Acorn User now available

I’ve had this one hanging around my hard drive for ages, and for some reason never got around to finishing it. So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody’s having …. the chance to grab 20Gb of Electron/BBC/Archimedes/RISC nostalgia, over an impressive 267 issues. Grab it here, and remember seeding is not just for Christmas.


Amiga Shopper fixed!

The first update in quite a while, and I’m afraid it’s nothing new (like everything else here, ha!). The Amiga Shopper collection from a couple of years ago had a bit of a problem – quite a few of the issues had corrupt metadata, which meant that the actual text wasn’t searchable or copyable.

The cause of this is a nasty (and still unfixed) problem with OS X’s “Preview” application: changing anything in a certain type of PDF corrupts the file – it looks OK visually, but the underlying text (technically the “glyphs”) is broken. Unfortunately fixing them hasn’t proven easy: the original paper issues have been consigned to a remote and damp corner of my garage, where they’re now providing a cosy winter home for nostalgic 90’s-loving spiders.

Anyway, after much fannying around with pdftk, Adobe Acrobat, C#, and a couple of family packs of Scruttock’s Old Dirigible, I think I’ve got them back to normal. Grab them here; just download them over the original archive and it should update only the affected issues, probably. Drop me a mail if there’s any problems.

So now I’ve remembered how to upload a .torrent file, there should be a few more released over the next few days – including a monster 20+Gb one I’ve had hanging around for a while, so batten down the hard drives.



Amiga Format now available

At last, the long-awaited Amiga Format is now ready for download – grab it here. We’ve got all 136 episodes, plus a collection of miscellaneous “specials” – probably not complete, but you can’t have anything.

Specials aside, I believe this is the first complete collection of Amiga Format available. I’ve pulled most of the scans from various existing sources around the Interweb, and kudos to whoever they are. I’ve plugged a couple of the gaps with scans from my own collection.

Due to the mixed sources, the file sizes vary a bit, and the whole thing weights in a whopping 20Gb – and that’s after whittling down the DPI on some of the more impressive scans. Be glad you live in an era of cheap disk storage, and remember that any torrent client worth it’s salt will be able to pick out individual files for download if you don’t want the whole collection.

So go forth and download, and don’t forget to leave it seeding afterwards 🙂

Thanks again to everyone who’s donated, emailed or helped out. Next? Maybe Personal Computer News, whilst I figure out how I’m going to
scan Amiga Power 😛

Amiga Format – no news is good news

Just in case anyone thought I’d gone – no, I’m still here. I’ve spent far too long dithering over Amiga Format, trying to get a rag-tag collection of PDFs into some kind of decent size and consistency. I’m also, frustratingly, missing one issue – issue 16. I swear I have a copy somewhere, but a thorough search of cupboards, garages and boxes has failed to turn it up.

In the meantime, I’m hopefully going to get everything except issue 16 bundled together and released in the next couple of weeks. Might want to buy another hard drive, it’s going to be a moster …

Retro RetroPDFs

.. and the first post of 2015 has nothing new:

  • Firstly, I’ve finally got around to reworking MicroHobby, the Spanish language Speccy mag. This was incredibly popular when I first posted it, but the image quality wasn’t as good as it could be, and the torrent has been offline for a while (although this wasn’t deliberate, I just … er… misplaced it. It’s now all recrunched and ready to go.
  • Your 64 was missing issue 4. Nothing personal, Commie64 fans 🙂 It’s now in the new torrent; if you have the existing torrent, just download over the top of the existing files and this should add the missing issue.
  • Finally, Crash issue 1 had a slight problem with page 8 – although it was there in all it’s glory, the DPI of the image was set to 224dpi rather than the standard 96 – which meant the image appeared tiny. So either zoom in, or download the new torrent.
  • Grab all of this from <a href="here“>the usual page.

    In other news, I’m nearly there with Amiga Format – I’ve got all the issues collected together, just need to OCR them and they’ll be released to the world. Stand by!

    Commodore Format now available

    No post-Christmas-work-party hangover for me, and two posts in as many weeks, so I’m feeling smug. Besides, for some reason, I did all the work on this collection a year ago, and stuck it away in a dusty corner of my hard drive and forgot about it.

    Commodore Format is a C64 (and, presumably, C128) games mag from the classic days of Future Publishing. It strikes me that they came to the party a little late: by 1990, the Amiga was well established, but I guess as it lasted 60-odd issues there were plenty of 8-bit gamers around.

    As usual, grab it from the increasingly-crowded list list of available collections. I’ve also repointed the torrent files to a file hoster just in case some of you don’t like magnet files.