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By Steven Goodwin

Retro Computing by Numbers

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

At 85%, we are nearly there!

In 1982 the two titans of the school playground were released - the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum- along with, at least, 13 other machines. Although it was certainly the year in which the biggest sellers were released, it was not the peak for quantity. In 1983, at least 19 machines were put in front of the public for the first time. Or rather, of the 106 machines I've so far cataloged, those are the current stats!

Last week the folk at CocoTalk invited me onto their show, where I gave an interview about my journey with retro and gave some sneak peaks of the book. It's around 90 minutes long, and at the beginning of the show, which you can (re-)watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVi99Xx6T-o

Next month, on the 5th February, I will open the retrocomputing dev room at FOSDEM, the largest open source conference in Europe, with a talk about ZX 1K Chess. There will also be a short Q&A session afterwards. https://fosdem.org/2022/schedule/track/retrocomputing/

Those are the first two of my promotional activities to find the final 15% of our group. Please forward them (or this page) to your social channels and forums to entice anyone that might have missed the previous announcements. And because we're almost there, we have a discount code for them: ALMOSTJAN22

As always, this book won't exist without your help, so if you know someone that runs a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, magazine, conference, or outlet where we can find some more supporters, then please tell them about this book - even if it's not about computing, games, or retro! (People have other interests, too, it seems!) Some of the most gratifying wins have happened when a seemingly unrelated blog posted a link.

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