Computer inventor doesn't use computer

Sir Clive Sinclair – the man who invented the ZX80 home computer and later the mich more wildly successful ZX81 – doesn’t use a computer at all.

That emerged from an interview he gave to UK Sunday newspaper the Observer.

Sinclair, who will be 70 this year, told the newspaper that the ZX80 and the ZX81 made him  a fortune. The ZX80 was launched 30 years ago after Sinclair launched a couple of other less successful electronics products – a calculator and a digital watch.

The ZX80 had 1K of memory, a membrane keyboard, used a cassette to load programs and had a screen that blanked when the machine was running software. The ZX81 was a little better – it created a huge market for addons including external keyboards and daughterboards for adding memory and other features.

The ZX81 had its moment of glory but was soon surpassed by the Commodore 64, and later the Acorn BBC Micros took the UK market by storm.

These days Sinclair doesn’t use a computer at all. He said he just couldn’t be bother to use a computer and if someone sends him an email he gets an assistant to retrieve them and read them to him. It’s not a home computer he’s got either, this is a company machine.

He told the Observer he finds emails “annoying” and he’d rather someone phone him than bother with computers, which he finds annoying.

You can find the interview here.