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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 16/09/21
« Last Post by TonyD on Saturday, 18 September, 2021 @ 08:32:28 »
My first computer was an IBM 360/20 in 1969

My recollection of ZX80/81 is the hours spent copying code from the magazines of the day...the joy when it worked...the frustration when it didn't

Sinclair advertising and media coverage was amazing.
The hype ahead of the C5 particularly memorable.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/09/21
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 18 September, 2021 @ 07:41:36 »
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Mosquitoes sucked up by traps that mimic breathing

More than 300 mosquito-catching machines have been deployed in the French town of Hyères after the insects started to affect tourism.

The Qista machines mimic human breathing to lure in the mosquitoes and trap them in a net.

Qista says the devices reduce the prevalence of mosquitoes by about 80%.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-58598292

Short video in link
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 18/09/21
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 18 September, 2021 @ 02:32:38 »
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UK travel update: Amber list scrapped in overhaul of travel rules in England

The international travel traffic light system is being simplified in England with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also said eight countries would be taken off the red list from Wednesday.

It means people returning from places such as Turkey will no longer have to stay in hotel quarantine.

And PCR tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers returning to England.

Under the new testing regime, people who have had both jabs will not need to take a pre-departure test before leaving any country not on the red list.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58602481
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Grapevine / News Briefs / 18/09/21
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 18 September, 2021 @ 02:28:24 »
Six new coronavirus cases on Kef yesterday, as announced by EODY.
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 16/09/21
« Last Post by Maik on Saturday, 18 September, 2021 @ 02:24:54 »
Yep, the ZX81 was a great little machine but faffing around with the tape player to get the volume setting just right was a real PITA. How many times did it load for five-ten minute then fail just before the end? I was so glad when the Speccie with micro 'floppy' disk was released. Hey ho, happy days!
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 17/09/21
« Last Post by expat on Friday, 17 September, 2021 @ 20:55:44 »
Your roving reporter returned to the uk today, kef airport not too bad, half the crowds escaped passport control by using another entrance to the gates, the rest of us were trapped into the duty free area until they decided to unlock the doors and let us through to our correct gate, manchester airport was the quickest we have ever seen, left the plane, got though passport control and out in 15 minutes!   We love Greece, but the continuous barking dogs throughout the night are annoying, the owners need shooting for failing to train their dogs! We await next year now :)
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 16/09/21
« Last Post by BeeTee on Friday, 17 September, 2021 @ 20:02:06 »
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Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor behind Spectrum computer and C5, dies aged 81

Technology pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81, his family have confirmed.

The entrepreneur was most widely known for popularising the use of a home computer and was also the inventor of the pocket
calculator.

His ZX Spectrum inspired future generations of video game developers, with many honing their skills on the computer, which was a competitor to the Commodore 64.

The first home computer he made was called the ZX80 and retailed for £79.95 in kit form and sold more than 50,000 units.

He followed it up with the ZX81, before releasing the ZX Spectrum 48K in 1982, which became a seminal moment in the games industry and had a series of games that would later be considered classics such as Jet Set Willy, Saboteur and Lords of Midnight.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/clive-sinclair-dead-spectrum-c5-b1921670.html

Not to mention Atic Atac, which I've got running on my Linux PC.

My very first computer was a Sinclair ZX81, when I was 18 years old.  A devilishly annoying machine to use, especially when the 16KB RAM pack disconnected during use...!!  But Sir Clive got me into computers and programming, which I am hugely grateful for.  May he rest in peace...!!!

Like you my first computer was the ZX81. Still got it in the original box.
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Holidays in Hellas / Re: Travel to Greece
« Last Post by Maik on Friday, 17 September, 2021 @ 19:31:17 »
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Foreign travel advice
Greece

Summary


Updated:    17 September 2021 
Latest update:    Information on COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers and restrictions for cross-regional travel ('Coronavirus' page)
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece

Coronavirus
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 16/09/21
« Last Post by Bryan-in-Kilkis on Friday, 17 September, 2021 @ 18:30:24 »
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Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor behind Spectrum computer and C5, dies aged 81

Technology pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at the age of 81, his family have confirmed.

The entrepreneur was most widely known for popularising the use of a home computer and was also the inventor of the pocket calculator.

His ZX Spectrum inspired future generations of video game developers, with many honing their skills on the computer, which was a competitor to the Commodore 64.

The first home computer he made was called the ZX80 and retailed for £79.95 in kit form and sold more than 50,000 units.

He followed it up with the ZX81, before releasing the ZX Spectrum 48K in 1982, which became a seminal moment in the games industry and had a series of games that would later be considered classics such as Jet Set Willy, Saboteur and Lords of Midnight.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/clive-sinclair-dead-spectrum-c5-b1921670.html

Not to mention Atic Atac, which I've got running on my Linux PC.

My very first computer was a Sinclair ZX81, when I was 18 years old.  A devilishly annoying machine to use, especially when the 16KB RAM pack disconnected during use...!!  But Sir Clive got me into computers and programming, which I am hugely grateful for.  May he rest in peace...!!!
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Grapevine / News Briefs / Re: 16/09/21
« Last Post by johnt7959 on Friday, 17 September, 2021 @ 18:13:49 »
I worked for Clive Sinclair in the Sinclair Radionics era. He was an extremely generous person to his employees, but a hard taskmaster.
13 memorable years

RIP
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