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  • Blog Post: You Know You're Getting Old When: The Copyright On Your First Book Expires

    According to British law the copyright on my first book expired last year, after twenty-five years. Not only does this make me feel ancient, but it compels me to recall the heady days of 1983, when I created my tome " Master Your ZX Microdrive ". I was a nerdy University student who spent most of...
  • Blog Post: My First Commercial Software: Kempston Joystick Conversion Tape

    1983 were much simpler times in software. Here is how a student turned a quick hack into his first commercially released software and made his first money in the business. That student was me. Back in 1983 Kempston Electronics produced a joystick interface for the ZX Spectrum, which allowed Atari...
  • Blog Post: The Sinclair QL is 25 yrs old today!

    Chances are that you have never heard of the Sinclair QL . However if you are as old as me and European then you may have a soft spot for this 68k-based machine launched twelve days before that other 68k machine from the fruit company. It was my first 32-bit multitasking machine, with a real operating...
  • Blog Post: My First Program (circa 1980)

    I recently discovered my first real program(*): from 1980, it was my attempt at Space Invaders for the RML 380Z. This was the government-subsidized computer for schools, my school ( Chatham House Grammar School ) was lucky enough to have one. One, yes, for the whole school. The Research Machines 380Z...
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