Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Ron Clarke: Well said

Ron Clarke has had something to say about the women's 4x100 at the weekend.

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Coe and Ovett face off again

It's been a long time, but the two met up again this week at the Commonwealth Games.

In case you didn't know, Steve Ovett and his family moved to Noosa, Queensland in Australia a few years ago. Looks like he's been fundraising there too.

Saturday, March 18, 2006


Horn Kit

I was looking through a Maplin catalogue the other week, starting to spec out what I would need to put a horn on the C5 but didn't have enough time to finish thinking about it.

Then I saw some of C5Martin's stuff on eBay, had a look at his site, and ended up buying one of his Honky and Loud kits.

Easy to fit. Excellent colour fitting instructions. Neat and tidy wiring, nicely bagged and boxed. Recommended.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Commonwealth Games TV Schedule

Starts Sunday - see here.

Monday, March 06, 2006


PcZx Link

What a great little piece of software this is! All you need to do to load a game into the Spectrum over the RS-232 link is:

The only trouble I had is that it couldn't find MSCOMM32.OCX, but a quick web search sorted that. I copied into the same folder as PcZx.EXE.

I'm getting about 8000bps so games are loading in well under a minute - excellent.

Thanks to Cristian Gonzalez. You can get it here.


Spitfire - 70th Anniversary

Spitfire news story on the BBC web site.

Sunday, March 05, 2006


ZX Spectrum <-> PC Communication

Isn't it amazing how pretty much anything is more interesting than work you have to do?

This evening, I made up an RS-232 cable to connect my Spectrum to my PC, using this pinout:
Spectrum 9D plug pinPC 9D socket pin

I fired up HyperTerminal under Windows XP on my desktop, with settings of 19200 baud, 8-N-1, and then ran the following program on my Spectrum:
10 FORMAT "t";19200
20 OPEN #5;"t"
30 PRINT #5;"Mark is ace"
50 CLOSE #5

Here is the result (click on the picture to get a larger image):

Now I really must do some work for the morning, before I get distracted with how to send programs either way...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


ZX Spectrum mags

I've recently rediscovered Sinclair Heaven and have been working my way through all their scanned copies of Crash, Your Spectrum etc.



C5 Photos

I've added some new photo albums to my MSN space from when I:

  • Swapped my original bulbs for LED ones

  • Put a new chain on

  • Installed the power wiring kit


    C5 Alive Forum

    Chris has got the C5 Alive forum back up and running.

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