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PMG
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Post by PMG » 08 Nov 2019 21:10

Hi, I'm Paul. I thought my Memotech experiences were a long time forgotten history. After a random eBay suggestion of an old MTX512 (which is way beyond what I can afford!) came up I started searching round the net for Memotech memories. And so I found this forum and will share mine.

I am 51 years (young/old) and started with my next door neighbour's ZX81 in 1981. He hated it and let me play with it. I loved it and was soon teaching myself Z80 assembly language (the only way to do more than a simple BASIC program with 1K of memory). I pre-ordered a 48K ZX Spectrum at the Earl's Court Computer Fair launch back in April 1982. I was 14 when it finally arrived in that September. And the first one was faulty! But the second was so overused I wore it out in it's 12 month warranty period and got a brand new one. That Speccy was my Christmas and Birthday presents for 2 years! (£175 being a lot of money to me back then!).

In Spring 1984 a relative (husband of a step cousin once removed, so a bit tenuous) was working at Memotech on the launch of the MTX512. He got me one as a present (I think my parents contributed a bit to it, but they never admitted it!) for finishing my O-levels. That summer I started working on my game I had started on my Speccy - Doctor Frankie. I had seen Manic Miner and I wanted to make a game of that genre. It was hard to do games on the Speccy, what with no hardware support for sprites, limited colour pallette etc. I pretty much finished it that Summer and sent it to Syntaxsoft as they advertised for programs back then. They liked it enough to sell and I got £1 per copy they sold, I got about £100 for that game and the Paintbox program I also wrote to do all the graphics I needed for Dr Frankie. Anyone who's played Dr Frankie will see my achilles heel in game coding and design - the lack of music and decent sound effects. With the money from these sales I bought a discounted FDX and CPM system and had a really great system.

Unfortunately after A-levels I went to University (studying Micro Electronic Systems Engineering - what else?!), but needed an Atari ST to do course work on, so I sold all my Memotech gear (stupid boy!) to pay for it. I kept the floppy discs with all the code for Dr Frankie and also a Basic Compiler I wrote later on - I also offered that to Syntaxsoft but never got any royalties for that one. I don't know if they ever sold it, would love to know if anyone ever saw it.

Over the years since, the 5 1/4" disks have long since disappeared (I have no idea where). So I thought this was just going to be a distant memory from my childhood. Then in the last couple of weeks I have found MEMU and that it comes with Dr Frankie (or Dr Franky as Syntaxsoft put on the box!) PS that cassette inlay artwork definitely wasn't my work.

Anyway I've rambled on enough. I wish I still had all my source code and would love to have played around a bit more with the Memotech, but hey life moves in mysterious ways.

Thanks to Andy for MEMU and finding my old long forgotten coding past. And Memorum for letting me reminisce a bit more!

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Dave
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Re: Hello

Post by Dave » 09 Nov 2019 00:16

Hi Paul,

Welcome to the Forum!

It’s always nice to hear from folks who contributed to the MTX back in the day.

You will find a load of Memotech info on my website here :

http://www.primrosebank.net/computers/mtx/mtx512.htm

Regards
Dave

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