Category Archives: Retrocomputer

January 1981: “ZX80 interface micro user”, a vintage computer magazine

For me, it all began with the Sinclair ZX80 I received as a Xmas gift (1981). I recently purchased this magazine from 1981 (January), it was one of the very few Sinclair-related magazines back then; sometimes you may find similar … Continue reading

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What’s the story behind QWERTY keyboard layout?

Ever wondered why we’re using such a strange computer keyboard layout as the common QWERTY? Look at this CNN Money video to get some clue: More info on QWERTY here on Wikipedia; look here for more detailed info on QWERTY … Continue reading

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ZX SpecPhone: an iPhone app enabling ZX Spectrum dialing

A quite simple iOS app enabling phone dialing the ZX Spectrum way by spanish programmer Raul Flores. Pretty old, but it seems still working! Available for free on iTunes for all Sinclair ZX-Spectrum fans!

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“Computer chess”: a 2013 nerd movie about vintage computing – and more…

I recently watched a 2013-movie: Computer Chess. To my real shame, I missed it when it was released, some 3 years ago. It’s very compelling and well-made – and funny too; written and directed by Andrew Bujalski the movie it’s … Continue reading

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Pixels: an (awesome) upcoming movie about vintage gaming

You may already have seen this video, Pixels, released in 2010 by french director Patrick Jean: it’s awesome and has been an inspiration for most vintage game lovers around the world. New York is suddendly surrounded by the best 80s … Continue reading

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A pocketful of early Internet Service Providers greeting packs from 1994.

Digging in my vintage-computer mess, I found this pack from Xmas 1994 – labelled Software ETC.   I barely reminded that a long-time friend, Claudio, brought me this stuff from a trip in the USA – where early Internet was … Continue reading

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Atari: ‘Game Over’ documentary due for November release about the mass burial of videogames

This promises to be really awesome! You may recall about the Atari videogame burial site affair… “Atari E.T. Dig- Alamogordo, New Mexico (14036097792)” by taylorhatmaker – Atari E.T. Dig: Alamogordo, New Mexico. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. … Continue reading

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Halloween? Creepy backup software ads from the past!

Data back-up as a nightmare? Ok, just for Halloween let’s take a look at these creepy magazine ads for a couple of (ancient) backup software back from the very early 80s: Ecosoft’s Archivist for CP/M-based computers and Locksmith 5.0 for … Continue reading

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Sinclair ZX81 plus Raspberry Pi and Arduino retrofitting project

Well, this project really deserves our attention! Blogger Smittytone recently published part I of his “Sinclair ZX81 reviving“ project using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino. In a nutshell: the Raspberry Pi works as the ZX81 brains and Arduino does … Continue reading

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Internet Archive now let us play vintage games (and browse computer software libraries too)

I love Internet Archive… and you’ll love it too! Why? Internet Archive has just opened, right for Christmas, the Console Living Room, a collection of vintage console games from the 1970s and 1980s. As of writing we can rely on … Continue reading

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