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FOR SALE / WANTED / Re: HELP with .p65 MAC Pagemaker diagram files
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:22:38 PM »
An alternative would be to set up a virtual machine that simulates a Mac from those years ago? Install Pagemaker (assuming you can find it) from that era and load in the files and save them out as whatever generic formats were available back then?

(Only an idea, just thinking out loud)

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: ZX Spectrum Next
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:45:22 PM »
Not sure what I'll be doing with mine. Need to get both my DivIDE and DivMMC returned to Ben for fixing first though so that I can play around with them a bit more first.

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Re: ZX Spectrum Next
« on: May 17, 2017, 08:10:16 AM »
Snuck in last night and got the souped up version with the Raspberry Pi accelerator on-board. Last time I had looked there was ~200 of these left .. last night this dropped to around 50 remaining, so I'm glad I grabbed one when I could.


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CODING AREA / My Word Add-In (v2.0) has been released
« on: November 30, 2016, 08:38:35 AM »
The latest version of my Word add-in, called Mike's Toobox, is now available.

There's a new support website - www.mikestoolbox.co.uk - which has the downloads and the full VBA source code available.

The full list of changes can be found on the most recent blog post on the website,  or read my LinkedIn article: https://www.linkedin.com/post/edit/my-word-add-in-has-been-updated-30th-nov-2016-mike-mee-mistc-


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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Deus Ex Machine re-released on PC (via Steam)
« on: October 03, 2016, 05:52:05 PM »
http://store.steampowered.com/app/508910/

Depending on the size of your wallet, there are three separate versions you can buy.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36385839

What's amusing (to me) is that the BBC News article had to explain (for its younger readers) what a floppy disk was :)

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Attending a work colleague's wedding that weekend, so can't make it.

I also second the motion to have RCM relocate to Manchester :)

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/24/amiga_turns_30/

I like this quote at the start:
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Let's recap: the founder of Commodore, running Atari, built a computer designed by former Commodore engineers, which would compete against a Commodore product called Amiga, designed by former Atari engineers, who wanted to replace the Commodore products designed by once-Commodore but now Atari engineers.

Simple enough.

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There's a folder on my C: called 'Dodgy Spectrum', but what I'm really after are the originals which came with the transfer instruction sheets and such like.

007 SPY   G A Bobker   Transfer Tools (1983)
007 SPY m   G A Bobker   Transfer Tools (1984)
007 SPY n   G A Bobker   Transfer Tools (1984)
Kempston Conversion Tape 2   Kempston   Converts old games to use Kempston joysticks
Kempston Conversion Tape 3   Kempston   Converts old games to use Kempston joysticks
Lerm Code Compressor One   Lerm   
Lerm Microdrive 1   Lerm   For use with a Wafadrive
Lerm Microtrans   Lerm   
Lerm Tape Copier   Lerm   
Lerm Tape Copier 4   Lerm   Instructions only.  Still need the tape.
Lerm Tape Copier 6   Lerm   
Lerm Tape Utility 9   Lerm   
Lerm Wafadrive 1   Lerm   For use with a Wafadrive
Lerm Z80 Toolkit   Lerm   BASIC Add-Ons inc. instructions
Multi-Chop   G A Bobker   1985 version
Multi-Chop   G A Bobker   1987 version
Stop And Reveal   G A Bobker   Breaking and entering into protected code
Tape 3   G A Bobker   GA Stop, GA Search & GA Filer (1984)
Trans Express (tape & microdrive)   Romantic Robot   Transfer Tools (distributed on a microdrive)

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I'm on about the likes of the utils by Lerm and G.A. Bobker.  I've got a few, but am interested in any others that you may have.  Other companies were also doing similar utils, such as Kobrahsoft.

Also interested in any of the 'support leaflets' that you could buy / get with a club membership that the above two firms offered.  They would list the methods required to get the latest titles into a slow-loading / microdrive-compatible format.

I've got a few (list to follow) but I'm after any others of this type.

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CODING AREA / Reinventing old Spectrum BASIC games
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:23:14 PM »
Richard Shepherd released some good adventure games when I was a kid.  Urban Upstart being a favourite (one of the few I completed).  But they also released some awful BASIC-based 'adventure' games. 

Thanks to ZX Preview - http://www.zx-modules.de/ - I've been able to extract the BASIC listing from the 'protected' code (*) and present four of them here in this 'ere Dropbox link.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l41opir3wxspgxf/Richard%20Shepherd%20Software%20BASIC%20Source%20Code.zip?dl=0

(*) they were saved as the system variables + BASIC listing as a single CODE file, so you had to use LOAD""CODE and you couldn't do a MERGE""

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