Further 8bit Acorn goodness

Oh yes. A weekend of R&R at home prompted me to continue a couple of little projects that don’t take too much energy.

Namely, fitting an MMC interface to my BBC Micro, providing the little Beeb with a whopping 128MB of storage. All right, so it’s not quite that much, but it does give it access to 500+ virtual floppy discs which, if you don’t know, is plenty.

Whilst I was in its innards, I took the liberty of adding a 3.5mm headphone socket to it, just because I could.

I’d also dug out my old Microvitec Cub monitor out of the bottom of the wardrobe recently, and having finally cobbled together the relevent lead, plugged it in. A what do you know? It worked. Not bad for a 25+ year old monitor that hadn’t been used for the last 19 years…

So, in all it’s glory, I present to you my BBC Micro:

And my BBC Master:

The full specifications of these beauties are;

The Micro:
Issue 7 motherboard.
32K on board RAM.
1770 Floppy Disc Controller (with DDFS)
16k Sideways RAM expansion.
MMC Interface.

The Master:
128k on board RAM.
CF Card Interface.
6502 Internal Co-Processor.
Dual MOS (switchable).

Now, I’m pretty happy with these setups, however there is, of course, always more that could be done!
Am still sorely tempted with Retroclinic’s USB Upgrade for instance…
One day.

I write like…

Thanks to a post over at Mighty God King, I’ve been tipped off to an interesting little writing analyser. So I plugged a bit of my (prose) writing into it and hey-presto!

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Not too shabby eh?

Incase you don’t know James Joyce, he’s quite a famous 20th century writer. I suggest you check out the Wikipedia entry for him and maybe even read one or two of his books!

Out of interest I then fed the analyser one of my blog posts and it told me that i write like…

I write like
Harry Harrison

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Which I’m also very happy about!

And again, should you not know who Harry Harrison is, I suggest you browse his Wikipedia entry and then go and read one of his books!

Of course, you could always give it a go yourself as well… http://iwl.me/