Ok, I know this isn't strictly speaking a C5 topic, so I'll understand if this post is deleted. I think it's in the most appropriate section of this forum. The C5 wasn't Clive Sinclairs only brilliant vision of the future though. Back in 1988, he envisioned we would all be carrying mobile computers, about the size of a pad of paper around, with a 10" screen*, full physical qwerty keyboard, solid state expandable memory, with built in apps, the ability to connect to other machines and devices, and run from batteries that would last 20 hours use or 120 days standby. Well, 25 years on, the spec of the Z88 still holds up quite well. And, in many ways, is superior to what we tend to think of as cutting edge today. Although I only got my first Z88 a year or so ago, I love it, and, for some things (such as writing letters), I prefer it over my desktop PC or tablet. It's just a great bit of kit. I have, however, upgraded the memory to 512k (plus some plug in memory cartridges), and made up a special USB lead that will allow me to 'print' to my PC, or use it as a USB keyboard for my tablet, so it has more functionality than was originally planned for. (For reference, I also have a ZX81, most models of Spectrum and a QL - but sadly, I can't quite find any realistic uses for these in this modern world). I know I'm not the only person to still use a Z88, but I wonder how many C5 owners also dabble with Sir Clives other products. STM * remember, screen sizes are measured diagonally!
posted on: 04/08/2013 22:37:50