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by jonb
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2715
Views: 202778

Re: LOLPRICE

Odd buy it now prices, too.
by jonb
Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Bits and bobs for freebies
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: Bits and bobs for freebies

I'll take the JVC car radio if still available.
by jonb
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Vinegar
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Vinegar

Wow look at that! No fat, no salt, no sugar and no saturates. And only 2 calories a tablespoon. It's a wonderfood!
by jonb
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer
Replies: 38
Views: 1559

Re: Exidy Sorcerer

Blimey!
by jonb
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Exidy Sorcerer
Replies: 38
Views: 1559

Re: Exidy Sorcerer

exidyboy wrote:
jonb wrote:Interceptor - by "Blair Rideout" (LOL)

Why the LOL ?


It is obviously a made up name. Don't you think?
by jonb
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: general
Topic: Don't have a desolder station or hot air gun!
Replies: 17
Views: 556

Re: Don't have a desolder station or hot air gun!

I found a hot air gun (paint stripper) could remove a bank of DRAM from a PET motherboard, but it nearly ruined the board, even with the narrow nozzle. That's when I bought a Duratool desoldering station.
by jonb
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Microwriter MW4
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Microwriter MW4

Well let me know if you want to dispose of it.. :)
by jonb
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: LOLPRICE
Replies: 2715
Views: 202778

Re: LOLPRICE

That looks like a pretty esoteric educational program to me. These days writing games software is like shooting a movie, with a cast of thousands. It's a shame, because the investment is so high that the companies that publish games only produce mass market stuff (just like formulaic Hollywood movie...
by jonb
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Microwriter MW4
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Microwriter MW4

Yes. I did try to learn Microwriting when I first got it way back in the early '90s but I didn't persevere. Might have another go; it's an arcane skill that could be useful, if I ever get one that can be plugged into a real computer. The MW4 was difficult to use thanks to its tiny screen, although t...
by jonb
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Mounting prototypes
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Mounting prototypes

When your prototype looks like this one: uIDE prototype.JPG ...there is little point trying to mount it internally. This monstrosity is connected to an Amstrad PCW's expansion port via the 50 way ribbon at the top of the picture. Had I put it inside the machine it would probably have stopped working...
by jonb
Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Microwriter MW4
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Microwriter MW4

Interesting. There is another IC on the board with a date code 8407, so perhaps this one is not as old as I had previously assumed. Looks like a very late model.
by jonb
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: stardot.org.uk
Topic: private messages
Replies: 12
Views: 492

Re: private messages

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the "new" World of Spectrum forum site sucks.
by jonb
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Microwriter MW4
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Microwriter MW4

Found this little machine while rummaging about in the loft for some speaker cable. It's an old Microwriter MW4 with a chorded keyboard. I believe it dates back to 1980 and I found it in an electronics junk store in Hove. It came with a full set of documentation, a zip up bag and a TV interface (whi...
by jonb
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275559

Re: Today I received.....

No, VP... they are manufactured in Coventry. Apparently the only place that makes them nowadays. There was a load of overseas manufactured uprights that were so bad the kingpin used to shear off very early, but according to my supplier these have now disappeared from the market. There was much debat...
by jonb
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275559

Re: Today I received.....

New front uprights and trunnions for the Elan. New trunnions.jpg Unfortunately the uprights are not machined properly - chattering marks in the kingpin thread, very bad, and one of the trunnions (the brass parts) does not fit. That's £250 worth of parts, you'd hope they could machine them properly. ...
by jonb
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:36 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Cars and Organs
Replies: 33
Views: 1026

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: 1026

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: 1026

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: 1026

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: 1026

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: 4433
Views: 275559

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: 1976

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: 1976

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: 1026

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: 913

Re: Lynx Computer

Heh heh, nice one JGH... ;)
by jonb
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4433
Views: 275559

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: 4433
Views: 275559

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: 1976

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: 669

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: 4433
Views: 275559

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