Xeni's spotted a cool inteview with Sir Clive Sinclair, inventor of the ZX-series computers that got England addicted to home computing.
It its day, the ZX Spectrum was a low-end machine, the little brother of fancier, bulkier 8-bits like the Commodore 64 and the Amstrad CPC. It's amazing how tiny and attractive it looks now, in 2008. Is it not?
The main problem for me was its unreliability. My first 6 home computers were ZX Spectrums, and my seventh was an Amstrad, if you see what I mean. I assume today that there was a bad batch at Curry's. Perhaps our home had dicky wiring ... if so, Sir Alan could deal with it!