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THIS MIXTURE OF MESSAGES ARRIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE. To: 999 (all members) From: D9U (Ray Thomas) Subject: Lottery Check Program The Lottery Check Program that I sent in for Iss. 56 contains a bug. Please edit Line 3230 to read: "IF sum%(I%)=5 PROCcheck(ptr%(I%),res$(7))" Iam sorry about the error. EDITOR........ Copies received from me after 18/06/97 have this bug corrected.  To: 999 (all members) From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: L O N G Words Just a little addition to the recent discussion of long words - this word is the longest word in the English language, according to The Guinness Book of Records :- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoko niosis Alternative spelling:- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoco niosis And it is "a disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust". Phew! And by the way, did you know that the enjoyment of saying long words is hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism. Andrew Medworth D7Y  To: 999 (all members) From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: BT - Free Local Calls? ReplyTo: 4WL - Martin Wilson I am an enthusiastic user of the Internet (but I don't have it at home) and this issue of free local calls is very relevant to the Internet. My little illustrative story comes from the USA. In the USA, America Online is the largest service provider. Well, America Online (AOL from now on) moved from their scheme of charging users for a few hours acces per month then an bills by the hour after that to a flat rate price - an all-you-can-eat job for $20 or so per month. As you may know, local calls are free in the USA, and AOL's head count increased by several million. BUT the trouble was that people were logging on and not logging off again - they had no incentive to. And if a user could find a free line, she or he would know they were unlikely ever to get another chance - so they didn't log off either. As you can imagine this brought what we Internet users call the infrastructure to its knees, and soon AOL faced uncountable lawsuits for not providing the service they pledged. Fortunately this cannot happen in the UK as BT currently charges for local calls - thank goodness. This is why BT is either NOT giving free local calls, or NOT giving them on calls to ISPs - Internet Service Providers. How can I be so sure? Well, Internet Magazine certainly is sure of it, and if they're sure, I can safely be too. I hope this clarifies matters. Andrew Medworth (D7Y)  To: 999 (all members) From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: Concept Keyboard Wanted Does anybody have an old concept keyboard they don't want any more? I'm looking for one for a present for my sister, who has been doing some programming with them at school. It is important that we have any controlling software that came with it, of course. We will pay a reasonable price. Thanks. Andrew Medworth D7Y 45 Milton Avenue Bath BA2 4QZ 01225 422892 out of school hours please!  NEIL PARRY IS AFTER INSTRUCTIONS FOR PENZANCE CONTROLLER. CAN ANY ONE HELP?  To: 999 (all members) From: D6G (Sprow) Subject: Summer holidays The university summer holidays start for me on the 27th of June and last for just over 3 months! As a result,I wont be able to check my email since this is done through the university.Therefore,only email me non urgent stuff. The webpages remain online throughout the break - go to www.york.ac.uk/~rps102/bbc/bbc.htm You'll find detailed elsewhere the software from me,and also a snippet from the lengthy 'forsale' list. Please remember that a portion of sales goes to Guide Dogs for the Blind as much of what I'm selling is on behalf of Charles Spender. Hope you all have a good break too, Sprow. Contact 6 Bollinbrook road, MACCLESFIELD Cheshire.SK10 3DJ. Or 8BSmail D6G  To: 999 (all members) From: D6G (Sprow) Subject: Speed I love it when there's a maths intensive program submitted to 8BS. A prime example was the prime number finder in issue 55.The beeb chugs away and searches. Looking closer,I find it's all written in BBC Basic and spend a few moments putting it on an ADFS disk. This is then read by a Risc PC and run in BBC Basic V.This is ///FAST/// So if there are more mathemetically minded people out there - send in your programs! Sprow. 6 Bollinbrook road, MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire. SK10 3DJ. 8BSmail - D6G  To: 999 (all members) From: D6G (Sprow) Subject: Double height printing The question was raised last time by Gary Scott how to print non standard height text from a BBC. Well,there are 3 ways: 1)If you have a good printer manual with all the control codes in the back cover then you should find that the font size can be changed.24 point is double height. Send the sequence to the printer using a VDU1,x,1,y,1,z structure 2)Likewise to the above,some printer manufacturers such as EPSON allow you to redefine the fonts used for printing ('softfonts'). With a bit of hard maths and a pile of A4 paper you can work out the bit pattern for the tops of all the characters you want and print those the do the same for the bottom halfs.ie.you're sending the text twice like in double height MODE 7 Remember,printer fonts aren't 8x8! 3)Do it via a printer dumper,so that you get the double height on the beeb's screen (using whatever method you want) and do a graphics dump.The better ones support MODE 7 too. Hope this helps, Sprow. 6 Bollinbrook road, MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire. SK10 3DJ. 8BSmail - D6G                    