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Background to this site

A quick history lesson for those of you (most i guess) about the 1980's and the spread of home computers (HC) in the UK.

In  1980 Clive Sinclair released the first home computer with 1K of memory and embedded basic operating system to a market that was really unaware of its implications.

This ZX80 machine was extremely basic with only a touch keyboard and an output to a TV, and could only process or display on the TV (but not both at once). This HC was just the start but it allowed a number of developers including myself to learn computing and develop software and system skills that I have used ever since.

After the ZX80 came the much better ZX81 the BBC Micro and the Sinclair Spectrum, the first affordable colour computer. In quick succession a number of other suppliers started to get on the bandwagon Acorn Atom, Commodore VIC 20, TRS 80, Dragon 32/64, BBC B, Jupiter ACE, Lynx, Oric1, Amstrad CPC and a host of more advanced machines such as the Atari ST, and the Commodore Amiga.

The era was one of great change with all suppliers vying to take the major sales, but the side effect was that some people who bought them started to program them, and then less technical people started wanting software for their HC's so the programmers started to sell throughout the country.

This was a time when International Trade was nowhere near as advanced as now, and with no Internet distribution, sales of these programs was through shops such as W H Smiths and Computer shops.

In the mid 1980's the business market started to catch up with the home market when initially Amstrad released a dedicated word processor, then the PC512 a Microsoft Personal Computer (PC) which started the trend to make Microsoft into the giant it now is.

By the early 1990's most businesses started using PC's and this reduced their production costs hence making PC's and their software cheaper and more available to the general public. This together with the trend for families to buy PC's for some business applications meant that PC's started to become Home Computers, and so the trend has become more and more Microsoft PC orientated.

The Raspberry Pi computer is hopefully going to regenerate the innovation and dynamism of the 1980's Home Computing era in  2012, by providing very cheap hardware with low power consumption. This will provide anyone with a few pounds/$ to spare, to create new innovative systems, whether embedded systems, home systems, or possibly the ultimate in shared processing such as "Peer to Peer Processing (P2PP)".

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