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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

World of Spectrum

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Monday December 4, 2017

Lee Fogarty posts in the World of Spectrum facebook group to say he has reported RCL to Action Fraud:

Lying Lee Fogarty

I have today been forced to report RCL and their web-hosts (Fastnet) to action fraud due to their repeated attempts to bypass my softwares features.

I have asked both RCL and Fastnet to refrain from (badly) hacking my software and as yet received no response.

The software was disabled due to non-payment. Over the last month, and particularly the last two days, they have repeatedly attempted to bypass the restrictions.

The software is owned entirely by myself and used with permission. This permission is withdrawn on non-payment. Action Fraud have agreed that the site is being hacked with the intention to defraud.

At the same time, I also discussed the online shop and particularly the sales made. I have been advised to also report this to action fraud as a separate case.
If you have ordered any items from the RCL web shop and not received thern, please contact me privately so that your details can be added to the report prior to sending. This is clearly time-sensitive so responding ASAP is essential. If you don't wish for me to have your details, I will be providing a crime reference number to link cases.

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty has reported RCL and Fast net to Action Fraud

Attempting to view the Retro Computers Limited website results in the following message appearing:

An Error Was Encountered [ 503 ]

Please be patient whilst we desperately try to hack the server software that has been disabled due to non-payment. We realise this is illegal to do so and appreciate it not being posted on twitter.

Retro Computers Limited website error encountered due to non payment
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Tuesday December 5, 2017

After Lee Fogarty's "hacking" of his previous employer's website, the RCL site now consists of a single background image. The image can not be seen properly on the majority of screens because the author clearly does not understand HTML. The entire code for the page is as follows:

<html>
<body background="bgimage.jpg">
</body>
</html>

The image (2048x1536 in size) should have been displayed like this:

New Retro Computers Ltd website coming soon
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Wednesday December 6, 2017

Anon y Mouse tweets a scanned document that appears to show Suzanne Martin purchasing social media engagements from Devumi - a social media marketing company. The scan shows payments of $97 per month for the 8 months from September 2016 (proposed original Vega+ release month) until April 2017. A total of $776 appears to have been spent in this eight month period and was allocated to the sinclairzxvega twitter account to create fake audience engagements. The plan indicates payment is for 1000 daily engagements.

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Thursday December 7, 2017

Anon y Mouse releases a document from late 2016 showing that RCL ordered 37 but took delivery of only 5 prototype Vega+ units. RCL had previously promised that all backers would have their units by Xmas 2016.

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Friday December 8, 2017

Lee Fogarty posts on the World of Spectrum facebook group claiming that Suzanne Martin has reported him to cyber crime:

Lying Lee Fogarty

Quick update - I have spoken to cyber crime today as they received a report from Suzanne Martin regarding the website. They are satisfied I have done nothing wrong and was within the boundary of the contract. They also took the opportunity to request clarification of my report, so they have received in full the numerous sales confirmation receipts from the online store (thanks to those that supplied them), along with a statement, and other evidence for other claims.

In addition, they requested evidence of a further claim I made today regarding certain troll accounts on twitter. Briefly, it is known I was accused in court of creating several abusive twitter accounts. Clearly I wouldn't be happy with that, so I dug out evidence that Suzanne Martin created those accounts herself, and have sent the evidence on. I was also asked to provide evidence against some claims RCL have made about others that were untrue - that has also been supplied.

— Lee Fogarty

Most of the comments in the public discussion facebook group are of the opinion that Lee has made up the majority of the story:

  • Cyber crime was a TV term to describe a department, the official one for the UK is the NCCU.
  • Lee would have surely been asked to provide his ICO registration to prove the handling of critical user data was securely stored since Lee appears to be holding financial data well beyond their original date of purchase.
  • Because of the nature of the crime taken they will have advised Lee that this would have been looked into by EMSOU (East Midlands Organised Crime Unit), especially given the evidence Lee had provided to them of people's financial and personal details, which would be forwarded to SEROCU (South East counterpart).
  • If Lee had really received a call from the 'cyber cops' due to RCL complaining, due to the paperwork involved they are not going to care about online bullying or creating more aliases as this won't impact the freezing of assets which is the NCCU's primary goal to stop crime.
  • Another poster states: I know people who've reported actual cyber crimes - genuinely serious and dangerous cases of stalking - and waited months for any movement. The idea that "Cyber Crime" would be this quick off the mark for what is essentially a minor spat between two tiny businesses is laughable.

Lee Fogarty claims Suzanne Martin has reported him to cyber crimes

Another twitter account has been locked due to "posting or sharing privately produced/distributed intimate media of someone without their express consent". Suzanne Martin is not the chief censor for the internet, so the offending material has been added to the media takedowns page.

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Saturday December 9, 2017

A member of the World of Spectrum facebook group posts asking Lee why he went along with Suzanne Martin's dodgy shenanigans instead of distancing himself from RCL when he knew what was happening. His lack of ethics were also questioned. Lee posts:

Lying Lee Fogarty

You think I said nothing to RCL, or the guy in CID investigating? Why do you think I quit? The final straw was the 3D printed case that was supposed to convince me it was 2 weeks away from delivery, and the software debacle. I wasn't going to risk being sued by going public when it should have been dealt with privately.

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty called out for having no ethics and going along with Suzanne Martin

Preston Thomas (author of the Vega+ News Mic Drop in March 2017) has officially quit the ZX Spectrum scene after having being doxxed (having his address released):

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Sunday December 10, 2017

Lee Fogarty adds a donate page to the World of Spectrum website. In 2016, Lee stated that he was quitting the World of Spectrum but that the hosting costs were not a problem for him. Since the funding from RCL has been turned off, it appears that funding has become a problem after all.

A member of the public discussion facebook group notices that the prices Lee Fogarty is asking for his server hardware requirements has been marked up approximately 250% compared to the prices shown on the Fasthosts dedicated servers page.

 

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

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— RCL (15/02/2016)

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