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Started by Tripos on Sep 16, 2021 11:27:29 PM
Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor behind Spectrum computer and C5, dies aged 81
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Tripos - 16 Sep 2021 23:28:45 (#1 of 72)

R.I.P Sir Clive Sinclair. My first computer was the ZX Spectrum - I learnt a lot.

DesEsseintes - 16 Sep 2021 23:32:57 (#2 of 72)

oh well he got the little car thing right - the computers and calculators not so much

Snarlygog - 17 Sep 2021 05:08:01 (#3 of 72)

The Spectrum was the spark and tinder for the UK Games industry.

quattrobhoy - 17 Sep 2021 08:36:00 (#4 of 72)

Has Reverse Polish notation anything to do with Brexit?

dottie30 - 17 Sep 2021 08:41:03 (#5 of 72)

I had a ZX Spectrum. Ah the many blissful hours spent watching the loading screen and all its colourful, buzzing lines.

The Hobbit and Donkey Kong were favourites IIRC.

Arjuna - 17 Sep 2021 08:46:27 (#6 of 72)

I recently found a dozen zx81 and spectrums in my dad's garage as well as a load of other 80s computers. He goes to a lot of car boot sales and could never resist buying one. Annoyingly this countered my theory that everything he keeps in there is a pile of worthless old junk.

TheExcession - 17 Sep 2021 09:08:47 (#7 of 72)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDnTGuxibnc

Agaliarept - 17 Sep 2021 09:18:31 (#8 of 72)

Also cut my teeth on a ZX.

My dad changed the code on Tornado Low Level so the joystick operated like a real flight stick (forward to descend, back to ascend).

I've been a backward gamer ever since.

Thanks Sir Clive!

RIP

browserbutton - 17 Sep 2021 09:25:47 (#9 of 72)

He was a proper boffin.

TheExcession - 17 Sep 2021 09:31:49 (#10 of 72)

I do sometimes miss the eccentricity of the old 8-bit games even if, by modern standards, they were a bit shit.

xDiggy - 17 Sep 2021 09:36:57 (#11 of 72)

Something I like about phones is that they bought back the idea of a cheap and cheerful £1.99 game. Paying £50 for some kind of incredibly elaborate video game you have to spend hours 'completing' baffles me.

whitbreadtrophy - 17 Sep 2021 13:00:03 (#12 of 72)

It's probably been posted before but in a world of bloatware the brilliance of the ZX81 1K chess program should act as an inspiration.

https://users.ox.ac.uk/~uzdm0006/scans/1kchess/

dreams99 - 17 Sep 2021 13:01:15 (#13 of 72)

I had a ZX81, still got it somewhere, and I have right here 4 Sinclair pocket calculators inherited from my dad, in their original boxes.

Dementor - 17 Sep 2021 13:04:34 (#14 of 72)

I donated a later one to a calculator museum because the buttons were too flakey to be useable.

Try dividing something by 0 - it goes bonkers apparently.

http://files.righto.com/calculator/sinclair_scient
ific_simulator.html

breakfast - 17 Sep 2021 13:07:37 (#15 of 72)

There was a TV drama a few years back about Sinclair vs the BBC micro people - Martin Freeman was one of the BBC dudes.

Sinclair was portrayed as a strange bloke living in a sort of mini mansion and being very dismissive of people.

Dementor - 17 Sep 2021 13:08:18 (#16 of 72)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Men

breakfast - 17 Sep 2021 13:09:06 (#17 of 72)

Jeez, a bit more than a few years back then.

breakfast - 17 Sep 2021 13:13:52 (#18 of 72)

Sinclair – hurtling ashtrays and all – is depicted as a tyrannical eccentric of the first water

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2009/oct/03/clive-sinclair-micro-men-alexander-armstrong

LemonGrass - 17 Sep 2021 13:31:30 (#19 of 72)

Loving the ROM-com comment.

TommyDGNR8 - 17 Sep 2021 13:48:18 (#20 of 72)

I remember a thread in the old place (must be 15, maybe 20 years ago) with lots of posters getting very irate about the existence of Mensa when Sinclair became their president. As a result, I took their test to see how I'd get on and, consequently, have Sir Clive's (reproduced) signature on my certificate.

I also have a scar on my inner wrist from the heatsink of a ZX80 we built in "computer class" after school which is definitely worth more geek points.

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