Today Sir Clive Sinclair died, without whom Linus would not have learned how to program.

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Sir Clive was a character and a visionary. A member of MENSA he developed the first digital pocket calculators, watches and portable TVs. He became famous for bringing an era of cheap computers to every home with his ZX80 & 81 and the eponymous ZX Spectrum. He later went up markets and tried to make a business machine called the Sinclair QL , or Quantum Leap.

What you might not know, though, is Linus first learned to program on a Sinclair QL and in fact inspired him to think of multitasking and doing things himself.

So with the passing of this larger than life character we should give thanks to his inspiration, not only to 1000's of bedroom programmers who would kickstart the computer games industry and some are still riding high in it now, but also to the serious programmers like Linus, who, if he did not have a QL itch to scratch might never have written Linux at all.

RIP Uncle Clive. Your legacy is evident.

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