[Frequently Asked Questions]
|SPECCY RESOURCES - ESSENTIAL SITES
This page last updated on 11 Aug 2000
The aim of this section is to put some of the best sites around in
an 'quick reference' section, so newcomers (and others!) don't have to
wade through the listings of all the other sites to find what they're
after. Opinions on which sites should be in this section are welcomed;
mail me with your ideas.
- Martijn van der Heide's World of Spectrum
(commonly abbreviated to WoS) has 99.9% of the Spectrum material
you'll ever need: its associated FTP site
has virtually every Spectrum program ever released, as well as every
emulator and a large collection of utilities. If you don't like FTP,
WoS has an HTML front-end for it all, and search engines
which allow you to search WoS, NVG (see below) and other sites; if all
that wasn't enough, there's also a fair amount of Speccy-related
documentation, including a mirror of this FAQ, and Martijn's own
utilites (including Taper, the best tape file convertor
available, and the Spectrum Games Database, a powerful program
for organising the enormous collection of stuff you've now got.
If you are finding access to the FTP archive slow, mirror sites are
Finally, there is a CD copy of WoS available; visit Craig Rothwell's
details. (You are strongly encouraged to buy this rather than
downloading the entire archive).
- Planet Sinclair II is
the biggest Spectrum related Web site out there, with vast quantities
of information about the Spectrum and its history. Also available is
the NVG FTP site which still has a very large amount of data
on it, but is disorganised (multiple copies of the same program, etc)
and hasn't been maintained since mid-1997.
- Hackers Anonymous
(run by Gerard Sweeney of YS fame) has two warehouses of information:
firstly, Hack Attack III, giving you a poke for almost every
Spectrum game and secondly the NVG Catalogue, a (succesful)
attempt to bring some order to the NVG FTP site (see above).
- The Sinclair Software Database
(now onto version 2) is a project to provide documentation for every piece
of Spectrum software ever released. Currently with over 400 entries (mostly
games), but not growing very quickly: it's going to need your help,
so get out your cassette inlays/manuals and your scanners or typing fingers!
- The Your Sinclair Rock'n'Roll Years
is a very well presented site, which is full of news, reviews, screenshots
and cover scans from every issue of Your Sinclair.
- The Sinclair section of Pete Robinson's Classic 8-bit Computers Page
is a great source for Speccy-related documentation, including, amongst
other things, the manual for all the different Spectrum models.
- Borgar Waade has a large list of old home
computer games (including many Speccy ones) which have been converted to
newer machines on his Remakes
page. Almost every remake can be found here, including some which
can't be found anywhere else.
This FAQ is maintained by Philip Kendall;
distribution is permitted only under the conditions specified in the
for this FAQ: http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~pak/cssfaq/index.html.