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by davidb
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: RisciX tape image.
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: RisciX tape image.

I'm wondering about that. It's possible. On the CD that terjeio passed on to me there's another cpio archive. Extracting both of these and diffing them reveals only minor differences, but the one from the CD doesn't give an error when unpacked. So it seems that there's not much on the tape that's di...
by davidb
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: RisciX tape image.
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: RisciX tape image.

Just to make sure I'm doing things right, here's how I'm invoking cpio:

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cpio -i -H odc --make-directories --no-absolute-filenames < ../File1.cpio

This ends with

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cpio: premature end of file

Is that normal? It seems to be part way through a C source file. :?
by davidb
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: RisciX tape image.
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: RisciX tape image.

Hmm. If it's not pristine, it's less useful as a historical artefact, and no more useful than any other image for creating installations? Well, we can still have both. We were more interested in discovering whether the tape contained a different flavour of RISC iX than learning about the people who...
by davidb
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: RisciX tape image.
Replies: 7
Views: 130

Re: RisciX tape image.

Thanks for taking the process through to completion! I've downloaded the image and will take a closer look at it later in the week. There's a bit of user-specific information in it - home directories and /etc/passwd information, so it might be good to take down the image fairly soon and we can uploa...
by davidb
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*
Replies: 125
Views: 4606

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

Thanks to Arcadian and the other organisers for putting on the meeting. It was good to catch up with familiar faces and meet some newcomers - or long-time lurkers in some cases. :) I'm slightly disappointed that I didn't get there early enough to catch Steve Furber but hopefully he wasn't too disapp...
by davidb
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*
Replies: 125
Views: 4606

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

BigEd wrote:And is that a very special cheese wedge?

I guess it is now that Steve Furber has signed it. :lol: ;)
by davidb
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Greece.
Replies: 6
Views: 179

Re: Hello from Greece.

Welcome from a fellow Electron user. :D
by davidb
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Plus1 Slogger ROM without cart joy interface?
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Plus1 Slogger ROM without cart joy interface?

There was a program published in Electron User called JOYPLUS that mapped input from joysticks plugged into the Plus 1 to key presses.
by davidb
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: Wanted: Alpine Software ALPS & 4thD Cyber Chess
Replies: 26
Views: 884

Re: Wanted: Alpine Software ALPS & 4thD Cyber Chess

I may have a copy of Cyber Chess for you. I sent you a PM. Many thanks for this kind offer DutchAcorn! I’ve received your PM, but unfortunately I haven’t yet earned the right to PM you a reply (not enough posts, though I’m surely getting closer) - anyhow, I’ll be very happy to take you up on your o...
by davidb
Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings and salutations
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Greetings and salutations

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Portugal
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: Hello from Portugal

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

Re: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)

Thanks for taking the time and effort to look into drives and cartridges, Phill.
by davidb
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

Re: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)

Thanks for moving it and sorry to add noise to that thread. I had thought about asking for it to be moved.
by davidb
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

Update: I do have an Archive Viper 2150S QIC-150 drive, also my shuttle PCs have a PCI slot so I should be able to get the drive and the card setup (at least in Linux). I of course have no idea if the drive works, I also suspect I only have DC-600A 60MB media for it so don't know if I'll be able to...
by davidb
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

Indeed. But the reason I said "that understands QIC-150" is that QIC drives support a great deal of backwards compatability. You might even find that a modern drive works! Having lazily asked for quick answers I did a bit of background reading, finding the QIC trade association page and a...
by davidb
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

But the good news is that there will be nothing at all Acorn-specific about that cartridge. Just stick it in any drive on any Unix box that understands QIC-150 then untar the contents (or dd, if you want to preserve the archival structure). What kind of drive are we talking about? I'm sure that the...
by davidb
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: general
Topic: QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)
Replies: 17
Views: 195

QIC tape and drive (from ABUG North booking info topic)

One of the things it would be good to look at is the Sony data cartridge containing a dump of RISC iX 1.13 that terjeio handed to me over two years ago. :oops: Does anyone have hardware that could possibly read this? I also promised to send the manuals onward to a museum and this is likely to be the...
by davidb
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Hello!

Welcome from a fellow Electron user! :D
by davidb
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 10
Views: 317

Re: Hello!

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Re: Hello!

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Hello from Vancouver BC, Canada!
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Hello from Vancouver BC, Canada!

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: How to convert tape to UEF
Replies: 34
Views: 949

Re: How to convert tape to UEF

Sorry, recordUEF.py isn't really ready for prime time yet. It's really only the result of a quick-and-dirty attempt of mine to read tapes that I had lying around. :( In terms of converting to mono, 8-bit audio you could try using sox. Something like this should work: sox inputfile.wav -c 1 -b 8 -e s...
by davidb
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Beebug Magazine supplements/catalogues
Replies: 40
Views: 1270

Re: Beebug Magazine supplements/catalogues

Seems to be Electron scores, from the high scorers that I saw on the Elbug score list in the Beebug supplements, and Guardian is on that list which was released only for the Electron (though runs on the BBC), but, Zalaga is also on that list and that is a BBC only game... I don't know how you got t...
by davidb
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 3435

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

Come on! You need to make Mr Betts work for the glory! :D
by davidb
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?
Replies: 120
Views: 3435

Re: RISC OS 3.20 ROM's?

sirbod wrote:Does anyone fancy taking on the task of coding a command history Module? That would be a very useful addition.

Can't you use LineEditor by Olly Betts?
by davidb
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*
Replies: 125
Views: 4606

Re: ABug NORTH User Group meeting | 19-21 JAN 2018 | MANCHESTER *BOOKING INFO*

OK, I've booked flights now. I'm not bringing any major kit - only cartridges and peripherals at most.

I'll send you a PM, Dave. :)

Edit: I'm really only considering being around on the Saturday but I'm keeping my options open. :)
by davidb
Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Unused Citadel bits
Replies: 42
Views: 1788

Re: Unused Citadel bits

It would also be interesting to know why the splashes occur. :)
by davidb
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: Greetings from a lurker...
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Greetings from a lurker...

Welcome! :D
by davidb
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: introduce yourself
Topic: IRQ
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: IRQ

Diminished wrote:So, davidb suggested I introduce myself, although he might come to regret that.

I hope not! :) It's always good to get some idea of where people come from, though there's no obligation for anyone to share deep secrets or anything. :)

In any case, welcome to the forum! :D
by davidb
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Unused Citadel bits
Replies: 42
Views: 1788

Re: Unused Citadel bits

Very interesting! I was looking to explore Citadel's graphics and screen data at some point but never got round to it. It's good to see someone making progress with it. The second item certainly looks like a gold bar. :)

Are you going to introduce yourself to us? :)

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