Hi from southeast US

Introduce yourself to your fellow forum members - what was your journey into the Sinclair world?
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Hi from southeast US

Post by monzamess » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:29 am

Hi, I've posted a few times but never did an intro post.

I started playing with 8-bit computers in elementary school (Coco 1 and then Apple II) and when the TS1000 hit $50 at Kmart, I finally got my own computer. The 16k pack was another $50 so that had to wait. I learned some BASIC and kept myself entertained with the kind of dumb programs a pre-teen would write. I had a couple of books that kept me going.

Later my dad picked up a TI-99/4a when IT got blown out at Kmart for $50, so he learned some programming and we booked a bit over that. Next was an IBM PCjr found at a tent sale for $100 new in box. That was about 20% of the going rate at the time so it was a major score. Learned a different kind of BASIC but mainly just played around with it. The user manuals were excellent.

In my teens I saved my pennies and traded stuff and went through an Atari 520STfm, Amiga 500, Tandy 1000EX, XT frankenclone, Atari 800XL, Atari 130XE, and others. I started learning C and Pascal. I entered college with the A500 and left with a 486 clone running Slackware Linux and a solid education in computer science. The rest is even more boring to this audience.

Assuming you're still reading, a couple of years ago I found and digitized my old TS1000 tapes, converted to P files, and ran my old dumb first programs on an emulator. I started lurking in the community on and off then a few months ago I decided to jump back in. After some rehab, my original TS1000 is now fully functional UNTIL the ULA overheats after about 10 minutes of usage. I bought another unit off eBay and it's now fully functional with a ZXpand+, composite mod, and tactile keyboard.

Now that I have been edumacated in computer organization and (non-Z80) assembly programming, I'm slowly figuring out what was under the hood of the ZX81 all along that I couldn't even begin to comprehend as an 9-year-old BASIC coder. It's a neat way to spend time when I have it!

Here's another gratuitous picture. I painted the monitor black to match the black and silver theme. :)
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Re: Hi from southeast US

Post by gammaray » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:14 am

Way more organized than my computer dungeon in Texas :)

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4 x TS1000, 2 x TS1500 , 2 x timex 2040 printer, 1/2 x timex 2020 cassette deck, ZXPAND+AY, ZeddyNET, ZXBlast..., unfinished Spectrum...Still no life!

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Re: Hi from southeast US

Post by sirmorris » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:42 am

Lovely intro - thanks! Also envious of your tidiness ;)
--=== ZXpand+ ... A more moderner all-in-one upgrade solution for ZX81 ===--
* SD/MMC storage * 32K Hires-capable RAM * AY sound chip * Joystick port * Serial *
* BASIC enhancements - plug & play * Reset button * Auto-boot facility *

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Re: Hi from southeast US

Post by mhudson52 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:23 pm

Welcome from north Alabama! That's a nice looking enclosure for your ZXpand+. Looks vaguely familiar..... :D
TS 1000 bought in 1982 and brought back to life by Sir Ian

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Re: Hi from southeast US

Post by monzamess » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:37 pm

Yup! Kind of funny using an out-of-country server to facilitate an in-state purchase, but it did the job!

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Re: Hi from southeast US

Post by paul ron » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:41 pm

OMG so neat! Come and organize my basement please? Everything I touch is an avalanche of crap everywhere.

Im digging out my closets to find memories of the early ZX days as well as my PC adventures. Gotta say the archeological digs have been paying off.
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