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Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Crusty Starfish » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:09 pm

Well, have we?

The Super Spectrum the Loki
And the portable Spectrum the Pandora.

Isn't Kieren doing an article on that horror story Vega+ ? Maybe a bigger article including other 'lost' hardware?

There must be a massive selection of people to badger for info! Like: Martin Brennan, John Matheison, Andrew Whittaker etc etc.....

Any good for a place in the mag?

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Matt_B » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:31 am

I'd think the person who could have told us most about these machines was Rick Dickinson, and unfortunately he's passed away now. That said, it's mostly because none of them ever really got much beyond the concept stage and its his sketches and, in the case of the Pandora, case prototypes that were as close as they got to reality.

His Flickr page is still up though, so feel free to pop over and have a ponder at what might have been:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9574086@N ... 856913881/

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by The Laird » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am

I'm not doing an article on the Vega+, not sure what gave you that idea!

If I was asked I would be happy to oblige of course. I also know a lot about the Loki project as it was the ancestor of the Atari Jaguar. 8)

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Crusty Starfish » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:01 am

The Laird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am
I'm not doing an article on the Vega+, not sure what gave you that idea!

:? :? Errrrrrr..... YOU!

Kieren Hawken (@RetroLaird) Tweeted:
I am currently writing a very in-depth piece for a major media outlet on the #ZXVega scandal and have attempted no less than 5 times to get @Indiegogo's side of the story but they don't seem interested at all. Seems they are every bit as bad as RCL and accomplices to the crime.
https://twitter.com/RetroLaird/status/1 ... 08066?s=17

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Crusty Starfish » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:05 am

I'd love a good look at the Loki project!

The Loki reared its head a couple of times actually. In mid-1983
plans were made to produce a low cost computer designed to counter the
expected invasion of Japanese systems in the next year or so. A
prototype for built, based around the Z80 processor, that used a
double-mapped screen, a ROM slot, battery powered RAM packs for
storage and a built-in Microdrive. Most excitingly, it was planned to
have a 'windows' style operating system, a version of which was
actually written.
Sounds great doesn't it? Sinclair thought not. The margins would not
be as great as the Speccy and as long as his old warhorse continued to
outsell everything else, he saw no reason to put the LC-3 project, as
it was known, into action.
Between 1983 and 1986, we saw the QL and the Spectrum 128K, but no
sign of the Loki. That is until the project resurfaced in the dying
days of Sinclair (before Amstrad bought it) as a Super Spectrum
Amiga-beating concept. The specifications make great reading: 128K of
memory, 256 colours, hard drive, disk drive. Crazy stuff. It would
have taken years to develop, but just imagine. Legend has it that much
of the technology planned for the Loki ended up in the ill-fated Atari
Jaguar console.

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by The Laird » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:12 am

Crusty Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:01 am
The Laird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am
I'm not doing an article on the Vega+, not sure what gave you that idea!

:? :? Errrrrrr..... YOU!

Kieren Hawken (@RetroLaird) Tweeted:
I am currently writing a very in-depth piece for a major media outlet on the #ZXVega scandal and have attempted no less than 5 times to get @Indiegogo's side of the story but they don't seem interested at all. Seems they are every bit as bad as RCL and accomplices to the crime.
https://twitter.com/RetroLaird/status/1 ... 08066?s=17
That doesn't mention ANYTHING about the magazine :wink:

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Crusty Starfish » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:04 am

The Laird wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:12 am
Crusty Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:01 am
The Laird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am
I'm not doing an article on the Vega+, not sure what gave you that idea!

:? :? Errrrrrr..... YOU!

Kieren Hawken (@RetroLaird) Tweeted:
I am currently writing a very in-depth piece for a major media outlet on the #ZXVega scandal and have attempted no less than 5 times to get @Indiegogo's side of the story but they don't seem interested at all. Seems they are every bit as bad as RCL and accomplices to the crime.
https://twitter.com/RetroLaird/status/1 ... 08066?s=17
That doesn't mention ANYTHING about the magazine :wink:
Well, class it as a bloody good idea then!

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by NorthWay » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:40 pm

The Laird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am
I also know a lot about the Loki project as it was the ancestor of the Atari Jaguar. 8)
Seems it is time for me to repeat an old article request: An ancestry article that documents released and unreleased machines by the people behind them. A hw tree so to speak (the layout designers should have a field day there!).
Kinda 2600->A8->Lorraine->Handy->3DO->3D02. ZX80->ZX81->ZX82...->Jaguar2. And several other branches.

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by kiwimike » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:50 pm

Great idea for a feature. That Vega+ story needs to be documented in depth, and give both sides their chance to have their say, with the evidence to back it up of course. It is an absolute disgrace and very topic relevant to the mag.

Lost Sinclair hardware I don't recall seeing in the mag at all.

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by kiwimike » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:51 pm

NorthWay wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:40 pm
The Laird wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:00 am
I also know a lot about the Loki project as it was the ancestor of the Atari Jaguar. 8)
Seems it is time for me to repeat an old article request: An ancestry article that documents released and unreleased machines by the people behind them. A hw tree so to speak (the layout designers should have a field day there!).
Kinda 2600->A8->Lorraine->Handy->3DO->3D02. ZX80->ZX81->ZX82...->Jaguar2. And several other branches.
Thats an awesome idea :)

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by Crusty Starfish » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:34 am

Crusty Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:04 am
The Laird wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:12 am
Crusty Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:01 am


:? :? Errrrrrr..... YOU!

Kieren Hawken (@RetroLaird) Tweeted:
I am currently writing a very in-depth piece for a major media outlet on the #ZXVega scandal and have attempted no less than 5 times to get @Indiegogo's side of the story but they don't seem interested at all. Seems they are every bit as bad as RCL and accomplices to the crime.
https://twitter.com/RetroLaird/status/1 ... 08066?s=17
That doesn't mention ANYTHING about the magazine :wink:
Well, class it as a bloody good idea then!
Actually, what I should have asked was 'what major media outlet are you writing (or have you written) this article on?'

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Re: Have we ever had an article on Lost Sinclair Hardware?

Post by The Laird » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:59 am

Crusty Starfish wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:34 am
Crusty Starfish wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:04 am
The Laird wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:12 am


That doesn't mention ANYTHING about the magazine :wink:
Well, class it as a bloody good idea then!
Actually, what I should have asked was 'what major media outlet are you writing (or have you written) this article on?'
At the moment I am unable to discuss it for legal reasons.

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