Home Computing Weekly

Operation Caretaker

Author: C.J.
Publisher: Global
Machine: Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #122

Ok, ok, I take it all back. In a recent HCW I laid quite heavily into this kit, which is intended as a sort of cassette player maintenance kit.

Hold on though, on second thoughts, I'm only prepared to take back some of the things I said about it. Granted, some of my criticisms about the instructions and friendliness of the package weren't entirely justif-ied. On the other hand though, my criticism of the program which tests your cassette player's azimuth alignment was justified.

At the time, the alignment program insisted that my trusty and reliable cassette player (which has never given me the slightest loading problems) was a bit of a wreck and thoroughly unreliable.

It seems that Global Software have accepted that criticism at least, for they have now supplied us with a newer version, slightly modified and considerably more accurate, as far as I can tell.

The demagnetising/head cleaning tape is a sensible inclusion, as is the screwdriver for adjusting the head on the cassette player. But now, the alignment program, instead of registering vast inaccuracies in the way my cassette reads data and giving it an "Ugly" rating, gives a very low error rate and a "Good" rating. This seems more accurate judging by my past experience with the player, and I now feel that the kit is more useful than before. It might seem like an unnecessary expense if you don't have loading problems at the moment, but in the long run it could be a very worthwhile investment.


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