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Clive Sinclair is dead

Clive Sinclair is dead

Only the hardcore, the real (and the old) know who Clive Sinclair was. This British jack-of-all-trades was instrumental in bringing computers to the general public.

Sinclair ZX 81

Sinclair ZX 81 with 1Kb Ram…

This crazy Englishman dropped out of school at 17. He then decided to work for four years as a technical journalist to raise money to start his company Sinclair Radionics. His goal was to design electronic products and distribute them in the home environment. His achievements include the pocket calculator and portable televisions (black and white ofc ), but he was best known for popularizing the home computer. It was with the ZX80 and ZX81 that Sinclair turned the market upside down. These two small computers really mark the beginning of the democratization of the computer within the general public. Sold for the equivalent of 100€, they were up to 5 to 6 times less expensive than what was available at the time. Better still, the company offered “kits” to be assembled to further reduce the price.


The ZX Spectrum then followed, fighting with the Commodore 64 to entertain the first gamers in history, who loaded their games on audio cassettes…

Sinclair ZX spectrum

Clive Sinclair died at his home in London this morning after a long illness, he was 81 years old and for many of us, he was the one who paved the way.

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