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The Tech Addicts Podcast

Apr 24, 2022

With Gareth Myles and Ted Salmon
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Jeremy Harpham says Sinclair's 8-bit home computer, ZX Spectrum, turns 40

My first real intro to computing, as I owned it (if I forget the occasional acoustic coupler experience). And lucky enough to be in the first few months of deliveries, meaning that I started at 16K and eventually moved up to 48k, microdrives, et al. Only replaced 6 years later with an Atari ST - I sold the last one, one broke but I still have a Spectrum Plus 48K in the attic. Might have to dig it out, complete with tape recorder. What was your first foray into computing?

Ted Salmon

I think it was a BBC Micro (or Acorn) at home and IBM XT at work. Mid-80's.

Adrian Brain

Mine was the Sinclair ZX81, after having played with my (at the time) girlfriend's brother's ZX80, which he assembled himself.

Phillip Wray

Vic-20 for me. After polytechnic I became a software engineer so multiple other types of machines mainly DEC before PCs came along!

Wayne Kelly

Vic 20 for me too. We used to have zx80 and zx81s at school running on old massive black and white TVs. Always thought the zx80 looked better and more futuristic than the zx81.

Chris Kelly

The first I had at home was the ZX80 but before that I had used the Commodore PET to learn BASIC (Beginners' All Purpose Instruction Code) at college in the late 70's.

Matt Jones

I was a ZX81 guy! A while back I discovered a ZX81 emulator on the iPad, and managed to remember enough to write a simple program that ran first time with no syntax errors ! I was really impressed considering it was nearly 40 years ago and I was only about 12 at the time, and have had nothing to do with even trying to program these things since. 😂

Xerxes Hodivala

ZX81, Acorn Atom, ZX Spectrum, Atari 800XL. They were all great in their way but then I switched up to an Atari ST when I went to uni. That machine was in a different league. I learned four different programming languages on it.

Object Desktop - SpaceMonger

UGreen 100W USB-C Charger

Hardline on the hardware:

Pixel Watch Watching - Here, here and here

GameSir X3 gaming controller for Android launches on IndieGogo, adds cooling fan

Anker releases the 551 8-in-1 USB-C Hub and tablet stand with pass-through charging

Shameful: Insteon looks dead—just like its users' smart homes

Surface Duo Slim fan concept shows a different kind of folding phone from Microsoft

First foldable display Asus ZenBook laptop nears limited release with PI film cover for its flexible OLED screen

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 to bring 108MP main camera

Motorola Moto E32 leaks with a familiar design and four cameras - Motorola E30 vs E32

Model canceling, flagship naming, fast charging, case leaking, Google Assistant button removing, and US$1,600 Xperia 1 IV pricing

Xiaomi launches the Smart Home Screen 10 with a built-in camera and microphone

Razer Leviathan V2 soundbar unveiled

Nitecore's latest battery has a built-in USB-C charging port

Google researching hidden displays and interfaces for Ambient Computing

Flap your trap about an App:

New Play Store policy will kill third-party call recording apps starting May 11

Facebook's starting to realise that everyone already has their preferred way to access podcasts

How Limited Run's New Engine Respects The Legacy Of Classic Games

Apple to launch nudity detection internationally

ChromeOS News

New Chrome Web Store badges make discovering safe and helpful extensions a lot easier

This handy ChromeOS screenshot trick can really boost your productivity

Hark Back

HP Ipaq

Bargain Basement: Best UK deals and tech on sale we have spotted

Premium Google One subscribers can get a free Titan 2FA key

Razer Kraken - Cross-Platform Wired Gaming Headset - Was: £79.99 Now: £34.99

Sony WF-1000XM4 £204.05 from £250

Lenovo G32qc-10 31.5 Inch QHD Curved Monitor - Was: £349.99 Now: £249.00

USB C 12-in-1 docking station £37 now, 20% off, with another 10% voucher making it £33.65

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G - Was: £829.00 Now: £543.96

Lenovo Tab P12 Pro reduced from £749 to £599 (this is the one you can get Android 12L onto)

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