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ZX Spectrum Part 1 History with John Grant

Welcome to Floppy Days #115 for June, 2022.  And I’m your host, Randy Kindig.  I hope everyone is doing well.

As you know, we are generally following the timeline of computers as they were released to the world.  We have arrived in the year 1982.  1982 was a landmark year for home computers, as there were some significant introductions in this year.  Machines that played a critical part in the rich home computer period of the 1980’s.  In particular, I’m talking about the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64 as well as some other interesting machines.

One of the most impactful computers released at this time was the ZX Spectrum; across the pond in the UK by Sir Clive Sinclair.  This episode kicks off a multi-episode arc that covers the Spectrum through all the usual topics.

The first topic we always start with is history.  I was able to catch up with a person who played a significant role in the history of the Spectrum through his company Nine Tiles.  Of course, I’m talking about Mr. John Grant.  John was kind enough to talk about the work he did on the machine and some of the stories surrounding its development and introduction.  I hope you find this interesting.

I will, as usual, talk about a few new acquisitions that have come my way in my never ending quest to discover new modern upgrades for my collection of old machines; as well as bring you news about upcoming shows.

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