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Sir Clive Sinclair has died. One of the 20th century’s great genius inventors and a true father of the modern computing age. I’m not sure I’d be where I am today were it not for his ZX Spectrum igniting my love of computers and games. RIP.https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/sep/16/home-computing-pioneer-sir-clive-sinclair-dies-aged-81?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other …
I had the Spectrum 48 growing up. I wouldn't be where I am today without it. Sweevo's World FOREVER! RIP
That has upset me tonight. If it wasn't for Sir Clive, I wouldn't love computers like I do now. His legacy will live forever.
We were a C64 family but he was the face of home computing in Europe back in the 80s.
Indeed. The ZX was the beginning of a life long love of all things tech and video games for me at home. Very sad.
The Speccy was my first system at 3 years old. It was magical. Sinclair brought computing to the masses in the UK and helped spawn the industry here that we see today. RIP
Mixed legacy, imho. The Spectrum was a breakthrough in the UK, and allowed people who couldn't afford a BBC Micro to get into computers. I bought a QL, which despite its many flaws & shortcuts, was the 1st PC that felt like a computer system you'd get from DEC or IBM. 1/2
But, holy fuck, he had some truly dodgy business practices like the watch & calculator, back in the 70s, you had to solder & assemble yourself. And he was an outstanding hype-merchant, in that peculiarly English way. 2/2
Genuinely so very sad about this. His influence on individuals and the industry at large can never be underplayed or forgotten. Made home computing achievable and obtainable. It's why I have a career in IT & it's why I love gaming.
First computer was a ZX81 and managed to drive a C5 once at a funfair. What a legend, total pioneer of that age.