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Manual - Basic Programming, Sinclair ZX81 Computer, United Kingdom,1981 Reg. No: HT 21847
- Manual dealing with all aspects of the ZX81 home computer - installation, programming and running programs. It is addressed to the novice but also caters for the initiated. The Sinclair ZX81 home computer, released by the UK firm Sinclair Research in 1981, was part of the push to develop a mass market for cheap computers. This push led to a boom in companies producing hardware and softaware, which still continues in 2008. It had a very small component count. Tony Tebby of Sinclair Research noted that 'It was a real computer, you could do calculations, it was programmable, you could do lots of things with it - it was in every way a real computer at a very low price.'
In March 1981 magazine Infomatics stated that 'The secret ... of the lower price and improved performance of the ZX81 over the ZX80 is a new bipolar chip designed by Sinclair . . . The single integrated circuit concentrates 18 of the 21 chips of the ZX80, so that the ZX81 comes with only four chips . . . The new chip . . . eliminates the need for the processor to drive the TV display, thus causing the screen to go blank whenever processing was being done. The ZX81 processes in two modes: normal, where the display is constantly on, and fast, where processing takes place at four times the speed but data is only displayed either at the completion of a program, when input data is awaited, or during a pause.'
- Ring bound booklet with bluish front cover.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Helen Olsen, 2008
|Dimensions:||205 mm (Height), 165 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||computing, computers|
|Themes this item is part of:||Information & Communication Collection|
|Primary Classification:||COMPUTING & CALCULATING|
|Secondary Classification:||Digital Computing|
|Tertiary Classification:||reference materials|
|Inscriptions:||Printed, front cover, red ink: "Sinclair / ZX81 Basic Programming'. Extensive text within.|
|Manufacturer:||Sinclair Research Ltd, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, Great Britain, 1981|
|Past Owner:||Alfred Milgrom, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980|
http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/computers/zx81/zx81_sst.htm accessed 15 July 2008
A. Tony Tebby of Sinclair Research, Interview, 24 October 1985.
Infomatics, 16 March 1981.