Fresh Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200 and PDA600 news








WIFI232, network for all computers with RS232, an Amstrad Notepad NC100 for example

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Seen on BYTECellar, the WIFI232 created by Paul Rickards (see his page on the WIFI232) is an electronic card (with an ESP8266 micro-controller) which you connect on any computer with RS232 (DB9 or DB25 with an adaptator) so you can get like a good old modem used with AT Hayes commands to connect to an internet BBS, for an Amstrad Notepad NC100 for example. See this video for using TCP/IP encapsulated with pppd.

You can buy a WIFI232 at Simulant (U.K.), this address was in a comment at BYTECellar.




RASM v0.102 by Roudoudou, an assembler/disassembler (multi platform) for Amstrad CPC

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The last version of RASM is v0.102 (15th October 2018). This multi platform assembler/disassembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.

The online documentation is available.

  • bugfix 'BREAKPOINT adress' export
  • bugfix default limit of 65535
  • bugfix limit autotest
  • bugfix path simplification for dependencies export
  • bugfix memory leak when using (VOID) with macro
  • new math function to get a random value


Makecart by Kevin Thacker to add a ROM to an Amstrad CPC+ cartridge

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Makecart by Kevin Thacker is an utility to add ROM(s) to an Amstrad CPC+ cartridge image.



https available for all genesis8bit domains

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I just changed a problem which existed since a moment for all accesses from a domain different than genesis8bit.fr (genesis8bit.com for example). It's now correct for all domains, your internet navigator wont complain about a bad certificat.




8bit music played by an orchestra in June 2019

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In June 2019, 8bit music will be played (1 hour and 40 mintes) by an orchestra at the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra.






Ben Daglish (musician) died on the 1st October 2018 (52 years old only...)

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Ben Daglish is a musician and composer for 8bit games (Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, C64 and well the 16bit Amiga).

The youtube video with Ben Daglish took place at the London "Underground" pub on the 15th of October 2016 where he performed with Fastloaders two music tracks, The Wastelands loader and The Wastelands theme (Last Ninja game on C64).




The engineering miracle of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

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From time to time, an article not about Amstrad computers, well till 1986 when Amstrad bought the computer part of Sinclair Research.

OSNews mentions an interesting article about the making of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, its colour clash and graphics engines like Nirvana+ which allow nice games without this colour clash like Gandalf released in 2018 (see the video below).




The making of Total Eclipse (1988) in Retro Gamer (April 2018)

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An article of the Retro Gamer (April 2018) issue will let you learn more about the making of the Amstrad CPC game Total Eclipse (Incentive, 1988) which uses the 3D engine Freescape.