• BBC Micro B

    From Avon@21:1/101 to All on Sat May 29 12:01:55 2021
    This was the second computer we had in our house and as kids we used it daily to play and tinker. I recall we had a speech synthesis chip and could make it talk with a rather British accent :)

    Lots of hours playing Elite and other games. It was a cool setup.
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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Avon on Sat May 29 09:06:53 2021
    This was the second computer we had in our house and as kids we used it daily to play and tinker. I recall we had a speech synthesis chip and could make it talk with a rather British accent :)

    Lots of hours playing Elite and other games. It was a cool setup.

    Nice, I would love to get my hands on some computers only available outside
    of the US sometime. While we had some great computers, it seems there are so many great alternatives.
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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to 8-Bit on Sun May 30 20:26:35 2021
    On 29 May 2021 at 09:06a, 8-Bit pondered and said...

    Nice, I would love to get my hands on some computers only available outside of the US sometime. While we had some great computers, it seems there are so many great alternatives.

    I guess others outside of the USA feel the same way too :)

    I did get to play with TRS-80 at high school and the Apple IIe back in the day... they were cool too.
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  • From goto_KCM@21:1/218 to Avon on Thu Jun 3 20:06:16 2021
    This was the second computer we had in our house and as kids we used it daily to play and tinker. I recall we had a speech synthesis chip and could make it talk with a rather British accent :)
    Lots of hours playing Elite and other games. It was a cool setup.

    Yes, i got myself a BBC Micro for my Exhibition, never use to play with one
    of these, but they where big thing in th 80's. The BBC did the right thing i would habe loved if our ORF in Austria would have done the same here.

    But the Computer is really a nice thing and yes ELITE is WOW.

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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to goto_KCM on Sat Jun 5 09:12:42 2021
    On 03 Jun 2021 at 08:06p, goto_KCM pondered and said...

    Yes, i got myself a BBC Micro for my Exhibition, never use to play with one of these, but they where big thing in th 80's. The BBC did the
    right thing i would habe loved if our ORF in Austria would have done the same here.

    But the Computer is really a nice thing and yes ELITE is WOW.

    I played that game a lot and also a version of computer chess too :)

    I used to watch the BBS TV show that talked about the BBC Micro and showed people how to code... they were fun times.
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  • From hyjinx@21:1/126 to Avon on Sat Jun 12 15:55:29 2021
    Hey!

    On 29 May 2021 at 09:06a, 8-Bit pondered and said...

    Nice, I would love to get my hands on some computers only available outside of the US sometime. While we had some great computers, it see there are so many great alternatives.

    I guess others outside of the USA feel the same way too :)

    I did get to play with TRS-80 at high school and the Apple IIe back in
    the day... they were cool too.

    I grew up in the UK, and whilst I had a ZX spectrum at home, really the BBC
    ran rings around the Speccy. The model B specifically was a triumph. Retro
    Man cave has a great video where he deep dives into the beeb. I like to think of the BBC as all of the best bits of most of the contemporary 8-bits at the time all in one machine. I love the Apple ][, but the beeb was superior in
    all ways, specifically graphics and sound though were the most important.
    It's a shame it didn't have much more of an international market, because if
    it did, it would have likely given the C64 a run for its money. I could envisage a Model C which has 64k RAM as standard. BBC Basic was a triumph, besting Microsoft BASIC (which is a huge call!).

    I would dearly love to have a BBC back in my collection. Getting them out
    here in NZ is pretty tricky though these days unfortunately.

    Cheers,
    Al


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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to hyjinx on Sat Jun 12 20:06:00 2021
    a shame it didn't have much more of an international market, because
    if it did, it would have likely given the C64 a run for its money.
    I could envisage a Model C which has 64k RAM as standard. BBC Basic
    was a triumph, besting Microsoft BASIC (which is a huge call!).

    I'm not sure where they went, but we had Beebs in Aus.. I think some schools had them, and the rest were Apple IIs. In the late 80's I was working in a small 'pooter store, it mostly sold second hand "scheisse". Not sure where it came from but one of the owners came in with a Beeb Model B to try and move. We actually sold it to an irish couple who took it back to the UK.

