Welcome to DataServe Retro...
About the Site
For new visitors who don't know me, I collect and restore many types of 1980's retro computer systems (although I do tend to have a particular preference for the Sinclair and Amstrad machines) .
My website was originally set up to provide information on the range of 8-bit micro computers I restore and support - focusing on the companies behind them, their development history and sadly for most of them, their ultimate demise.
As the site was noticed, I started to receive many emails and questions. The site expanded (and continues to do so) as I tried to answer the most frequently asked questions by sharing my own knowledge and experience through the technical pages.
I try to offer support and advice in a friendly and non-technical way and will continue to add sections as visitors request them - drop me an email if you want a particular subject covered and I'll do my best to help.
By popular request, I now also try to offer a range of spares, parts, peripherals, documentation, books, software and even complete machines whenever possible. These are all offered from my on-line shop which is integrated into the site.
Payment for items is quick and easy via PayPal, but you can pay by other methods should you prefer (please email me).
Please do note, the site and its shop are dedicated to preserving, not profiteering. I am a hobbyist, not an enterprise - the prices for items simply reflect their searching out and buying-in prices, plus the costs of repairs and restoration. It is the result of a much loved hobby, not a source of income, please read my Terms & Conditions for more information before making any purchases.
For a guide on how to use the site, navigate around the menus etc., then see the "How to use the Site" page.
Updates are regular - the date of update and key changes are always shown at the foot of this page (often with more detail in the "What's New" section) so you can feel confident that the site is live and not just a museum.
If you have any comments, suggestions or requests for further site content, please feel free to email me.
Last Site Update: 17th February 2017
New stocks of books added to the Acorn Electron , BBC Micro and Sinclair Spectrum sections of the shop library - more to add to other sections next week.
Replacement EAR/MIC sockets and main board power sockets now available for the Sinclair ZX81.
I have started work on a complete re-write of the website to bring it up to date and make it more compatible with tablets and smart-phones. All sections are being refreshed with a cleaner new style.
The on-line shop shop in particular is being completely restructured, ranges of machines and spare parts expanded and all product photographs renewed.
By way of many requests (even though no-one buys the damned things) I am expanding the range of software and games offered across more computer types (hours of testing ahead)!
Naturally, all of this work is going to take some time, but I have made a good start and completed the basic structure of the new site.
I hope to be ready to publish by the end of April - I'll add more progress reports here...
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