From: K2H (Ron Boyce) Subject: CORRECTION (ISSUE 49) The Gremlins also appear to have had a go at my ELECTRICITY/GAS CONSUMPTION PROGRAM in UTILITIES MENU 2. ITEM H. In the EleMenu Program the following
lines should be added:-
732 IF w%>9 AND w%<17 THEN PRINTTAB
(1,22)" Is that correct? Y/N ":A=
734 IF A=89 OR A=121 THEN PROCclear2:
736 IF A=78 OR A=110 THEN PROCclear2:
EDITOR..... Corrected in V2 of 8BS 49.
From: D7Y (ANDREW MEDWORTH) Subject: Banner Text Progs N.B. If using these progs on a BBC B, they will need to relocate themselves otherwise they will not run. Just delete line 750 in both BANNER1 and BANNER3. From: D6F (JOHN CRANE) Subject: MENU Just a short comment.I note from 8BS`50 that Chris has made some improvements to the menu system.I don't know what you've done Chris,but it's brilliant.I often read 8BS discs through the BEEB emulator on my A3010 and I've had 1 or 2 difficulties. 8BS`49 caused most problems. Anyway with the latest iss there's no problems whatsoever. Spot on.
EDITOR. Jonathan Harston got his hands
on the menu system and cleared up a lot
From: 0E7 (Fred Nevin) Subject: LOTTERY EDITOR Thank you once again Chris for casting your SPELL over the LOTTERY program It works like a CHARM Pure MAGIC From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: Teletext Editor (CJR-11) Recently I bought Chris's TelEdit disc, and I have some comments to make on it. Overall the package is very good, with excellent editing facilities. I particularly liked the pixel editing mode, where you can press Q,W,A,S,Z, or X to invert a single graphics pixel. The small font system is also very clever, although the fonts themselves leave something to be desired, being rather jaggy and awkward. This can't be helped, of course, because of the extremely low graphics resolution of mode 7. The large font system is OK. The fonts are nice, but I wish their filenames described them better, for example there is a font larger than XLARGE, obscurely named F2! This problem can be easily solved by renaming the fonts. The result of the display file creator is very impressive - very fast scroller, and pressing SPACE returns to the $ directory, and CHAINs a file called MENU. Very clever. Altogether a very worthwhile program, well done. 9/10. From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: PD Catalogue (TBI-00) No serious 8BSser should be without a catalogue of our enormous software library, and this is it. It is very good, but it could be improved. The catalogue itself is not in the scrolling article form often used by 8BS, but in another form. Z and X move you through the file in different directions a screenful at a time, a very slow process. I presume this is done for ease of editing, but wouldn't it be better to have a TelEdit file of the catalogue which could be edited by Chris at his leisure, and from which he can create scrolling files? The search option is also very slow - can't this be speeded up in some way? It must be possible. Very useful program despite the deficiency in speed - score 7/10.
EDITOR. JGH has recently improved the
catalogue display. The catalogue is too
big to be turned into a *RUN file! Can
anyone help with the search? I have not
the time now to improve that.
From: Roy Dickens Subject: This here I ntelligence Q uotient wotsit. In the issue no. 48 I was given a lift up by 3PM DERRICK P-J (I am walking ten feet tall). D P-J reckons that, in a roundabout way, my IQ may not be too low. I think he is right because I recently found out about BITS and BYTES. It is not a KITKAT with a bit to break off and a byte to eat. Also I now know that a semiconductor is not a part-time bus person. But I was fooled at first with my new computer. I could not get the foot pedal to work.It turned out to be a thing that you push along the flat surface that you work on. The surface has now been extended by five feet because I keep running out of room to push the darn thing. The small disks must be kept in their plastic cases because they are a job to get out and are too floppy when I tried them in the drive. So Derrick, I think you are right my IQ rating is going up. PS. I am very proud to let you all know that I managed to complete a jig-saw in the record time of six months. Now that is good because it said 2 to 4 years on the box! I will join MENSA or what ever it is called when they stop putting that puzzle in their adverts. From: D8F (Brian Jones) Subject: Alien Astronomers say that other Galaxies exist where they would expect to find Planets and Life. It is uncertain what form this Life takes. I would favour the humanoid form as this has proved to be adaptable to all types of activities and there is scope for different variations of it
So there is a possibility that these
forms of Life have developed flying
craft to explore space which have to
travel at high speeds to cover large
distances (this is happening now on
Earth) and it is likely that these
craft are flying around Earth's sky.
It is fact that a small percentage of
sightings cannot be explained away by
natural or man made phenomena.
If they are out there, why have they not made an open approach to the people on Earth - perhaps there are some kind of ethical reasons or after watching people and Nations destroying all forms of life on this Planet they have decided to keep their secrets to themselves. On the other hand, contact may hve been made to the Governments of this World that is kept secret, who knows? - What do you think of the new Space Shuttle - is that a natural step from large Rockets or do you think they have had some help from out there
The ALIEN article mentioned Time
Travel which does not seem to be
physically possible. Past events would
have to be consistently occuring for
Time Travellers to see them.
Although future events have yet to
happen they are being affected by our
actions in the present - but that is
not to say that these events have not
left some kind of impression - like a
tape recording - and that it may be
possible to develop a sixth sense to
read them - what do you think ?
The ALIEN article seemed to imply that
human beings were only flesh and blood.
My understanding of it is that human
beings are dual in nature i.e merged
with the physical body is an awareness
or consciousness that is not made of
physical material such as flesh and
blood etc. Without this merging there
can be no existing in the physical
world. They merge on birth and part on
death. The physical body returns to
it's basic elements and the awarenes
or concsiousness remains in space and
time somehow until such time that it
is reborn in another body. In a word
There is no conflict in my mind about
God versus Evolution. God created the
principles and laws that govern all
things and from these everything
evolved. For instance, games of all
kinds have rules and regulations but
what devlops or evolves during play
is something else. We do not see the
rules and regulations or the laws and
principles behind creation only the
result but they are there to be