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June 9, 2009 Long time since the last update here. The usual excuses. We are now running on a different server, as our original host server, hudat.com, has been retired off the network. We'd like to thank Kendrick Vargas for the wonderful job he did hosting the timexsinclair.org website these past 8 years. Join us on the ts2068 yahoogroups.com site for ongoing discussions!

November 27, 2007 The Timex Sinclair 2068 keyboard rated 9th worst according to Benj Edwards' PC World The 10 Worst PC Keyboards of All Time article. Less than complimentary about our dear old computer, the author writes "It's no exaggeration to say that using the 2068's keyboard without training was like trying to type while drunk and blindfolded." The Timex Sinclair 1000 keyboard was ranked 4th worst - an assesment I agree with, given the number of times I was close to finish typing a program only to knock the 16k expander slightly enough to reset the computer.

March 23, 2007 Searching for books on the Timex Sinclair, here's a link - Timex Sinclair Books

September 8, 2005 Thanks to Rafael Manrique S., of Colombia for sending us his Alphacom 32 to PC adapter project and source codes. The zip file with all the details can be linked to here. Some of the documentation is in Spanish. Post on the TS2068 Yahoo group if you have questions!

October 23, 2004 A quick note to thank Bryan K. Vines for providing the essential texts for the TS2068; they're linked here for your download in PDF format:

October 22, 2002 Hi everyone, great addition, we're now mirroring Alvin Albrecht's Sinclair and Timex Projects Page which have his new SpritePack2.2 machine code software library for coding animated sprites on the Timex Sinclair, among other great gems. Great stuff, please check it out. Thanks Alvin!

July 14, 2003 We're still, still here. Uploaded a pile of images I had sitting on my workstation that have descriptive file names but I don't have the time to add to the website properly. Here's a link to the unsorted images directory.

Please join us on the TS2068 list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ts2068. Its a low volume list for all interested in TS2068 or Timex Sinclair stuff in general. Thanks.

May 13, 2002 We're still here. :) Couple of minor updates to the site, nothing much to report.

November 12, 2001 Fixed some link errors.

October 27, 2001 Wow, lots of changes lately. First off, we're on a new server, this one will be much more reliable, and available. Second, we have restarted the TS2068 email list now hosted by www.yahoogroups.com. Go there to subscribe, we'd love to have you aboard. Third, I've been scanning in a pile of Timex Sinclair rags that are from the era (Time Designs, and others) that Tim has kindly lent me. Other things in the works are the bibliography, the pictures of Tim's Sinclair collection and more. Stay tuned!

September 14, 2001 Due to the tragedy that has occured earlier this week, the Vintage Computer Festival 5.0, in San Jose, California has been postponed. Link here for more details. The California Extreme 2001 Arcade show is still on, however.

September 11, 2001 Our condolences out to those who have and are suffering from these horrific actions from extremists. We ask that you temper your reactions and realize that there are very few who would commit these atrocities, and there are so many more people shocked about this event than you may ever know.

August 12, 2001 A member of our community was mentioned in a local paper- check out [-- Dead link: http://www.argus-ang.com/default.asp?puid=31&spuid=31&indx=1030662&article=on" ] a small piece on Tim Swenson, who is preparing a Sinclair exhibit for the Vintage Computer Festival that occurs September 15-16. If you're out and about in San Jose, California, definitely go by and check it out, last year it was very nice and this year it looks like its gearing up rather nicely again- there is also a old video games expo going on simultaneously, a definite treat for those of us in love with the hardware of old. The e-mail list is *still* not up, sorry about that, definitely working on it and hope to have it up very soon.

August 8, 2001 So I've created the email list on yahoo groups, and am attempting to upload the entire archive there so that we can use the search facilities and so forth- unfortunately, yahoo didn't like the way I was sending the messages, so its been delayed for a day or two. Please be patient, I will let everyone know when I get the list in good condition to go. In other news, I'm currently looking for work again, so if you need a Java Developer with web and applications experience contact me at my email so we can talk. Thanks for your patience.

June 10, 2001 My bid on a TS2068 book posted on ebay got clipped at the last second. *sigh* Posted Luke Perry's scans of The Best of Time Designs - Volume 1. Excellent work on his part, thank you very much. I still have plans to make the textbooks reference page, as I've got a good list so far. Mail list is still offline :(

June 1, 2001 Woohoo! Found a great position with VaLinux Systems. :)

May 21, 2001 Received the scans of Time Designs that Luke Perry has graciously sent to post on the website.

May 1, 2001 Bad start to the month- got laid off. Job hunting sucks.

April, 2001 Server reinstalled fresh, but email is still offline.

March, 2001 The server got hacked. :( e-Mail is down, as was the website. The email list will be offline until further notice. Sorry.

November 17, 2000 Added Larken manuals to the peripherals section. Alvin sent me details on his FPGA project, and I've added them to the code page.

October 18, 2000 Been a bit offline, for a few reasons- got some criticals to hit at my real job, and I've also been distracted by my new Commodore 64-SX; although I still haven't been able to get any software to run on it. Got a bummer of an earache, too. Alvin delivered on his promise part one: Updated z80fpga project file has been sent to me and uploaded to the website, replacing the files I had there. I will now anxiously await a description of the project. Thanks Alvin!

