Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer, RIP

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 17:07:19 CDT 2018

On Thu, 26 Apr 2018 at 19:54, Geoff Oltmans <oltmansg at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think you'd find a few people this side of the pond whose first
computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000 (our equivalent of the ZX81). I know
that was true in our household... My dad purchased one brand-new at
Albertson's (a supermarket chain in the southeast US) for $100. We were
enamored with it instantly despite its obvious drawbacks

:-) I'm pleased to hear this.

> and that eventually led to the purchase of a more capable machine, the TI
99/4a. Unfortunately much to my dads chagrin that happening just a few
months before its drastic price cut and eventual discontinuation.

Now there was a machine that suffered an ill-deserved fate. Mind you, if TI
hadn't crippled it as they did, maybe it could have competed more
effectively with the CBM machines without the vicious price drops.

> RIP. Definitely a very influential machine worldwide and an effort worth
feeling proud of.

Yes indeed.

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