The ZX Spectrum was the second computer I owned.
I’d already cut my programming teeth on the ZX-81 but really got into it on the Spectrum. The BASIC was fast enough to be interesting and it had all the tech features a boy could want; colour, hi-res graphics, a beeper and a wipe-clean rubber keyboard.
My first Spectrum game was a vertical scroller that I developed with a school chum. I tried to sell it with no success. But it got me a job at Software Creations.
Anyway, enough of my life history. Here’s the computer itself in all its glory:
If you are interested in Z80 assembly language, I’ve been making my source code available under an MIT license.
Finally, I was donated a faulty 48K ZX-Spectrum by my father-in-law. Read my attempts to revive this otherwise mint specimen in this series of posts.