October 11, 2000 As requested, added Sir Clive Sinclair's portrait to the site, courtesy of Abed Kahale. Johnny Red sent me an email with a bunch of details to fix up on the site! Lots of stuff to add, he's pointed me to pictures of the TS2068 schematics, the Official Spectrum Cart and others. I have downloaded them and will be uploading them over the coming days (already did the cool looking cart...).

October 8, 2000 Some more original-you-won't-find-it-anywhere-but-here content: I recreated the how-to for modifying the Westridge modem into a serial port to let you use a faster modems than 300 baud. Check it out here. I also added it as a link to the code page. Still owe everyone the TS2068 book library. Maybe next weekend.

October 1, 2000 Got a reply back from Alvin, he promises me a great writeup of the projects he worked on!

September 30, 2000 Went to the VCF- not as big as I had hoped it would be. And to top it off, all I got to see was a box full of TS1000's in terrible shape thrown in a pile. No other Timex Sinclair items around. Added more sections to the Code page: Added Remakes/Hardware Hacks from Poland (original site is gone, shame), added the TS2068 IMP Overlay, added How To Draw on Screen and the link to the Windows Spectrum Theme. Cleaned up all of my working directories on the system, separating all the images used on the site from the site art. This leaves me with about 35 images left to place, about 10 of them book covers, and the rest are program packaging snapshots. When this is completed, the site will be opened for public consumption!

September 29, 2000 Eve of the Vintage Computer Festival, held in San Jose, California. This was my personal deadline to get the site completed. Incorporated Johnny Red's fixes into the site. Fleshed out the 'Code' section as follows: added TS2068 ROMS, Technical Manual in PDF, Zeus Assembler Manual, a list of Spectrum ROM routines, and Alvin Albrecht's ATA/IDE and Bankswitched Memory projects. By no means is this section done, but at least every section has something on it. To add: add ROMDRAW howto, and pictures of my collection of TS2068 programming books! Also emailed Alvin for clarifications on his ATA/IDE and FPGA memory projects.

September 28, 2000 Got a reply back from Johnny Red; had some good points to fix and minor corrections to make the site a bit more info perfect. Great work, Johnny, and thanks for your hand.

September 26, 2000 Sent email to Jonny Red to give the site a once over and his blessing.

September 16, 2000 Spent the past day reconfiguring email on unixville, and reconfiguring majordomo so the 2068 list will be online once more. Seems like things are configured properly, I just need to add the aliases for the 2068 list and its good to go. Next on the list is the last page, code, and updating the peripherals page with some images of some of the equipment updated a bit.

September 12, 2000 Recieved email from John Boatwright. Says its looking good. Thanks!

September 11, 2000 Converted the Notes/Faqs and Code pages over to the new top bar navigation system, and added some content to the notes/faqs. All vestiges of the old frames system are gone! All that's left is to add some info to the code page and the site is good for official opening! That, plus fixing the mailing list. Heh. That's going to take a bit longer. Emailed Jack Boatwright for him to give the site a once over and give his formal blessing.

September 10, 2000 Added the Portugese FDD and FDD-3000 description and links, the Ramex Millennia K Disk Drive System, and the Oliger Drive system. I consider the Peripherals page complete, at least, until more information comes my way. I would really like it if someone could send me a picture of a Larken Disk drive system so I can post it.

September 8, 2000 Added TS2050 Modem, Spectrum ROM Cart and Aerco FD68 Disc Drive peripheral descriptions.

September 5, 2000 I continue stumbling onto neat information and wanting to add it immediately. The volume grows exponetially. (Found info on the Spectrum ROM emulation on a few sites, for example, and it has led me on a goose chase for info.) Adding images to the Tech Specs page and continued work on peripherals. Slow going. Warm thanks to my wife, Mercy, who has patiently supported me while I've been at this. Added the Info page where I mention my reasons and give thanks to many who have contributed.

September 4, 2000 I couldn't hold out any more; I went to my treasure chest of TS2068 stuff and whipped out my digital camera and started taking snapshots like crazy. As the camera is new, I tried a few things that didn't work out (there is a text mode for taking pictures of text to later be processed by some ocr program. The lighting was wrong; I must have spoiled 20 pictures. Good thing it didn't cost me more than 20 minutes of flipping through stuff. All in all, I got some 40 pictures to add to the site, after I cleaned up, cropped and adjusted them.

September 3, 2000 Ah! Very nice progress so far; got rid of all vestiges of the frame navigation system I had; frames are evil, I don't know why I didn't see this before. Navigation bar is up and aparently working for all areas. Revamped the 2068@unixville.com pages/links (which email does not work at the moment), converted the History page, the Tech Specs page. That was all old news. I created a good stub/starter page for Software listing most of the Timex Sinclair released programs. Thanks to John Boatwright once again, I borrowed most of that from his site. Also started work on the Peripherals page. This one is taking me a bit more time because I'm piecing it together from many different places on the net.

September 2, 2000 After a two year hiatus, work on this site has resumed. I beg everyone's forgiveness for the half-attempt at a TS2068 site that I had started way back when. Mostly reasons of life, over eagerness and miscellaneous other factors left the site the site unattended and in shambles. This time we will attempt a much more humble approach and maybe it will grow with time.Thanks, and welcome back. --Louis Florit

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