Site news (year 2015)

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Site news (year 2015)

Post by MADrigal » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:15 pm

3rd April, 2015

G'day my friends! The sun shines high in Canberra on my first autumn in Australia. Unfortunately no big news and discoveries on the Dick Smith Wizzard side, but I have found something equally interesting for you. I am sure that you will enjoy the new stuff listed below:

Releases/Hardware: Albert B. has sent in high quality photos of the following rare item:
- Laser 2001 computer, German version (box)
Manu Parssinen provided information and a few photos of rare items for the Salora Manager, such as the printer cable and the cassette tape player. He will provide more pictures in the next months, so stay tuned!

Articles: Roberto Ventura and Anders Carlsson provided scans from Italian and Swedish magazines concerning the CreatiVision:
- Branschfil: CreatiVision from Min Hemdator n. 4/1983 (Sweden)
- Un flipper in salotto from Zerouno n. 22/1983 (Italy)

Books: Mauro Spadazzi has sent in scanned copies of a rare wholesale catalogue from a subsidiary of the Italian distributor of the CreatiVision:
- Zanussi/Seleco catalogue 1983/84 (Italy)

Flyers: Anders Carlsson provided scans of a beautiful Swedish flyer/advert appearing on Min Hemdator, showing the games in blistered cassette packs:
- En hemdator till nitta och noje for hela familjen (Sweden)

Emulators: @username@ recently released a new version of his cool (despite the uncool name :-P) creatiVision emulator with a ton of features, including the emulation of the Laser 2001/Salora Manager computers and load/save games from/to file.
In accordance to the author, the file can be downloaded from his website only. You will find all details on the Emulators page.

BASIC Programs: added listings for Laser 2001 extracted through @username@'s emulator and utilities:
- Basic 1: Learning - Typewriting (German)

Many thanks to all the contributors for providing the new materials!
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Re: Site news (year 2015)

Post by MADrigal » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:03 am

8th June, 2015

Lots of new additions to the website today, and they're all relating the Wizzard and Dick Smith Electronics!

I recently met Mr Jamieson "Jim" Rowe, former co-editor of Electronics Australia, Technical Director at Dick Smith Electronics between 1980 and 1984 and author of programming books and technical manuals including "Fun Way into Computers using your Wizzard".
Jim was very happy to answer a few questions about his job ad Dick Smith Electronics, and to share his memories with the CreatiVEmu readers - thank you, Jim!

And by coincidence, today I bought a few issues of Electronic Australia covering January to December 1982, with several articles and advertisements on the Wizzard - that I immediately scanned and published! More advertisements were also provided by Australian gent, Bruce Pierson - thanks!

Lastly, my good old Finnish friend, Jarkko Pitajamaki, provided gorgeous scans of boxed games for the Salora Manager, including the rare Stone Age.

So this is the list of newly published resources:

Interviews: This is a brand new section, now featuring the interview with Jamieson "Jim" Rowe... and more will come soon.

Articles: The Wizzard Video Game + Personal Computer article, scanned at high resolution.

Flyers: A sturdy 11 new advertisements titled:
- A TV game with inbuilt pesonal computer in two versions
- Buy a Wizzard and Get 3 FREE Cartridges
- Introducing the Dick Smith Wizzard
- New Zealand's lowest priced home computer
- New Zealand's top value home computer
- The low cost personal computer in two versions
- You'd be crazy to buy a TV game in three versions.

Releases/Software: A superb collection of games for the Salora Manager:
- Auto Chase (box)
- Crazy Chicky (box, manual, cartridge)
- Deep Sea Adventure (box)
- Mouse Puzzle (box, cartridge)
- Stone Age (box, manual)
- Tank Attack (box, manual, cartridge)
- Tennis (manual)

Enjoy the reading!