Yesterday I finally got both MHL to the TV and Bluetooth to the Wiimote working with a ZX Spectrum Emulator on my HTC Sensation (video coming over the weeked). I was amused by the fact that I was emulating a cheap old computer with an expensive mobile phone.
Then I wondered – How cheap was the Spectrum compared to the Sensation? Some googling for inflation adjusters later and I realised I was completely wrong. It wasn’t cheap at all.
My original 1982 16K Spectrum cost £125 in WH Smith. Adjusted for inflation that’s £377.50 which is €461! Ouch, I really had no idea. An unsubsidised Sensation on Expansys is cheaper at €439.
If my parents hadn’t paid that serious chunk of money back then, who knows where I would have ended up in life…….
UPDATE: All of which makes the Raspberry Pi a staggering bargain and utterly transformational. Seeing someone on their site beg for early samples so he could show them to a African country’s government is just one example of how important RPi is. Far beyond its technical specs or size.