June '11 - Jinxed Computer (Sam Coupé).
been trying to sell this old computer on ebay
but have had nothing but problems. First I'll
tell you a little about its history.
ago in the early 1980s there was a computer
called the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It had a
silly rubber keyboard and tiny built in
speaker but was popular. It had good graphics
for its day but there was something called
colour-clash caused by too many different
colours being next to each other which would
show on the screen as a square block. Even so
it was still a popular computer even for
often a new version of the computer came out
and there was a 16K Spectrum, a 48K Spectrum,
a Spectrum +, a Spectrum +128K, a Spectrum +2,
a Spectrum +2A and a Spectrum +3. There were
lots of opinions as to which was the best. I
loved the Spectrum +3 with its built in
floppy disc drive but it wasn't fully
backwards compatitble with old Spectrum
software. Eventually they stopped making
Spectrums and they faded into computer
before they completely vanished there was
another computer that came out called the Sam
Coupé. It was seen as being a super Spectrum
in that it was very similar in many ways, yet
completely un-similar in others. It was as
though all the good features of the Spectrum
were included in its design and the bad
features removed. There was no colour-clash
in the graphics for instance.
It was a
very odd looking computer with a strange
keyboard as well as an unusual programming
language. It was pretty much every
programming language in existance combined
together and still today is probably the best
computer language ever made. You can do
anything with it.
company that invented it went bust quite
early on so the only software available was
amature programs made by enthusiasts.
being so rare and possibly because of its
quirkiness they are still sought after. I was
one of those people lucky enough to own one
but even mine has become damaged by age. The
floppy disc drive no longer works and for
some reason the display is in black and white.
The problem is that I cannot sell it without
being stressed out at the zillion emails I
receive about it. I get all kind of strange
and odd questions, someone even accused me of
performing some kind of scam because I was
selling it too cheap! I explained to him IT
IS BROKEN and yet he was still accusing me.
working ones sell for around £50 sometimes
more if it still has its original box.
The Sam Coupé looks weird but is a
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