Spectrum namedrops...

Y'know, other stuff, Sinclair related.
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Post by polomint » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:50 pm

Back in 2000ish I discovered that I do not literally round the corner from none other than Woody, the legendary Speccy emulator coder! I sh*t you not, that was probably the best thing to happen that day.
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Post by Seven.FFF » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:09 am

Used to live near gasman and spud, then when I realised it I moved away.
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Post by PeteProdge » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:49 pm

Have met gasman on one of those old comp.sys.sinclair meets in north London around 2003 or 2004, something like that.

Happily dealt with a customer complaint from Jon Ritman while I was working at an online technology retailer. (He was in the right, my colleagues did not think so, *sighs*)

Using RealProducer - which gives you an idea of how old this anecdote is - I captured the bits of E4's Thumb Candy that had Matthew Smith in it, and forwarded these RealPlayer clips on to his friend who had asked me to record them especially for Matthew.

Sat in between the Oliver Twins at Spectrum35, where I also met Jim Bagley and was in spitting distance of Jonathan Cauldwell and Rick Dickinson.

Now and again I speak with Iain Lee live on his late night talkRADIO show, had a chat about the ZX Spectrum days about a month ago when I was last on.

I'm friends with comedian Jon Pearson, who is one half of the Silicon Nights YouTube channel. I'm also friends with another comedian, Laura Monmoth, who put together the LGBTQZX show.

Back in 1983 I discovered that I lived literally round the corner from none other than Ryan Lambie, who would go on to become a DenOfGeek.com writer, penning quite a few articles on old ZX Spectrum games. I sh*t you not, that was probably the best thing to happen that day.
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Post by PeteProdge » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 pm

And just half an hour after posting that, my Facebook comment to a certain figure on the Spectrum scene is screenshot and used as a basis for today's Register article on a certain piece of Spectrum-related hardware. Blimey.
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Re: Spectrum namedrops...

Post by R-Tape » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm

EDIT - moved to miscellaneous, some idiot started this thread in Brand New Software.
PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:49 pm
Happily dealt with a customer complaint from Jon Ritman while I was working at an online technology retailer. (He was in the right, my colleagues did not think so, *sighs*)
It sounds like you did ask "are you the Jon Ritman?"

To be fair, I'd probably side with a Speccy hero whatever the issue was. "Broken coffee cup holder on your PC sir? absolutely, I'd be head over heels to send you a new one".
PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 pm
And just half an hour after posting that, my Facebook comment to a certain figure on the Spectrum scene is screenshot and used as a basis for today's Register article on a certain piece of Spectrum-related hardware. Blimey.
Cripes! The only bits of facebook I get to see are things kicking off.
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Post by PeteProdge » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:22 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm
EDIT - moved to miscellaneous, some idiot started this thread in Brand New Software.
PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:49 pm
Happily dealt with a customer complaint from Jon Ritman while I was working at an online technology retailer. (He was in the right, my colleagues did not think so, *sighs*)
It sounds like you did ask "are you the Jon Ritman?
Heh, didn't need to, it was all through email and I could tell it was him!
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm
To be fair, I'd probably side with a Speccy hero whatever it was. "Broken coffee cup holder on your PC sir, absolutely, I'd be head over heels to send you a new one".
Yeah, I see where you're coming from, but he was actually in the right and I was one of the few people in the department for whom technology is a passion.
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Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 pm
PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:12 pm
And just half an hour after posting that, my Facebook comment to a certain figure on the Spectrum scene is screenshot and used as a basis for today's Register article on a certain piece of Spectrum-related hardware. Blimey.
Cripes! The only bits of facebook I get to see are things kicking off.
Yeah, although I'm a rarity in trying to keep things civil, as evidenced in that screenshot.
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Re: Spectrum namedrops...

Post by R-Tape » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:30 pm

PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:22 pm
Heh, didn't need to, it was all through email and I could tell it was him!
That "Jon Ritman, Legendary ZX-Spectrum Coder" signature was the giveaway.
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Post by KenD » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:59 pm

OK, this isn't really Speccy-related, but: I met the lady who did the at some of the voices of the Lemmings.

I was working in Dundee doing general IT support, and regularly visited a small company which I'm sure was called Medical Instrumentation. I got to know them pretty well, and one day one of the ladies there mentioned that her son worked at a company nearby ... DMA Design. Her name was Mrs Johnston, and her son was Scott Johnston (who wrote the classic Hired Guns). I can't remember the exact store, but one day he'd asked her to record a few phrases for one of the games they were working on, something to do with little men falling off cliffs ...

I emailed Scott years later, just to say "hello" to him ... and his mum :)
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Post by PeterJ » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:26 pm

I worked in Chichester with Adrian Fosberry of AGF fame.
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Re: Spectrum namedrops...

Post by Mike Davies » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:09 pm

I worked for Lovefilm, which was acquired by Amazon along with an independent video streaming development company called PushButton. Amazon merged these two companies to form Amazon Development Centre London (in 2012), and the head of PushButton became our managing director. Someone called Paula Byrne. The top-floor lounge/eating-area had two MAME cabinets and a cocktail table MAME console, which was nice. Turns out our managing director is fond of retro games too.

Only after I left Amazon did I realise that Paula Byrne worked for Melbourne House back in the eighties, and then switched to Telecomsoft/Firebird/Rainbird (https://www.filfre.net/2015/06/kaos/), and led the management buyout of the software arm from BT. http://birdsanctuary.co.uk/sale/2/


It's my loss that my anger around the cultural toxicity of Amazon got in the way of getting to know Paula.
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