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Sad news: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/ ... es-aged-81

The first computer I saw (and owned) was a ZX81. I suspect a lot of us got into computing by using his machines.
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Sad news indeed. :(
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very sad :(
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:( RIP Sir Clive
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Very sad. Pocket TV and electric transport - 40 years ahead of his time.
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Sir Clive Sinclair has passed away, aged 81.
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ZX was our first family machine. Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy and Head Over Heels will always be embedded in my brain. RIP Sir Clive!
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Yes, very sad news :(

May he enjoy the inventors heaven.

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Rest in peace, Sir Clive.

My first machine was the ZX Spectrum.
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81, no age really! He'll certainly be missed and I think time will remember him fondly as one of our very own excentrics.

I used his small power amp kits, very early on. Loved them and, from my experience, had really good customer support. The only computer I had, of his design, was the QL.

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I was 15 and had my first contact with a crappy machine called ZX81 that was owned by my math teacher. Well it was the first real computer I ever had my hands on. About a year later I bought myself a ZX Spectrum. Still a very limited machine, but it forced me to learn assembler and so started my career in IT. I have very fond memories of those little oversized pocket calculators.
Thank you and Rest In Peace Sir Clive
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The Tyrannosaurus Rex finally caught him. :(

My first computer was also a ZX81, it seems that things have come full circle with his death at 81.
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wolfgang wrote:
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:36 am
I was 15 and had my first contact with a crappy machine called ZX81 that was owned by my math teacher. Well it was the first real computer I ever had my hands on. About a year later I bought myself a ZX Spectrum. Still a very limited machine, but it forced me to learn assembler and so started my career in IT. I have very fond memories of those little oversized pocket calculators.
Thank you and Rest In Peace Sir Clive
By pocket calculators are you referring to the Sinclair Executive, launched in 1972? I believe it was the first miniature calculator. Apparently Chris Curry was involved in its design. I wonder how much Sinclair Executives go for on ebay?
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RIP Sir Clive, father of the home computing revolution.

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may Sir Clive rest in peace knowing he will be fondly remembered for his achievements - first computer I owned was a ZX81 and I still remember playing 3D Monster Maze on it
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My first calculator was a Sinclair - an Oxford 300. I think I very vaguely remember the adverts for his kit radios - his thing was radios in the 60s, calculators in the 70s, and computers in the 80s. Not to mention his writings, his tiny TVs, his electric vehicles. Oh, and hi-fi.

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Clive Sinclair left the last of the more than dozen schools he had attended in 1958 and opted not to go to university as he felt that "Most of them offered only electronic engineering and I had no desire for such a broadly-based course". Instead, armed with his self-taught interest in electronics and love of maths and English, he ended up doing four years as a technical author, writing 17 books by 1962
Here's one - "world's smallest radio" only 59/6 (that's a tad under £3 for those post-decimal kids.) Also described here. This one is just 2 transistors - an earlier model had 6, the matchbox radio.
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My first calculator was a Sinclair - an Oxford Scientific - cost about a week of my dad's wages! Can't find that right now...

A couple of years later I got a Scientific Programmable - and it still works:
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My first calculator was a Sinclair - the Sinclair Scientific.

Also this book got me interested in electronics and then later computers when I received some transistors (mostly OC71s) from an uncle in 1960.
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I never had one of his products but I think he was of great importance for the computer industry bitd.

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Rest in peace Clive... I loved my ZX81... Amazing creative fella
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Technically I was at uni with his son, but I never saw him outside the east slope bar!
RIP Sir Clive.
I wonder what would have happened to Acorn without him.
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tricky wrote:
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I wonder what would have happened to Acorn without him.
Would there have been Acorn without him?
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I was in the BBC Model B camp, whilst friends of mine had ZX81's and 48K Spectrums in the 80's.

I grew up in Cambridge and remember reading the write-ups in the Cambridge Evening News about Chris Curry and Clive Sinclair's achievements, and of course the famous disagreement and scuffle.

I studied for a time at Anglia Ruskin University and often used the newly acquired 'Sinclair Building' for computer assignments in Willis Rd -- wondering what it might have been like to work there, which would have only been less than 5 years earlier.


I've since added Sinclair machines to my retro collection and despite never having owned them BITD, they are still very nostalgic and live next to my Beeb's and C46 quite amicably.


Rest in peace Sir Clive, a true legend -- thank you for all that you have given in your time. =D>
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Definitely a pioneer. Clive Sinclair RIP. My elder brother bought two of his products, the Sinclair Enterprise programmable calculator and the ZX-81. The calculator had IMHO the worst tactile keyboard, poor LED display and a volatile memory. Worse was the 9V battery it required for power! The ZX-81 was my first foray into the world of BASIC programming. O.K the membrane keyboard sucked and the wobbly 16Kb rampack was dodgy, but it was still an affordable home computer which you could program. BTW, I loved the wavy black bars while LOADing & SAVEing programs. Now when the ZX-Spectrum appeared, it had a better (rubber) keyboard but the BBC Micro had already arrived and had been adopted by schools. This was the machine that replaced the ZX-81 and the rest is history.
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