Timex Sinclair 1000 vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Timex Sinclar 1000Having recently gotten my new phone and being very happy with the shiny newness of the Samsung Galaxy S5 I got to thinking about my first computer while doing some setup the other day.  For the record my first computer was bought at a department store.  It was a Timex Sinclair 1000.  

This was a joint venture computer between Timex and Sinclair (a British based firm).  The base computer what a whopping 2K of memory – that was shared between both ROM and RAM mind you.  It had a Zilog Z80A processor running at a whopping 3.25 MHz.  The system, new in 1982 when I got it was under a $100, at $99.

It was limited, as the only storage was a cassette drive.  It also had a limited graphics set that was not ASCII based.  And the O/S was some hybrid BASIC, in which you could also program the system.  I learned a LOT of my initial programming skills with that little system and the membrane keyboard that you could shift and such to get the BASIC commands, especially after I added the 16K memory expansion module.

Compare that just briefly to my phone which comes with a stock 16GB of internal RAM, ability to handle a 128GB SD card.  Has a full color screen, with awesome graphics and is a touch screen interface (that is, I suppose somewhat similar to the membrane keyboard).  In addition, it has wi-fi, bluetooth, data connection over the LTE based Sprint network, and a built-in front and rear facing camera.  We have come a long way in a little over 30 years.

Wonder what a TS1000 goes for these days?  On eBay a low of $5, but highs as much as $99, the average, around $49.  Guess when you start really low it is easier to hold your value!

** – Image is from Wikipedia.com.

10 Replies to “Timex Sinclair 1000 vs Samsung Galaxy S5”

  1. My first computer was a Mac Plus. It had an internal disk drive AND and external disk drive (I love saying this with great drama to my young students as I explain that this allowed me to run a program AND save a document at the same time ;)). Technology has come a long ways since then!

    1. Yes… I recall when I was teaching college classes at a tech school and spin off about my first programming job had challenges of because of the limited memory footprint it could run inside of without dumping it out and loaded in the second part of the code – they were amazed to think we had to do such things.

  2. I like seeing old computers, it is amuzing to think that at one time people saw them as so high tech, and now with smart phones, tablets, ipads, and laptops people carry around something 1/8 of the size but OH so much more powerful and useful.

  3. I know right! Our phones now have as much or much fun things than our computers!! I have a Samsung 4 and really enjoy it – and always checking youtube for learning more as I hear about tips. Fun post πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah, I think of I were not in IT by profession and doing some development stuff on the side I would probably get down using just my phone and tablet and drop the desktop/laptop. I generally only use the desktop when I am going really deep as it is now… Thanks for commenting.

  4. But, look from the other side. What did it take for you to program for it? The OS was mocking you with the BASIC cursor. You were ready to sling code when it powered on. What’s it take to program the phone? I wager none of us with Commodore 64s, Atari 400s, Time Sinclair 1000s, and so on failed to learn some nifty programming by the time we embarked on actual programming learning at, let’s say, a place like Transy πŸ™‚ Not so any more.

    1. Preach on Kenny. My short time on teach at a tech college (or perhaps because of that shift over to teaching a couple of classes one term) leads me to believe the folks that have technology in hand today that we would have only dreamed of 30 something years ago have a HUGE crutch because of what the technology does for them today.

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