The 1980s was a fertile decade for micro or personal computing (PC). Preexisting homebrew cultures in the US had created the foundation for an emerging PC market. Even publicly funded entities like the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) were Making the Most of the Micro.
The BBC Micro was, in fact, hardware and software that had been licensed from Acorn Computers Ltd. It was born out of the Cambridge computing scene in the UK, as well as Chris Curry’s link to Sir Clive Sinclair. Ironically, the face of the ZX Spectrum helped create the main competitor to Sinclair Research Ltd.