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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2015, 14:41:37 PM »
For me the Sinclair products were the typical homecomputers. In germany I tried to upgrade my ZX81 (brand new at this time) for 400 DM and it was not possible as all shops were sold out of required parts. So I finally sold it and bought an Atari 2600  8).

Later I bought an Archimedes A305 for about 4000 DM. It was the first computer which was unloved. At the time Apple started to influence Acorn to spin off it's CPU (later ARM) and the model was not really developed further. No customer want any project on this box so beside the technical interested facts and unbelievable speed it was a demo machine (I have had all dev and sdk's bought read to port games) only.

I sold if for about 1200DM one year later. Unused as it lacks any possibility to really use it or dev software for customers on it. All people hunted for PC ports of games. Atari ST and Amiga projects were stopped all over the places and software distributor got bankrupted finally which was the end of the homecomputer history
(from my point of view).
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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2015, 15:04:14 PM »
Were Amstrads not popular on Germany, albeit rebadged as Schneider?

I also read something around here somewhere about the continental market being more insistent on green screens (for business) than in the UK?

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2015, 22:30:22 PM »
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We still used BBC micros in the 90s for my electronics class, used to control simple circuits and LEGO robots with them.

Was there a language called LOGO, rings a bell a little?

Hahaha YES, LOGO was a programming language used for drawing geometric shapes and patters on your monitor.
The was a Turtle in the middle of the screen acting like your mouse cursor and with commands like PD (Pen Down) FD50 (forward 50 pixels) the turtle would move up 50 pixel and draw a line. Then type RT90 (Turn right 90 deg) FD50 (forward 50 pixels) and if you repeat that 4 times you draw a square on the screen.
Now theirs a language I haven't use in over 20 years and I can still remember it. Do a search on Google for LOGO PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE. It was fun in school but that's all we used it for, drawing kaleidoscopes, circles, squares etc.

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2015, 23:11:57 PM »
There is even a LOGO cart for the Vectrex that works the same way!
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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2015, 23:43:23 PM »
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There is even a LOGO cart for the Vectrex that works the same way!

Eh? How would you type in the commands on the Vectrex?  I've never seen a keyboard for it.
is there a website I can check out?

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2015, 01:45:06 AM »
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There is even a LOGO cart for the Vectrex that works the same way!

Eh? How would you type in the commands on the Vectrex?  I've never seen a keyboard for it.
is there a website I can check out?

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You have to select things on a menu screen.  A bit convoluted. You can check it here:  Vectorzoa.
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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2015, 06:57:21 AM »
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There is even a LOGO cart for the Vectrex that works the same way!

Eh? How would you type in the commands on the Vectrex?  I've never seen a keyboard for it.
is there a website I can check out?

Pete  :113:

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2015, 06:59:42 AM »
That's the one lol Everyone just drew boobs and willies hahahah

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2015, 20:31:47 PM »
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Hi AmigaJay, wow that's surprising. I would have thought due to the Acorn BBC model B in schools in the UK that
the Acorn machines would of dominated the UK market. Kids programmed them at school so I would have thought
that kids or parents would have bought them for home use as well but as you said, price always wins.

I studied computing on the ZX spectrum at high school. The school did have BBC B's (didn't they all?) but they did a poll on who had what computer then replaced the bbc's with the most popular.
The whole subject was then re-written around the spectrum.
And I thank whoever came up with the idea, as the previous years of typing in programs and learning to fix them helped me pass my exam with flying colours.  :66:

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2015, 22:08:08 PM »
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That's the one lol Everyone just drew boobs and willies hahahah

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2015, 09:37:02 AM »
We had a version of LOGO on the old RM machines at school until mid 90s, i never got past drawing circles (my abilities never progressed to boobs and willies ;) ), but it seems you could do a lot more with it.  Someone even had a fairly slow version of asteroids written in it.

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Re: Most popular machine in the UK in the 1980's
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