Happy Birthday My Old Friend

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Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Morcar » Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:24 pm

Its the ZX81's birthday today so I thought I would write what my own personal experiences with the machine were.
http://www.thezxspectrum.com/2018/03/ha ... riend.html

Would love to know if you have any with this amazing computer?
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:02 pm

Never had one. I only have run some programs on an emulator.

It would have been amazing having one in 1981!
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by PeterJ » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:14 pm

Nice website @Morcar

The ZX81 was my first computer. My late father and I had the kit, then we purchased a keyboard kit from Maplin Electronics (who have sadly just gone under, although it has changed hands many times since those golden days). We then built an input / output board for it (again with parts from Maplin).

I still have the ZX81 in the garage somewhere in the case, I will try and add a photo over the weekend.
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Morcar » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:44 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:14 pm
Nice website @Morcar

The ZX81 was my first computer. My late father and I had the kit, then we purchased a keyboard kit from Maplin Electronics (who have sadly just gone under, although it has changed hands many times since those golden days). We then built an input / output board for it (again with parts from Maplin).

I still have the ZX81 in the garage somewhere in the case, I will try and add a photo over the weekend.
Would to see that if you have the time.
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Kweepa » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:36 am

The ZX81 was the first computer I used - my younger brother's friend had one and I remember going round to his house after school, typing in games, and being amazed that these commands made something interactive.
The first game was a V flying down through scrolling up aster[oid|isk]s. All BASIC of course. I don't remember the magazine (or was it a book?), but it may well have been Galaxy Patrol from Sinclair User #2.
Good times.
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Nomad » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:54 am

My friends in school would defend the zx81 by saying 'the screen does not jump like zx80' I would then reply 'but its got 1k... my vic 20 has 4k.. and it has colour.':lol: We were to young too really know much about the merits of the machines beyond very basic stuff. Like I knew that having more ram was good but I didn't really understand why beyond I could put more program in the machine.

My memory of these little machines were they were wonders because of the price point. Nobody a few years before thought it was possible to have a computer in your own home for that kind of money.

Still Lot of the rom that later went into the 48 and 128k started life in the zx81 so in a way the zx81 is in the DNA of all of the later spectrum models (except QL i guess)

Plus some great technical achievements like 1K ZX Chess. I think that has to go down as one of the most impressive programming feats of the time.
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Pegaz » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:46 am

My first computer.
I still have a lot of good memories and nostalgia for these days.
I currently have two of them and both are in good working condition, as well as one original Sinclair Ram pack 16K.
Beautiful machine, pretty underrated with a lot of potential, regardless of the lack of color and sound.
A true retro classic.

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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by RMartins » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:22 pm

I have several, including the Timex versions, some working, some not ( I have to find time, to fix all the machines I have ) :)
But I never had one back in the day.
My first was a ZX Spectrum 48K.
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by Morkin » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 pm

First computer for me. At the time just having games that you could play at home, load from tape etc. was a novelty. Mmmm.... 16k of wobbly RAM goodness...

...Didn't seem long before the switch to the Speccy though, which was a serious step up.. :D

I did consider getting a zeddy from eBay a while ago, before I realised that I really wanted it for warm nostalgia value, rather than games/programs etc. and it'd probably just sit in its box forever...
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Re: Happy Birthday My Old Friend

Post by RMartins » Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:20 pm

Morkin wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:10 pm
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I did consider getting a zeddy from eBay a while ago, before I realised that I really wanted it for warm nostalgia value, rather than games/programs etc. and it'd probably just sit in its box forever...
I have exactly the same feeling, but since I'm trying to build a micro museum, I have to bite the bullet and have at least two of each model :)
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