From: L1M (Janny Looyenga) Subject: Andrew York Menu (Issue 56) It's nice to see that there are still people enjoying the 8 Bit computers, either writing programs, or using the programs. The whole menu looks very good and is built for not letting you destroy things, returning to the menu when you make a mistake. I tried the programs on a Master 512 and most programs -even the Teletext Editor -worked. All looking very good.
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Capital Tester - CapQuiz The capital of the Netherlands is AMSTERDAM, not The Hague The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik, starting with R, not K. It might be a good idea to tell people that they can use the CTRL + FKeys or SHIFT + FKeys to get the special characters in the FONT program! The members with ADFS who want to see the picture that Andrew made, can see it by deleting 210 or put a REM at line 210 in the LOAD program! To: 999 (all members) From: D2G (Neil Parry) Subject: Comments on Mag Search This is just a short message to anybody out there who received a copy of the program I wrote called Mag Search, I would like just a few comments on the program Good, Bad absolutley rubbish or any comment will do. I would like to know whether I should keep on developing this software or give it up as a bad job. Thank You Upset From Harwich To: 999 (all members) From: 20G (Roy Dickens) Subject: Lottery Checker (Issue 57) Thank you FRED PRICE (3WU) for the comments about the header for the "Lottery Checker". RAY THOMAS put in a good program for a syndicate to use. I do not run a syndicate but I do run Ray's programme with the new Saturdays numbers to see if his syndicate has won ten million between them. So that I can send Ray a begging letter!! To: 999 (all members) From: D7Y (Andrew Medworth) Subject: Witz - April Fool? When I tried the Witz spell checker and found that it didn't work, and tried every possible way I could think of to make it work, I started to write a letter to be published in 8BS asking what was wrong. But just before I did I remembered the date when the program came out in 8BS. I also remembered the "whiter than white" approach that was used in the documentation. And I remembered the message sent to the "comments on programs" the next issue, which couldn't praise it enough. And I checked the code in a machine code monitor. What did I find? The hex codes for the words "April Fool" in the code. I looked no further and wondered whether to faint, scream, or laugh. I decided to laugh. Just as well it wouldn't run on my machine, giving me a bit more time to think about it, or I'd have been completely suckered, instead of just slightly suckered. So, to the man who has a great future in advertising (I've forgotten his name), Cheers (and commiserations to my fellow suckers), Andrew Medworth D7Y Gosh, I hope it was an April Fool after all that... From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Program: Speeling Cheka! Excellent april fool from Paul Clucas in issue 55, a bit old I know but I've been waiting months to say so! It was well thought out and I especially like the care taken to write the documentation, not to mention that the program itself has the funniest memory checker I've ever seen. Well done! (Here's looking forward to next year!) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Program: Multi-mode teletext... Brian Raw's program from issue 55 was a refreshing change to the norm. It is nice to see a major new program for the Beeb that everyone can use. I am sure that all of us have - at some point - wanted the ease of teletext graphics without the constraints of mode 7. I hope that people use it in their future submissions! From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Messaging system f-keys There has been a lot of debate in recent issues over the fate of the function keys used by the messaging system. It seems to me that the most useful change that I would find would be to keep all the definitions the same aside from the ones to choose text colours (and maybe the graphics colour keys). Before After
f0 - Red > f0 - Green
f1 - Green > f1 - Yellow
f2 - Yellow > f2 - Magenta
f3 - Blue > f3 - Cyan
f4 - Magenta > f4 - White
f5 - Cyan > f5 - Red
f6 - White > f6 - Blue Now the graphics colour select keys (Shift + f-key) could either mirror the new colour scheme or stay as they are now. My reasoning for the new arrangement comes from the fact that we have been asked, very nicely by Chris not to use Red and Blue in our messages as some members cannot see these colours with their monitors. It stands to reason that these colours should be out of the way leaving the 'nice' colours easier to get at. At the moment when I am colouring in my messages I have to remember to skip over f0 (Red) and f4 (Blue) each time, slightly annoying! From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Scrabble... Has anyone else seen Derek Hills' challenge in the previous issue. I don't have an answer myself yet but here's hoping that alongside my message there will be a bundle of super answers from oodles of members...! To: 999 and D2G (Neil Parry) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: Thanks! Just a quick note to Neil Parry to say thanks for using my disc ID program in your 8BS magazine search program. When a routine or a program from one person is forgotten it is a pity, but when it crops up again and again it is refreshing to see that people are still interested in the BBC range of computers. To: 999 (all members) From: D5B (Jon Ripley) Subject: The new messaging system! The new messaging system from Steven Flintham is great, it is nice to finally be able to put all your programs on the same side of the disc as the messages themselves!