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PRICE LIST (prices checked 30 March 2003)
New hardware:
PC-PSU with supply for 2 Floppies and MB02
36,00 €
13,00 €
Spectrum +2A, new and original package, complete
219,00 €
Proface AT Extern (Interface for connecting PC-Keyboards to Spectrum)
69,00 € KS
Proface AT Intern (internal interface)
62,00 € KS
Melodik AY-Soundbox (unboxed)
24,00 € KS
+2 Cassette recorder
36,00 €
Floppy Disc drive (1,86 with MB02, 720k with Opus, 780k with +D) Please specify
24,00 €
PSU for +2A/B and +3 or PSUl for +2 (also 48k and 128k) Please specify
29,00 €
FDD lead for 2 drives
4,00 €
Multiface 128 (works also on 48k Spectrums
26,00 €
Multiface +3
46,00 €
Dust Cover 48k+/128k
8,00 €
Plus 3 Tapelead
9,90 €
Normal Tapelead
3,00 €
Spectrum +2 Lightpen
36,00 €
Spectrum +3 Lightpen
27,00 €
Phaser Gun with Software (Tape or +3)
19,00 €
VGA-BOX (connect Spectrum 128/+2 to VGA monitor)
49,00 €
Used hardware:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k, complete with all cables
129,00 €
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2, complete with all cables
79,00 €
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A, complete with all cables
79,00 €
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +3, built in 3'' drive, complete with all cables
99,00 €
Sinclair Spectrum 48k (Gummy), complete with all cables + Introduction Tape
64,00 €
Sinclair Spectrum 48k +, complete with all cables + Introduction Tape
64,00 €
+3 Drive (tested)
29,00 €
Interface I
69,00 €
25,00 €
39,00 €
Opus Discovery Diskinterface with 1 x 720k Drive (new ROM)
119,00 €
Plus D clone without case, 3.5'' floppy with PSU and cables
129,00 €
Joystick interface
1-Port 3,00 €
2-Port 11,00 €
Joystick (many different)
2,50 €
Sinclair SJS-Joystick (+2/+3)
6,00 €
Microdrive Cartridges (ex-software)
3,50 €
Wafadrive Cartridges
16K= 7,00 €,
32K= 7,50 €
+3 drive belt
2,00 €
Silver paper for ZX Printer
5,00 €
Keyboard membrane 48k
11,00 €
Keyboard membrane Spectrum +/128k, new quality, not aging
21,00 €
Also we have a lot of Software offers and books. Please contact us and we will send you our pricelist.
Products marked KS are sold in the name of Kompakt Servis. We organise the business.
Prices excluding postage. Delivery as long as stock lasts.
Orders to: SINTECH, Gastäckerstr. 23, 70794 Filderstadt, Germany
Tel./Fax: 0049 711 775033 email: sintech@online.de http://www.sintech-shop.de
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CHRISTMAS 2003 Issue 6
Thirteen pages of Spectrum news p5
Your views and opinions p18
New spectrum software reviewed p22
Rough Justice p22
Dizzy X: Journey to Russia p23
Abe's Mission - Escape p24
Minesweeper p25
Retrospective. Matthew Harrodine examines 1983
The Oliver Twins p30
The Shaw Brothers p33
What's wrong with Dizzy? Paul E. Collins discusses. p35
Stuff to do whilst the turkey's settling p37
1,697 minus two - MIA and TZX procedure explored p41
TR-DOS - The beginner's guide p44
If you enjoy ZXF and you want it to continue then consider yourself
duty bound to let me know this (mail@cwoodcock.co.uk or by the
feedback form). All other feedback will be gratefully received too.
ZXF now has a voluntary purchase scheme. If you have
downloaded and enjoyed an issue of ZXF, and if you are able to
afford to, please consider paying £1 for your issue via the Paypal
button on at the ZXF website ('magazine' page).
If you would like to contribute to future issues of ZXF - even if it's just
to write a letter - please do ; contact me again by the email address
Editor: Colin Woodcock (mail@cwoodcock.co.uk)
Website: www.zxf.cjb.net
Contributors this issue: Kevin Bennet, Matthew Harrodine, Paul E.
Collins, Tarquin Mills, Robert Hazelby, The Oliver Twins, Graham
Shaw, John King and Thomas Eberle. A big thankyou also to all
letter writers.
All written material, unless otherwise stated (and excepting letters) is
Copyright © Colin Woodcock 2003
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ZXF06: 4
At the annual Micro Mart
Computer Fair a couple of weeks
ago I was struck by two distinct
sorts of reaction of the passers by
to our humble little corner of the
'Retro Zone' area. Squeezed in
between at least four
reincarnations of the Sinclair QL
and a single SAM Coupé banging
out enough decibels that a serious
case of tinnitus could have been
in the offering with enough
exposure (and fair play to Colin
Piggot for that - the Quazar is a
seriously impressive piece of kit),
my single Spectrum+, with it's
burps and beeps amplified just
enough to be audible above
whatever Pet Shop Boys track it
was that was playing, didn't seem
likely to attract much attention.
But it did.
The first sort of reaction was I
suppose what you could call 'the
recognition reflex.' Smiles.
