In 1979 Clive Sinclair, British inventor of the pocket calculator, frustrated by the lack of home investment in his project,the electric car, also opposes former assistant Chris Curry's belief that he can successfully market a micro-chip for a home computer. A parting of the ways sees Curry, in partnership with the Austrian Hermann Hauser and using whizz kid Cambridge students, set up his own, rival firm to Sinclair Radionics, Acorn. Acorn beat Sinclair to a lucrative contract supplying the BBC with machines for a computer series. From here on it is a battle for supremacy to gain the upper hand in the domestic market.
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In 2015 Sir Clive Sinclair has re-launched a modernized version of the ZX Spectrum called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega. The computer has fewer buttons than the original, but will run thousands of retro games. See more
After Clive Sinclair storms off in anger that he will only be remembered for "Jet Set f***ing Willy", Nigel Searle tells his colleague "My lad's on level 7". Jet Set Willy
does not have levels - it takes place on a single game map. (And Nigel Searle did not have a "lad.") See more
[after the Enterprise Board have withdrawn funding for his latest project, Clive Sinclair is ranting and raving, and swearing at anyone in range. An engineer leaves his office, clutching a circuit board, after being ordered to "Just get it working". Sinclair continues to rant
[to the engineer
I'll have a word with him.
[in the background, Clive Sinclair throws his telephone through his office window, scattering glass everywhere
Ah. Maybe later...