If you open the Google United Kingdom search engine today you will find the ZX Spectrum Google Doodle on the Google FrontPage. If you do not know what the ZX Spectrum is, it was one of the first ever produced personal or home computers.
The ZX Spectrum was first released in 1982 in the United Kingdom by Sinclair Research Ltd. The ZX Spectrum was a 8-bit computer allowing for color display. On April fool’s day 2012 Google played a trick on people telling them that there were a 8-bit Google Maps launched for Nintendo. I have included the link to the
Doodle. On the Google Maps you can see what an 8-bit display looks like if you were not part of the original computer revolution.
“When I was 10 years old my father purchased my first computer for me. It was the ZX Spectrum. The games on the ZX Spectrum were very similar to the games of ATARI and you could use both cassettes and ATARI type cassettes to play games on the ZX Spectrum. One of the big advantages of the ZX Spectrum was that you could also program your own games using the ZX Spectrum.” – Gerald Ferreira 3D Car Shows
ZX Spectrum Basic Programming Language
Thanks to the ZX Spectrum I am a programmer and web developer today. The ZX Spectrum used the Sinclair Basic Programming language which allowed programmers to write their own programs for the ZX Spectrum. The language was very basic and one used a lot of mathematics to create stuff on the computer. I remember still using the commands like “Draw”, Circle (coordinates), Line and many more.
All though the main use of the ZX Spectrum were for games, one could also have simple calculators, word-processing programs and spreadsheets.
The ZX Spectrum Peripherals
The ZX Spectrum used a Television as a monitor and you could plug your ZX Spectrum directly into a TV set. The computer mainly consisted of a keyboard which had the motherboard and operating system built into the keyboard. To load data onto the computer you could use “ATARI type cassettes” or radio cassettes to load programs into the memory of the computer. Later there were also floppy type’s that you could use to load and save data to.
The peripherals were not standard on all ZX Spectrums. I remember that I have written hours of programming code to create an application without being able to save my work. Then there will be a power failure and I would lose all the work and programming code! Later I got a Radio Tape player, compatible with the ZX Spectrum to which I could save my code. If you remember the old 56K modems, the sound they made when dialing. The ZX Spectrum tapes made similar noises when you played the tape; these were interpreted by the computer as code.
The ZX Spectrum Google Doodle 23 April 2012
In the Google Doodle you can see a typical 8-bit Game display. I cannot remember if this were an actual game on the ZX Spectrum. If it were please use the comment section on this page to tell us more about the game. However if it is not a ZX Spectrum game it might have just as well been one. This is typically how the games looked on the ZX Spectrum computers.
We here at 3D Car Shows think that the Google Doodler did a great job to remind people in the UK about the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computers that were the pioneers in the first home personal computer systems and the important role they have played in some people’s first experiences with personal computers. Atleast for me this brought back some fond memories of my childhood.
The ZX Spectrum Google Doodle also celebrates St George Day.
Google haven’t had a Google Easter Doodle this year, and many Christians have complained about the fact that there were no Easter Google Doodle and have accused Google of not honoring or remembering Christian Holidays. In this Google Doodle Google is celebrating Saint George. Google have also celebrated some other Christian holidays in the past like Christmas.
St George’s Day is the feast day of Saint George, celebrated by various Christian churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which he is the patron saint. St George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George’s death in AD 303. For Eastern Orthodox Churches who use the Julian calendar, 23 April corresponds to 6 May on the Gregorian calendar.
Countries that celebrate St George’s Day include England, Canada, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Macedonia. Cities include Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Beirut in Lebanon, Qormi and Victoria in Malta and many others. It is also celebrated in the old Crown of Aragon in Spain—Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, and Majorca –
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