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Paul Trafford and His Sinclair ZX81

We were lucky enough to meet Paul Trafford at the Museums and the Web 2013 conference in Portland, OR earlier this year. We were also lucky enough to find his story, posted by him.

“Like many of my generation, I owe my first steps to Sir Clive Sincliar: initially, I started with a Sinclair ZX81, which my parents kindly bought for me for Christmas. With 1K of RAM, I was limited in what I could develop, though I was able to validate UK VAT registration numbers! Nevertheless, it was enough to introduce me to a new world and I could write my first programs – in Sinclair’s implementation of BASIC.”

It is amazing what a person can do, and learn, with 1K of RAM – if it is the right person.