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Steve Elliott

2023-12-04, 02:44:10
Thanks therevills

therevills

2023-12-02, 05:51:41
:(

Steve Elliott

2023-12-01, 12:41:09
Thanks Qube, yeah I posted a pic in the gallery for a bit. Quite a character too until her health issues got the better of her lately. The Wife and I are devastated. But we try and remember the good times spent with her.

Qube

2023-12-01, 02:49:01
Aww, so sorry to hear that, Steve. Lovely looking pup  :'(

Steve Elliott

2023-11-28, 19:44:33
RIP Daisy (our doggie).

William

2023-11-20, 01:48:22
i dont know who or why? offtopic, nevermind

Derron

2023-11-16, 12:01:37
he also replied "I solved the problem of visiting the forum through a proxy site. Since I am present on the forum in the "read-only" mode, nothing bothers me."

Derron

2023-11-16, 12:00:51
Think he is referring to user "mingw" from Russia who cannot visit the page: https://imgur.com/Z6jtfxU.png   and asked for help

Qube

2023-11-16, 03:35:10
@William I've not banned anyone? The system can block IP's for XYZ reason so if anyones been cobbled by the not so intelligent systems then email me, qube@ or contact Xerra or Derron.

Steve Elliott

2023-11-15, 19:33:53
To be fair I think Qube has to deal with a lot of spam attacks. Contact him.

William

2023-11-14, 14:20:12
i understand the need to block certain users for malicious or bad activity but that sometimes it is akin to shutting someones internet off because you don't like them. no fowl play here.

Pakz

2023-11-03, 08:35:12
I wil get the iPad pro(12inch has better sound) with m3 when it gets out next year. That may be 6 months away. The extra energy effeciency sounds good(hot stuff!) And 20% extra performance.

Steve Elliott

2023-11-01, 17:29:30
I've already got a M2 Max Macbook Pro, so I will wait for the M4 or at least the M3 Ultra before upgrading. The colour 'Space Black' looks very nice.

dawlane

2023-11-01, 09:52:27
I wasn't expecting them to release one until mid 2024.

Steve Elliott

2023-11-01, 09:39:13
Yes they have.  :)

dawlane

2023-11-01, 08:57:45
Ah. They actually have release an iMac with the M3.

dawlane

2023-11-01, 08:56:11
I'm waiting for them to release a new iMac with the M3. I may then consider getting one.

Steve Elliott

2023-11-01, 02:32:09
I see Apple have released the new M3 Chips. The Pro seems the 1 to avoid. So either the M3 or M3 Max are the ones to consider IMO if you like Apple laptops.

therevills

2023-10-08, 01:47:26
 :))

Baggey

2023-10-07, 18:20:34
Works Fine here on windows10 The Computer on the Right is to Good i keep losing  >:(

therevills

2023-10-01, 06:26:24

dawlane

2023-09-30, 08:14:12
@therevills : I've tested it on Win11. And it does work. Check that it's not a Windows Defender issue or other security software issue.

therevills

2023-09-30, 03:33:58
Thanks col and baggy for testing... so it works on Windows 10, but not on Windows 11... hmmm back to googling

Baggey

2023-09-27, 08:44:22
@therevills , It works on Windows 10. 2 Bats, 1 pong. 1 bat and the pong have red square around and only effect the ball.

col

2023-09-25, 11:57:03
@therevills,  Just tried it in Win11 and it doesn't run. Nothing at all seems to happen when double clicking the app icon.

therevills

2023-09-24, 06:03:29
Anyone want to try a Win64 exe for me please - created using LibGDX and Packr: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/2ikwvue8qyoh3n5uc1an2/pong-win64.zip?rlkey=yo1ajp2jrkr7oisr8sayhkt73

Steve Elliott

2023-09-23, 16:23:28
It has 8 colours in 256×256 or 4 in 512×256...Clive Sinclair over promised definitely. I always thought it a nice looking machine. It sits next to my Spectrum Next, an even nicer looking machine and infinitely more powerful (as far as 8-bits go).

Baggey

2023-09-23, 15:41:44
I have a Sinclair QL with a Schon Keyboard. Its a lovely keyboard. Shame the OS was crap and it only had 4 colors. I had high expectations of it when it was first mentioned. I thought it was going to blow the ZX Spectrum out the window when it first came out. 

