Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 11:01 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The ZX Spectrum is 30 years old. The successor to Sir Clive Sinclair's ZX81 - at the time the world's best selling consumer computer - it introduced colour 'high resolution' graphics and sound. It also offered an extended version of Sinclair Basic, a computer language with which hundreds of thousands of users were already familiar."
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Speccy Emulation
by Dave_K on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 13:50 UTC
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As a smug BBC user back in the 80s I was dismissive of the Spectrum's rubber keyboard and lower resolution. To me the Speccy was a glorified toy while the Beeb was a real computer. Of course that was a bit unfair in hindsight.

I learned to love the Speccy through emulation a decade later. I went through college with a Psion 5 palmtop and the Spectrum was the one computer it could emulate perfectly with its 18Mhz ARM CPU. The Speccy's simple graphics were actually an advantage on the Psion's little low contrast greyscale screen.

What really shined through was the quality of so many classic Speccy games. It amazes me what programmers managed to pack into 48Kb of RAM. I don't think there were any native Psion 5 games that matched the best that the old Spectrum had to offer.

Thanks to its relative simplicity, the Spectrum is probably the most emulated 8 bit computer. Even 16 bit computers like Sinclair's own QL business computer could manage it. The hardware was cloned too, with numerous Spectrum compatible computers produced in the Eastern Bloc.

Definitely one of the most important home computers, one that's well worth commemorating.

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