Not the first computer I had access to or used that honour would fall to an apple II, but the ZX81 was the first computer I got to own and share with my brother in 1981, we could never afford the RAM pack, as it was a one off gift and the parents would not stretch the monetary input to the ram pack, to be honest I should have written a game or two in basic for the 1k and sold them, as 15-20 lines of basic didnt take long to right, and If I had sold 10 cassettes I could have bought the ram pack, 2nd tape deck to copy with would have been an issue. the ZX81 was an absolutely minimal computer, in fact i would say Clive Sinclair manufactured the ZX81 down to its retail price, full well knowing that most people would have to buy a ram expansion and a better keyboard (which was awful) to make any decent use of this machine long term, as the Z80 was a capable processor, perhaps, more so, than the paired down 6502, but with 1k of memory the machine was really a stopgap or placeholder for machines that would rapidly succeed it. my next computer was the incomparably powerful disc based CPC6128. but the ZX81 built the computer market in the UK on the basis of making machines cheap enough for everyone to afford, such that demand for upgrades and newer machines became part of the general desire of the public. before the ZX81 your average person had no concept of affording a computer. The BBC model B was mainly an education machine and far too expensive except for middle class to upper class rich people almost all computers at this point would have been £300 and up, the ZX81 brought that down to £79.00 and you could get deals such as a ZX81, tape deck and a couple of games all in for £99.00, this was unheard of at the time hence its success, in getting its computing foot through the door of the ordinary folks homes. but it was never going to replace or compete with the atari 2600 console on the gaming front. but it was certainly unlike an atari, was just capable of being described as a fully fledged computer, when you first got this computer out the box, unless your parents were relaxed enough to get you an additionally expensive £5.00 cassette game or two to go with it, the only thing you could do with it was start programming in basic as that was the only software built in to the computer, or type in a listing, both such activities would of course enhance your understanding of writing code, kids today could do with such limited machines in order to draw them into basic code writing. But the lure of the console today is too easy with its vast galaxy of distraction, from the rigour required to code your first inevitably small achievements when learning to code for the first time.
OK I bothered to waste the time to create a BBC ID login, and add a comment to one of the “FEW” articles that are available to comment on the BBC corporation push based media website( ie its nominally interactive )
The article got up to 738 comments and they locked it from anymore comments.
The comment system on the BBC website is token and pointless and here are the reasons why :
1: every comment is censored by a paid human being for political correctness and language, (A total profligate waste of license money) since the comments after this process can never be said to represent free opinion, or allow for any negativity or criticism toward the beeb, it is automatically a pointless system !
In contrast to a ‘were all adults’ approach ie a completely free self moderated system.(all they need is a disclaimer of liability ?) after all if idiots want to chase theyre tail getting upset by comments on a website allow them to, but at least they’ll get a realistic view of the full spectra of opinion of the public ? whereas as the beebs approach has always been to sanitise public opinion to some absurd politically correct fascist liberal agenda > which is in no way democratic.
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