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|Tuesday 6th December 2011||Wim Holland (Netherlands)|
I bought a new ZX81 in 1983 and it started my interest in computing. Sir Sinclair was the man who gave a lot of people the possiblilty of using and learning a computer.
I still own the ZX81, the ZX Spectrum and the Sinclair QL and they are still in working condition !
|Tuesday 22nd November 2011||rj (ulster uk)|
please post this link to youtube
hope yu can find your way to the real great sam sites on the net
|Wednesday 6th July 2011||Jim Schifalacqua (Virginia, USA)|
I bought the ZX-80 from an advertisement in Popular Science. It was great for writing/testing BASIC programs. You could then hear the processor chunk through the code by the loud interference that came through the TV speaker!
|Thursday 1st November 2007||David W. (Ithaca, NY)|
I completely fail to understand the adoration of Sinclair. I read a detailed history of his business, and even though it was actively skewed in his favor I can't see him as anything other than a low-rent shyster.
The ZX80 is a good example - the adverts claim that it's the "most powerful personal computer ever produced". This is, of course, utter and complete bollocks. Even assuming it had a Z80a in it as claimed (which I don't believe it really did), at the time it was released it was up against the 68000 and the 8086. And it was, if I recall correctly from my ZX81, abysmally slow even by Z80 standard - almost remarkably so. This, though, is not surprising from a man who sold things he knew were broken, usually had a 30% failure rate, specified things so tightly that his audio equipment usually had a lifetime of 8 to 12 hours, and even dug up rejected ICs from TI's driveway and used them in his products! To describe him as anything other than a criminal is charitable. That he was knighted based on success in selling equipment that doesn't work based on lies is truly amazing - and it would be nice if sites like this didn't gloss over the truth behind a con-man.
|Monday 24th September 2007||Adrian McMenamin (UK)|
Actually, it was possible to get a ZX80 to run in "slow" mode if you installed your own interrupt handler. Z80 machine code for that was widely published.
|Wednesday 2nd May 2007||Marcus Misiukiewicz (Luxembourg)|
I originally bought a ZX-80 in bare component form. It took around 3 hours to put together - soldering in the components and sockets, plugging in the IC chips.
It worked first time.
I later upgraded it with the ZX-81 ROM, there was also a new keyboard overlay provided.
To my knowledge it is still operational, as it is in storage.
|Friday 19th May 2006||Rasher (USA)|
I remember one sunday spending about 6 hours writing code on my trusty ZX80 only to experience a power-cut before I had saved anything. (onto magnetic tape I might add!) That was a valuable lesson which stands me in good stead to this very day! BACKUP YOUR VALUABLE FILES!
|Wednesday 15th January 2003||Andy Heath (Sheffield)|
I was sure that the ZX80 I had when I was younger used the language FORTH and not BASIC! Perhaps I am confusing it with the Jupiter Ace which I also had. I never really used them though so cant be sure. I bought both computers around 1984-85 with the intention of collecting old computers. I think I paid a couple of pounds for each. Unfortunately I allowed my mother to throw them out a few years later with all the other junk from the attic! If only I still had them. *sigh*