Well color me old! The ZX Spectrum (affectionately known as “Speccy” or just “Spectrum” by its fans), one of the best-selling microcomputers of all time, was released 40 years ago today. Can you believe it still has a large and active community creating new content, archiving old content, and hacking on all sorts of hardware?
I have never owned or used one, but the Spectrum is one of those machines everyone is familiar with – like the C64, the Apple II, TRS 80, and so on.
My father bought one to do his teacher administration on. Programmed an entire system for that in Sinclair Basic together with his colleagues. My brothers and I played games on it until he bought a C64 and I an MSX2. Good times.
Long life ZX Spectrum.
My parents also bought me one in 1984, the machine that brings me to computing, thanks!
I much prefered the Amstrad CPC. Better graphics, less prone to fail and overall just a better machine.