which began with a Sinclair MK14 and was followed by a ZX80, a UK101 and then a BBC Micro
- Ski Slalom (a game I wrote for RH Soft): my first assembler program
- The design of the RH Video Digitiser
- Some work I did for Computer Concepts (utility roms)
- The colour palette enhancer (like the Chameleon) I designed for CTS Recognition
- My automatic 8271/1770 switchboard that enabled you to use an original 8271 DFS with 1770 ADFS
- The Acorn Electron Econet interface I designed for Cardiff Micros
- The specialist paint and animation programs I wrote for the Prisma 3 add-on graphics adaptor for the BBC Micro, which was aimed at the TV production market
- My studio work at HTV, running some of the Prisma games and graphics
- The ROMs I wrote for Watford Electronics, including "Quest Paint" and [most of] "Wapping Editor"
- Converting "The Artist" paint program from the BBC Micro to the C64
- The somewhat amusing story of how I received an ARM Evaluation system from Acorn after they invited me to attend a private demonstration of the A500 prototype Archimedes
- Manuscript - which turned the Archimedes into a broadcast quality caption generator
- My development Master 128 which was housed in an Archimedes case with a modified Morley ROM board with 32 Sideways ROMs and four second processors (two internal and two external) and used an Archimedes keyboard and mouse
- Branching out into the satellite TV industry in the early-mid 1990s
- What I've been up to since, including the archival/preservation of project media and most recently, my involvement with the RGB to HDMI project.
Edit 26-Jul-2020: IanB's presentation will now be given at a future vABug event. The 8pm slot will instead feature Chad Page and Simon Inns talking about ld-decode (Part 2 of the Domesday 86 project series).