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Other topics / Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« on: 2021.November.23. 11:42:28 »
In English "To Boldly Go" comes from the opening of each episode of the original Star Trek TV series. I don't know if that reference survived translation to other languages!?

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Hardware / Re: SE-ONE music file player
« on: 2021.October.08. 19:51:25 »
Just a off topic question: In Spain need to pay big extra tax for everything which are come from EU outside?
In Hungary +27% for everything, plus few euros cost of tax procedure... (from 2021 July)
Additional frustrating thing: UK now EU outside... f...k Brexit!
Even before Brexit the UK did not have this tax for small things sent from China. If you import something expensive you could be asked to pay a big import tax before you could receive it, but little envelopes from China no problem. I'm not sure what the exact rules/limits are though, or maybe it is just get lucky/unlucky.

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Egyéb témák / Re: Meghalt Sir Clive Sinclair
« on: 2021.September.17. 12:28:41 »
I had a Sinclair calculator/watch that I built from a kit when I was around 15.


Later I built a ZX80 or 81 (I can't remember which!) from a kit for a friend. I could not afford one for myself but of course it needed a lot of testing before I gave it back!

Later still I built a Spectrum which needed even more testing!

Volt egy Sinclair számológépem/órám, amit 15 éves koromban készletből építettem.

Később ZX80 -at vagy 81 -est (nem emlékszem melyikre) építettem egy készletből egy barátomnak. Nem engedhettem meg magamnak egyet, de természetesen sok tesztelésre volt szükség, mielőtt visszaadtam!

Később mégis építettem egy spektrumot, amely még több tesztelést igényelt!

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Programming / Re: FORTH
« on: 2021.July.15. 22:49:41 »
But perhaps less useful to some of my Hungarian friends. :(

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Programming / Re: FORTH
« on: 2021.July.15. 22:47:44 »
I second that book recommendation - it was *the* forth book back in the mid-1980s when IS-FORTH was written. It looks a bit cartoon-y at first glance but all the information is there in a readable format.

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Other topics / Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« on: 2021.June.06. 17:15:45 »
It was a good translation in the sense that I could understand it. But if I type "joystick" into Google Translate it gives me "Джойстик" and if translate that back to English it gives me "joystick" again. So presumably the original text did not use that word!

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Other topics / Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« on: 2021.June.06. 16:31:05 »
"The cursor translation lever..." :lol:

Good find, I don't know you are still finding new things! :ds_icon_cheesygrin:

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Other topics / Re: T-shirt project
« on: 2021.June.04. 04:39:07 »
I agree it sounds better without the "and", but is nor actually wrong.

If you are going to say "precautions" I think you really need to say what kind of precautions. As well as "safety" precautions, you could take "security" precautions to stop your T-shirt being stolen, "laundry" precautions to stop your T-shirt  shrinking etc. Taking "fashion" precautions probably rules out wearing the T-shirt :evil: :oops: :lol:!

You could say "...safety precautions and security precautions", or just "...safety and security precautions", so "...safety and precautions" sounds like there is word missing. But I don't think it is actually wrong, it just sounds a bit odd.

Also, the phrase "safety precautions" is so commonly used that any variation sounds odd anyway.

I think I need a "taking all unnecessary grammar precautions" T-shirt! :lol:

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Hardver / Re: EPSON SD-600 meghajtó?
« on: 2021.March.12. 11:04:30 »
Hihetetlen, hogy ezeket az ősrégi PC-s lemezeket be tudtam olvasni Enterprise-szal:
:smt041

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Interface / Re: Internal memory expansion plus USB
« on: 2021.March.03. 10:59:00 »
Just to be clear, in case it is not clear to everyone... this would NOT allow a USB memory stick to be plugged in because it would be a USB slave device. To allow a USB memory stick it would have to be a USB host/master. In the past I have looked for a USB host chip that could be easily interfaced to the EP (ie. a parallel memory mapped type interface) but I could not find one, they all seem to be i2c etc.

But correct me if I am wrong...

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Games / Re: Games for IS-DOS
« on: 2021.February.13. 11:15:39 »
:lol: The difference between someone who uses £ as their currency and someone who doesn't! :lol:

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Games / Re: Games for IS-DOS
« on: 2021.February.13. 10:44:35 »
I have always thought OPEN £1 looked silly, it should be OPEN #1:!

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Games / Re: Games for IS-DOS
« on: 2021.February.13. 09:53:15 »
Or maybe # is more useful than £ in IS-DOS, especially considering most use is in Hungary, so just change £ to # permanently in new IS-DOS? :shock:

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Programming / Re: Improving IS-DOS
« on: 2021.February.12. 10:55:33 »
It would be interesting to know if any code was already written for that in Verner's archive.
No, I don't think so. Definitely not by me - version 1.0 was released and I never touched it again! (Time, bancruptcies...)

Maybe the most useful additions would be those that allow more existing programs to run if they don't already. Bit I'm not sire what those are!

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Programming / Re: Improving IS-DOS
« on: 2021.February.12. 01:21:22 »
Back at the very end of IS/Enterprise, Robert Madge went to Japan to try and sell IS-DOS to the MSX consortium as MSX-DOS 2, and also to try and sell a version for the 64180 using its paging features. As we now know this didn't work out, and Microsoft stole the undel feature :evil:. But a number of documents were written to support this trip including ideas for future features in IS-DOS. And in among all the jumbled up source code from Verner were these documents! They are Wordstar documents so you can read them using IS-DOS itself (or you can just about make them out in a text editor.)

I think the main things are environment variables, redirection, piping (as were in MS-DOS at the time) and... the big one... multiple simultaneous TPAs (using EP or 64180 paging) and co-operative multitasking. So you could have Wordstar running in one TPA and press Alt+TAB or something to switch to another TPA and run something else. Well you did ask! :lol:

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