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    Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, who popularized the home computer and invented the pocket calculator, has died at his London home aged 81.

    His daughter Belinda Sinclair said he passed away on Thursday morning after having cancer for more than a decade.

    Sir Clive’s products included the ZX series of computers and his ill-fated C5 electric vehicle.

    He was still working on his inventions last week “because that was what he loved doing”, said Ms Sinclair…

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      Visionary man. We had Sinclair ZX Spectrum at home, my father used to leave me messages on it.

      May he rest in peace.

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      What a life, and what two true landmark achievements among other less successful projects: the pocket calculator, that over the years has kept pretty much the same appearance as the one he invented, although its capabilities have increased since then, particularly in some models, such as my HP 15C scientific calculator, and popularizing the personal computer with his own, low cost design!

      Which brings to mind the Scottish inventor John Logie Baird, that came up with earlier forms of working TV, first in B&W and later on in color, from the late 1920s through the 1940s :

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      My first computer was a Timex-Sinclair TS/1000, the US version of the Sinclair ZX81. That was the thing that first got me interested in computers and computing! I learned to program in BASIC on that little machine. I soon moved on to the Commodore 64, but it was the TS/1000 that got the ball rolling.

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      • #2390366

        My first home computer was the Dragon 32 (TRS-80 clone) in 1982. By then I has already 14 years in IT writing software.

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