231 posts • joined Saturday 1st August 2009 18:21 GMT
I've been thinking about getting in touch with WoS, but have been hesitant until now in order to protect my source. Now that they've left the industry I can be a bit more open about it. I'm thinking it may be worthwile contacting the Oliver Twins too, I've heard they're quite friendly :)
FWIW I wasn't really expecting ElReg to answer, It's just that I know they like to do these sorts of things in the pub. Any opportunity to try and blag a pint, basically :D
"How did you get hold of that??"
A contact rescued it before it went in the skip. The portakabins at the farm (literally a farm in Southam) were being cleared out for the next lot of coders and test monkeys.
At one point, I also had the source code to the Amiga version of Universe (by Core Design). Like an idiot, I needed some hd space so deleted it without backing it up. facepalm.jpg
50Mb was a _lot_ of hd space in those days, and on my budget that many floppies was out of the question.
"The original was coded on a CPC 6128 in the MAXAM assembler and then ported to the Spectrum using a special cable the Olivers had built for them. True cross platform development and all in their bedroom!"
Interesting that you mention that.
It is more than just a cable, it is a Z80 PIO hooked up to the bus on the speccy side, and the printer port on the amstrad side. I say is, because contrary to popular opinion, it is not lost. It is still sitting in a box in my private collection, where it has been for a long time. If I can find the driver software, I will have to dump it and create a schematic of the hardware.
On a related note, I must find my collection of master and sample tapes and dump them too.
If anyone wants me to, I can take some photos for verification purposes. It will take a few days though, need to get at the box in question. Hell, if ElReg wants to take a look and have a fondle of this one-off piece of hardware, get in touch.
"shut the fuck up, you ugly cunt" - I always thought that was our local greeting here in Cov :D
That's nothing compared to what I did in our local WH Smith's back in the day. They had a seperate store for home computers and there were several display models in the window. Picture walking past a shop window, and seeing 20 or so screens saying "Fuck off, Wankers!!!".
Kids will be kids, and idiots will still allow full access to display models.
Oh, and news must be slow if El Reg is culling stories from the Coventry Telegraph :)
@casinowilhelm: "So far I just got the "trip over pavement cracks and sue the council""
hehe, I'm from the town in question and when I was 8 yrs old (32 yrs ago to be precise) , I stumbled on a loose paving slab. Lost my front teeth becasue of it. My parents never dreamed of suing the council. A strongly worded letter later (no legal threats or anything), and the slab was fixed along with many others.
"Let's take a look at the currency cat. Chris."
Actually, I wonder what Peter O'Hanrahahanrahan would make of it?
"Peter, you've lost the news!"
The Day Today - News from telly to belly.
What about when PC's were starting to be noticed by the high street retailer?
Alter AUTOEXEC.BAT to echo swears in a loop, reboot and stand nearby giggling whilst the salesdroid panicked :D
Oh, and it was always dixons we did this in as the salesdroids were usually occupied trying to sell people extended warranties...
Grot, Grumble, Jazz - who cares what it's called. It's all good :D
Seriously though, English changes its usage all of the time. It's quite fluid, really.
Paris, because of the grot connection...
Actually, that's Lemmings Revolution. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmings_Revolution for more info.
There is a fully 3D Lemmings game called unsurprisingly 3D Lemmings. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_Lemmings for more info.
Personally I like all of the lemmings games. Nuke 'em all, I say :)
Upvoted because I agree.
However, the use of the phrase "I've brought PC's" is really annoying. It should be bought, not brought and I don't think you mean PC as possesive either.
My whole Wi-Fi is off, actually, I was posing a hypothetical question.
There are some people out there who don't know what they're doing, and I'm not one of them ;)
unnecessary titular nonsense
Ok, I don't use google location services. Could you tell me then, what benefit it is to _me_ personally to expose my private SSID data to google?
titular nonsense (now optional)
I'm in two minds about the titular nonsense. On the one hand I didn't like having to put a title, on the other I have got used to putting stupid references in my titles.
Don't mess with my head, El Reg, It doesn't work well with my Asperger's ;)
titular frothy mix
Not intended as a factual statement
Also cellphones were an instrumentation problem, not a fire problem. For the same reason that using them on planes was frowned upon.
Also numb-nuts should be hyphenated.
When there is the slightest smell of fascism, the (grammar-) nazis will appear.
His cover of the theme to Capcom's Commando is particularly awesome, as is his Chicken Song medley.
Time to dig out my HVSC and have a listen :)
obligatory sing along
I'm making a note here, huge success!
this'll be the guy who supplies cp to /b
"putting sugar instead of sweetener in a cup of coffee."
I can certainly tell if there is sugar in my coffee instead of sweetner. It has a sticky texture and a totally different flavour for one.
Probably because they would remove the functionality with a Kernel update. That way any exploits gleaned with a debugger wouldn't work right away, and without the debugger it would be more difficult to make them work. Not impossible, just more difficult.
iirc, aren't Microsoft legally bound to not enter the UNIX market?
hmm, better tell visual6502.org then. The ability to peel chips is a useful forensic tool.
Using the information directly to produce something in the same market is a different thing altogether. Just ask Atari when they copied the NES10 chip.
Probably because your average windows user can't afford apple products?
titular cnut anagram
You put the 'D' in ick.
Words are words, language is language. It should be celebrated for it's diversity rather than being censored.
@Zippy the Pinhead:
Ok then, retain only the DNA of repeat offenders then.