On Sept 16th 2021, Sir Clive Sinclair passed away - may he Rest In Peace.
I’m posting this because his Timex-Sinclair 1000 was my first home computer which I purchased at an A&P store ( a grocery store!) at Christmas/New Year 1982/3
It was a pretty basic device with a Z80 CPU (see the image below.). It had 2 KB of memory that I later upgraded to 16KB. (just a thought - that image below is 44 KB).
First game I ever wrote was Breakout - actually copied from a magazine. Locally we had a club and we did all kinds of things - usually adding a proper keyboard with buttons, and i still have the mini soldering iron. One gentleman added a modem - speed 300-400 baud if I remember correctly). The resolution on the TV screen, an actual TV, was 32x24 so I got into programming in Z80 machine language as a way to fake higher resolution. I eventually created a “diet” program that i tried to interest Casio in. Got one interview and a demo - but it came to nothing…
Anyway, I stayed with that computer till the early 90s when I eventually bought a Windows 3.1 machine and started playing “Castle Of The Winds”. Loved the adventure game ever since.
So if you ever get fed up with examples I post - blame Sir Clive. To me it was a start of an adventure in the world of computers - and I thank him.
Stay Safe All, gryff
Image of TS1000