General Chat Thread, Happy 30th birthday to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in General; BBC News - ZX Spectrum's chief designers reunited 30 years on
Happy birthday you little rubber keyed wonder....
23rd April 2012, 08:32 AM #1
Happy 30th birthday to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
23rd April 2012, 08:35 AM #2
I still wish I had my Sinclair 128k +2A around, my first "proper" computer with a built in tape, after my Acorn Electron
23rd April 2012, 08:40 AM #3
Still got my Spectrum+ in good working order (at least i think it's working fine, think i remember a problem with one of the keys not working) ... got it sat on a shelf in my office along with my nintendo collection
23rd April 2012, 08:41 AM #4
Loving the Google Doodle for today as well...
23rd April 2012, 08:41 AM #5
Started off with the unexpanded zx81 then with the 16k Rampack. The 48k Spectrum was the next logical progression.
23rd April 2012, 08:46 AM #6
We got the 48k not long after it came out, and I loved it straight away (and I was only about 4 when it originally came out!)
It is more than likely the "event" that triggered my love of computers!
23rd April 2012, 08:46 AM #7
Originally Posted by Gatt
23rd April 2012, 08:47 AM #8
That was also my path into the IT world
Originally Posted by andyturpie
23rd April 2012, 09:45 AM #9
You're not alone. I was going to get the kit version of the ZX81, but the Spectrum was announced and so I was one happy chappy Christmas day 1982. My tape recorder was broken, so rather than playing 'bat & ball' from the Psion tape over the Christmas period, I went through the manual teaching myself the rudiments of programming. Marvelous stuff.
Originally Posted by PICNIC
Of course, the tape recorder was soon fixed, my first game was 3D Monster Maze by New Generation Software, from WHSmiths. The excitement of it all. Manic Miner was released the next summer, so no tan for me that year.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 23rd April 2012 at 09:48 AM.
23rd April 2012, 09:49 AM #10
I used to love typing in the programs that came free in magazines and then changing small parts to see what happened, that taught me so much more than the degree I did 15 years later
Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx
23rd April 2012, 09:56 AM #11
23rd April 2012, 11:04 AM #12
The google doodle would have been even better had it been a playable version
23rd April 2012, 11:45 AM #13
23rd April 2012, 12:01 PM #14
Originally Posted by JJonas
I can still hear the theme music.
23rd April 2012, 12:11 PM #15
I didn't see that, but I did happen upon a complete two-binder set of Home Computer Course in a charity shop which I simply had to buy. I still dip into it now again when a nostalgic mood takes me.
Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 23rd April 2012 at 12:17 PM.
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