"Keeping 1980s Home Computers Alive"
Who are RWAP Software
Rather than being just another computer museum RWAP
Software offers a range of support for the
older type of computer, mainly computers designed by Sir Clive Sinclair
during the 1980s, namely the Sinclair ZX80 (1980), ZX81 (1981), ZX
Spectrum (1982), the Sinclair QL (1984) and Cambridge Z88 (1988).
Many of these have now passed their 30th anniversary, and it is amazing
that there is still a flourishing market for these well loved machines.
We use our skills and expertise of using these computers on an almost daily basis since 1982 to assist users and those interested in developing new software and hardware. We also offer a broad range of second hand hardware and software for these computers and spares (including replacement keyboard membranes).
By keeping the older vintage computers and electronics equipment working, we are helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and recycling much of the older items.
Our heart remains with
the Sinclair computers which formed our introduction to the world of
computers and have provided a means to developing some spectacular
software over time, and we continue to develop new products to support
these computers, bringing them to market.
After all, ensuring that 1980s computer technology can still
be used and imrpoved, helps keep with our wish to contribute positively
to the environment through recycling rather than items going to
Services for Sinclair Computer Owners
The Sinclair computers were invented by Sir Clive Marles Sinclair, well-known British entrepreneur in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
As part of a joint project with Rakewell Limited, we are happy
to supply a wide range of items aimed at
supporting the users of various other Sinclair based computers,
including the Cambridge Z88 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. We are also aiming to
increase the development of products for these computers and also to
obtain the more obscure items produced for these computers (and arrange
for them to go back into production where there is sufficient
We are constantly developing new products to help keep these
retro computers alive, including replacement
keyboard membranes for a wide range of computers (including the
Sinclair ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, QL and Cambridge Z88 home computers).
As part of our software development for these Sinclair
computers, we have helped to develop various high profile programs for
the Sinclair QL and PC, including Genealogy for Windows and QL
Genealogist which can both handle GEDCOM data, Q-Route (a fast and
accurate route-finder program currently only on the QL) and the first
high colour game for the Sinclair QL (QWord).
We are helping to promote both the Sinclair ZX80/ZX81 and the
Sinclair QL through development of new websites, including the Sinclair
forums and the Sinclair QL Wiki
which help to increase the amount of information available on the
internet about these computers, and enthuse people into developing new
hardware and software products.
We have also re-released numerous programs for the Sinclair
including the popular games and adventures by Talent+, as well as a
wide range of programming reference utilities for the Sinclair QL,
including the SBASIC/SuperBASIC Reference Manual, Q-Index and Q-Help,
all of which are still available. Some items have been re-released
commercially, whereas others we have agreed with the authors to make them
available as public domain software (downloadable from the
Sinclair QL Homepage).
We continue to preserve commercial software written for the
Sinclair QL with a view to either re-releasing it commercially, or to
making it available for existing users who can no longer read the
microdrive cartridges originally supplied.
We have ideas for new projects for the Sinclair ZX81 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum at the moment, the first of which has been launched - the ZXPand (launched in May 2011), which provides 32K RAM and and SD memory card interface for the Sinclair ZX81, allowing instant loading and saving to .p files. This has led to further developments in both ZX81 software and hardware, including the add-on ZXpand-AY module, which provides both a joystick interface and an AY sound interface.
The ZXpand can even be used with the original
Sinclair ZX80 (although you need a conversion kit) !
Services for Other Retro Computer UsersWe continue to look for new ways of supporting the burgeoning retro and vintage computer market, and have successfully launched replacement keyboard membranes for the Enterprise 64/128, Amstrad CPC664 and Sam Coupé home computers, as well as running our own dedicated trading website for retro computer users and traders - SellMyRetro.com which has much lower fees than you would expect to pay on similar online auction websites.
We continue to look to purchase and recycle retro computer collections for re-sale in order to help continue the interest in these computers, and are also interested in finding new hardware projects to manufacture and sell to the existing market. If you are interested, or can help with manufacturing or designing some of the hardware, please get in touch with us.
For details of our available second hand and new items for a range of
retro computers, please visit
RWAP Software on SellMyRetro
We continue to actively seek other partners who can help to
improve and expand this market, not only improving the rate of
recycling for old computers, but also bringing skills such as
programming and electronic development back once again into the reach
of the masses.
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