#16 - The rise of Retrocomputing

We are celebrating that the good old ZX Spectrum microcomputer becomes 40. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 23 April 1982 and was soon established as a mainstream product and a flagship for the British information technology industry. Most of the Generation-X guys working in the IT industry today can tell you how the love for computers started when a Commodore-64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, or any MSX computers available entered their homes. They all learned to code BASIC, and only the bravest tried Z-80 or 6502 assemblers. Some of them will go further and passionately explain how later they bought a new 16-bit Atari ST or Amiga, remarking how they tried to tame those beasts (and how they failed, of course!).

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