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Offline redbox

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #25 on: 12:26, 28 January 10 »
Good news! Richard Clayton, the chap behind Locomotive has agreed to do an interview for the upcoming book. He has also agreed to do the preface at the begining of the book. I felt it was important for either Roland Perry or Richard to do this, and lets face it without the locomotive basic, the CPC just wouldn't have been the same machine, or worse; never existed.

Rest assured, a Roland Perry interview will hopefully feature, but towards the end i.e. in closing.

That's great news and I will definitely buy a copy of the book for my coffee table.

Sorry for my ignorance, but surely the ANT just became the Plus in the end?  Or was the ANT planned after the Plus (that would seem a weird waste of time considering the Plus's commercial failure)...?

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #26 on: 13:23, 28 January 10 »
Probably... but I'd prefer a pod cast if I were to do it. Don't like the idea of my ugly mug being seen across the internet.
No just record him, sitting infront of a bookcase and a computer is usual :P

Do you have a beautiful wife or girlfriend who could be the interviewer. sex it up a bit woo hooo ... haha

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #27 on: 14:10, 28 January 10 »
This could be the start of the CPCWIKI-TV channel  :o

/Ygdrazil

No just record him, sitting infront of a bookcase and a computer is usual :P

Do you have a beautiful wife or girlfriend who could be the interviewer. sex it up a bit woo hooo ... haha

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #28 on: 14:40, 28 January 10 »
Woo now CPC TV would be good.

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #29 on: 15:56, 28 January 10 »
It'll just be a book interview and preface i'm afraid, if someone here wants me to ask him about a video interview, I'll pass on the message?

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #30 on: 16:29, 28 January 10 »
That's great news and I will definitely buy a copy of the book for my coffee table.

Sorry for my ignorance, but surely the ANT just became the Plus in the end?  Or was the ANT planned after the Plus (that would seem a weird waste of time considering the Plus's commercial failure)...?
ANT was planned before Plus I believe. It is mentioned in the PCW specification, so it seems it is a mix of CPC and PCW.
Same kind of video hardware possibly but in colour.
Maybe ANT 2 became the PCW16? This has roller ram like the PCW but with colours?
So please ask if ANT 2 became PCW16 in some way.
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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #31 on: 17:30, 28 January 10 »
ANT was planned before Plus I believe. It is mentioned in the PCW specification, so it seems it is a mix of CPC and PCW.
Same kind of video hardware possibly but in colour.
Maybe ANT 2 became the PCW16? This has roller ram like the PCW but with colours?
So please ask if ANT 2 became PCW16 in some way.
Having developed for the pcw16 I can say that the 16 doesn't have roller ram, was just a straight bitmap over 38k's worth. Strangely it did have colour though the monitor was decidedly monchrome. There was a 320x480 mode which was 4 colour, though those colours were white, gray, gray and black. The two grays being the same, which is weird, guess its the gate array.

Given the added speed of the z80 compatable in the 16, if only they had allowed a 320x240 - 16 colour mode. With 1mb ram and the added processor we could have done some pretty stuff. Oh well atleast the OS sucked bigtime

If only symbos had existed they could of had a real nice machine.

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #32 on: 17:56, 28 January 10 »
Having developed for the pcw16 I can say that the 16 doesn't have roller ram, was just a straight bitmap over 38k's worth. Strangely it did have colour though the monitor was decidedly monchrome. There was a 320x480 mode which was 4 colour, though those colours were white, gray, gray and black. The two grays being the same, which is weird, guess its the gate array.

Given the added speed of the z80 compatable in the 16, if only they had allowed a 320x240 - 16 colour mode. With 1mb ram and the added processor we could have done some pretty stuff. Oh well atleast the OS sucked bigtime

If only symbos had existed they could of had a real nice machine.
I don't agree - it does have a form of roller ram and the asic "anne" specification mentions this.
The document was given to me by Cliff Lawson a few years back.

