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by TMD2003
Tue Apr 23, 2024 11:18 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Cassette 50: calling all Sherlocks...
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Cassette 50: calling all Sherlocks...

I don't know if this is well-known or not, but there's a detail I'm going to need to clear up, and anyone who knows the score is invited to wave a hand in the air, wear a tinfoil hat, whatever seems appropriate. It's worth a corned beef sandwich, a bendy Bully, 75p and a packet of Rolos, and a spare...
by TMD2003
Tue Apr 23, 2024 9:07 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: RIP F David Thorpe
Replies: 29
Views: 1363

Re: RIP F David Thorpe

He had a decent innings, at least - unlike, say, Ian Weatherburn.
by TMD2003
Tue Apr 16, 2024 8:05 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Guess the game from the review (Spectrum 2.0)
Replies: 213
Views: 3698

Re: Guess the game from the review (Spectrum 2.0)

Sounds like it could be Knight Lore.

And if it isn't, there's one other obvious candidate...
by TMD2003
Tue Apr 16, 2024 10:32 am
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: Code masters Game Genie
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: Code masters Game Genie

"For Richard Darling, this £70,000 sports car is one of the spoils of victory..." ...a Lotus Elan, and not the 1960s original? A badly-built roadster with front wheel drive and a steering rack built like a Toblerone bar so that it'd snap? SEVENTY GRAND? Even an Esprit wouldn't cost that mu...
by TMD2003
Tue Apr 16, 2024 10:17 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3087

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

I've not heard of Dane McLellan and can't find anything on Google about that name and a connection to any gaming magazine, but I'm reminded of the irony (well, alright, hypocrisy) surrounding the writer 'Robert Galbraith'. What I do remember is: this was around 1994, and Total! was under the editor...
by TMD2003
Mon Apr 08, 2024 7:57 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Was Hannah Smith real?
Replies: 27
Views: 3087

Re: Was Hannah Smith real?

Kati Hamza, Linda Barker and Jackie Ryan have entered the chat. Linda Barker, as some of you will be aware, went on to edit Total! (the independent Nintendo magazine that wasn't bought-and-paid-for like NMS) in its later days and brought back the cartoony style of the original issues with Steve Jar...
by TMD2003
Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:03 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed
Replies: 102
Views: 4577

Re: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed

Good news, everyone! EdToo seems to have disappeared from here, but has recently posted a couple more entries, one by Jbizzel for the QL. I approve. Anyway - for anyone wanting to write crap Next games, as I am, Seven.FFF has posted a fully-working MMC image with NextOS 2.08, which I've just tested ...
by TMD2003
Fri Apr 05, 2024 1:51 pm
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: WOOT 2023 released!
Replies: 90
Views: 5996

Re: WOOT 2023 released!

I know the article you’re thinking of… and it wasn’t in ZX Computing, but Sinclair User . Congraturation! A corned beef sandwich, a bendy Bully, 75p and *two* packets of Rolos will be coming your way. Metaphorically, at least. I was convinced I'd seen the chunky font used ubiquitously by ZX Computi...
by TMD2003
Mon Apr 01, 2024 5:03 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?

This thread is really confusing for me - I played Auf Wiedersehen Monty a lot - I don't think I completed it but I got, I dunno, 2/3rds of the island showing up in the status area - but I have absolutely no recollection of speech samples. But I downloaded a .tzx and there they were, as early as the...
by TMD2003
Mon Apr 01, 2024 4:59 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Spectrum memes
Replies: 1235
Views: 201015

Re: Spectrum memes

R-Tape wrote: Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:26 pm
I see Dragon 32 colours... and from the text screen, at that. If only SCREEN 0,1 had been more useful...
by TMD2003
Fri Mar 29, 2024 6:02 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: What are the speech samples saying, in Auf Wiedersehen Monty?

