Sinclair’s first personal computer with a colour display. The Spectrum used the Zilog Z80 processor like its predecessors the ZX-80 and ZX-81. It was originally available in 16k and 48k versions using cassette tape and later grew to 128k and sprouted floppy disks. It had a wider and more solid case and a marginally better “dead flesh” keyboard. Unlike the earlier models, it didn’t require the presence of a cold carton of milk to prevent it overheating. It was possibly the most popular home computer in the UK for many years.
The TK-90X was a clone.
zx-81 computer An even more successful version of the Sinclair ZX-80, featuring a large uncommitted logic array instead of much discrete logic, an improved BASIC, and rather more expandability (it could take 16kb RAM packs). It was launched around 1981 and was eventually replaced by the Spectrum. (1995-11-04)
zx-80 computer 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 […]
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