In the ram there is a list of memory addresses defining the start of each line of the screen.

In addition the top two bits of the address was the display mode to use.

The modes were the same as the cpc (160 with 16 colours, 320 with 4 colours, 640 with 1 colour) however the encoding of the pixels was different:

aaaabbbb for 16 colour mode
aabbccdd for 4 colour mode

So you could easily mix modes as you want and you could scroll the screen by changing the addresses in the table. I think it also had the same kind of control features as the pcw asic where you wrote a control code to one of the ports.

I think it always displayed in colour, but the monitor was greyscale so ended up producing a poor picture as a result.

I agree about the speed, and it could have had an improved 320 mode that would be nice.

The OS, well I don't know because I never used it.

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #33 on: 18:12, 28 January 10 »
I don't recall any roller ram, it was as I remember very much in the cpc mould of arithmetic fixed addressing, unlike the Pcw range which you could define an address each pixel line. There was a special 512 byte table to hold each pixel line address, unless I'm mistaken that's not the case on the pcw16.

I do remember having a discussion with the guy that wrote the underlying screen routines for the OS and he explained they were so slow because on the bank gap that happened twice a screen, which I do recall thosuhg what it was exactly I can't. If they had a definable table for each line this wouldn't be the case surely. But then again it was 16 odd years ago and my memory sucks. Not read the Roseanne docs for years upon years

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #34 on: 21:22, 23 April 10 »
have you thought about using a website like http://www.blurb.com to upload your finished Arnold book to?

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #35 on: 21:48, 13 October 12 »
Have you thought about publishing your unfinished book in the CPCwiki for other to finish?

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #36 on: 21:50, 13 October 12 »
So is it abandoned? 

If others are interested in writing -NOT an easy task, mind you- we could perhaps organise it and even crowsdource its publishing...?

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #37 on: 21:53, 13 October 12 »
I am just assuming, I think I read so years ago over at Retro Gamer

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #38 on: 21:54, 13 October 12 »
This would be a great shame :(

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #39 on: 18:40, 05 November 12 »



I've only just seen this.  I'd like a copy.  I'm sure if you got a buch of pre-orders a publisher may take you more seriously.   Alternatively, perhaps a kickstarter would work?   Finally, perhaps approach the publishers of the recent commodore / amiga / atari history style books?


It would be a massive shame if this was abandoned.


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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #40 on: 13:49, 06 November 12 »
Yeah, I'd love to see one so much, too...

I started reading Speccy Nation yesterday. It's very basic (only B&W, only one screen/game and it's only a printout of a Word document unfortunately), but very nice to read and hey, it was only €4.5...

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #41 on: 23:41, 16 January 14 »
To anyone intrested, I'm in the progress of writing a CPC 30th Anniversary book which I'd be publishing (hopefully) through Lulu..
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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #42 on: 11:16, 05 August 14 »
If only symbos had existed they could of had a real nice machine.


Maybe we will see a PCW16 version soon? I had a look at the screenshots of the standard PCW-version. Looks really nice for a Z80 computer

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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #43 on: 22:46, 05 August 14 »
Oh well atleast the OS sucked bigtime


What's bad about Roseanne? (I got a 16 too).
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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #44 on: 12:50, 01 April 19 »
Just finish it we need reminder of our youth to be in physical form.
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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #45 on: 13:16, 06 May 19 »
I'm a bit late to this, but I would say: please add £££ to the price but get a good editor so the text and the layout are as professional as possible.

There are too many publications recently that let me down because I can't ignore how amateur they look and feel, and it is a shame. The CPC deserves better!
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Re: The 'book of Arnold' Poll
« Reply #46 on: 13:26, 06 May 19 »
I'm a bit late to this, but I would say: please add £££ to the price but get a good editor so the text and the layout are as professional as possible.

There are too many publications recently that let me down because I can't ignore how amateur they look and feel, and it is a shame. The CPC deserves better!


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