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by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

So can we move on from talking about Amstrad... Mark It's inherently linked though because you have the one example of a company that made the right decisions, that made the right calls. We can sit here pontificating but throughout this period all you have to do is look at 1 - Company X who later w...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

@chinnyhill10, so tell us who you know of that has managed at least three good inventions say within the last 50 years or so. Mark Sinclair is as much a person as a brand name. Apple seem to be doing nicely as are Dyson. Both are run by the same kind of 'visionaries' that Sinclair was (or at least ...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

Sinclair found itself in a situation where it had a huge amount of money tied up in stock piled up in warehouses, with not enough money coming in to pay the large bills that were becoming due. Before the slowdown, this had not been a problem, as cash from sales always meant that there was money in ...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

Where is Commodore today? Where is Atari? Where is Amstrad? Amstrad the only company that continued to produce electronics and Alan Sugar sold up at a time of his choosing (IIRC his 60th birthday) and eventually it was all merged into Sky. Today they are now a division of Sky working a few doors do...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

If Sir Clive Sinclair hadn't existed, would the British home computing scene in the 1980s be a straight-up fight between Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC users? I'm sure it'd have been a bit more nuanced than that of course, but I do wonder if some of the 'second division' 8-bits would have had more vi...
by chinnyhill10
Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?
Replies: 51
Views: 3227

Re: Clive Sinclair: hero or zero?

At the time of the launch of the ZX Spectrum, all video monitors and TVs were CRT technology. LCDs were only used in watches, clocks, calculators, handheld computers, handheld game machines and some expensive portable computers. So a low cost portable CRT may have appeared to be a good idea. He was...
by chinnyhill10
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX Vega+ Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 14293

Re: ZX Vega+ Discussion

I didn't knew about Levy's involvement with Enterprise machine. Enterprise was technically a good machine, yet it turned out to be a commercial failure. Maker your own conclusions but for me it speaks about business skills of guys in charge. And now the history repeats. It arrived at a similar time...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX Vega+ Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 14293

Re: ZX Vega+ Discussion

Levy was at it in the 80s too. The Register article on the mismanaged development and launch of the Elan Enterprise is a great read. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/24/elan_flan_enterprise_micro_is_30_years_old/ I'd forgotten the link to the Enterprise. A product so late it missed the boat to...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX Vega+ Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 14293

Re: ZX Vega+ Discussion

The QL did turn up though. I have a rather nice example sitting in it's original box next to me. Innovation is a risk, and that's probably why he played poker in later life, but I for one am pleased he took those risks. Yes it did but look at the mess. Delays, broken promises, dongles on the back t...
by chinnyhill10
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX Vega+ Discussion
Replies: 151
Views: 14293

Re: ZX Vega+ Discussion

As the home computer market took off, Sugar then saw a market he could make money from. Hence entered the home computer market some years after the ZX Spectrum had been launched I have a nasty feeling there is still a lot of the story that we still don't know. When the original team split up, is wh...