Steve Elliott

2023-09-23, 15:34:41
I've spent so much money on Ebay  :)

Steve Elliott

2023-09-23, 13:57:14
 :D

3DzForMe

2023-09-23, 08:29:36
Sinclair QL, top of the shop of the Sinclair machines. Ebay, here I come.... :)

Steve Elliott

2023-09-22, 19:45:52
Eventually got around to replacing the keyboard membrane on the Sinclair QL and re-fitting the ROM chip on the BBC Micro (so lots of games can be accessed from a SD Card....And bought a new desk for them all to sit on! I'm using every inch of my Computer Room/Man Cave right now lol.

Midimaster

2023-08-29, 09:11:27
If members have problems in LogIn here, you can contact the community via Discord: https://discord.gg/Y5tQ96uJ

Adam Novagen

2023-07-27, 01:36:51
I've been kind of interested in those buckling-spring revivals from Unicomp, but I'm too attached to my custom layout to ditch it for one of those  ;D

Adam Novagen

2023-07-27, 01:35:54
Regarding keyboards: nothing beats a nice MX Brown for me. Not too much resistance, you feel that "tactile bump" but there's no noisy click.

RemiD

2023-07-25, 08:44:14
hi fellow coders  :) i just ran the good old blitz3d yesterday since there will be rain in the next few days...

Derron

2023-07-25, 08:10:55
Depends on her finger nails.

Qube

2023-07-24, 18:02:21
I like a good mechanical keyboard but the missus doesn't  >:( Not a big fan of click clicky click click she isn't :))

Steve Elliott

2023-07-20, 20:25:41
*matters

Steve Elliott

2023-07-20, 20:24:47
Logitech are good for keyboards and mice. Gotta love a mechanical keyboard if you can get one.

Steve Elliott

2023-07-20, 20:22:36
Haha because it maters mate lol - well if you code it does. I really hate typing on a spongy keyboard...And it matters because retro computers, and even arcades are coming back...But shhh I develop on VS Code on PC then to SD Card on Spectrum Next.

Qube

2023-07-20, 20:03:38
Talking of nice keyboards, my Logitech MX keys has a pretty decent feel to it. Very handy that you can toggle between different PC's rather than having to have multiple keyboards.

Qube

2023-07-20, 20:02:18
The BBC model B had a great keyboard. Not a great fan of the C64. Amstrad 6128 had a great keyboard too. Can't believe were talking about decades old keyboards  :))

Steve Elliott

2023-07-20, 19:44:40
16-bit was all about the graphics and sound for games! So lets put out a cheap crappy keyboard lol!

Steve Elliott

2023-07-20, 19:41:43
Haha, that did look like a real quality keyboard. It looked very impressive. Games, not so much. The Atari 800, BBC Micro and even the C64 are better than the Amiga and Atari ST I think lol. Even the Oric is better!

Qube

2023-07-19, 16:11:26
@Steve Elliott You should grab a TI-99/4A of you want to feel a quality retro keyboard ;D

Steve Elliott

2023-07-12, 22:40:47
Also picked up a keyboard today, not a computer one but a music one...Best use headphones until I can learn to actually play decently. Something I've put off for years. But hey, learning new skills...

Steve Elliott

2023-07-12, 22:29:55
Didn't the 16-bit Atari ST and Amiga have terrible keyboards compaired to the 8-bit computers like the Atari 800 and BBC Micro?

Derron

2023-07-03, 06:58:52
First appeared at the wayback machine in march - "stat numbers" of retailers etc is the same since then. They do not show any games they publish - which is overly odd for me. I would say: attention!

therevills

2023-07-02, 06:38:50
Anyone heard of https://starlight-distribution.com/ ? They contacted us for distributing our games, but cant find much on the net about them....

