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Allsorts of interesting finds
« on: 2017.July.08. 17:03:55 »
Sometimes I'll put here some interesting (IMHO) materials.

Ok.

Let's start from Red Moon from Level 9 Computing.
From many sources we can understand: game for EP must exists.
http://mocagh.org/rainbird/level9-history.pdf (year 1985 + photo)
https://archive.org/stream/home-computing-weekly-132/Home_Computing_Weekly_132#page/n29/mode/2up/search/enterprise

But in software adverts of L9 you can see under games "The Worm in Paradise" and "Red Moon" little string "(Not Enterprise/Memotech)"
http://mocagh.org/rainbird/level9-catalog6.pdf
http://mocagh.org/rainbird/level9-catalog8.pdf
All L9 catalogs you can see here: http://mocagh.org/loadpage.php?getgame=header-rainbird


BTW, I found on that site booklet for "Colossal Adventure": http://mocagh.org/rainbird/colossaladventerprise-manual.pdf
(I doesn't saw it earlier)


And some "X-Ray" stuff...

Take Batman (hungary) kasette: http://ep128.hu/Album/Ep_Kazetta/Kazetta/Batman_hun.jpg
and make some gamma/contrast/brightness adjustments:
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"El diales es Divertido"? Some Spain-language educational software?

I think, retailers in Hungary just take cassette with not very popular soft and record on them more interesting and valuable stuff.
Similar cassettes:
http://ep128.hu/Album/Ep_Kazetta/Kazetta/Starstrike_3D_hun.jpg
http://ep128.hu/Album/Ep_Kazetta/Kazetta/Chains_hun.jpg





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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #1 on: 2017.July.08. 21:11:16 »
It says "El Inglés es divertido", that is a known program. The owner can  even it them to the original content if he wants....
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #2 on: 2017.July.08. 21:16:44 »
It says "El Inglés es divertido", that is a known program.
What is it?

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« Reply #3 on: 2017.July.08. 21:28:59 »
I think "English is fun", but oriented to the Spanish market. Probably a stock recovered when Proeinsa(the Spanish dealer) returned all to the UK.

Once in a time Spain was a promising market to sell Enterprise programs, and somebody must have thought that printing them in Spanish was a good idea.

You already found the same text under a Batman tape sticker long ago on 2006....
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #4 on: 2017.July.08. 22:21:48 »
You already found the same text under a Batman tape sticker long ago on 2006....

Oh. I don't carefully reading hungary part of forum.
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #5 on: 2017.July.08. 22:25:09 »
Nor I. Only thanks to Google I can.
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #6 on: 2017.July.09. 17:26:09 »
I think "English is fun", but oriented to the Spanish market. Probably a stock recovered when Proeinsa(the Spanish dealer) returned all to the UK.
But the English fun is a Hungarian version.
Then a "El Inglés es divertido" is a Spanish version, but I never see it.

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« Reply #7 on: 2017.July.09. 20:32:57 »
Yes, I think it was originally Spanish-English and then eventually translated to Hungarian-English, like many other programs. A pity it was not preserved.

The existence of those re-utilised cassettes is almost a proof of it.
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #8 on: 2017.July.12. 21:40:17 »
PRIVAT-85 and PRIVAT-86 german accounting software adverts:

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https://archive.org/stream/Happy.Computer.N35.1986.09-Cartman#page/n106/mode/1up
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Jetzt aber schnell
LOHNSTEUER-JAHRESAUSGLEICH '85
Bis zum 30.9 müssen ihre Anträge beim Finanzamt sein! Für Schneider 664 und 6128 bieten wir das Rechenprogramm für ihren Lohnsteueroder Einkommensteuer-Jahresausgleich:

PRIVAT-85

Damit erhalten Sie die kompletten und aufgeschlüsselten Ausrechnungen. Einfacher geht es nicht! Für nur 60,00 DM plus Nachnahmegebühr. Den Prospekt gibt es für 80 Pfennig in Briefmarken. Auch für Commodore C 64, Atari 260/520 und Enterprise 128 geeignet.

dialog partner in berlin gmbh:
Postfach 360205, 1000 Berlin 36

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Gewinn für die ganze Familie!

Das Lohnsteuerjahresausgleich/Einkommensteuer-Rechenprogramm für den privaten Gebrauch ist da !

PRIVAT-86 bietet Ihnen

- Up-Date Garantie
- blitzschnelle Errechnung der Lohn-bzw. Einkommensteuer
- Berücksichtigung aller steuerlich relevanten Faktoren (Werbungskosten etc.)
- Erweiterungsmodule PRIVAT-86 KSO und PRIVAT-86 V für die Einkommensteuer
- Ergebnisse über Bildschirm und Drucker
- Erweiterungsmodul PRIVAT-FORMULAR ermöglicht direkten Druck auf das Steuerformular

Version für CP/M (alle Schneider, Atari ST, Commodore C 128, Enterprise 128 K)

DM 69,50

and advert of Vokabeltrainer and Verbentrainer from düsi-software (1|2)
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https://archive.org/stream/Happy.Computer.N56.1988.06-Cartman#page/n110/mode/1up
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #9 on: 2017.July.12. 21:54:05 »
PRIVAT-85 and PRIVAT-86 german accounting software adverts:
Not quite. Actually a program to do your yearly income tax declaration.

The others are adverts for software to exercise foreign language vocabulary.

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #10 on: 2017.October.22. 14:05:32 »
In french magazine "Micro Systemes" found advertizement of monitor FIDELITY CM 14



http://enterprise.iko.hu/articles/PopularComputingWeekly85103100015.jpg
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #11 on: 2017.October.22. 16:35:39 »
Only that the original Enterprise monitor also had TV function(not of much use today). In the official brochure they removed the tinted glass that protected the screen.


It also was commercialised as TV but I can't see the model in the picture.

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« Reply #13 on: 2017.October.22. 18:10:19 »
More abut the Fidelity make:

Fidelity Radio Ltd., founded by Jack Dickman in 1946, head office in Blechynden Street, North Kensington, London. First radio was model 2546 "Caravan Set" (nickname). They made turntables and tape recorders (Argyll Major and Minor, Playmatic, Playmaster and Braemar), and cheap portable TV sets. Their products were generally pitched at the cheaper end of the market.

Taken over by Caparo Industries in the mid 1980’s and closed down in the late 1980’s. Alan Sugar’s Amstrad plc bought the rights to the Fidelity brand name.

"A company called Fidelity plc, manufacturers of electrical equipment, was the target of a takeover by Caparo Industries plc. Fidelity was not doing well. In March 1984 Fidelity had issued a profit warning, which had halved its share price. In May 1984 Fidelity's directors made a preliminary announcement in its annual profits for the year up to March. This confirmed the position was bad. The share price fell again. At this point Caparo had begun buying up shares in large numbers. In June 1984 the annual accounts, which were done with the help of the accountant Dickman, were issued to the shareholders, which now included Caparo. Caparo reached a shareholding of 29.9% of the company, at which point it made a general offer for the remaining shares, as the City Code's rules on takeovers required. But once it had control, Caparo found that Fidelity's accounts were in an even worse state than had been revealed by the directors or the auditors. It sued Dickman for negligence in preparing the accounts and sought to recover its losses. This was the difference in value between the company as it had and what it would have had if the accounts had been accurate."

The "funny" aspect of this is that in the 80's Amstrad was already client from Fidelity through an intermediary, L&N. It can be read on page 61 of a book written by Alan Sugar Himself.
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