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From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Peter Davy's Talking Clock I was glad to see that someone had taken up the challenge to modify the program. I must apologise to BBC users whose computers wouldn't run the original, unfortunately, they don't seem to like this interpretation either. I must give thanks to Peter Davy for his rewrite and an excellent program it is too! The original Speaking Clock program will be submitted to 8BS for inclusion in a future issue with an article I am currently working on which deals with implementing real-time clocks within programs and ensuring they work with all BBC (and Electron) computers! (The clock, not necessarily the rest of the program!) To: 999 and 20G (Roy Dickens) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: HELP! My keys don't work! A recent letter I wrote to an 8BS member was odd in the fact that there were very few S's in the letter. In fact, at the time in writing my S had stopped working. Leaving me to use a Z in place if the missing Ss! 'Twas quite an odd zight! In response to Roy Dickens helpful tip whereby, if, for example, your A key stopped working you could type... OSCLI("KEY0 A") And then use f0 instead to produce the A.
Hmmm, I wonder...Oh, by the way you
might have noticed that it is in fact
impossible to type the A in the above
example because, remember, the A key
Instead you should use the following: OSCLI"Key0 "+CHR$65 CHR$65 produces the character A. If, instead a different key stopped working you can change the 65 to the VDU code of the corresponding letter. This code is at the back of the BBC User Guide, instead you can use this simple sum to work it out: 64 + the position of the letter in the alphabet, A being 1, B - 2 ... and finally Z would be 26, to get the lower case letter, add 32 to the value. If RETURN stops working you can press CTRL+M to get the same effect.
Some people might recall an issue of
Micro User where the above error was
printed, the story goes that someone
in the proof reading department thought
that OSCLI"Key0 A" was better than
OSCLI"Key0 "+CHR$65. The error wasn't
noticed until someone wrote in to
point it out. To this day no one knows
who that proof reader was.
From: D4H (Paul Smith) Subject: Comment on Times Table Just wanted to say how useful the program by Andrew York (K8M) was to give our kids a bit of extra tuition. Thanks Andrew. But did anyone else notice anything? Nothing wrong with the program you understand. However, our local school only teaches up to the 10 times table! Is this the same throughout the country? When I were a lad (yes that was before decimalization) we were taught up to the 12 times table. And if we reached those dizzy heights fairly easily we were taught the 13 times table and added 13 to all the others! I suppose we don't really need more than 10x10 in everyday use these days. That's progress. Regards, Paul (D4H)