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    Default Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Inventor of the ZX81, the Spectrum (and the C5) has died.

    Clive is the primary reason that the majority of computer gaming programmers today are British.

    10 PRINT "FAREWELL SIR CLIVE SINCLAIR"

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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Mentioned this in the science thread as wasn't sure whether it warranted its own thread

    Many many fond memories of my ZX Spectrum as a lad in the 80s

    RIP Sir Clive


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Our family had an Oric 1 to begin with and then moved to a ZX. Very clever man. Didn't he also do an electric trike? Ahead of his time

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    Didn't he also do an electric trike? Ahead of his time

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    The Sinclair C5



    I never had a Sinclair micro but a friend did and it was a great little machine.

    A very smart guy but what happened to him after the C5?

    RIP Sir Clive.


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Great British boffin the like of whom is far to rare.

    I had one of these, dead flash at the time but didn't half get through batteries!



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    Sir Clive revolutionised the British computing industry and developed products that were ahead of their time.

    48k Spectrum and Horace Goes Skiing?

    Yes, please.

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    „Don't forget you're alive. 'Cause sometimes when you walk around the city and you're in a bad mood, you can think, hey, wait a minute, we're alive! We don't know what the next second will bring and what a fantastic thing this is. This can get easily forgotten in the routine of life, and that's something I'm trying to bring to my attention at all times. Don't forget you're alive. We're not dead, you know. This is the greatest thing.”

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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Leisure Suit Larry...Chuckie Egg....


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    Speccy 48k & Jet Set Willy


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    Oric 1 and BBC B was mi dad's bag, so that was what I played on. The instant load times were bliss

    But Speccy's had a very unique flavour to them, and had some great games too. He had a massive impact in the UK obviously, and was probably a way more influential person than folk give credit for.

    RIP




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    I would probably never have learnt programming, had it not been for Sir Clive.

    Nice piece from the Graun on his life and work:

    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...e_iOSApp_Other


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    My step dad had some involvement with the batteries on the C5, so we had one.

    Decent laugh in the snow, but I doubt it was invented just for that.


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    I ordered a ZX Spectrum 16K and they sent me a 48K by mistake. It was badged as a 16 and I only realised after I bought my mate a 48K game and tried on mine to see what would happen and it worked fine (as did every other 48K game).
    I still have my ZX and it still powers up. In later life the 9V adaptor (which was huge) was used to power my DR110 drum machine. £125 I think mail order only, present for doing well in my O levels....

    Sinclair basic was a nightmare though, would have preferred to type the commands rather than the weird key combinations you had to do.


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    The BBC TV Film "micro men" is worth a watch, telling the story of the rise and fall of Sinclair and how he lost to Chris Curry and his bid for the Acorn computer to be the BBC microcomputer to be used in schools.


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    RIP Clive

    Many a happy hour spent playing this, I never beat the bugger either…

    BB22FF92-C070-47C9-9A9C-FF5D9DBD3221 by Franco_AC, on Flickr

    I can still hear the sound of the tape machine loading the game up.


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sheldon Cooper View Post
    I ordered a ZX Spectrum 16K and they sent me a 48K by mistake. It was badged as a 16 and I only realised after I bought my mate a 48K game and tried on mine to see what would happen and it worked fine (as did every other 48K game).
    I still have my ZX and it still powers up. In later life the 9V adaptor (which was huge) was used to power my DR110 drum machine. £125 I think mail order only, present for doing well in my O levels....

    Sinclair basic was a nightmare though, would have preferred to type the commands rather than the weird key combinations you had to do.
    Yeah it was £125 for the 16k or £175 for the 48k.

    You could also send your 16k in and they’d upgrade it to 48k for £50 (but, you got a free 48k game with that - the flight sim one was popular).


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Another (!) great piece from the Graun again:

    https://www.theguardian.com/games/20...e_iOSApp_Other

    Wallow in nostalgia, fellow 80s computer kids!


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    Still got my Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k +2 in original packaging and all my games. I haven't used it since I bought a CDI in 1995, been meaning to get it out of the attic and plug it in for years. I heard someone on the radio this morning mention that he still uses his and has all the games on memory cards for quicker loading. How would that work I wonder, I mean where would the memory card be plugged in ?

    I think that these were the games that I played the most,

    Mexico '86
    Football Director 1 + 2
    Treble Champions
    The Double
    Tracksuit Manager
    (all of the above were mail order)

    Rock Star Ate My Hamster
    The Biz
    Chuckie Egg 1 + 2
    Auf Wiedersehen Monty
    Moon Cresta


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Invented a machine where me at 8 years thought the human race and gaming had peaked, no way could things get better than No mad, Gauntlet or jet set Willy... special mention to chucky egg, streaker and ace of aces, football manager 2, footballer of the year.

    You started an obsession that has cost me thousands over the years and provided me with literally hours of fun.

    RiP sir

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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Invented a machine where me at 8 years thought the human race and gaming had peaked, no way could things get better than No mad, Gauntlet or jet set Willy... special mention to chucky egg, streaker and ace of aces, football manager 2, footballer of the year.

    You started an obsession that has cost me thousands over the years and provided me with literally hours of fun.

    RiP sir
    Ah yes, forgot footballer of the year.

    My first wife (the schizophrenic one), bought me Ace Of Aces (along with Auf Wiedersehen Monty), for my birthday in 1987. Unfortunately, we were burgled 3 days before the grand day and my 48k rubber keyed speccy was stolen, along with some games and other stuff. So it was a month or so before the insurance paid out and I got my +2. I never did get around to playing Ace Of Aces, was it any good ?

    BTW the burglary took place on April 15th. You know where I was on that date 2 years later. And my second wife (the alcoholic druggy one), has her birthday on April 15th.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forestjones View Post
    Ah yes, forgot footballer of the year.

    My first wife (the schizophrenic one), bought me Ace Of Aces (along with Auf Wiedersehen Monty), for my birthday in 1987. Unfortunately, we were burgled 3 days before the grand day and my 48k rubber keyed speccy was stolen, along with some games and other stuff. So it was a month or so before the insurance paid out and I got my +2. I never did get around to playing Ace Of Aces, was it any good ?

    BTW the burglary took place on April 15th. You know where I was on that date 2 years later. And my second wife (the alcoholic druggy one), has her birthday on April 15th.
    I thought ace of aces was mint, it does not stand up well now. Gutted about the burglary, hope whoever stole it was blighted by not being able to get the volume right on the tape deck.


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    Default Re: Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Alf-engelos Mindminackers View Post
    Oric 1 and BBC B was mi dad's bag, so that was what I played on. The instant load times were bliss

    But Speccy's had a very unique flavour to them, and had some great games too. He had a massive impact in the UK obviously, and was probably a way more influential person than folk give credit for.

    RIP

    Ah yes, that loading sequence was a key part of my tiny squawkydom. Took so long to load a game off tape with the cool sounds you'd be more transfixed with the cool sounds and bored with the game by the time it loaded.

    But then 7 yr olds do have short attention spans.


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    Me old man got us a Speccy 48 for crimbo 82, it was knocked off but I also got a mag burner that wasn't nicked

    Fucking great days


 

 

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