"ZX Spectrum"s chief designers reunited 30 years on"
" Talk of computers today and many people think of games consoles or PCs that run ready-made applications. Even in UK classrooms programming fell out of fashion. That appears to be changing - but how much was lost?"
"Altwasser: I"m an engineer so I"m delighted at the thought that people are going to be encouraged through the availability of the Raspberry Pi to learn to do programming. If I look at the capability of that machine -the graphics pixel rate is 140 times greater, the processor speed is 200 times greater, there"s thousands of times more memory.
So you would think the speed and power of that device compared with the ZX Spectrum gives it every possible advantage. But my impression is that the attention span of young people over the last 30 years has probably not lengthened.
What is important is not the technical speed of the device but the speed with which a user can get their computer out of a box and type in their first programme."