    Spec


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  • From Ogg@21:4/106.21 to hyjinx on Wed Jun 16 08:16:00 2021
    Hello hyjinx!

    ** On Saturday 12.06.21 - 15:55, hyjinx wrote to Avon:

    I grew up in the UK, and whilst I had a ZX spectrum at
    home, really the BBC ran rings around the Speccy. The model
    B specifically was a triumph.

    A couple weeks ago I "discovered" a docudrama called Micro Men.
    I believe that the ZX Spectrum made a cameo appearance.

    Micro Men (2009) - a story about the rivalry betwen Sinclair
    and Acorn computers in the UK during the PC goldrush of the
    80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to hyjinx on Fri Jun 18 14:31:10 2021
    On 12 Jun 2021 at 03:55p, hyjinx pondered and said...

    I grew up in the UK, and whilst I had a ZX spectrum at home, really the BBC ran rings around the Speccy. The model B specifically was a triumph.

    Yep I agree, this is what my brother and I used as kids. I did have the ZX81
    in my room too so I was a lucky lad. My brother spent a lot of time
    programming the micro as a kid. He's now working in the IT field too :)

    contemporary 8-bits at the time all in one machine. I love the Apple ][, but the beeb was superior in all ways, specifically graphics and sound

    Apple IIe were about during my high school years. The school I was at started to add them as a computer classroom towards my final year at school. I wold
    go there most lunchtimes to play games and poke at BASIC code etc.

    I would dearly love to have a BBC back in my collection. Getting them out here in NZ is pretty tricky though these days unfortunately.

    I feel the same way about getting a Speak N Spell that works... I have one (from my childhood) but the power supply I think failed on the board and I
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  • From hyjinx@21:1/126 to Ogg on Sat Jun 19 20:02:26 2021
    A couple weeks ago I "discovered" a docudrama called Micro Men.
    I believe that the ZX Spectrum made a cameo appearance.

    Micro Men (2009) - a story about the rivalry betwen Sinclair
    and Acorn computers in the UK during the PC goldrush of the
    80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    Definitely worth a watch. I watched it yeeears ago when it first came out.
    And yes, halt and catch fire is good, especially season 1. It started getting
    a bit silly in s2/s3 but still watchable.

    Cheers,
    Al


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  • From TALIADON@21:3/138 to hyjinx on Sat Jun 19 12:38:00 2021
    .... And yes, halt and catch fire is good, especially season 1. It
    started getting a bit silly in s2/s3 but still watchable.

    Not sure how I missed this, but it sounds pretty interesting.

    Thanks for the heads-up :)

    Best Regards

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  • From paulie420@21:2/150 to Avon on Sat Jun 19 11:39:16 2021
    I feel the same way about getting a Speak N Spell that works... I have
    one (from my childhood) but the power supply I think failed on the board and I have no way of knowing how to repair it... not really the skills
    to do so. :(

    Theres a lot of info out there about repairing (and even bending/modifying) the speak n spell... sure you'd need to break out the sauder iron, but I bet one could learn that machine fairly easy. Heck, with Youtube, you can just follow along almost. :P

    If I owned one I'd have to crack it open and try to get her talking again. :P



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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to paulie420 on Sun Jun 20 14:56:30 2021
    On 19 Jun 2021 at 11:39a, paulie420 pondered and said...