Recollections. A number of
people just couldn't resist reaching
out to press a few keys, to make
tactile contact with a memory long
smoothered by glossy hardware
that doesn't hang around enough
to get properly acquainted
anymore. These were shoppers
passing, in the main, grown-ups out
for a PC bargain suddenly caught
in an unexpected moment of nost-
algia. And it was lovely to watch.
The second sort of reaction was
that of some of the kids that were
wandering around. A great deal of
curiosity in some cases (I had to
intervene at one point to prevent
one lad from investigating the
pulling out of the Kempston
Interface! It wasn't quite the slow-
motion rugby tackle, but I expect
you can imagine the urgency);
more to the point, a great deal of
interest for simply playing on the
thing. These were children who
had no idea of the significance of
the little black box in front of them,
and there were plenty of other
platforms around, with much flash-
ier graphics and sound; yet the
simple Spectrum still appealed.
I've been wondering what to
make of that ever since. In one
sense, I suppose, we could ask
why wouldn't they enjoy such a
well-crafted game as R-Type?
These sorts of comments, after all,
are in plentiful supply in all of the
various retro discussion forums
around the net, as the 'what's
wrong with games today' topic
gets dusted down for it's nth airing
of the month. Are retro platforms
simply a novelty supplement to a
hard-core modern gaming diet, or
do they offer more?
Not so long ago I was a primary
school teacher. I say not so long
ago, but it was still before the time
of the ubiquitous 'PC Suite'. I'm
not a particular fan of PC Suites,
but if I was still a teacher and I
had to make use of them, a
Spectrum programming club
would have been an inevitability.
Imagine that - a room full of
emulated Spectrums and children
learning to program them. I don't
doubt that 'the industry' wouldn't
see much future in that, but
sometimes I wonder if 'the industry'
actually understands children's
entire needs, rather than just the
ones that involve money.
I'm interested in knowing your
experiences with kids and
Spectrums, and what better time
to try them out than Christmas:
let's theme next issue's letters
In the meantime, please enjoy our
packed Christmas issue. ZXF07 will
be appearing somewhen in April.
Colin Woodcock
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ZXF06: 5
"Personally, I think it's a tragedy
that a man like Sinclair is now
remembered for his failure and is
derided as a figure of fun by
people who don't posses an
ounce of his creativity or vision."
Put her in a glass case and throw
sugar at her - that's what I say.
And how did the radio presenters
hosting the subsequent phone-in
show follow these rousing words?
" I remember getting the Sinclair
spectrum - the ZX Spectrum - and
it was £200. And if you look at the
graphics - they were rubbish!"
shame, Peter talked about the
well known quality control issues
(ie, lack of) at Sinclair. "Demand
was always exceeding supply,"
he explained, "there was never
enough stuff that was actually at
the required quality to go
around. Production was always
screaming because there were
shortages - left right and centre -
so stuff got used just simply to fill
orders sometimes - that everyone
knew shouldn't be used - but let's
deal with the problem when it
comes back." The problem was,
he added, that Sinclair was "so
enthusiastic about these new
products that he would talk to
the press about them long before
they were actually ready for
launch. And the result was that
the final stages of design,
development and production
engineering were always done in
a panic."
Sinclair C6, anyone?
>TV and Radio retrospective
Well done to Andy Kavanagh for a
sterling piece of ZX PR in
September. BBC East brought
Andy in as a Spectrum spokesper-
son for both a short TV feature on
Sir Clive Sinclair and a follow-up,
phone-in radio discussion.
The mini-documentary, shown on
BBC1 in the eastern counties as
part of the nightly 'Look East' news
programme and presented by ex
World presenter
Maggie Philbin ,
information on
the C5 , the
calculator, the
TV80 and, of
course, the ZX
range of
computers. Mr
known by the
way to
regulars as
dekay , treated
viewers to a brief
introduction to
emulation, discussed Football
Manager , the missing gameplay in
the current games market and all
but named chuntey in a mention
of the effect mothers had on
games loading in when they
walked into your bedroom (he
later claimed in CSS that he did
actually use the term, but the
harsh BBC censors cut it out - the
>Type-Ins project starts at WOS
It's full steam ahead at
www.worldofspectrum.org for yet
another new project: an archive
of all the magazine and book
type-in listings ever published.
This ambitious project, typical of
the sort of scope that WoS has
envisioned from the start, is to be
overseen by WoS Forums regular
Arjun Nair , and already there are
a good number of titles in place.
Available from a new subsection
of the Archive page, the type-ins
are listed in the usual WoS format,
including online play through
Java emulator, ZZ Spectrum . So
work off that turkey dinner and
get typing!
Lucky, then, that Andy came back
to put the record straight on the
issue of cost, as well as going on
to discuss CSS , the Speccy Tour
and even the Crap Games
Competition .
The radio programme also
featured a call from 'Peter', an
otherwise anonymous Sinclair
Radionics quality assurance
engineer around in the time of
watches and calculators. Telling
the presenters that he supposed
he should be hanging his head in
Ms Philbin concluded the film with
a surprisingly passionate call for
Sinclair to be taken more seriously:
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