Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Series DVDs Now Available

Finally, after what has seemed like an age, Series Two DVDs are now available to buy.

They have been professionally mastered, with high quality inlays and fully printed discs. This was undertaken by a specialist company, so these are not hand made things!

Series Two is a triple disc set containing all ten episodes of the series, plus over 25 minutes of bonus material.

Series One is currently out of stock, but will be back in shortly.

More details, images and buying options can be found on the DVD page (see top right for link).

NOTE: I can only post to UK addresses.

If you would prefer to buy series one and two together, let me know and I can put up a special combined price once the sets are back in stock.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

The Spectrum Show Ep50

Welcome to episode 50 of The Spectrum Show.

It's a special anniversary episode with a real mixed bag of things for you to enjoy.

In this episode we take a look back over the last three years.

I review the Spectrum 128 and two 128k games Midnight Resistance and Daily Thompson's Olympic Challenge.

I revisit Type-In corner and bring you unseen games.

And keep watching at the end for an anniversary treat :-)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Little Changes

And there I was thinking Virgin had been generous in giving free hosting after they shut down their servers!! Doh!!

It seems that not only is the offer for a 1 year period, after which it becomes sixty quid, but you are limited to having just FIVE pages on your new shiny website! FIVE!

So that rules out moving all the content over.

My next option was to check out some of my hosting suppliers I have used in the past. Customising the options (no email, no database 3gb storage) I managed to grab some hosting for 24 quid a year. Not bad really, and this also gives me the option to expand later should I want to, and add a full website etc..

Now I am waiting for things to be registered / set up and then I can move all the content across and update this blog to point to the new location.

With a bit of luck, no one will notice the swap over... phew!

Big Changes

I have just been made aware that my Virgin webspace, along with everyone else with a Virgin account, is to be shut down on 28th April.

Although not used for displaying content, I do use it to store the images, magazines, games and other material used in this blog.

Virgin have offered customers a 1 year free subscription with GoDaddy to provide hosting etc, but now I have to make a big decision. Do I cease this blog and move all content to a new website or just use the hosting as I do now to hold data?

The offer ends after a year and from the on it's sixty quid a year. For that amount I may as well use the full service and create a website, otherwise I will not be getting the benefit. One thing is definite though, come 28th April, some things may stop working on this blog until I get them moved across to the new hosting (or I find an alternative store).

As I have only just found out about this, I will have to do some digging about and see what I can find. More news as it happens!!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

General Update

This is a general update to the many things I have been doing, or trying to do, for the last 4-6 weeks.

Not only have I been working on the next episode of The Spectrum Show (Episode 50 by the way!) but I have been planning the next series. Looking at what features I can do, what hardware I can play with, replying to offers of help, some of which have been great and will definitely be in the shows, and playing a few games as well.

My new game Deep Core Raider has taken a bit of a back seat, but will be complete and launched soon. I am deciding whether to add a new element to the game, which will add an extra twist, or leave it as it is. Adding the extra element would mean changing each screen though and would obviously take time.

The next issue of the magazine is also under way with guest reviews and some nice features.

The big news, and the thing that has taken most of my time, is the imminent (fingers crossed) release of series two DVD sets. Series 1 has been available for a while, although not extensively advertised because of the work involved.

Series 1 had professionally printed covers and disc labels, but I had to then burn the content and put the sets together, add the labels and check they were working, which was a real pain. For series two however, I decided to let a duplication company do all the work, with me just supplying them with the artwork and master discs. This is obviously a bit more expensive, but I think I can keep the price low enough to make them attractive.

The initial run will be 20 sets only, and if anyone wants to reserve one, drop me a line. I am trying to hold off with details etc, because until I actually have them in my hand, I don’t know what the quality will be like. If they are as expected, I will open them up for buyers and start to look at series three for a similar release. I will also look at a re-run of series one using the same company.

If things do not go to plan, then I will have to consider my next move.

Now it’s back to writing reviews….

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