30th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

It is amazing for me to think that it has been 30 years since the ZX Spectrum was released. The BBC has a good interview with two of the designers of the Spectrum which will be interesting for anyone else like myself who cut their teeth peeking and poking on the ZX Spectrum. As I…

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Steve Jobs (CLI – NUI)

Our industry lost one of its great pioneers with the passing of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. As a young computer geek from the 70’s and 80’s I have followed Steve Job’s success for more than 30 years as demonstrated in posts such as The Glory Days of Home Computing. A lot has been said about…

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PLATO@50: Seeing the Future Through the Past

I grew up in both Australia and New Zealand – a long way from the US and the UK where home computing markets were just starting to develop in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Unlike most kids at the time I was very fortunate because my father Robert Hogg worked for Control Data Corp…

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The Glory Days of Home Computing

It has been a long time since I have blogged (more about that in some later posts), but two recent articles that I read on the BBC website have motivated me to write again. The articles honor the creators of the BBC Microcomputer which along with companies like Sinclair, Apple, Commodore and of course Atari provided the first introduction…

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