In part one of this series, I gave a little background on Drop Rock, one of the games I wrote for RISC OS back in the early 1990s. The game saw a mid-1990s update for the RiscPC, and I am now looking at it again for newer systems. Today I’m going to quickly look at the first step in the process – probably the easiest step; getting it running at 1920×1080.Read More
Updating Drop Rock part 1 – some background
Back in the early 1990s, one of the games I wrote and sold through Soft Rock Software was called Drop Rock. I’ve recently decided to look at the game and see what I can do to update it and give it a new lease of life on newer RISC OS computers. I’ve also decided to write about the changes as I go, but before embarking on that here’s a little background on the game itself.Read More
Scrambled egg or not scrambled egg?
That is the breakfast! Back in September, Rick Murray mentioned on his blog that he made some scrambled egg and chips. When I read the post and saw the picture, my immediate thought was (and I commented that) it looked more like a deep omelette (but with no filling) than scrambled egg. I don’t make scrambled egg often, but I decided that next time I did, I would take a photo and put it online for comparison.Read More
Soft squishy human here – jab, jab, jab
A silly comment on Twitter and a subsequent email are the inspiration for this post – with the title being borrowed from the email (cheers Rick!) and the subject matter being a couple of encounters with wasps (at least I think they were wasps) from my childhood. With some more modern moments thrown in for good measure.Read More
Cracking the code
And later devising one! Having mentioned my ancient and long lost collection of comics recently, and noting the annuals I now have amongst other things, I’ve started browsing this type of stuff on eBay. I have made a small number of purchases, which I may or may not talk about another time, but for the moment I’m focusing on something else. Looking specifically at annuals, a number of old titles jumped out at me and triggered an old memory, and that in turn another from a few years later.Read More
When is a contradiction not a condradiction?
A few days ago, I saw a tweet by Dan Hodges – a Mail on Sunday columnist – with a link to a piece by him in The Mail+ – and I couldn’t not comment. In his Tweet he said “The Tory leadership campaign has been long and divisive. But ultimately it’s been good for Liz Truss, and the country”.Read More
An Amazon delivery fail
The block of flats in which I live has two entrances. One is at the front, giving access to the front car park, and on which there is an intercom for visitors and delivery drivers to contact the relevant flat and, if necessary, be ‘buzzed in’. The second is at the rear, giving residents access to the rear and side parking areas, and which doesn’t have an intercom. The only way in through that door is with a key (or coded fob). Therefore, you can logically expect delivery drivers to…Read More
Three lost collections from my younger days
When I was a wee lad, I had a small but growing comic collection, but it never survived a house move. Around the same time, I had a collection of toy cars. That survived the move, but didn’t make it through another. Older still, I had a collection of Star Wars comics – but I’ve never known its fate, because it just vanished with no explanation.Read More
A quick (but sadly small) money saving tip. Possibly.
There’s a silly little thing I do, more out of a form of laziness than anything else, but which I realised recently may actually be saving me a small amount of electricity, and therefore money – and thinking about it, I realised could probably save even more (though still not a huge amount). I’ll start with the tip itself, and you can then read my rambling explanation after. There are three basic points:Read More