Posts Tagged ‘zx spectrum’

Nostalgia is typing everything exactly as you see it printed

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Usborne computing have released two new books for children to learn about computers and programming (they are Key Stage 1 level, if that means anything to you). ‘Lift The Flap Computers and Coding‘ and ‘Coding For Beginners Using Scratch‘ may be popular in school libraries in the next year or two, but it’s what Usborne released for free download next to these titles that excites me.

The full range of their early 1980s Computer Guides… some of the books that started me programming on the ZX Spectrum. Including the classic ‘Computer Spacegames‘, which was the first of the guidebooks I remember.

The full collection is here. A more civilised  time with better artwork and lots of ‘guess a number’ apps!

Shut up, it’s not a ZX Spectrum

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lots of easy headlines from the tabloids for a crowd funding project that runs a ZX Spectrum emulator inside a joypad that looks a bit like a ZX spectrum if you removed all the keys, the programming language, the I/O ports, the edge connector, and Fantasy World Dizzt.

It’s not a ZX Spectrum. It’s a console. And you can say ‘Bah Humbug’ all you like.

Rubber key mats, Z80s, and a USB Spectrum

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

One-off Etsy design of a USB keyboard in a ZX Spectrum housing. Its almost as expensive as the original ZX Spectrum. Part of me hopes that the guts of the Spectrum donated for this project are being hardwired into an Apple Bluetooth keyboard to make a futuristic iSpectrum.


Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Congratulations on landing something memorable for the Google Doodle on the 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum, but (a) did we have to share it with St George and (b) given the lack of complexity on show, I suspect the designer was not a master of ZX Spectrum artwork… Yes it follows the rules, but there’s an art to packing in info on a Speccy Screen, and this isn’t quite it.

St. George's Day and 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum

The welcome return of Knot in 3D on my computer

Friday, June 17th, 2011

A little gem of a game popped into my head while working on another game review – the classic "Tron light bikes but in 3D" that was Knot in 3d on the ZX Spectrum. Published in 1983 this was a graphically stunning game where you navigated a 16x16x16 cube, attempting to trap the enemy craft in the same cube by leaving a Tron like wall behind you. Still a great game, but on having a quick Google, someone has remade it for the PC.

It’s a freeware download for Friday, so go grab Counterclockwise, install, and remember that the game play was always there, even 28 years ago.

The Ultimate Netbook

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

10 PRINT "I think I’m in lust."
20 GOTO 10


More info at Srimech.

Doctor Who and the Banyan Tree

Monday, January 5th, 2009

For all those who were thinking the new Doctor Who, Matt Smith, could in any way be related to the Matt Smith who programmed Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner for the ZX Spectrum…

No. This Doctor is the Matt Smith who wasn’t even born when the ZX Spectrum was launched.