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#1 ricardo de ponsa

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:38 pm

Happy Birthday Sinclair Spectrum 16K, is 36 years old.


Any memories of this and its brother the 48K, or are you all far too young to remember data cassettes, Pokes, Peeks and other 'Basic' programming???






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#2 shaun2097


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 07:59 pm

ahhh...now i feel old "(er)

im 49, so i clearly remember the speccy. it was my first introduction to the computer world...classic gaming memories..(but shit now if i replay the old games via the emulator)


there was a book in our local libiray called, "PEEK, BYTE, POKE and RAM". My younger self used to giggle every time i saw it. it sounded more like a sexual reference than a book about computer programming! there was also a (very bad) fruit sim for it as well....


my closet use of a computer before i bought my speccy, was going into WHSmiths on a saturday and playing with the computers on display....always ended up just typing..


10 print "shaun is great"

20 goto 10



i didnt know how to do anything else! :)

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#3 ricardo de ponsa

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 08:57 pm

Ah yes W.H.Smiths sold Spectrums, and Boots The Chemist sold them as well along with all the games and add-ons.


Perhaps you could get them on prescription ????

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#4 nails


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 09:19 pm

yup, had a 16k spectrum and then purchased a 32k expansion later


then the c64

then the amiga a500, b2000 and then a custom a1200 in a tower


finally took the plunge to a pc some 20 years ago and was surprised how similar the hardware and windows was, thus never looked back.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:03 pm

I still write games for the ZX Spectrum 48k. I use a free program called Arcade Game Designer. It works great!

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:01 am

Upgraded from a ZX81 to a 48k Spectrum.


I remember we went around my mums friends house, he had a 16k version, but said most games, now require 48k, so it's best to get the 48k version.


I remember getting caught out by the first instruction upon the horizons tape loading. If you got caught out, you'll know what I mean.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:14 pm

Anyone remember  dynamite dan II  my personal favourite speccy game  if you never played it you gotta give it a go :)

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