All I want for Christmas is a Sinclair ZX Spectrum

September 28, 2020 3:06 pm


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Back in the early eighties there was only one thing on most children’s Christmas present list. They wanted a home computer to “help them with their homework” but in reality they wanted it to spend the evening playing games and not actually doing any work at all. It is hard to believe that at one point due to the take up of the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro and Oric computers Britain had the highest ownership of home computers in the world . When you consider that the market leaders were the Sinclair and BBC machines, and they were both British companies it’s hard to not to ask where did it all go wrong?


The Spectrum was a very basic machine. Unlike now where we need IT Support Cheltenham or anywhere else in the country it was pretty easy to figure out what had gone wrong. It had 48ks worth of Ram. By contrast a modern smartphone makes it look like a stick with a bit of flint tied to it. The thing that generally bakes most young people’s heads is that if you wanted to do anything on it you had to load it from a  cassette tape. Also it could only manage to do one thing at a time, there was not fleeting between screens.

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Nevertheless it was great fun and the programmers could really squeeze out the most of its memory to provide some top class entertainment. Take a look at the pictures of Football Manager and Chequered Flag for example. Where else can you drive a Formula one car with square wheels and you’ll be routing or those stickmen in the third round of the FA Cup. You could always give IT Support Cheltenham by Reform IT a call for some tips on the best machines and software for your needs. .