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This is the recovered Machine Room from 2005. Please don't expect wonders. The look and feel of this site is nine years old, and so is its code. Some of the functionality has been recovered while the rest of the site is modernised and restructured. Watch this space!
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Sinclair Research was founded in the Seventies by British inventor Sir Clive 'Uncle' Sinclair. An all round good guy, Uncle Clive has invented some nice things (like tiny radios and TVs) and some downright useless (yea, even dangerous) ones, like the C5 vehicle. He and his company are perhaps most known for their immensely popular (and cheap) home micros. Essentially, Uncle Clive is Europe's Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Jack Tramiel rolled into one. He was very popular back in the early Eighties, though most of his machines got the teasing of their lives: they sold exceptionally well and had loads of good software, but were plagued by various little annoying problems, like that thermal ZX-Printer that would catch fire when overworked. Still, this is one of the big ones. Exploding printers won't stop Sinclair's gazillion fans! It's probably worth it to say that Sir Clive's most famous machine, the ZX-Spectrum, has been all over the planet (usually with a changed name and looks — if you've heard of Timex-Sinclair, guess where they got the second part of the name).

After 1984, Amstrad and Uncle Clive's arch-enemy, Alan Sugar, proved to be too strong a competitor in the UK. Sinclair was bought by Amstrad, which made a couple more Spectrums before abandoning the famous micro (and essentially killing off Sinclair Research). Sir Clive had to start a new company, one that didn't feature his name (the rights to use it were sold to Amstrad). His second company was Cambridge Computers.

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