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by jonb
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Cars and Organs

Well, in that case you'll be pleased to learn that, as a classic car with specialist insurance, it costs me £116 fully comp with RAC breakdown cover, has zero tax and next year is exempt from MOT testing. This means the ownership overhead is very low, which is a jolly good thing as it is up on stand...
by jonb
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Cars and Organs

Hey Mark

I suppose you bought it to Memofest then?

I would have thought a Mustang or 'Vette was more your thing, to be honest. Or a classic like the Lotus! Still, I guess your hands are full with electronics and answering stoopid Qs from the likes of me. :D
by jonb
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Cars and Organs

Average 63 mpg indicated - nice. Must be a hybrid of some sort? I'd be lucky to get 25mpg out of the Lotus, 40 out of the S-Max and 50 from the Peugeot.
by jonb
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Cars and Organs

I have a mate with one of those BMWs, he raves on (and on) about it. I do not look terribly good in leathers, being relatively short and portly. For some reason, manufacturers have an odd belief that all motorcyclists are tall and thin, so if I find that leathers are either too long or won't fit my ...
by jonb
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Cars and Organs

Panamera, nice. Is it a "proper" Porsche, though? (Ducks for cover..) Here's the rest of the family fleet: The luxury Ford with built in bum & back massage seats, which I found (after buying) are the most uncomfortable things I have ever parked - or could ever park - my behind on (apar...
by jonb
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

vanekp wrote:What do these posts have to do with BBC Micro ?


Well, not much. On the other hand, we are a community and we do go off topic occasionally. Banter, you know..

Anyway, you'll be pleased to know the off topic posts have been moved into a separate thread.
by jonb
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 66
Views: 1188

Re: Which soldering iron?

the Hakko's got a funky blue & yellow colour scheme that makes it look rather toy-like) Also available in silver! I actually like the blue and yellow, I think the silver one looks a little bland to be honest. Cheers. Phill. I agree, which is why I chose the "toy" colour scheme. Kind o...
by jonb
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 66
Views: 1188

Re: Which soldering iron?

The Hakko is the one people seem to rave on about most of the time. It's a proper temperature controlled soldering station. I do have an old Antex iron, I think it's 15W and mains powered but it's in the garage right now - has been since the Hakko arrived. They are like chalk and cheese. The Metcal ...
by jonb
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 678

Re: Today I received.....

Yes, I had a lovely Elise for about 5 years but reality called and I sold it to buy the house :( My story was similar. We were planning children at the time, so I did the sensible thing and offloaded the Elise (after just 18 months of ownership). The replacement car was a four seater saloon, madder...
by jonb
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Lynx Computer
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: Lynx Computer

Heh heh, nice one JGH... ;)
by jonb
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

Which one, trixster? Elise, I'll wager. Well, I miss mine too, but the Elan Plus 2 is not a substitute. It's a solid car but needs "stuff" doing to it so that it doesn't feel fragile.
by jonb
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

Just needs Emma Peel to go with it! :mrgreen: Emma's Elan was a convertible. Much smaller and basic interior. The Plus 2 was Lotus's first foray into "luxury" cars, and it shows. Ironically, though, the small Elans go for much more money. The Plus 2 is still a "sleeper", but pri...
by jonb
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 66
Views: 1188

Re: Which soldering iron?

Rosin vapour condenses back into solid rosin inside your lungs, and doesn't come out. :shock: :shock: :shock: Neither does stone dust particles, and apparently, now carbon fibre dust is thought to be a problem. And it's been recommended for many years now, that you try not to inhale the fumes durin...
by jonb
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Superbrain smorgasbord
Replies: 10
Views: 520

Re: Superbrain smorgasbord

No, but I will.

The switches are the same as the BBC Master's - SMC Type 4 (with vertical stalks).
by jonb
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

A new toy to spend my precious time and money on..

Elan side on.JPG
1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2 130/5
by jonb
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:59 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 66
Views: 1188

Re: Which soldering iron?

Regarding drag soldering - I did it once with the Hakko and managed OK. Trick is not too much solder and if you get a bridge, clean excess solder from the tip and try dragging in the direction of the bridged pins (away from the component). If all else fails use a bit of desoldering braid to get rid ...
by jonb
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Which soldering iron?
Replies: 66
Views: 1188

Re: Which soldering iron?

+1 for the Hakko FX-888. It's the best iron I have ever used. I do have a small Antec that is about a million years old and just had a new tip, but it's banished to the garage now I have the Hakko. Well out of your price range, but you will find yourself doing a lot more soldering of a much better q...
by jonb
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2677
Views: 185455

Re: LOLPRICE

That seller has some odd cr@p in his other items list. For example:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Shap ... SwTA9X56yf

:shock:

Still, gotta try it on I suppose!
by jonb
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

Comparing it with an orchid is novel, if a rather spurious, though - although talking about "its basic adequacy" isn't really bigging it up much.

Nice gadget!
by jonb
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Torch Graduate
Replies: 18
Views: 1484

Re: Torch Graduate

Sweet!

So you're playing Commander Keen on it?
by jonb
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite
Replies: 54
Views: 3465

Re: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite

Incidentally, this is quite different from the huge box PC games in the 1990s, such as Descent, Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, all mostly empty! And these do feel a bit like getting not much value for your money: Hey, the box is mostly empty! That's true - but I think (at least in the case of Doom) that the ...
by jonb
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

Hey, is that a Stuka on the front cover? :lol:
by jonb
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Torch Graduate
Replies: 18
Views: 1484

Re: Torch Graduate

Sorry, thickie question here - I didn't know what the Torch Graduate is so headed over to Chris's Acorns. Do I take it it is a co-processor that implements a sort of "PC in a box" that uses the Beeb as a keyboard / display?
by jonb
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: UK101 Hardware Modifications Archive
Replies: 21
Views: 995

Re: UK101 Hardware Modifications Archive

I saw that advert or one very similar to it but as an impoverished teenager I could only gaze at it (rather wistfully). I remember thinking at the time that it represented to best price / performance ratio on the market that I'd seen to date. Meanwhile, my best mate was shopping around for a compute...
by jonb
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Compukit UK101
Replies: 159
Views: 20645

Re: Compukit UK101

crj wrote:Wow. 01 telephone numbers and Access cards. Even when talking about retrocomputing, that's what really takes me back!


I suppose you remember the animated Access card adverts?

"Hello, Fat Wallet!"
:lol:
by jonb
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

Lardo Boffin wrote:I now have more ZX81s than fingers.


Not sure why you would have so many of them, but hats off to you!
=D>
by jonb
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4307
Views: 249684

Re: Today I received.....

The problem I have found is that I HAVE to extend my collection to get items such as chargers and battery packs in a good enough state for refurbishment. At least that is what I keep telling myself. :lol: I wouldn't sweat it too much if I were you, John. Calculators are much smaller than computers,...
by jonb
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: general
Topic: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay
Replies: 93
Views: 2412

Re: Adventures for your BBC micro BOOK on eBay

Disappointed with your meagre catch of fish in the straights of Dogger...


Don't ask me why, but that made me laugh :lol:
by jonb
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer
Replies: 33
Views: 938

Re: Exidy Sorcerer

Interceptor - by "Blair Rideout" (LOL)

IMG_1017.JPG


Loaded at 300 baud and works - so, Paul - I think your 300 baud Chomp may be corrupted.
by jonb
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer
Replies: 33
Views: 938

Re: Exidy Sorcerer

Got the drive to look at next... :shock:

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