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Clever engineering on a budget - ZX Spectrum Interrupts

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How do you make an underpowered 8 bit CPU seem a bit more capable than it really is? Interrupts! that mechanism where the CPU can be poked and told to do something completely different, then resume whatever it was originally doing as if it’d never stopped.

Videos

Tired Psu Repair My Atari 520STFM

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Tired Psu Repair My Atari 520STFM

So just how bad is a nearly 30 year old power supply? Let's find out!

Unopened Decade My Atari 520STFM

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Unopened Decade My Atari 520STFM

Come with me for a nostalgic trip around my Atari ST that I had has a child that has been sat unopened for the past 10 years

Devlog 02 - Layer 2 Graphics

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Devlog 02 - Layer 2 Graphics

An overview of the Spectrum Next's Layer 2 bitmap display

Devlog 01 - Spectrum Next Programming Languages

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Devlog 01 - Spectrum Next Programming Languages

How to get started programming the ZX Spectrum Next

Quazar Graphic OLED Display - Real Pixels for your RC2014

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Quazar Graphic OLED Display - Real Pixels for your RC2014

I found a real bitmap display for the RC2014 and here's how I made it work.

Blog Posts

  • 2021 Review

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    How was 2021 for you? I mean, compared to 2020 it was a big improvement, but that’s a pretty low bar to aim for. Let’s focus more on the projects that I completed and what I learned from them.

  • Crap quality USB cables

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    I think I’ve just had a bit of a revelation… USB-C is the best thing ever. Not only because the plug isn’t polarised, but because if you want a true USB-C to USB-C cable there doesn’t appear to be any cheap crappy ones.

  • SMT Soldering and Atari ST Repairs

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    Yesterday I recapped my ST’s PSU which went well, nothing exploded. However when trying to boot the machine it kept crashing, especially when it went to the desktop.

  • Updated Website

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    I’m not a web designer, I find the creative part quite interesting but buggering about with templating languages and having to learn far more JavaScript and CSS than is healthy really puts me off.