Some downtime on Saturday

Site Maintenance

I’ll be performing some updates to the software which drives worldofsam on Saturday afternoon or evening. Don’t be surprised or worried if worldofsam is temporarily unavailable.

Another Golden ASIC on eBay


Another Golden ASICs on eBay:

Item expires 31-May-06 20:15:00 BST

Golden ASIC on EBAY


Colin MacDonald writes on the Sam Users Mailing List:

I’ve stuck one (Golden ASICs) I still have up on eBay in case anyone else is interested

Item expires 15-May-06 23:07:59 BST

Functionality Musings

Site Maintenance

Some thoughts I’ve had:

1. A field of ‘More Info Required’ that can be listed in a similar way to ‘Missing in Action’ to show which entries are a bit light on content or where the author is unsure of the info?

2. A related people list like related products?

3. Can the related products do a less-fuzzy match so that it treats the freelinked text as whole rather that as space delimited so that ‘Andy Monk’ doesn’t match any other ‘Andy’s?

4. Removing anonymous comments or adding anonymous editing with registered users able too roll-back to pervious versions.


Front page

Site Maintenance

Can we have a quick link to ‘Hardware’ as there is probably enough content to justify it?

Products List

Site Maintenance

Is it possible to add the type e.g. game/utility to the listing on the ‘Products’ list?

Reason being is that for items that are created just as ‘Software’ (the default) it’s hard to check if they have been correctly allocted to a catagory.

SAM featured in Retro Fusion magazine


Issue 1 of Retro Fusion, a brand new magazine which should now be available in branches of GameStation, features a 4 page article covering the history of the Sam as well as the history of Quazar, written by Colin Pigott.


Site Maintenance

Person/Company pages now have a new field: AKA. Freelinking links will search the AKA field if there is no match among page titles. So now AXE and Ian Slavin should link to the same page, for example.

NB. text matches must be exact. This means that only one alternative moniker can go in the AKA field.

I suggest we stick to a convention, that real names are used in page titles if at all possible, and the moniker goes in the AKA field.

Which rumoured work-in-progress would you most like to see finished?


Sam Revival issue 14 now out!


Issue 14 of Sam Revival magazine is out now. Read on for pricing and ordering details…

Colin Piggot writes:

This is the first issue of Sam Revival to feature spot colour throughout the magazine to add life to screenshots and photographs, and kicking off issue is the regular news section to give a lowdown on what’s happening in the Sam scene, and this issue features all the latest news of the development of the Mayhem Accelerator - the prototype of which is now speeding up the Sam to 20MHz - there’s plenty of photos of the interface during the development and benchmarks too. The Sam Scene Roundup news section looks at several computer shows that have taken place in Europe which had a Sam present, and general news and websites from the Sam Scene.

Feature articles in this issue include an interview conducted by Frode Tennebø with Dr Andy Wright, the chap who wrote the ROM for the Sam Coupe.
The ‘Coupe Correspondence’ letters page features several readers letters and includes a look at the Sam version of the classic game ‘Elite’, networking Sams together and the possibilities of new emulators for the Sam with the speed of the Mayhem.

The coverdisk with this issue features the classic Sam adventure game ‘Days of Sorcery’ by Nigel Kettlewell.

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