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Started by HerrWalrus on Mar 10, 2017 8:54:57 PM
On March 5 1981, the ZX-81 was launched...

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/5447/Sincla
ir-ZX81-Lanuched


There was a lot of bad stuff going on in the 80s, but the growth of the home computer market was great. Wasn't it?

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Gotout - 10 Mar 2017 21:15:22 (#1 of 354)

I bought one for £50 secondhand. I had to really stretch my budget and convince my wife I needed one.

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 21:18:42 (#2 of 354)

Could you buy it as a bag of components too?

nemo75 - 10 Mar 2017 21:25:17 (#3 of 354)

It must have been an amazing time. I still have my zx spectrum from some years later.

Gotout - 10 Mar 2017 21:25:55 (#4 of 354)

Yes, a TV dealer friend of mine had a useful sideline in repairing bodged kits.

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 21:28:07 (#5 of 354)

Cheers Gotout. I couldn't afford a ZX-81 so had to wait until I could buy the ZX Spectrum complete with it's ULA (It was a chip).

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 21:28:37 (#6 of 354)

I had a zx81 AND a 16k ram pack.

#winning

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 21:29:33 (#7 of 354)

A mate had a zx80; and much later I had a QL. The latter was a nice idea, but ultimately rubbish.

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 21:44:04 (#8 of 354)

Indeed. I had one too. The microdrives never really worked reliably for a start.

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 21:45:30 (#9 of 354)

Oh, indeed not.

HerrWalrus - 10 Mar 2017 21:48:55 (#10 of 354)

At the time it seemed amusing to see Sir Clive fall from his perch - first the QL and then the C5 Debacle. But what if he had succeeded in getting us to drive electric vehicles?

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 21:52:04 (#11 of 354)

His nephew brings you: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/22/s
inclair-c5-reborn-1980s-electric-tricycle-gets-21st-century/

invicta - 10 Mar 2017 21:52:48 (#12 of 354)

Oh, go on. You know you want to.

http://www.zx81stuff.org.uk/zx81/emulate.php?track
=3DMonsterMaze(NGS).tzx.zip@0&title=3D%20Monste
r%20Maze

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 22:02:22 (#13 of 354)

I was living in Cambridge at the time of all of this, so we saw C5s around. And all the rest of it. It was an exciting place to be, at the heart of this technological change in gear. Sinclair was quite a bloke, but ultimately made a few wrong calls. Like most tech companies to be fair; look at Blackberry...

nemo75 - 10 Mar 2017 22:03:50 (#14 of 354)

Horace and the spiders is grate

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 22:03:52 (#15 of 354)

Even Apple were in the doldrums in the late 80s and early 90s I think.

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 22:24:23 (#16 of 354)

Not wrong there.

Fungaloids! Now there was a ZX81 game...

Tripos - 10 Mar 2017 22:27:37 (#17 of 354)

The only game I conquered was Ant Attack on the Spectrum, but I was young and I don't think it was a difficult game.

bossab2 - 10 Mar 2017 22:30:26 (#18 of 354)

Apple got quite close to going bust in the mid 90s

MaconLeary - 10 Mar 2017 22:36:36 (#19 of 354)

Ooh, 3D Monster Maze!

What an adrenaline rush that was.

Ricolas - 10 Mar 2017 23:17:08 (#20 of 354)

The Spectrum had the best games. Still payable now.

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