It was around August 1994 that I bought my first PC. It's wasn't a new technology for me as I'd been using PCs since 1983 at work to develop Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheets, to create reports using word processors such as WordPerfect and I'd built an Oracle application running on MS-DOS.
The PC was made by Gateway who had a big factory in Dublin. All comunication was by a freephone number. I cannot remember all the details but it was quite advanced with Windows 3.11, a 15" monitor and a CD drive, probably cost around £1,500 which adjusted for inflation is the most I've ever paid for a PC. I promptly opened it to install a fax modem and signed up with Prestel to get internet access. It was all quite different to what we have today, and one thing stuck in my mind when someone in my office said that I was a sad and lonely person for having an email address. Still, it was kind of cool being able to do things like being able to Telnet into a server in San Francisco.
I used the PC for a travel business I'd just started and for leisure purposes such as contributing to Usenet newsgroups and email lists. Browsers had barely come onto the market and I used Netscape for many years until I finally decamped to Microsoft's IE.
My first computer I bought was a BBC micro, had already built a home brew 6502 machine, although I had already worked with computers for years. Started with an IBM 1401 and worked with and coded on many IBM machines. Try translating my tag line.
Tudor There are 10 types of people: those who understand binary and those who don't and F people out of 10 who do not understand hexadecimal c1a2a285948293859940d9a49385a2
Faffed about on a friend's ZX81 Circa 1979 and an Atari VCS before that (found bugs and Easter eggs), then an Electron (as above) with 20 games, along with an Acorn tape unit in 1983. Upgraded it with a +1 (printer and joystick) interface in 1987 along with a 5 1/4 inch Cumana Disk drive and a Pegasus 400 disk interface. Spent ages transferring stuff to disk after finding an unlocking program in A + B computing. Also faffed about with C64's and Amstrad CPC464's which also belonged to friends. Continued using the Electron 'til 1998 and the Star LC10 packed up in 2006 after 19 years of use.
The above code should work on the real thing (a BBC or Electron) or an emulator.
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