Steven's ZX81 Computer

Steven’s ZX81 Computer, dedicated to Sinclair Research's ZX81, Timex Sinclair 1000 and other retro computing topics.



Celebrating Programming!

Welcome to my ZX81 Computer Site! I'm continuing to celebrate ZX81 programming by showcasing each month an original program from the eighties.

Tabular Is My Simple and Easy ZX81 Word Processor

Tabular, ZX81 screen shot, by Steven Reid, 1983To date, most of my programs have been games and animations. It may come as a surprise that I also wrote a word processing program. Using a custom printer command, I designed a font that would allow you to use lowercase letters. Let’s explore September’s program of the month to see how that worked.

Quickly Avoid the Spiders in the ZX81 Game Tarantula

Tarantula, ZX81 screen shot, by Steven Reid, 1984Tarantula, August’s program of the month, was part of a pair of games that made me think I was a game developer. At the age of fourteen, I didn’t let problems like the lack of a distribution channel tarnish my dreams. Although I didn’t make it into gaming, it’s still fun to look back on what could have been.