ZX Vega+ News

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Vega+ Shipping Dates

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017

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Friday December 22, 2017

A member of the public discussion facebook group notices that the original ZX Vega is available for sale on the Argos website, and by staying on the page for a little while, the site reports how many have been ordered in the past 48 hours. Assuming the figures on the site are real and not artificially inflated, Argos have sold £990 worth of units in the past two days. A suggestion is posted that a few complaints should be made to inform Argos they are selling a product with absolutely no support and that RCL do not even have a website (as one of the Argos staff suggested a customer to visit in the Q&A section).

Original Vega illegally sold and ordered 10 times from Argos in last 48 hours
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Saturday December 23, 2017

A new article appears on the Real Crooks blog called Suzanne Louise Martin – In Sickness and in Wealth (archived backup available). The webpage contains a large number of allegations, including that Suzanne Martin claims she is suicidal in official bailiff and court documents when she loses in court, that Suzanne is claiming social security benefits for living alone while living with her boyfriend (who may be using an alias himself) in Ramsgate, and that Suzanne wears disguises whilst walking her dog. The post also includes a phone number to ring anonymously for her victims: National Benefit Fraud Hotline - 0800 854 440 (call between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday).

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Sunday December 31, 2017

Jonathan Cauldwell tweets that he only managed to complete two ZX Spectrum titles in 2017. On August 12, Jonathan Cauldwell promised that he would write all 1000 games for the Vega+ if necessary, after earlier promising (on May 7, 2017) to quit the Spectrum scene forever if the Vega+ console never comes out. 

 

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Friday 5th January, 2018

A backer notices that the accounts for Retro Computers Ltd have been extended by a month. As of yesterday, the accounts showed they were due on 30 December 2017 (left side of the image, overdue by 6 days) and now they show they are due on 31 January 2018 (right side of the image)

RCL accounts extended on Companies House 30 December 2017 to 31 January 2018
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Saturday 6th January, 2018

An article and video by Chris Foxx appears on the BBC website entitled CES 2018: Psion PDA gets Android makeover. In the video, Janko Mrsic-Flogel is asked about "a different crowd-funded retro computer" (the Vega+) and lies about when he joined the project.

Chris Foxx of the BBC

Behind the device is businessman Janko Mrsic-Flogel. He's also a company director at another firm making a different crowd-funded retro computer that is many months late but he told the BBC he only joined that company long after its crowd-funding and still expects the device to be delivered.

— Chris Foxx

Janko Mrsic-Flogel lies to the BBC about his involvement with the Vega+

The Retro Computers Ltd entry on Companies House shows Janko Mrsic-Flogel became a director on April 19th, 2016 and this was announced even earlier on the Indiegogo campaign update on April 15th, 2016. This is approximately 3 weeks after the Indiegogo campaign funding was successful, and less than 1 week after the first large payment of £141,769.92 was received on April 13th, 2016, and a month prior to the first Paypal lump sum payment of £100,000 on May 18th 2016.

Lee Fogarty has previously posted several comments about the BBC's biased reporting, in particular about Leo Kelion (technology desk editor). Lee Fogarty posted on the Indiegogo comments section on March 11th 2017 that Leo Kelion has been reported to the police along with his colleague Holly Brockwell:

Lying Lee Fogarty

The fact that Leo Kelion has been reported to the police for his part in this, and is participating along with his colleague Holly in the campaign says a lot more than his “article”

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty says Leo Kelion of the BBC has been reported to the police

Lee Fogarty also posted on World of Spectrum on March 11th 2017 claiming that Leo Kelion of the BBC publishes articles for ex-director Paul Andrews:

Lying Lee Fogarty

For the record, Leo Kelion is a personal friend of Paul Andrews.He was given the same information as other reporters - nobody was threatened, but the BBC in particular have a duty not to include items likely to disrupt court cases - which he chose to ignore, then published Andrews article for him.

— Lee Fogarty
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Sunday 7th January, 2018

Multiple people report receiving messages from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority regarding the investigation into lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores. The letters include the name of the Regulatory supervisor investigating the case and show that the case is being treated very seriously. 

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Monday 8th January, 2018

David Levy has failed to update backers of the Vega+ for 3 months, but has found time to discuss male sex robots with the Daily Mail in an article called Hard wired: Now you'll be able to buy MALE sex robots too as artificial 'companions' with bionic penises are set to go on sale this year.

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Video

Finally Lee bites the hand that feeds him with a sensational series of online tirades against his former masters.
(14/11/2017)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

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  • Final devices made: 0
  • Prototypes made: 20-30