    I feel the same way about getting a Speak N Spell that works... I hav one (from my childhood) but the power supply I think failed on the bo and I have no way of knowing how to repair it... not really the skill to do so. :(

    Theres a lot of info out there about repairing (and even bending/modifying) the speak n spell... sure you'd need to break out the sauder iron, but I bet one could learn that machine fairly easy. Heck, with Youtube, you can just follow along almost. :P
    If I owned one I'd have to crack it open and try to get her talking
    again. :P

    I have not found much info to solve this problem. It does not help that I am not overly confident in dealing with circuit diagrams etc. But what I have found was a badly scanned copy of the circuit for the board but little else. Lots about how to mod the board for circuit bending etc. but not much about
    how to solve the problem of no power lighting up the device :(
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  • From paulie420@21:2/150 to Avon on Sun Jun 20 00:27:13 2021
    I have not found much info to solve this problem. It does not help that
    I am not overly confident in dealing with circuit diagrams etc. But what
    I have found was a badly scanned copy of the circuit for the board but little else. Lots about how to mod the board for circuit bending etc.
    but not much about how to solve the problem of no power lighting up the device :(

    iFixIt kinda sets one on the right path... :P If your issue is one they cover. But even if not, I've seen tons of repair guides - AND circuit bending walk throughs on Youtube... (circuit bending is when you make the speak n spell ROCK n ROLL!!!)

    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Speak_And_Spell



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  • From Spectre@21:3/101 to Avon on Sun Jun 20 21:15:00 2021
    ET phone home?


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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to paulie420 on Mon Jun 21 13:30:27 2021
    On 20 Jun 2021 at 12:27a, paulie420 pondered and said...

    iFixIt kinda sets one on the right path... :P If your issue is one they cover. But even if not, I've seen tons of repair guides - AND circuit bending walk throughs on Youtube... (circuit bending is when you make
    the speak n spell ROCK n ROLL!!!)

    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Speak_And_Spell

    Thank you for the link. There's some info on the site but again it seems to
    be the same stuff I've found so far. Getting it fixed is a 'nice to have' for me but at the moment not very close to the top of my to-do list :) Still I
    can day dream about it :)
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  • From Cozmo@21:3/135 to Ogg on Wed Jun 23 11:09:22 2021
    Micro Men (2009) - a story about the rivalry betwen Sinclair
    and Acorn computers in the UK during the PC goldrush of the
    80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM
    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

    Nice! I'll have to check that out.

    Halt and Catch Fire was pretty good. I think it was very loosely based on sone true events. But it's worth the watch.
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  • From 8-Bit@21:2/133 to Cozmo on Wed Jun 23 14:24:46 2021
    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

    Halt and Catch Fire was pretty good. I think it was very loosely based
    on sone true events. But it's worth the watch.
    I enjoyed Halt and Catch Fire. Mixing of TI & IBM companies along with all
    the computers that they developed their online software for.
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  • From Nick Mackechnie@21:1/142 to Ogg on Thu Jun 24 16:42:00 2021
    OGG wrote to HYJINX <=-

    Netmail: 21:4/106.21
    Hello hyjinx!

    ** On Saturday 12.06.21 - 15:55, hyjinx wrote to Avon:

    I grew up in the UK, and whilst I had a ZX spectrum at
    home, really the BBC ran rings around the Speccy. The model
    B specifically was a triumph.

    A couple weeks ago I "discovered" a docudrama called Micro Men.
    I believe that the ZX Spectrum made a cameo appearance.

    Micro Men (2009) - a story about the rivalry betwen Sinclair
    and Acorn computers in the UK during the PC goldrush of the
    80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

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    Nice, I'll have a look when I have some time - I have an Archimedes A5000 he
    re
    at home, fully internet capable, RiscOS was awesome!

    Nick
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  • From Daniel Path@21:4/148 to Cozmo on Thu Jun 24 11:18:46 2021
    Hello Cozmo.

    23 Jun 21 11:09, you wrote to Ogg:

    Micro Men (2009) - a story about the rivalry betwen Sinclair
    and Acorn computers in the UK during the PC goldrush of the
    80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM
    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

    Nice! I'll have to check that out.

    Halt and Catch Fire was pretty good. I think it was very loosely based
    on sone true events. But it's worth the watch.

    yess Halt and Catch Fire is great! the main character and the story is based mainly on several tech stars of the era. they are changing from one to another depending on where they are in the timeline. definitely worth watching it, at least the first two episodes, because after they are starting to push it to
    a love story..

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