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  • A Slight Switcheroo

    Posted on July 13th, 2017 Phil

    Just a heads up – as the retro store has become my main focus of late, I’ve decided to make its front page the default landing zone for traffic to my domain. However, this blog will not be disappearing (it can be directly accessed at and the links etc should continue to work. The store will also soon be getting a face-lift to make it more compatible with mobile devices.

    In summary.. Direct link to this WordPress blog -> (There will be a link at the store too.)  The store’s front page will soon appear at and (as before) In the meantime, keep calm and carry on :)

  • DiagROM 1.28

    Posted on June 18th, 2017 Phil

    bus_scanner_wotsitAdded a little extra feature to the Spectrum diagROM: Now when you press the NMI button on the SMART Card, an upper/lower bus test runs showing any unexpected bits as red colours bars. Always nice to have an immediate visual representation of things..

  • C64 Keyboard Variations

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 Phil

    Added an article regarding the different keyboard types used in the C64 over its lifetime, and some notes on repair.

  • About Spectrum Plus Membranes

    Posted on November 17th, 2016 Phil

    I’m often asked why I don’t stock Spectrum Plus / 128 membranes so I thought I ought to post something about them.

  • Hey hey ULA! 

    Posted on April 4th, 2016 Phil

    Announcing the Retroleum Nebula – A Spectrum (48) ULA replacement module. (Phew – after many months of tinkering, it feels good to finally get that off my chest!)

    The Nebula, as you might’ve guessed, is a small daughterboard that plugs into the Spectrum’s ULA socket and performs the same functions as the original ULA chip. It’ll be a bit cheaper than a second hand ULA, and should last longer ;)

    You can read all about it here.