Tom Bent

9016 Flicker Place, Columbia, MD 21045

Tom Bent was editor for SyncWare News starting with volume 2. He also produced a debugged and improved version of the ZX81/TS1000 ROM.


Plugs into the TS2068 cartridge slot. On board battery keeps it alive even when you turn the computer off. Switch selectable for use in the DOCK or EXROM banks with no mods to the computer. Write protect switch lets you use memory like an EPROM. Run your own plug-in BASIC programs. Detailed instructions include utilities
TS 2068
Debugged/improved LPRINT, CLS, SCROLL, DIM and more. Full display file, SCROLL/CLS work properly, LPRINT small numbers (.0001), DIM very large single strings (DIM A$(47000)) in 64K and a few other changes incorporated. For the 16K TS1000, TS1500 or ZX81.
ZX81 TS 1000 TS 1500


  • 8k ROM Upgrade
    Improved ZX81/TS 1000 ROM from Tom Bent. Changes include normal FAST mode, 6 character shape improvements, change British pound symbol to an apostrophe, LPRINT decimal numbers with leading zeros, fast SCROLL, proper divide of numbers in repetitive math, proper CLS action, fixed display file, DIMension single string arrays up to 64K and invoke LPRINT commands
  • A Video Upgrade?
    Why upgrade the TS1000 video with a TMS9918 video display processor (VDP?) If you find that your computer does its job, but you would like to see it work a lot faster (in SLOW), if you’re tired of that annoying fast mode flicker, if you have a program longer than 16K of BASIC and want
  • AERCO Disk Drives
    Aerco has announced their disk drive interface, which will have an extra 64 K of memory (cartridge bank) for you to use (see more details inside). CPM 2068 should follow soon, which would enable file transfer between other types of CPM computers (that can read the standard IBM 3740 disk format) by disk, which is
  • Announcements
    Quantum Levels magazines ending publishing. New issue disks.
  • CATS User Group Workshop
  • Contest Nears Conclusion
    60+ contestants who submitted over 80 programs to the Big Contest; Timex 2068 disk drive has been submitted to the FCC for approval; Kirt Olsen of Syntax has stated that he will not take on any new subscribers; QL is out of the FCC (after one year) and is available by mail order.
  • Dear Editor
    Custom keytops are available from MULE Electronics; high pitched whine from TV; beware of overvoltage conditions; use Atari 822 paper on TS2040; Memotech printers; Paul Hunter offers excellent service.
  • Editorial
    Another amazing year has passed and we have seen a number of computer companies bite the big one, as well as a number of computer related publications. Syncware News is now firmly planted and has every intention of “sticking around.”
  • Editorial: Sinclair-Amstrad Deal; SyncWare Grows; Journal Goes
    Sinclair Research sold rights for Spectrum computers to Amstrad. Jeff Moore becomes editor. SyncWare Journal in construction.
  • For Your Support
    Product announcements from Barry Carter, Aerco, Zebra Systems, Pete Petri, JRC Software, Chia-Chi Chao, Poretsky & Poretsky, D. Lipinski Software, K. D. Lewis, American Surplus Trading, Toronto Software World, John Oliger, Rick Munday, A.F.R. Software, Sum-Ware, Al White and WMJ Data Systems.
  • For Your Support
    Product announcements from Robert Fischer, UAS, Tom Laffin, Knighted Computers, RAMEX, Ben Johnson, Fred Nachbaur, Tom Bent, Jim Houston Enterprises, Paul Bingham, Sum-Ware and Ray Kingsley.
  • For Your Support
    Product announcements from C. W. Associates, Gulf Micro Electronics, Aerco, G. Russell Electronics, Melvin MacKaron, Ace Software, Rheesware, EZ-KEy, Falmouth Computer Service, Damco Enterprises, A.F.R. Software, John Oliger, Van Vangor, T-Ware, Integrated Data Systems.
  • For Your Support
    Product availability announcements from Imre Auersbaucher (educational software), Hawg Wild Software (2068 fig-Forth, CP Spectrum Forth, EMU-1 Spectrum emulator, User Design Graphics toolkit), Dale Lipinski Software (5 new programs for the 2068, and 8 new ones for the 1000 and 1500, dealing with accounting and file management), Sinware (updated HotZ 2068), Games to Learn By
  • For Your Support
    Product announcements from Softaid, TEJ Computer Products, G. Russell Electronics, Integrated Data Systems, Sharp’s, Richard Booth, J. Keene, Pratt Programs, Robotron Industries, Knighted Computers, Ray Rash and Fred Nachbaur.
  • Forum
