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The Centre for Computing History and Jason Fitzpatrick have been published in the Cambridge Evening News.
It might have had a tiny memory by today’s standards but the memories of those who found joy in their ZX Spectrum live on today. Reporter RAYMOND BROWN takes a trip back in time.
It was 1982 and Chariots of Fire won a raft of Oscars, the Falklands War was raging and Prince William was born.
And the ZX Spectrum, the brainchild of Cambridge scientist Clive Sinclair, hit the shops – and changed the world.
He is probably most well known today for the commercial flop that was the C5 electric trike.
But in May 1979, his engineers began work on the machine that would give rise to the multi-million selling ZX Spectrum. Mr Sinclair – he wasn’t knighted until 1983 – wanted to create a home computer people could afford.
Read the rest of the article at : Making computers part of every home
It also offered an extended version of Sinclair Basic, a computer language with which hundreds of thousands of users were already familiar.
The thin Bauhaus-inspired design was sleeker than anything else on the market, but what was more impressive was its price: £125 for the basic model with 16 kilobytes of RAM, or £175 for the 48k model.
That allowed adverts at the time to boast: “Less than half the price of its nearest competitor- and more powerful”.
You can read the rest of this article at the BBC - ZX Spectrum’s chief designers reunited 30 years on
The Sinclair ZX81 was small, black with only 1K of memory, but 30 years ago it helped to spark a generation of programming wizards.
Packing a heady 1KB of RAM, you would have needed more than 50,000 of them to run Word or iTunes, but the ZX81 changed everything.
It didn’t do colour, it didn’t do sound, it didn’t sync with your trendy Swap Shop style telephone, it didn’t even have an off switch. But it brought computers into the home, over a million of them, and created a generation of software developers.
Before, computers had been giant expensive machines used by corporations and scientists – today, they are tiny machines made by giant corporations, with the power to make the miraculous routine. But in the gap between the two stood the ZX81.