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Remembering the Sinclair QL

Sinclair QL Computer
Leaping Ahead Standing for 'Quantum Leap', this was Sinclair's attempt to move upmarket. The QL was released in 1984, and featured more advanced hardware than...

Remembering the Original Apple Macintosh

Apple Macintosh 128K from 1984
Early Days The original Apple Macintosh was released in 1984, but it wasn't something I was really aware of until 1986, when I started work...

Remembering the Atari 400 and 800

Atari 800 Computer
Maplin Adverts The Atari 400 and 800 home computers were release in 1979. They were heavily advertised by Maplin in the UK, on the back...

Remembering the IBM PC and Compatibles

IBM PC 5150
Immediately Successful The original IBM PC was released in 1981, and it was popular right from the start. One reason for its popularity was the...

Remembering the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K Computer
First Computer At Home The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a particularly significant 8-bit computer for me, because it was the first computer that I ever...

Remembering the Oric-1

Oric 1 Computer
School Rivalry The Oric-1 was a direct competitor the the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and --- like its rival --- it was released in 1982. These...

A Brief Overview of the Apple II Series

Apple II Series Collage
1977: Apple II The Apple II superseded the Apple I, just over a year after its release. Improvements included colour, sound, and a plastic case....

Remembering the Enterprise 64 and 128

Enterprise 128 Computer
First Impressions The Enterprise was an 8-bit computer which was released in 1985. It was offered with a choice of 64 or 128 KB of...

Remembering the Jupiter Ace

Jupiter ACE Computer
Ex-Sinclair Designers Two of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum's designers went on to form Jupiter Cantab, and develop a small low-cost 8-bit microcomputer called the Jupiter...