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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Roger_Provins, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    There seem to be a number of revival or enthusiastic-for-them-to-still-do-stuff groups out there in digital land....

    ...I'm just saying..... :eek: :D
  2. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    I have a ZX Spectrum stashed away and some game cassettes to go with it.Kept the kids occupied for hours.
  3. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Same here, there's a large bag of old Sinclair stuff in the loft - including those funny little endless (?) tape drive thingamajigs Sir Clive marketed for the Spectrum and a larger keyboard and more wobbly RAM etc. etc. :)
  4. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    Probably Microdrives (I have a few!) if you have any old games from "Ultimate" they are good sellers, also if you have ZX rom carts you can get a few quid for them.

    A selection of my Sinclair stuff (1,2).
  5. nspur

    nspur Well-Known Member

    My first one in 1977 was one of these. There was a computer fair near the BBC HQ and I'd looked at the Commodore PET and something else and turned them down. The sales person was one of those smiley well-built natural blonde blue-eyed Californian girls and I couldn't resist. I did not realise that I had to port an operating system and program the thing from scratch but I did port CP/M and wrote a terminal driver for an Israeli VDU that didn't have a line 13 and a printer driver for the parallel port and bought the first ever Microsoft Basic interpreter from W Gates III that wasn't too clever with numbers. With 48k of RAM and two 350k floppies this was state-of-the-art.
  6. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Seems I need to get up into the loft and have a sort out :) Thanks.
  7. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Ye gods!
    This thread takes men bacK a bit! Reading names I'd hopefully forgotten.
    My introduction to computing was a BBC B, with ver 0.1 software. 32k ram. Cost £400 in '84 (I think) what does that work out at in today's money?
    I remember because shortly afterward I came down with adult chickenpox and was off work for 2 weeks, gave me plenty of time to get to grips with the thiing.
  8. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    I so remember the thermal printer as I do those little microdrives, which used what were effectivly mini cassette tapes.
  9. Linux_Lady

    Linux_Lady Well-Known Member

    My introduction was also a BBC - We had the tape deck and you could play random games which took about 40 minutes to load

    We had BBC's and an Acorn at school and at the age of 9, I remember being really annoyed that the boys were allowed twice as much time on the computer as girls as 'they were boys'.

    Thus started my career into IT and teaching myself to program - my Mother bought me loads of books and I remember being really chuffed that, after 1.5 hours, I got a stick man to bounce a ball on the screen.


    Ahh, takes me back /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
  10. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    It seems to work out to £960!

    Got that from here:


    The old ZX81 would cost you £200 in today's money.

    But in reality to build one today would be pennies. :D

    There is more computing in a basic mobile phone costing £50.
  11. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    My Nokia N8 probably has more computing power than a main-frame (Remember them?) from that era!

    My last Acorn-ish computer (Which I've still got) is a RiscPC with Strong-Arm CPU and all of 8 meg ram.
    How things have changed!

  12. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Well-Known Member

    For anyone who missed it the first three times around,

    Micro Men is back on BBC4 at 9pm tonight :)

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