After the tearing success of issue 23'swasitu section I have decided toinclude a similar item in issue 25. This is it! If you are not of a strongdisposition or if you become boredeasily, please press BREAK now. A new cheat, for MOON CRESTA this time.*LOAD the main game. Then type ?&16BF=&60 <RETURN>. Then type CALL &26FF <RETURN>. This cheat will stop the aliensdescending and crashing into you.Someone's just nicked my bike! Fancythat, I haven't even paid for it yetand if my experience with insurancecompanies is anything to go by, thereis no chance of them paying out. A bit of a whinge
Once upon a time there was aprogrammer. He had the use of a BBCmodel B that his daddy used to lend himfrom the school he taught at. All ofhis programs were saved in DFS format. As time passed by the programmer'sdaddy retired, therefore teminating theuse of the model B. Total disaster,withdrawal symptoms started to show.The programmer sold his right leg tomedical research and managed to acquirea second hand Master 128. The Master had ADFS. Fantastic, 3 timesthe capacity of DFS with a virtuallyunlimited number of file namespossible. There were not too many disadvantageswith the ADFS, no *FORMAT, no *BACKUP,no *WIPE, no *VERIFY. The programmer only had a single driveand had to swop discs 5 million timesto backup. He put these minordisadvantages to one side because ofthe reduced number of discs required.The programmer joined a user group andstarted sending his programs off toother people. He had to start changingall his old software so that it wouldrun in DFS format as well as ADFS. Hehad to spend hours sorting out filesfrom directories which were full ofprograms that were not needed. He didnot have a way to copy from ADFS backto DFS easily. So he stopped using the ADFS to it'sfull extent. He started to put programsand their related files in directorieson their own. He realised that he couldget discs for 27 pence each and hefound it much simpler to reach into hisdisc box and read a label rather thanhave to search through directories on adisc, so capacity no longer mattered. He realised when looking at otherpeople's ADFS discs that it waspossible to lose files very easily atthe end of a long chain of directoriesunless he used the program CATALL tohunt through the disc. Finally he started to prefer DFS again,simply because he could go *. to seewhat was on the disc without having totype *MOUNT *. *.<DIR> *.<dir>.<dir> and so on Simply because he didn't need to huntfor the utilities disc to backup orformat or verify. Simply because increased capacitydidn't really matter any more due toreally cheap discs. Simply because when needed, it wasmore easy to transfer to ADFS from DFSthan the other way. He couldn't understand why he had totype *COMPACT 0E 72 umpteen times inADFS when DFS did it with 1 simple*COMPACT He also thought that ADFS was slowerthan DFS. Has anyone guessed that the programmerwas me? Who de-archives it? I have included a couple of archives onthis disc. How many people botherde-archiving it? It would beinteresting to find this out. I knowthat some people virtually ignore themag and make a bee line for thesoftware. Do these people ever botherto de-archive? Mind you I suppose wewill never know because the people thatcan answer that question will not bereading this will they? When you are sending your comments whynot mention whether you de-archive ornot. If you don't, why not, is itbecause you find it difficult or justcannot be bothered? If it's because you find it difficult Imay be able to simplify the task. I hear rumblings about too much text inissues of 8BS. I reckon that if you aregetting a user group mag/software discthat there should be a bit for everyonein that user group. The members range from those that neednappies to those that need inco padsand from gardeners to homicidal maniacsno offence meant to anyone here ofcourse. aaaaaaaaaarghhh To create a disc that would suit all ofthese types 100% would not be possible. I could not help but notice a commentabout program reaction by 0E7 in theprogram reaction column. As I was editing this item into the magthe why and wherefore of the commentwas lumbering around between therelatively few active neurones thatstill sinapse amongst themselves inwhat passes off to be my cerebrum. The conclusions that they managed toreach are not worth repeating really,but how about tossing one or two ideasinto the air and seeing which way upthey up they land? I have found that most of the discssent to me have something on them, or aletter accompanying. This is the bestpart of editing 8BS actually, being incontact with all of you out there. Agreat majority of the comments say howgood the programs are, in themselvescomments like this are nice, but notconstructive. Comments with suggestions foralterations or additions to programshelp programmers much more. Maybe, as 0E7 says, programmers see aprogram that needs help and immediatelydive in to it's rescue or finish it offhumanely and start afresh with asimilar idea. I must admit, sinceDaniel Shimmin hinted that comments onprograms were not mandatory Ipersonally have not bothered, somethingwhich I shall try to remedy. Top and bottom of it is. Keep thescribblings coming in, anything iswelcome, just look at this drivel andsay to yourself:
"My goodness, I can do better than that"
Then do it! Interpret it either way: Well where have you been? In otherwords: You took your time. or Where is the dustbin? In other words: This is so bad that I may leave thedisc on top of the telly and pretendthat I zapped it accidentally. Some of you commented on the pikkiesbeing an interesting addition to thetext. Unfortunately, there are few newadditions to my repertoire this issue.How about some of you using a teletexteditor to produce some that could beinserted into the text? Go on! Go forit! I noticed that 20G had a problem with ADFS issue 23 sector &91 onwards an 8BS program: DFS version issue 23 sector &D9 VDU 23,1,0,0,0,0,0,0 Examine them Switches the cursor off on the master but not on the model B which needs VDU 23;8202;0;0;0; The 8202 is a two byte number ofcourse. If you split it up you can makethe cursor do all sorts of things. Try VDU23;R,V;0;0;0; Where R could be: 0 = Horizontal timing 1 = Horizontal displayed 2 = Horizontal sync position 3 = Sync width 4 = Vertical total 5 = Vertical total adjust 6 = Vertical displayed 7 = Vertical sync 8 = Interlace and delay 9 = Scan lines 10= Cursor start 11= Cursor end 14 and 15 = Cursor position Where V is the value The cursor rolling program in issue 23made use of R at values 10 and 11 Try VDU 23;10,1;0;0;0; This makes the cursor start higher up finishing at the bottom of the line. Then try VDU 23;11,3;0;0;0; The cursor is now fatter and higher up.Have a muck about with it and see what devastation you can create! Make sure that you get the ; and , 's correct. Or it will not work.