Some good local news for some pioneering 8-bit old tech reborn anew:
Production is set to start on a remodelled version of the ZX Spectrum, which will come pre-installed with 1,000 classic game titles.
Nottinghamshire firm SMS Electronics will manufacture the Sinclair Spectrum Vega at its Beeston factory. The machine, which has been developed by Luton-based Retro Computers, is due to go on sale in April.
Sir Clive Sinclair, who launched the original ZX Spectrum computer in 1982, is backing the venture.
Mark Goldby, managing director of SMS Electronics, said he was hoping for “big things” from the new machine…
… Five million of the original ZX Spectrum, first manufactured by Sinclair Computers in 1982, were sold.
SMS Electronics Ltd, based in Technology Drive, has now been chosen out of 20 manufacturers to reproduce the console…
… The new device will be called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega and will have the same look and feel as the original. More than 1,000 classic games will be pre-installed and the console is expected to sell for less than £100…
… “I remember the Hobbit game,” said the teacher for the Open University, whose love of technology inspired her to name her three-year-old daughter Ada after pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace.
Mrs Snarey, married to IT worker Fin, 35, said she was proud that Beeston had been chosen to help re-ignite the retro gaming industry.said: ‘‘Beeston is a lovely community and I think this move fits in with the quirkiness of the town. I like the idea that Beeston is going to be a bit of a technology hub.”…
And just for fun from the days of such a diminutive machine:
A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.
BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.
That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess – a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of code and had held the record for 33 years…
Hasn’t Beeston’s Technology Drive always been the gateway to a pretty big “technology hub”?…
And I wonder how many old ZX-80/81/Spectrum machines are lost in various attics/lofts?… Do people still hack assembler?!
Or all a game of MAME-on? 😛
(NB: “Hacking” here is used in the traditional sense for ‘making something work’…)