A new book about 80s computers


There is a new book that is in the crowdfunding stage that aims to tell the story of the golden age of old computers and retro games and consoles from the 80s and 90s.

It’s the era of ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Vic 20, Dragon, Oric, Sinclair QL, Memotec MTX, to name a handful of nostalgic names.

A time when computers came in a myriad of designs and styles, and each was unique, from the famous rubber keys of the Spectrum to the weird built-in joystick of the Enterprise Elan, to the cheesy wedges. of the Commodores and Memotecs.

This new book, 20 GO TO 10 is a number book that describes the many facets of computer history, spanning hardware, software, and the social history of the era, showing how they are related by numbers, such as 48K, C90 and 35899.

This is not a conventional page turner from a book though.

Every entry in the book begins with a number, and by choosing a related number, you’ll create a unique adventure through the book and into a web of forgotten geek lore and incredible facts. With luck you will find a way to come up with the number used to grant Infinite Lives in Jet Set Willy.

As a crowdfunded book, you can purchase a copy in advance, and when the author reaches the fundraising goal, the book is printed and you receive your copy.

It is currently three quarters funded and you can order a signed copy. here.

The book includes:

Linked entries allow you to choose your own path through computer history.

A computer personality test of Rorschach, cleverly disguised as a point-to-point puzzle.

Infographic on the history of computing according to the facts (and the best machines, according to the readers).

Great technical magic on tapes, computer-generated sound, and the way Blu-tack saved the sanity of the Sinclair generation.



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