Minty, Minted, money. All I know is that the RZX video is painful to watch as the person playing it keeps pausing on a platform for a few seconds, walks around in circles and goes backwards and forwards over and over again. Fairly sure it was Daren who did that, and it might have been a really earl...
by TMD2003
Tue Mar 19, 2024 12:57 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed
Replies: 102
Views: 4577

Re: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed

Good news, everyone! Ed has mushed, and there's a review . Also, for those who have to add this to ZXDB, it's "Advanced Orb Pondering Simulator", as opposed to anything else you might see in the review title. https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/b/R29vZ2xl/AVvXsEg49PUEJxWj-L8i6WWh_7XL...
by TMD2003
Tue Mar 19, 2024 12:46 pm
Forum: Preservation
Topic: Fake history
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Fake history

Freddie Lakers Airline Capers - backstory, from the other forum, is here That's the first thing I thought of. Even so, it still came as a surprise that it was Phil Ruston who had done it; I'd only known him from the three Giddy games - two on the Amiga, one for early-2000s PCs - which are all worth...
by TMD2003
Sat Mar 16, 2024 2:57 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?
Replies: 11
Views: 365

Re: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?

I don't think I've been in the Baron of Beef since my student days, and most likely when the year still started with 19. It wouldn't surprise me at all if it's been "updated" for MODERN AUDIENCES.
by TMD2003
Sat Mar 16, 2024 12:44 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?
Replies: 11
Views: 365

Re: Sinclair-related Cambridge sights?

At least gawp at what used to be Sinclair Research's front door opposite King's College.
by TMD2003
Sat Mar 16, 2024 12:41 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: C5 cautionary tale
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: C5 cautionary tale

I finally listened to the Tim Harford podcast yesterday and it covered a lot more ground than Toast did. Now, does anyone want to complete the trilogy? Released barely four hours ago, Ruaridh MacVeigh has turned his "Motion History" series to the C5. He's a "plains, trains and automob...
by TMD2003
Fri Mar 15, 2024 8:29 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Friday Quiz: Alphabet Quiz 4
Replies: 57
Views: 700

Re: Friday Quiz: Alphabet Quiz 4

Nobody's got A yet? That's Advanced Pinball Simulator. And I'd have got that instantly if I'd remembered that it was Friday and there was a quiz this morning.
by TMD2003
Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:24 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed
Replies: 102
Views: 4577

Re: C.S.S.C.G.C 2024 is/will be/has open/ing/ed

Oi! @EdToo! Wake up! I've just solved two of your latest mysteries. Also, review my last entry, there's barely even a kilobyte of it. Mush!
by TMD2003
Thu Mar 14, 2024 5:27 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Friday Quiz: Alphabet Quiz 4
Replies: 57
Views: 700

Re: Friday Quiz: Alphabet Quiz 4

Can we have a Þ in this one? Or some Greek or Cyrillic letters?
by TMD2003
Thu Mar 14, 2024 5:26 pm
Forum: Emulators
Topic: .MDR Editor
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: .MDR Editor

Spectaculator can generate a new, unformatted .MDR image. That's a start.
by TMD2003
Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:28 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Spectrum memes
Replies: 1235
Views: 201015

Re: Spectrum memes

It's been done with ULAplus, obviously.

Bright red ink on non-bright red paper? You got it. Orange? You got it. Commodore brown? Actually, no, but some rusty-red will do.
by TMD2003
Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:20 pm
Forum: Emulators
Topic: Will Spectaculator ever get a new version?
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Will Spectaculator ever get a new version?

4. RZX playback: sometimes the percentage display at the bottom is wrong. Instead of gradually counting from 0 to 100%, it keeps looping rapidly 0 through 100 all the time during playback, like 10%...50%...100%...20%...40%...90%...10%... This doesn't seem to cause any problems but obviously it's no...
by TMD2003
Mon Mar 11, 2024 12:19 pm
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game

It looks like a Game & Watch with LCD segments in fixed places. There's been a few such conversions in recent years - and it must be one of the few occasions where the Spectrum's colour-clash cells aren't a problem as all the segments can be carefully drawn to fit inside the 8×8 cells.
by TMD2003
Mon Mar 11, 2024 12:06 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: C5 cautionary tale
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: C5 cautionary tale

Sparked by this post, I fished out the episode of "Toast" that R-Tape posted last May, and listened to that on the way to the skating rink for a Sunday afternoon weaving around small kids with zimmer frames and hopeless parents trying to supervise. It's a 21-mile drive along the back roads...
by TMD2003
Mon Mar 11, 2024 11:19 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: When tapes fail due to age
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: When tapes fail due to age

This has been a general trend in terms of media. Old material gets 'archived' on to new media - but will probably outlast it. Paper / clay lasted thousands of years, original film stock and microfiche can go on for hundreds ... To deviate slightly from the original topic, can anyone shed any light ...