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Minnie1956

  1 month ago

Sir Clive Sinclair RIP

Clive Sinclair, inventor of the Sinclair Spectrum personal computer and later the not quite so successful (but environmentally friendly) Sinclair C5, has died aged 81.
I loved the Sinclair Spectrum, I had the 48k and later upgraded to the 128k. Up in the loft somewhere I still have a big box full of Spectrum cassettes.
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SimonGUK

  1 month ago
R.I.P. Sir Clive
Brilliant tinkerer but flawed businessman. He helped inspire a generation into tech., so thank you to him for that. :-)
His general ideas and enthusiasm for alternative e-transport have certainly flourished in the last decade.
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PoohBah

  1 month ago
He was a great innovator, although all the good work was rather undone by the C5, which people tend to remember and mock him for. My youngest nephew, having seen my old Tandy TRS-80 computer, wanted a computer of his own for Christmas, and got a Spectrum with the 'dead flesh' keyboard ; he wrote and sold computer games, upgraded in due course, and (now turned 50) has his own consultancy. Thank you, Sir Clive, for giving him the means to make his way in life. Reply
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Meryl10

  1 month ago
He was definitely ahead of his time, I always wanted a C5 but with the lorries nowadays I think I wouldn't want to be looking under an axel! Reply
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Hawksmoor

  1 month ago
He was waaaay ahead of his time, in hindsight, wasn't he. Much mocked, but that's so often the case with visionary thinkers, mores the pity :(
RIP Clive
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KSquirrel

  1 month ago
The man was way ahead of his time and never truly appreciated sadly. Reply
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jjbmom

  1 month ago
Rip I met him a long time ago when I lived in Merthyr Tydfil Minnie Reply
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gljcleeve

  1 month ago
An interesting man who had a very fascinating life. R.I.P. Sir Clive. Reply
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spartan3002

  1 month ago
R.I.P. Sir Clive , he made tech available and affordable . Reply
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trevjohn

  1 month ago
I never met the guy, but saw him in the flesh from a distance at an exhibition hall just once, about the turn of the century at an electronic component show, Earls Court iirc... .
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From 1968 I did however buy several of his writings marketed by Bernards ( publishers ) Ltd of Western Gate, London W6. Titles such as 'Practical Transistor Audio Amplifiers for the Home Constructor' and 'Transistor Circuits Manual' numbers 1,2.3,4 and 5. et-al *
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Shortly after that we bought rather a lot of his kit stuff...
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Familiarity had started breeding contempt for our old console mono radiogram... Father bought his Sinclair Stereo 30 modular hi-fi bits and bobs ( pre-amp, PA's and speakers ) from Laskys ( in the Tottenham Court Road :) in 1969 - to fit the amplifier parts along with the radiogram's Collaro autochanger record deck into a custom plywood box. An article for a DIY kit stereo FM tuner meantime had caught father's eye in Practical Wireless, so that too was built to go in a separate box alongside, all on a sitting-room shelf ...
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A year or so later we duplicated the amp system but with a separate new Garrard SP25 mkII record deck in it's own teak veneered plinth with smoked plastic cover. The original speakers were not all that good, so for the second system a couple of Leak 'Sandwich' loudspeakers were evaluated during a trip to the Edgware Road - as was the tradition ;)), - and purchased. They're still here ! So 'system two' went in my bedroom... Eventually it acquired a similar stereo tuner to the other set-up...
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Next was the Sinclair Micromatic miniature radio... The design concept being a matchbox-sized medium-wave 'TRF' receiver with plug-in earpiece. It had gone through several technical reincarnations from the '60's original; three initially germanium transistors were replaced by two smaller silicon devices in my 1972 model, but the case and outside appearance remained identical throughout. Plugging in the earphone switched it on, unplugging switched it off, and it had a tuning dial, no volume control - Simples !
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Then we lapsed a bit, until I needed a scientific calculator :), and could afford one - but only one of _his_ ( cheapest ) - as a kit ( cheaper still ) with reverse Polish logic :(... This was 1976...
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4 + 4 x ( = ) 16 ...
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Bloody ridiculous f**cking Polish logic :))))). Yes, well, the less said about the Sinclair Cambridge et-al the better. I stretched to a proper calculator in 1977 from Commodore :)).
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Then there was the computer crazed 1980's and by 1982 the rubber-buttoned 8-bit Sinclair Spectrum with 16k of RAM so I had to have one of those... Once again to discover it's limitations... By 1984 I'd swapped it with a friend's Acorn Electron... That had slightly better graphics and a proper keyboard.
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Sooo that was about it really with his hardware and my involvement, although father knocked up a third hi-fi for a guy down the road which included a Sinclair 'Phase-Locked-Loop' FM tuner. It had an intrinsic flaw :). The tuning 'dial' ( actually a flat plastic belt running around two broad pulleys :) tended to derail ! So some modification was done before things worked right :)).
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* His 'Coil Design and Construction Manual' is a total bleedin' masterpiece compilation that nobody but me acknowledges, God knows why... I've wound dozens of excellent mains transformers using formulae from that book...
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Thank-you 'uncle' Clive, RIP.
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BarrieB

  1 month ago
While the Spectrum wasn't my computer of choice like all home computers of it's time you learned how to program it, a real educational toy.
May he rest easy.
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