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Our last remaining local webcam shows London Road Manchester from the TfGM webcam - looking South down the A6 with Piccadilly Railway Station to the left. You may see yellow trams running to and fro under the station. The distant bridge carries the railway from Piccadilly to Oxford Road.
Webcam over Whaley Moor near Whaley Bridge.
Further South is Buxton- view is around Burbage and another Buxton one, at Quarnford (SK17 0TF.) on the A57, sometimes buried in snow! (Quarnford image often throws an incorrect 404 error, probably bandwidth is limited to one connection).
Often closed by snow is the Cat and Fiddle on the A537 (SK11 0AR), due to a boundary change now in Macclesfield but not really. Second highest pub in England (after Tanhill) .

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Texas Instruments TI99/4A (1979-1983)
A 1983 book on the Texas Instruments TI99/4A Home Computer by Stephen Shaw: Getting Started with the TI99/4A. A report on a TI99/4A emulator for the PC, PC99
Other TI resources on this site, with links to a publicity photo of the computer, some music in .MID format originally composed for a very early TI module, and a memorial sample of the monthly columns of the late Jim Peterson, a longtime supporter of the TI99/4a computer. also a review of PC99 and some programs for it.

Linux content is on a separate Linux page. .
Colossus (predating Eniac), was hard wired for one task- dealing with Enigma messages- lovely description of how Enigma worked and was deciphered.

Creative Computing was one of the computing magazines I first read and subscribed to. What a delight- at last glance 35 issues on the web plus the three books "The Best Of...". Read computing history in Creative Computing.

For good old fashioned fast text web browsing in Linux, w3m is excellent.

I have some links to streaming audio sites | Our 1998 PC specification

Want a free Windows programming language? Goto MSW Logo - and program for anything from a Pentium with W95 to the latest NT, ME or XP. The Windows 3.1 for a 286 version may still be available on this link.
The Great Logo Adventure(here as a 3.6 megabyte zipped download from, supporting MSW Logo.
MSW logo is dormant but now superceded by fms logo

I have discovered and now use sdlBasic which exists in a 2012 build for win32 and deb and in a 2007 build as an rpm. You can see some of my programs at Stephen's sdlBasic routines.
There remain some excellent programs for DOS which cannot be run in Windows XP, or for a smaller number, in Dosbox under Linux or Windows XP. To run in a native DOS operating system you may need to get a copy of FreeDOS or Balder, one flavour of which runs from a floppy with no hard disk install or partitioning.

My favorite 32 bit Windows media browser is the free Irfanview. Huge list of supported formats of images, animations and sounds; includes the special overview.pcd file format. Irfanview also has some image editing options and scanner (Twain) input. It is quite small, with plug ins in a separate zip file- you can delete any you don't need after unzipping.
Although written for Windows, I was surprised to find many parts of Irfanview (up to version 4.33) work fine in Linux using Wine (up to vn 1.1.9). I recommend NOT using the Associate file type option on a Linux box. There may obviously be problems with files that use external viewers which are less receptive to Wine but I am happily using Photoshop 8BF filters with it and also the OCR plugin. Irfanview makes viewing and editing jpeg image metadata really easy (EXIF, and IPTC). Details of using Irfanview on Linux. (Linux native programs GIMP, fotoxx and gthumb are of course excellent - and exiftool is the Linux metadata reader/writer but console only).

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New to the web? Help with manually preparing your web page - which can be much more efficient than using any web tool,
can be found at Help with html, css, xml, and lots more. The site works well without inline frames and without javascript except the "try this" portion. Please don't create Flash websites- they are disabled unfriendly (images and javascript seem to rule), remarkably prone to security problems, almost invisible to search engines, have questionable privacy, and most browsers are deprecating Flash for HTML5 (except youtube connected Android). web site coding reference

Javascript WHY does anyone use WIX to make their websites? I keep finding them and can't use any of them- pure blank pages to me. Yes it is free but you get what you pay for. The pages may LOOK appealing to you but the code produced is horrendous (including graphics with no text tags!), none-standard, unreadable, and content-less - it may seem pretty on YOUR device but try a few other devices running different systems or browsers. Always have content available for text browsers (and screen readers) to drop to. Consider the proportion of the population who are registereed blind and disabled and consider the intention of the unenforced discrimination laws!