Steve Elliott

2023-07-01, 16:24:56
The AMOS Manual is dissappointingly small compared to STOS though (penny pinching) because it's physically smaller and is not ring bound - so you can't leave it open on a page without it closing on you. Which you need when typing in from the book.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-30, 19:36:41
Yes partly why I went with regular AMOS (I'd heard it was faster). Plus it was the equivilant of STOS with the Compiler which I remembered fondly.   :) 

Qube

2023-06-30, 17:23:27
Loved AMOS until AMOS Pro came on the scene. The only downside to AMIS was the BOB ( sprite ) speed was sloooow. I think it could only handle between 4 and 8 bobs before it couldn't stay at 50fps but at least the compiler pretty much doubled that  ;D 

Steve Elliott

2023-06-30, 13:13:59
As well as the games I picked up AMOS and the AMOS Compiler. I had STOS for the Atari ST back in the day, so will be interesting to see the differences in language.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-26, 20:09:26
Bought some software for my latest retro system (the Amiga).  I have a small collection for systems that I have nostalgia for - The Atari 800 (a mates computer)  Sinclair Spectrum (my 1st computer) and now the Spectrum Next. Plus the Amiga now.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-26, 19:19:10
So basically us guys with Avatar's are 'special' lol.  ;D

Steve Elliott

2023-06-23, 17:31:04
Ah ok.

Derron

2023-06-22, 22:41:05
This is a bug in the "portal" module for the forum - has issues to display httpS-url-avatars (see "Site suggestions, the future and other stuff" thread)

Steve Elliott

2023-06-22, 21:20:03
Why have the Top Posters not got images? Only myself, Xerra and RemiD have them? :)

Steve Elliott

2023-06-21, 17:47:43
You'd think the guy who created Lemmings and early GTA would have a 100% speed accurate Emulator! Only joking  Mike! Great work.  ;D   

Steve Elliott

2023-06-21, 16:25:15
lol true, CSpect is pretty good, but not 100% the speed of real hardware. But my understanding of asm is not good enough for a full game just yet. Actually I'm waiting on a Next book which promises some whizzing asm code :)

Qube

2023-06-20, 18:54:53
You can use your Spectrum Next for upcoming game comp and us mere mortals can play it via an emulator  ;D

Steve Elliott

2023-06-15, 19:29:05
The Spectrum Next Computer is my current coding machine though. Assembly language where you could take over the machine completely without any gatekeepers, liberating.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-15, 19:22:45
A while back I also picked up a Nintendo Switch Oled. I'm more a computer guy than a console one. But it's great. Mario Kart to Fast rmx to indie titles to retro games and it's portable too.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-14, 19:28:40
Oh Qube's a Pinball Wizard then lol   ;)  Yeah silky smooth scrolling on Amiga, just like the Atari ST (ahem). I wish I'd saved a bit more money back in the day. Seeing the impressive looking and sounding games like Shadow of the Beast and Agony  :'(

Qube

2023-06-14, 17:54:05
Cool, now you can play Pinball Dreams with full glorious silky smooth scrolling. Nightmare table for the win \o/ I almost hit the 1billion mark for a score so aim for that  ;D 

Steve Elliott

2023-06-14, 16:05:05
I have a real Amiga at last (Ebay). It's been re-capped, refurbished and in excellent condition. Plugged into a CRT with a great picture. I've been wanting 1 for ages   :)

MrmediamanX

2023-06-13, 05:14:14
@Dabz good news.

Steve Elliott

2023-06-12, 14:31:41
Cheers mate  :D

Naughty Alien

2023-06-12, 12:14:05
..hellooouu man..nice to see ya surfing around here :)

Steve Elliott

2023-06-11, 20:11:27
Evening people :-)

Dabz

2023-06-09, 20:59:57
@MrmediamanX, one is tinkering! :) Had an hour, just ordered a chinese, watch a film, then hit the hay! :)

Dabz

2023-06-09, 20:16:41
Lol, got to grasp it while it's there... I was tired of last winter mind, seemed "different", like, it was drawn out and the cold got right in me... Anyhoo, none of that malarcky on July 4th, off to Bodrum... Giddy up the Effes!!! \o/ yay

dawlane

2023-06-09, 13:41:09
Loose the ability to do anything. Apart from drinking beer and BBQs.

Qube

2023-06-08, 16:07:35
Too much sunshine for the UK. We loose the ability to do anything  ;D

MrmediamanX

2023-06-08, 13:09:37
Rather slow news day nothing big going on for us fellow coders and stuff?

