Author Topic: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair  (Read 1923 times)

Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #25 on: 17 September, 2021, 08:44:10 pm »
I remember the purple LED display.  What happened to purple LEDs?
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #26 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:08:57 pm »
I remember the purple LED display.  What happened to purple LEDs?

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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #27 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:11:43 pm »
I think they just stuck a Quality Street wrapper over a normal LED.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #28 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:12:36 pm »
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Heavens! I'd forgotten all about that. Wasn't that the MK14?  I remember the adverts for it, but I never, ever saw one IRL.

ETA.  Only ever saw one C5.  On the Botley Road in Oxford, getting on for 20 years ago.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #29 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:24:52 pm »
The Velocino in question is still alive and well in Mr Woolrich's Sheds in Exotic Egham.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #30 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:25:06 pm »
I rode a C5 for a short distance in 2002 and I didn’t feel any need to ride it any further. It belonged to a fellow participant in the Golden Jubilee parade. Then-MrsLWaB and I were on Bromptons for that. Mine was borrowed from John 'Pinky' Pinkerton as I didn’t get my first B for another year.

Sinclair’s transport ideas all seemed to suffer from excessive cost-engineering that cancelled out their original purposes. He must have done much better with his electronic endeavours.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #31 on: 17 September, 2021, 09:49:19 pm »
The first Sinclair item I had was in the mid 1970's - a Sinclair Radionics kit which had a multi-purpose circuit board along with various electronic components mounted onto bits of plastic, along with a manual full of different wiring positions telling you what positions to bolt the various components into, to make at least 40 different circuits such as a radio transmitter, tone generator, burglar alarm.   I'm sure playing with that helped me get a C in my 0-level Electronics (everyone else in the class failed).

I got a ZX81 and was very proud of managing to code a working version of Pong in under 1K of memory by using the CODE function in Basic which saved a few bytes of space for each line.

I still remember the pain and anguish caused by the dodgy contacts on the later 16K memory expansion pack, when you lost everything.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #32 on: 17 September, 2021, 10:45:58 pm »
My first computer upgrade was swopping the 1k memory chip on my ZX81 for a pin compatible 2k chip. Still have a nostalgia induced eBay purchased ZX81 somewhere.
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #33 on: 18 September, 2021, 12:06:16 am »
I once rode an A Bike... Only once mind.


I wrote something last night on hearing the news

10 BORDER 0
20 PAPER 0
30 INK 7
40 BRIGHT 1
50 PRINT AT 10,10; "RIP Sir Clive"
60 STOP

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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #34 on: 30 September, 2021, 07:52:10 am »
I remember hsving a look at one. Luckily I was too young and poor to afford one.

Later I bought a JVC handheld tv. It was great, and I even used it to see action replays at an FACup final.  ;D
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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #35 on: 30 September, 2021, 12:39:08 pm »
I saw one in the flesh and working once.  The optics mostly ruined the usually-stunning sharpness of tiny mono CRTs.

Like all portable TVs the reception was terrible.

ian

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Re: RIP Sir Clive Sinclair
« Reply #36 on: 30 September, 2021, 01:03:27 pm »
I thought I might have imagined it, but I had a little handheld portable colour TV. Casio I think. It was pretty cool even if it was so small you couldn't quite see what was happening.
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