I really don't like websites that use flash, no way, no sir. Hate 'em. And I'm not at all fond of websites that insist on javascript when they really don't need to - if your content can be made visible without script, make it so. Loading content, hiding it and using javascript to show it is silly. See how to hide and show content without using any javascript.

If you want to add bells and whistles with script, by all means do so. But let your content be visible without.

There do seem to be some web sites that really really do need javascript. Here are some that I like.

Information presentation in dynamic graphic format is interesting- here are a couple:
Edits to Wikipedia presented graphically and sonically at L2W where added data is bells, data removed are strings, green circles are anonymous edits, white circles are registered edits and purple circles are automated edits.

Google maps now uses javascript for streetview- farewell flash! For something fancier, Google allow you to have two linked views, with a map or satellite view in one and streetview in the other. Each view has its own zoom and pan controls.

Google news rss no longer available in Akgregator. Goodbye google news.

British Rail fares- all of them- with all the detailed limitations for each fare, an American website that really puts a lot of data into view. For some destinations/fares that are restricted on where they are sold, (eg only sold in Greater Manchester, only sold by Chiltern Trains), it may indicate "No fares available" and you will need to research the availability yourself.

Mapping mashups can be very clever, I was really impressed with Wheresthepath which has two maps side by side- you select for each side from eg google, ordnance survey, historic, satellite, etc- the maps are linked and have lots of useful "toys". The binoculars will bring up a search box. Neat- note that Ordnance Survey data is rationed and may not be available later in the day, but there are other map sources. Unfortunately even open streetmap is now restricting access - many of the maps this site used may not be available as they have not obtained access keys.

Lancashire Complete at first looks like just another mapping site, but this has everything mapped (nearly)- the grit bins, the lamp posts, bus stops, post offices, pharmacies, when bins are emptied for a particular property, old aerial shots- but only for Lancashire. Still a worthy web site. HOWEVER they use an oddly variable javascript- using Opera and telling the site we are using Firefox prevents full map view, so they are not serving standards compliant css. In common with so many sites there are hundreds of coding errors- mostly from external CSS from - in this case the culprit seems to be an invalid value for property zoom: "ght-tabs .dijitTabRtl,.dj_ie7 .dijitTabContainerLeft-tabs .dijitTabRtl {zoom: 1;"

For some reason tries to use POST when they require GET and the result on my system is an unfriendly error message. I have modified their form for your use at a translation form on my reference page (at the bottom). The only serious change is from method POST to GET and it works. Google have been told but merely say it works for them as is. I'm not the only one...

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Statistics for visitors to this website General changes to browser settings mean the numbers for periods are not directly comparable but generally indicitive.
March 2017 saw quite a sharp rise in unique visitors, partly due to more refusing cookies (causing a degree of double counting) but also large increases in visitors to two popular pages
Oct 2015-689.....June 2016-647.....March 2017-778 unique visitors.

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Browsers- Note that these can be spoofed:
Safari... 8%....10%....12%....17%......24%....23%....21%......26%
And.Webk.......................7%.......3%.....2%.....2%...... 0%
The most popular sections of the web site - page views out of a total of 1247 (1078 in June 2016) were:
TI99/4a section 303 views (24% of total, down from 47% in 2014 and 36% in 2016), a section of the web site in sharp decline and no longer worth the immense time maintaining;
Poco a Poco 217 views (16%), up from 112 views in 2016.
Moomin 190 views (14%) - up from 89 views in 2016.
Old time radio 42 views

There was a huge increase in Moomin views and Poco a Poco views, and a significant decrease in the views for TI99/4a pages. Hardly anyone now reads the historic St Thomas Church pages.
I wish I knew why people were still searching on the Poco so long after its demolition.
The once principal TI-99/4A section is declining rapidly now, and I receive zero feedback - and the indications are that with dropping viewers I can now stop maintaining the section. Two single none TI pages now have more views between them than the whole TI section of 133 pages!

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