Dabz

2023-06-02, 04:49:10
£16 a pop (https://tinyurl.com/23pte579), nah... If I was building just a normal set consisting of 3 of them, yeah, save a bit of time, but their easy enough to make, so, gonna grab some of me toys and do a bit of chopping! :D

Dabz

2023-06-02, 04:43:30
Seems everyone was out in the fresh air! :) I'm building a decking, only get a saturday really to do anything, so the extra day on a BH weekend is appreciated... This weekend, got the step risers to make, 15 of the buggers... Would buy them, but at

dawlane

2023-05-31, 06:43:19
Did a bit of tidying up in the back yard. I didn't thing it was that bad, but it was quite surprised when I found Dr Livingstone.

Qube

2023-05-31, 03:59:14
I'll be doing a little maintenance on the patio I built during COVID lockdown. Fun building a patio with no idea what you're doing, lol. Ordered a shit load of stuff from the local builders, Watched a few YouTube videos to become an *expert* too  ;D

lucidapogee

2023-05-31, 02:48:53
What do you grow in the garden? I'm waiting for car parts and repairs so I can get back to work. Bad manual transmission. Lit up some fireworks on Monday while stuck at home.

Dabz

2023-05-28, 15:36:24
So then, everyone having a nice bank holiday weekend? Got everything I wanted done in garden, time for a little bit of a tinkerage on one of me projects! :)

Dabz

2023-05-26, 19:02:27
A mix of pyracantha red, orange and yellow is going along the fence... Cos the dad is a right nosey sod as well, always popping his head over eyeing up!

Dabz

2023-05-26, 19:00:44
lol, I'm alright for questions... But the little bugger knows he's being annoying, even his mam goes "Leave Michael alone, he's busy"... And "Michael what you doing? Michael what you doing? Michael what you doing? Rinse repeat ALL DAY LONG!" :D So....

dawlane

2023-05-26, 17:40:58
Clever kid. Hows are they suppose to learn if they don't ask questions.

Dabz

2023-05-26, 15:37:46
Why man, it's enough to make you eat your own shoes... While still wearing them!

Dabz

2023-05-26, 15:37:08
lol, could be worse, you could be me... I've been working in the garden, relandscaping the lot, and all I hear all day when out there over a weekend is the neighbours bairn going "Michael, what you doing?", literally every 30 secs!!!

dawlane

2023-05-26, 14:00:30
Just been informed by my niece that her kids are off school next week and may visit. Must buy strong alcohol for stress management.

Dabz

2023-05-26, 06:35:33
*waves* ;)

William

2023-05-25, 20:30:44
Hi @Dabz

Dabz

2023-05-19, 20:22:36
I've just looked as well and they've relisted it too! :/ Mmmmmm

Dabz

2023-05-19, 20:17:23
So was I, I just put it in the search and it popped up... Only problem is... I havent, the seller messaged me saying the screen was scratched and did I still want it... I was like "Erm, no!" :/

dawlane

2023-05-19, 12:41:35
I'm surprised that you managed to get one so fast Dabz.

Dabz

2023-05-19, 05:33:30
Wahooo : https://tinyurl.com/2s3vwyzs \o/ Mine mine mine mine

Dabz

2023-05-18, 05:01:06
Ill just be putting the part number and what not in eBay saved searches to notify me when one turns up... Got quite a few nifty bit of rare retro kit/books/software doing that!

lucidapogee

2023-05-17, 18:29:57
It's nice to see good classic tech being taken care of. That was a good price too. I need to get one. Where do you get a screen for that these days anyway?

Dabz

2023-05-17, 18:23:32
She's just been delivered today... Really nice hearing the start up jingle again! :D Not enough things jingle anymore! :D Screen isnt too bad, as the advert said it was a bit milky, but using it after a while, you don't notice but will replace it still! :)

lucidapogee

2023-05-17, 17:59:50
IBM thinkpad with win95 is great computer to me. 95 is still my main os next to XP. FYI you can run EBasic on 95. I write a lot of code with that setup.

Dabz

2023-05-14, 20:40:49
max bit of 46 english snots... And... I've won it! \o/ yay Absolute bargain that... I'll sort the little chip and scratches out, and keep my eyes peeled for a new screen... But yeah... Happy little Win95 to go with my Win98 Toshiba Satellite 210CT! :)

Dabz

2023-05-14, 20:36:21
I was having a browse on eBay, and spied this little fella... https://tinyurl.com/vvh5cd2b I've seen LGR review one, it was sitting at £41... With 4 minutes to go, and I've always wanted a little machine like it since... 3 seconds to go and I put in a...

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