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Re: My first computer was...

by YAFZ (Pilgrim)
on Jul 04, 2003 at 11:16 UTC ( #271454=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My first computer was...

Did any of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum users had any experience with extension units for plugging in a microcasette recorder and a printer?

When I was tired of using those noisy tape casettes I'd use those microcasettes which were like mini-mini-floppy drives :)

If only I was able to find of those special cartdridges in Istanbul, I think I'd break into games and try to apply the techniques given in Sinclair User. (Commodore and Amiga users were lucky in this respect)


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Re^2: My first computer was...
by adrianh (Chancellor) on Jul 04, 2003 at 15:04 UTC
    Did any of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum users had any experience with extension units for plugging in a microcasette recorder and a printer

    I love the smell of thermal printer in the morning :-)

    Ah, the joy of dark grey on light grey hardcopy all of four inches wide and paper so sensitive it went all black if you left it on a hot windowsill.

      Don't forget that if the printout was longer than a few inches that it would roll up upon itself and be impossible to read without the aid of half your library and a spare pair of hands.

      Was it the spectrum or the ZX-81 that had the expansion pack that would pop out if you leaned on the keyboard too hard?

      A.A.

        Please stop,*snif*, you're making me weep with nostalgia.

        Elgon

        Please, if this node offends you, re-read it. Think for a bit. I am almost certainly not trying to offend you. Remember - Please never take anything I do or say seriously.

        The ZX-80 & 81 were notorious for this, although speccy expansion packs were not a whole lot better.

Re: Re: My first computer was...
by martymart (Deacon) on Jul 08, 2003 at 10:26 UTC
    Yeah,
    I had a 48k zx spectrum, those mini drives were called microdrives.... they were great at the time, you could load a game in about 20 seconds (instead of about 4 minutes). Still have the spectrum, plus all the extra gear, but the microdrive casettes don't work anymore (looks like they were only good for a couple of years)

    Martymart

Re: Re: My first computer was...
by YAFZ (Pilgrim) on Jul 08, 2003 at 12:29 UTC
    I wonder if anybody from that lovely Sinclair User magazine (aka SU) is around.

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