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mobius
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:52 pm

RIP RICK DICKINSON

BBC.co.uk 3hrs ago
Rick Dickinson, the designer of the Sinclair computers, has died in the US while receiving treatment for cancer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43907248

Background
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

Extract
"The thin Bauhaus-inspired design was sleeker than anything else on the market, but what was more impressive was its price: £125 for the basic model with 16 kilobytes of RAM, or £175 for the 48k model."

You started out with printf "Hello World"

And today you've got the TSB with
TSB boss Paul Pester has told the BBC the bank is "on our knees" after six days of computer chaos, but pledged "we will get up and come back fighting".

They were blaming a lack of COBOL skills this morning - wish I'd kept my old notes. :oops:

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ShaunWhite
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:10 pm

mobius wrote:
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:52 pm
They were blaming a lack of COBOL skills this morning - wish I'd kept my old notes. :oops:
More likely a lack of skills in whoever was upgrading from the legacy COBOL, it seemed to tick along quite nicely for about 20yrs until ops were outsourced to Bangalore Upgradings and Internet Service Providings Ltd

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Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:19 pm

I'm available to help if they want me. I've still got a COBOL/IDMS listing I can brush up on.

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ShaunWhite
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:22 pm

Have they tried reaching round the back and giving his connector a jiggle. :?

Trust the bbc to get the price and the spec wrong, mine was a 1k kit. Strange we were only talking about them a couple of weeks ago.
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:16 pm

Really pioneering stuff for which I am eternally grateful. I really feel the UK lost its way in computing after Sinclair failed. It really did create a generation of coders.

Instead, it really kicked off in San Jose.

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Euler
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Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:16 pm

Rick Dickinson's drawing board - used to design the Spectrum - is now in London's Science Museum
Didn't know that, will pay homage on my next visit.

brimson25
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Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:33 am

If you're ever in Cambridge, and haven't been this is great:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/


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ShaunWhite
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Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:16 pm

brimson25 wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:35 am
This was my first love:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... r-Compact/
Can you image the BBC doing that these days? To educate, entertain and inform was the brief they had, not blowing the license on useless pundits and 'stars' wages.

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Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:39 pm

This is where that ended up: -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_Holdings

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