Sinclair’s cheap personal computer with built-in BASIC, launched at the end of January 1980 at a computer fair in Wembley, UK. The processor was an NEC 780-C running at 3.25 MHz. It had 1KB of RAM, externally expandable to 16KB, and 4KB of ROM. It had RF video output to a TV, displaying 24 lines by 32 characters of monochrome text. An audio cassette recorder was used to save programs.
The ZX-80 was sold in kit form for £79.95 or ready-built for £99.95. It was used by many UK hobbyists as a means of learning the basics of computing. Some remember the 1KB ZX-80 for the claim in its advertising that you could control a nuclear power station with it.
The ZX-80 was succeeded by the ZX-81.
Planet Sinclair (http://nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/).
The Sinclair Story (http://sincuser.f9.co.uk/046/sstory.htm).
zxnrbl jargon /sner’b*l/ Incorrect data introduced by transmission errors; any corrupted or uninterpretable data. The word originated in a 1978 advertisement for a Mockingboard, which “makes frogs croak, princesses shriek, and martians zxnrbl.” “It’s not misspelled on the original page. The Internet must have zxnrbled it on the way to you.” (1997-03-16)
a brand of . noun trademark a drug that acts on the brain; used to help people give up smoking
a blues-influenced type of Cajun dance music popular in Louisiana and Texas, and usually played on accordion, guitar, and violin. noun a type of Black Cajun music n. 1949, perhaps from Creole French pronunciation of French les haricots “the beans,” part of the title of a popular dance tune (“les haricots sont pas salés”).
a combining form meaning “yoke,” “yoked,” “yoke-shaped,” used in the formation of compound words: zygomorphic. combining form indicating a pair or a union: zygodactyl, zygospore zygo- or zyg- pref. Yoke; pair: zygodactyly. Union: zygosis.