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Retro Computer inspired USB PC Keyboards and mices by Simulant

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Simulant is selling articles for Amstrad CPC, including the WIFI232 which you connect on any computer with a serial port to emulate a Hayes modem where in fact you are using wifi, for connecting to a BBS for example.

But today where is interesting us is their Kickstarter project about Retro Computer inspired USB PC Keyboards and mice including the Amstrad CPC. For the moment, Simulant has the official permission by Acorn, for the Amstrad CPC it is WIP, see their kickstarter page for more informations.



Playing a MIDI file on an Amstrad PPC640 computer

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An Amstrad PPC640 computer with only a beeper is not good at all for sound, except if you use a parrallel adaptator such as the Covox4 or the OPL3LPT. I will test it later when Mod Master XT par FreddyV will support it.

But there is still a possibility to have the best sound possible for a msdos computer by using the DB25 serial port (with a DB9 adaptator) and a DB9 to Mini-DIN 8 pins cable (DBK-103 by Hosa Technology) connected to a Roland expander such as the SC-55st (presented by LGR onr Youtube.

In this video the sound only starts at 35 seconds so click on this link to avoid the start of the video which only shows me launching the msdos gsplay utility.




Mod Master XT beta 19 for your PC XT, listen to musical modules files

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A new version of Mod Master XT beta 19 by FreddyV is available on Vogons. It lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC under msdos even a PC XT (CGA). This last version adds the support for adlib sound music files, and for a next version the support of the OPLxLPT (OPL2 and 3).



No music for an Amstrad PPC 640, are you sure ?

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A portable computer like the Amstrad PPC 640, released in 1988 has no ISA expansion ports, he has only a feeble speaker. So you may think it isnt possible to get some nice sound except of simple beeps ?

On the Amstrad CPC it was possible to have a better sound using a Digiblaster sound card connected to the parallel port. It was a simple electronic device with several resistors, not difficult to make in fact.

Well, there is the same thing on PC since ages : the Covox Speech Thing.. It is possible to buy a Covox 4 on Serdashop which is an upgraded version of the Covox Speech Thing (higher precision resistors : 0.1% and low pass filter). For more informations about the Covox, I recommand reading the related articles on Nerdly Pleasures.

I also bought the MCE2VGA on Serdashop which lets you use a VGA external screen instead of only using the internal screen which is quite lacking.

The software used here is Mod Master XT beta 18 by FreddyV which you can download on Vogons.



Sending a SMS with an Amstrad CPC and a bit of humor !

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We are in 2020, and at least it is possible to send a SMS using an Amstrad CPC thanks to Kiragregis. It uses an RS232 interface (by Amstrad) connected to a GSM A6 module bought on AliExpress.

If you understand french, you should really listen to the vidéo by Kiragregis, it's a funny one. If you dont understand, maybe the youtube subtitle will be good enough to understand it.








Would you care for a drink with your Amstrad CPC 6128 ?

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Started since 1971 computer science was being introducted in french schools (6 years to 18 years). In 1985 the plan Informatique pour tous was bringing Thomson MO5 and TO7/70 computers linked in a network controlled by a PC with two 5,25 inc disk drives (later with a hard disk). What most of people like me didnt know, there was a definitive plus for technology classes : Youpi is a robotic arm with 5 liberty degrees made by JD Productique. It is controlled through the parralel port with a basic program and assembler routines on a Thomson MO5. You will find below two french interesting links :

Youyoudid was able to get a Youpi which he wanted since his young age. He wrote about it on CPCRulez. In a frist video he is controlling the arm in basic, but the movement is slow so he wanted to accelarate it with a basic compiler :



But finally thanks to the Turbo-Pascal compiler (CP/M) he is able to give a new youth to the robotic arm to let it serve a drink from a plastic bottle.






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