Chasing tigers with the Amstrad PC | recreating my teen PC1512!




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41 thoughts on “Chasing tigers with the Amstrad PC | recreating my teen PC1512!

    Carl Willows

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I would never have owned an Amstrad…But, I appreciate your appreciation! I was a Commodore boy!

    Robert Bullock

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I like Plexus often for plastic products. Check it out.

    Diggy Dude

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    We had an Amstrad 286 with GEM. My favorite thing about GEM Paint was the ability to create custom patterns on the color palette and use them for fills.

    mrkite

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Reminds me of the magic of the gold king tut image from Deluxe Paint 2.

    Frank Adams

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I had a 1640 with color monitor for my first computer…. I knew nothing about it at the time other than it was not like other peoples computers. I tried installing windows 3.1 on it when I was around 10 years old and it never worked again. Thanks for the video!

    Andrew Dunbar

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    ˙sn oʇ ƃuᴉɹǝʇɐɔ ɹoɟ noʎ ʞuɐɥ┴

    Aaron Whittemore

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    dip chippers

    Alexis Karalis

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    ςΘΠΣΔΦΓΞΛΨΩ

    elton badham

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I'm not a fan of Alan Sugars Amstrad they killed Sinclair and that's not fair.

    onurolce

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    We bought first computer Amstrad CPC 6128 in 1985 when I was 9 years old. I still can't forget its smell when I was trying to pull up from its foam box. In these century (!) every electronic device had a different unique impressive smell. But in the present time there is no such impressive smell in any electronic device boxes…:(

    Tommy Ovesen

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Very good video. I shed tears

    Kenny Phillips

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I had one of those, purchased during the brief period that they were imported into the USA. It had an 8086, so it had a full 16-bit data path, unlike the crippled 8088 in the typical clones. I got the extra memory (a full 640k!) and, IIRC, an 8087 chip, that I didn't really need. Later I added a 30-mb hard drive, and had quite a setup, 32 years ago. I doodled in the paint program in GEM. Still doing similar stuff, 3+ decades later.

    Steven Lauzon

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I sold Amstrad computers for my Dad back in the day. He's been gone a few years now and this takes me back. Thanks

    Chris Rays

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    My tiger back in the days was the mask of Tutankhamun that came with Deluxe Paint on the Amiga… up to this day the only thing existing is the real mask of Tutankhamun on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo… but that's a different story.

    Bernd Krautmeister

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Lol how curious the dog observes everything you do 🙂

    Chris Grillo

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    (And of course, that last minute… I too think of my late father who soldered the first ZX80 for me… unforgettable moments in time)

    Xul Nag

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    On a C128 Commodore with Basic 7.0 you had the ability to draw a circle like CIRCLE,160,100,,,,9 something like that.

    Dee Dd

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    just saying.. something is wrong with the sound when you speak …. the bassy spectrum "sometimes" gives brutal overkill … hollow tube like effect

    Chris Grillo

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    ''Have you seen my toothbrush?''
    ''Noooooooo……''

    Cracked me up!

    Chris Winder

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    4:36 I had that exact pc in 2000 #WEIRD

    RosinSmoke

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    > 6:50
    > Completely quiet, nothing to hear!
    > sticks camera into the source of that high-pitch CRT scream

    JoeyRivers

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    TIGER PIC=Touching Indelible GEM Emotive Remembrances, PerifractIC

    Kris Garrein

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    My PC1512 monitor did KABOOM after a short while of use. 2 of the diodes had gone bad. Easy fix 🙂

    Matt

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Great work – glad you found it! Surely, the next chapters in this story are to identify and meet Rogers…..

    Vincent GR

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I am 43 and my first computer which I still have was an Amstrad CPC 6128.
    Used to play Arkanoid with my father, I miss him too.

    Vardman Turner

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Cheers on finding your Tiger mate

    Sagan Android

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    In less than 50 seconds, you and your dog both improvised off of each other. Amazing.

    greenfoam

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I had no idea your collection was a replication of your childhood machines !, it all makes sense now

    GranitePenguin

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    We are PC brothers! This was my first IBM clone, too 🙂

    Retro Tec

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Great video, great memories thanks for sharing, I remember being impressed with my friend's dad's Amstrad PC 1640 as it was the first home computer I had seen with a hard drive installed, I had a Atari ST at the time and could only dream of a hard disk, by the way I make add on's for the Amiga and ST please let me know if you would like some sending for your collection, no strings attached

    jjjacer

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    @5:15 Organ trail joke, which there is a version called that, where its zombies and a car ride instead of old west http://hatsproductions.com/organtraildc/

    bobbus 74

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I really enjoyed this video (as always tbh). There's probably quite a few us who grew up with computers being a way we bonded with our fathers. My dad is also no longer with us but I smiled when you mentioned Dixons in Richmond. That's the very store my dad took me to get my C64 from in 1984 when I was a mere 10 year old lad, Small world eh?

    Chris Amadeus

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Great video as per usual. Thank you for sharing your memories, I lost my dad earlier in the year and I know the feeling when doing things that you used to do together when they are no longer with us.

    luismcrodrigues

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    When i recovered my Schneider Euro PC i installed the same software with sucess on a zip disk on the âmbar 12 inch monitor and when i loaded the same image i was suprised with the qualitiy of this monocolor picture.

    Kevin Loughin

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    That was a trip down memory lane. I used to sell bunches of those back at a computer store so long ago. I was the tech, so I got to open and upgrade them before they went out the door. I think I remember swapping one of the floppies for 10meg hard disks, maybe even an occasional Seagate 20megger. 🙂

    threepotgtti

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I spent hours and hours in that GEM basic on my parents Amstrad 1512 – it's made me think of a PC Plus cover disk game called Jason Jupiter 2 , which you really must play! Also a game called "Digger" that booted from a floppy. I'm sure you will love these on your 1512, you and Lady Fractic both will have a 2 player Digger war i'm sure!

    William M

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    I grew up with the hard drive model with a colour monitor. So many memories – groaning to life as I powered it up on a chilly morning, the "whistle" of the hard drive as it seeked, and the distinctive beep of the loud PC speaker. Ours booted straight into MS-DOS (never used GEM), but we had a ton of games – Sokoban, classic Sierra AGI/SCI adventure games, Sesame Street, Test Drive, and Monopoly among others. I also spent many hours with Microsoft Paintbrush (based on Zsoft Paintbrush and very similar to Paintbrush in Windows 3.x).
    In 1993 we gave it to my cousin (as we had a faster 486), and while he made good use of it for a while, it has not been seen since.

    Carl Stenger

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Great Video! Thanks

    GeoNeilUK

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    Locomotive BASIC 2 reminds me of RISCOS on the Archimedes (the computer I kind wish I had, though I am happy that I had an Amiga 1200) having BBC BASIC on it (in fact, I think the original RISCOS was written in BBC BASIC)

    Also, didnt the Amstrad CPC run Locomotive BASIC?

    My father has only just left us.

    laurence cope

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    The images folder was on the dod disk because there was no room left on the other 3 disks.

    donkmeister

    (December 3, 2019 - 11:31 am)

    For me it was the image of King Tutankhamen's death-mask on the Amiga in Deluxe Paint… It was only 12-bit color (back when PCs were doing 8-bit colour 🙂 ) but to me it looked amazing. And when they brought out a 24-bit graphics card, (16,777,216 colours… I'll always remember that number!) it looked better than a photo. Not that I ever had the 24-bit graphics card.

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