Introduce yourself!

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OscarSchnitzer
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PeterJ wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:21 am
I think you are our first Australian! Were there any Australian Spectrum specific magazines back in the day.
Hi Peter,

I know there were Australia-specific magazines for other platforms, but I don't remember any for the Spectrum.

For a while I subscribed to ZX Computing (not Australian, obviously!) which was my main source of information, until I switched to Your Spectrum.

For Australian magazines I remember there was Australian Personal Computer which was PC-centric, not much home computer stuff. And there was an Australian version of Your Computer which wasn't too bad for home computer stuff.

There wasn't a huge range of Spectrum software available locally, but my budget was quite tight then too, so that was a good match :) I did end up buying games such as Penetrator, Chequered Flag, Starion, etc, from local shops.
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Hi Guys,
ZX Spectrum fan. I live in the North-East of England. 40+ years of age (just). :P

I had a ZX Spectrum + then upgraded to a +2. Always had a big (28 inch TV to play on too, old TV types, for the time, but great pic quality).
Then upgraded to the Amiga.

Still like to occasionally read the old mags for nostalgia, as most of my paper round money went on them!
Have a bizarre fascination in Spectrum loaders and the Randomize USR xxx effects! :geek:
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Welcome aboard, Jean-Claude! ;)

If you love the Spectrum,this is the best forum to talk about it!
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That's not Jean-Claude, it's Alex (Wagner)! ;)
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Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:51 pm
Welcome aboard, Jean-Claude! ;)

If you love the Spectrum,this is the best forum to talk about it!
Thanks! :)

Added this to my FVD speed dial page. :idea:

I like my speed dial pics on my HD so here is mine for you to use, best used on a dark background:
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It is just the website's logo.
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I joined this great forum a couple of days ago and so it's time to introduce myself.

My name is Patrick. I'm from the Netherlands and 47 years old.
When I was a kid my schoolteacher introduced me to my first computer. A Grundy Newbrain.
But it didn't take long befor my father bought a Sinclar ZX spectrum. The 16kb model. :roll:
Soon I realized 16kb was limited because most games required 48kb.
So I saved all my money and bought a memory expansion. A very ugly unstable block in the back. But it worked.
A year later I sold my spectrum and bought a ZX Spectrum+.
I learned how to program and played lots of games which I " traded" from the kids in the neighborhood. Yeah I admit, I copied tapes, but also bought some games.

After a while I also bought a Commodore 128 and loved that machine too (some people here probably hate me now).
But I'm still in love with the ZX spectrum.

Last year I decided to pickup my Spectrum and Commodore hobby's again. So I bought the Ultimate 64 FPGA version of the commdore 64 and I decided to build my own ZX Spectrum. On Bytedelight I ordered a Harlequin board and the parts and soldered my own spectrum in an evening. All works just excellent.
I also bought an SD card solution wih ESXDOS and a ZXHD to use it on my modern tv. It's just fun all over again, without the long loading times. HDMI output is great too.

So what's next? I think I want to buy a ZX Spectrum Next. I missed the first kickstarter, but hope to see a second run.
I'm also interested in the MISter FPGA. I can't find really much experieces here though. It's an expensive solution. I wonder how good the ZX spectrum core is. I also wonder if it's ossible to boot directly into tht core so it boots up in spectrum as I switch it on.

I also using a raspberry PI2 with the ZXBaremulator on it. Amazing emulator. It's accurate and it boots fast. Love it. I ordered an empty ZX Spectrum case, tubber keys, membrane etc, to put the Raspberry pi in it.

Enough plans and enough questions, but that's a whole other discussion. Anyway, I hope to find the answers I'm looking for on this forum and I will enjoy reading all exeriences and tips I can find here. Good to be amongst other speccy lovers out here!
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@Mbwum73 Welcome to the forum :)

Regarding MiSTer, I got one recently and it's quite awesome. It's not really that expensive for what it does (it has the best cores for most of the 8-16 bit microcomputers and consoles): with bits and pieces it's around 170 Euro.
ZX Spectrum core is very mature (nearly 1:1 I guess) and yes, you can boot into it directly. If you have any more questions you can PM me or start a new topic, so we can discuss various FPGAs :)
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@zxmicrojack Welcome to the forum!

I think this probably belongs better in the Hardware section as a new topic, and you might get a better response there. This thread is more for general introductions, rather than specific topics.

Maybe you could get one of the mods, @PeterJ, @R-Tape or @Ivanzx to move it there.
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I haven't quite lost my marbles.... zxmicrojack's post was moved here:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=3133
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I'm Mark R. Jones, I had a hand in a couple of games back in the day and more recently too. I've been lurking for a while but miss talking about Spectrum games so am loking forward to joining in more.
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