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Monday, April 23, 2007

Speccy is 25 today

Who remembered? Not me.
Until I read this link here...

Like many blokes, I do remember even now, the excitement of unpacking my 48K ZX Spectrum.
The slim black case. The rubbery grey keys. The multi-coloured "go-faster" stripe. The promise of mastering those geeky programming commands.

It was on this humble machine (Retailed at £175 - but I think I bought it direct for c. £125) that I first learned to program something more useful than the usual "Hello World" in Basic.

But I also learned how to program at machine code level with those magic "pokes" and "peeks" to make the Speccy do even more. I even learned to write my own code to design 3D wire-frame drawings of geometric shapes and fill-in to make solid bottle-shaped models. Then, to rotate these "bottles" and calculate internal volumes of each design for some course work, as I recall.

Who knew then, how far personal computer technology and the global reach of the internet would travel in those 25 years.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007


Blogger seems to have swallowed my comments option on last post!
Settings are unchanged. Except I posted by email to the blog.
Why has this happened?
Will the comments option appear on this post?

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Fantastic News!

OK. I'm being slightly ironic here. Did anyone think we wouldn't get our Sailors and Marines back soon? But it is "Very Good News".
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has just announced that our 15 British naval personnel captured in the Gulf will be freed - "...as a gift to Britain."
Britain is very grateful. Personally, I think we should send Mr. Blair as a gift to Iran.
He can then spend some time reflecting on his real motives for sending our troups to wage War in Iraq.
Read more here...
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