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What is MMX Technology & Why Was it Flawed?

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MMX Technology sounds like a distant memory, and indeed it is. But it's actually still with us today - it has to be, to remain compatible with older software, something the x86 line tends to do, although not always completely successfully anymore. But the MMX story is an interesting one. MMX was kind of an [...]

FiFine USB Microphone vs. 90s Quickshot Mic

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I recently felt the need to purchase a new budget microphone for my Youtubing purposes. The requirement was to accompany my Doom 2016 PC which is located downstairs. I settled on the FiFine USB Condenser Microphone from Amazon. It offers a 20Hz to 20KHz range, so should be able to pick up all sounds audible [...]

Sinclair ZX81 Retospective

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Watch the Video The Sinclair ZX81 (or the Timex 1000 as it was sold in the USA), is in many ways, the father of the home micro computer scene. Although it wasn't the first machine Sinclair released, it was certainly the one to achieve significant success and make a massive impact on the lives of [...]

What if Amiga Never Existed?

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Watch the Video I know it's an outrageous notion to pose. A spill chilling, shudder inducing one. But if Amiga didn't exist, what could have happened? Imagine a past where Jack Tramiel didn't exit Commodore to go and setup Tramel Technology, nor did he purchase the remnants of Atari from Warner Communications, and therefore, nor [...]

Why The Mega CD / Sega CD Failed

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Watch the Video The Sega Mega CD, or Sega CD as it's known in the USA was an upgrade/add-on for the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis which offered CD-ROM capability. Incorporating an additional Motorola 68000 chip, increased memory, and custom graphics and sound processing, the Mega CD was poised to be a massive leap forward [...]

Was the GBA Just a Super Nintendo?

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Watch the Video Gameboy Advance vs. Super Nintendo... is the GBA just a Super Nintendo in smaller form? Did Nintendo simply repackage their 11 year old hardware into their latest handheld in order to get a cheap, quick and easy to develop portable gaming device out to the masses, or is there something different going [...]

Spectrum Next – A New Speccy?

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Watch the Video There was a time when we all raced to develop the latest and greatest technology. Now it seems we all race to develop copies of machines from 30 years ago. This time around we have the ZX Spectrum Next (From SpecNext Ltd - a UK based company set-up purely for this project).... [...]

Sinclair QL (Quantum Leap) System Review

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Watch the Video The Sinclair QL was seen by some as the successor to the Sinclair Spectrum, but in reality, it was aimed at the professional, business and serious home user markets. Launching in January 1984 by mail order (albeit with a several month shipping delay), the QL (standing for Quantum Leap) was touted by [...]

Acorn Archimedes A3010 Review

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Watch the Video From the BBC Micro to the Acorn Archimedes. This is a full system review of the Acorn A3010, from the Archimedes range. Including a history of the Archimedes computers, an explanation of RISC, a look at RISC OS, some discussion on the ARM chip and of course, some classic Gameplay action on [...]

Oric-1 Review

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Watch the Video The Oric-1 was an 8 bit micro from 1983 produced by Oric Products International Ltd and Tangerine Computer Systems. Released as a competitor to the Sinclair Spectrum, it never gained the popularity it perhaps deserved, but still gained enough momentum for a strong fan base. Apple is a trading name synonymous with [...]

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