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Sir Clive Sinclair has died.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scania, 16 Sep 2021.

  1. 1664kronenbourg


    Joined: 17 Nov 2018

    Posts: 219

    True. He missed a great time to make a comeback but there's still Alan Sugar and the original founders of Acorn.
    They would have been huge if Chris Curry and Clive Sinclair put their differences aside.
    Just think, the Slinclair smartphone, tablet or PC.

    I've even got one of those reproduced bluetooth Spectrum keyboards.
  2. jpaul


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 15,108

    Amstrad computer never had the q-dos of the zx80 - is the pi it's first worthy successor ?
    I'd forgotten there was a zx81 & thought the 80 was a reference to its famous processor.
    guru-murphy pronounced is 'zee-x 80 ' channel 4 need to do some research.
  3. vanpeebles


    Joined: 22 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,606

    I'm totally gutted by this news, I've been a Sinclair fanboy all my life, and run a forum for the QL.

    Total legend, so many inventions that won't get mentioned, his early mobile phone network, the diving aides and the first uk satellite box etc. The speccy will always be my fave, but the Z88 was I think his best all round computer. Not to mention the QL, first home computer with multi tasking and an office suite. Also a certain Linus Torvalds cut his teeth on one.

    I've been on one of my speccies tonight and had a glass of my very best whiskey. RIP Sir Clive, you changed our lives.
  4. Alibaba99


    Joined: 29 Jun 2004

    Posts: 2,511

    Well the naming of the Pi Models A and B is a direct reference to the BBC Model A and B.
  5. BowdonUK


    Joined: 17 Jan 2016

    Posts: 5,719

    I was never a Speccy owner. But my cousins had the different Spectrums. Some great games.

    I remember Tomorrow's World having a segment on the C5. It was supposed to be the next big thing.

    His idea came decades to earlier. Soon we'll all be in vehicle-like C5.
  6. AtreuS


    Joined: 13 Feb 2004

    Posts: 5,195

    Location: Sealed in my Sarcophagus.

    RIP Sir clive.... you WILL be remembered for a very long time!
  7. Mysterae_

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Sep 2008

    Posts: 1,041

    At least until we reset the computer. Unless he's a TSR from the days of the Amiga :D.

    RIP Sir Clive, a visionary beyond many people's vision.
  8. 1664kronenbourg


    Joined: 17 Nov 2018

    Posts: 219

    Anybody got Marvin on their smartphone, \acess to PC based Zx81 and sinclairspectrum emulators?
    By the way, I can be found on Youtube under the name of COSMIC WARTOAD (anybody remember that game? I didn't have a clue as to what I was supposed to be doing in the minigames, only last five minutes on GREEN BERET and din't have a clue as to what i was meant to do in the second half of Se-Kaa of Assiah)
  9. Tombstone


    Joined: 17 Aug 2007

    Posts: 22,050

    RIP Mr Sinclair and thank you for all the gaming memories. I wonder if we would have all the gaming that we have today had it not been for the Spectrum.
  10. FoxEye


    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 28,283

    Location: Cornwall

    Some people actually bought them?
  11. nine_tails


    Joined: 7 Mar 2015

    Posts: 897

    ah man RIP! :(
  12. Dirk Diggler


    Joined: 6 Jan 2013

    Posts: 17,260

    10 PRINT "Goodbye"
    20 GOTO Heaven
    30 END
  13. Ice Tea


    Joined: 1 Nov 2004

    Posts: 3,799

    Great post...
    Last edited: 17 Sep 2021
  14. plasmahal


    Joined: 5 Feb 2006

    Posts: 4,471

    RIP Sir Clive.....

    I started my computer journey on a ZX81.
  15. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 77,775

    Early 90s I remember the science museum in London had an exhibition of all kinds of futuristic looking electric vehicles from C5 sized stuff through to 4 seaters - nothing seems to have come of any of them.
  16. ~Divine~Wind~


    Joined: 14 Jun 2004

    Posts: 16,335

    Location: Newcastle U/T

    RIP :(

    He's had a huge impact on a lot of people and tried things well ahead of his time.
  17. Scania


    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,897

    Location: On the road....

    Surely a Tesla is a direct descendant of the C5 in one way or another ?
  18. Derek W


    Joined: 1 Oct 2008

    Posts: 11,731

    Location: Glebe Park

    One of our clients has a couple of them locked up in storage along with a good number of other motors. Whether you like it or not it's a design classic but most likely for all the wrong reasons in this case :p
  19. IvanDobskey


    Joined: 2 Feb 2010

    Posts: 9,092

    Location: East Midlands

    Guy was way ahead of his time. Loved my speccy. Really sad news :( RIP sir Clive.
  20. GR63


    Joined: 28 May 2021

    Posts: 833

    Location: Herts

    Guy was a legend... bit of an ego on him but often happens with geniuses.

    I may have to re-watch Micro Men in tribute