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Sir Clive Sinclair has died.

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

  1. ZXSpectrum


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,004

    Location: Derby

    One of my friends at school his dad was one of those odd wacky dads and he had one. I think i only ever saw him on it once or twice and spent most of the time under a cover on his back patio. I always tried to convince my mate we should take it out but we never did.

    Owned plenty of Speccys myself. ZX81, 48K and +2(although that was a Amstrad and was hit or miss if the tape drive worked correctly, at least it had the little screw that helped with the head to play games that were.. errr maybe a little dodgy).

    RIP Clive
  2. KompuKare

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Dec 2010

    Posts: 1,128

    The real problem for the C5 was that the UK was the wrong country.

    Had it been released in the Netherlands or Denmark or similar with decent bicycling infrastructure, it might have fared much better.

    Releasing it the UK whose Prime Minister had previously infamously said that anyone using public transport was a failure, was never going to work out well.
  3. Hagar


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 11,086

    Location: 5 degrees starboard

    In 1964 as a young schoolboy I purchased and built his matchbox size radio kit.

  4. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 Feb 2006

    Posts: 27,725

    Sad day. Proper king of the era.
  5. Ravenger


    Joined: 16 Jul 2010

    Posts: 3,552

    I bought a ZX81 for £50 in 1982, as I couldn't afford a Spectrum (I was a 16 year old, and my family were not well off), and that one purchase started my entire career in computers.
    So I have Sir Clive (and later Jack Tramiel for the C64) to thank for the whole direction of my life.

    The thing is a lot of people look down on the ZX81 (especially American retro computer enthusiasts), denouncing it as barely usable, and pitifully slow, without realising that in the UK the US computers like the PET, Atari 400/800 and Apple 2 were unaffordable to ordinary working class people.
    Sinclair changed all that, bringing computers to the masses in the UK (echoing Tramiels later comment of 'Computers for the masses and not the classes'), and kickstarting a whole generation of software developers. This is almost certainly the main reason the UK has such a strong presence in software development and computer games.

    I recently bought refurbished ZX81 and Spectrum 48k to re-live those old days, and the nostalgia I have for that era is immensely strong. Even though it was the C64 which really made my career, the ZX81, and to a lesser extent the Spectrum (because I shamelessly played on my friend's machines) were the start of it all.
    So RIP Sir Clive!
  6. Fluffybob


    Joined: 3 Aug 2011

    Posts: 651

    Location: Lancashire

    I wouldn't have my love of computers or a career in IT without my (not so) trusty Speccy 48k . Rest in Peace Sir Clive :(
  7. something daft already!!


    Joined: 11 Jan 2007

    Posts: 6,354

    Location: South East

    He was an intelligent man and an Atheist.
  8. thenewoc


    Joined: 9 Mar 2012

    Posts: 8,125

    Location: West Sussex, England

    10 PRINT "Hello, Heaven!"
    20 GOTO 10

    Remember my ZX81, 16K Ram expansion, Spectrum 48K, Spectrum 128K, 32 Column Thermal Printer. Typing in games from magazines for hours.

    A friend had a C5, it didn't instil confidence on our roads with lorries passing you. Ahead of it's time like Sir Clive.
    Last edited: 17 Sep 2021
  9. Dirk Diggler


    Joined: 6 Jan 2013

    Posts: 17,260

    I'm sure St Peter will let him pass regardless. :)
  10. [email protected]


    Joined: 8 Nov 2008

    Posts: 28,062

    RIP Sir Clive.
  11. Blackjack Davy


    Joined: 16 Aug 2009

    Posts: 5,564

    I remember seeing a PET once in a lab or was it at school, can't remember either way it was an exotic beast looking like an alien had landed and probably cost about as much, naturally there was only one and we weren't allowed to touch it.

    We had such a thing going on then with development shame its all gone now its lasting legacy was ARM of course pity that had to get sold off to line the pockets of comfortably off shareholders with bundles of cash.

  12. Mr Jack


    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 23,825

    Location: Nordfriesland, Germany

    RIP. The ZX81 and ZX Spectrum were really world changing products.
  13. jpaul


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 15,108

    Yes - wonder if Boris will capitulate on selling to nvidia/Biden now.

    nostalgic ring tone - What Computer Data Sounds Like
  14. Dunners


    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 320

    Location: Surrey

    RIP - what a legend
  15. moomoomoo


    Joined: 30 May 2008

    Posts: 380


    Wasn't meant in a disrespectful way. I respect any one from that era of innovation. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for them.
  16. gazzaa

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,185

    Location: leicester

    RIP sir Clive Sinclair a true legend of British computing.

    Jetset ******* Willy
  17. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 52,977

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Thanks for that, never knew about it and just watched it.

    I could Google a bit more but for somebody who seemed to fail a lot how did he end up with so much money (estimated 100 million)?
  18. unKle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,333

    Location: UK

    RIP Sir Clive. What a legend.

    Many happy memories of my childhood owning a rubber keyed 48k Spectrum. Even if my programming heights were 10 PRINT "insert random insult about best mate here in WH Smiths"; and 20 GOTO 10.
  19. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 9,665

    Location: La France

    A proper British boffin. RIP.
  20. robgmun


    Joined: 30 Apr 2006

    Posts: 16,554

    Location: London

    I was a C64 man, we used to laugh at speccys