    Although it was not out intention to cause either mass hysteria or high anxiety, last issue’s front page seemed to cause both. I never got so much mail in my life! Would you believe 18 inches deep? If I haven’t responded quickly to your letters recently, please understand why.
  • From the President
  • From the President
  • Hardware Savvy: Modifications and Maintenance Tips for the Sinclair Family of Computers
  • Hardware Savvy: Modifications and maintenance tips for the Sinclair family of computers
    Tom Bent begins documenting projects that take place at the CATS hardware sessions. This column describes how to re-insert a membrane connector without cracking it.
  • Hints and Tips on Sinclairs
  • How Fast is Fast Enough?
    Todays word is SPEED. Regardless of which machine you own, you can speed up your SAVE and LOAD times in several different ways. The most economical is the tape based fastload, of which there are several programs out for the 1000. The 2068 has a speed limitation due to design considerations, although it does load
  • Memotech Revisited
    All Timex Sinclair computer owners can expect to get an offer from Memotech soon. This offer is in the form of a trade in. They will reduce the price of their MTX512 computer a substantial amount, depending on what you have to trade in. The MTX512 has been upgraded considerably since it was first announced.
  • Microdrives!
    Zebra Systems has the Sinclair microdrives running on a 2068 (with a Spectrum ROM). They should have a bus conversion out soon for attachment of those and other Spectrum peripherals.
  • New Products and Services (Syntax v5 n11)
    Tom Woods sells enhanced Mscript; Byte-Back offers new A/D converter; Tom Bent’s 8K ROM; Powerful Projects with Your Timex/Sinclair; D. Lipinski’s buyer’s guide; Spec-Tax; control your computer with brain waves; green screen monitors.
  • Pictures from the 1986 Midwest TS Computer Fest
    Pictures taken by Charles Dickson of Lanham, MD.
  • Presidential Ramblings
  • Presidential Ramblings
  • Presidential Ramblings
  • Profile 2068
    Contrary to popular belief, there is a Profile manual under construction. (I have seen the proofs with my own eyes.) There is however, one chapter to go before it is ready for the printer. The manual is comprised of not only instructions, but several modifications, program improvements and upgrades and will be a good tutorial
  • QL Repair Sources/TS-2068 Repair Sources
    Dan Elliott and Tom Bent are recommended for QL. Elliot also repairs TS-2068.
  • Sinclair QL Update
    The latest word is that Sinclair will take orders as early as November, with deliveries as early as January (FCC permiting). Several improvements have been made to it since it was first introduced, mainly to correct the original discrepancies in the operating system, etc.
  • Spectrum Software
    There is just a ton of excellent Spectrum software from games to a floating point compiler. You can get this software from any number of suppliers in this country. With the Pound slipping in price, the cost of Spectrum programs is, relatively speaking, very low. This differential may help justify the acquistion of a Romswitch
  • SyncWare Meets QL
    Sinclair Research has been promising the North American arrival of their new QL computer for so long, it’s hard to remember just when the first mention of it was made. Were it not for the fact that this machine is being sold in the U.K., one might well wonder if it is just the figment
  • Syncware News Reorganizes to Continue
    Thomas B. Woods will take over publication of SyncWare News as volume 2 begins. The final arrangements call for the newsletter to go to a full-size, 16-page format with spinwriter type and remain bi-monthly. Fred Nachbaur will provide technical input, and Tom Bent will take over editorial chores.
  • The TS2192 Computer
    The greatest part of this announcement is that if you own a 2068, then you don’t have to buy another computer! However, nothing is for free. It does require converting a 1000 64K RAM pack, of which we show the conversion for one.
  • Thomas J. Bent's ZX81/TS1000 ROM Upgrade
  • TS 1000 ROM Swap
  • Volume No.1 of SyncWare
    We are presently reconstructing and re-editing volume one of SyncWare News. We appreciate your patience. We are hoping to have Volume one out by the end of November. I’m sure that the original subscribers can comprehend the magnitude of this task. The original five issues amounted to 190 pages of 5 “by 8.5”, reduced type!


No people associated with this content.

Scroll to Top