OK Computer. Early doors


A Vic-20 and peripherals at the Helsinki Computer and Game Console Museum


I don’t know where the urge came from to list early computers experiences but it’s there (and I can see from the interwebs it’s not that unusual)

My friend Chris Jamieson had a Sinclair ZX81 and though I had no idea how BASIC worked in practice, I loved the idea of numbering lines of code 10, 20, 30, etc. to allow for (what we would now call) iteration.

Simple games were the order of the day and I progressed through an Atari 800, a Commodore Vic 20, followed by ‘the best selling computer in history’ Commodore 64, (oh Frogger and Castle Wolfenstein!), then an Amiga 400.

It wasn’t until 1988 that I started using a computer for anything other than games, with the acquisition of an Amstrad 8512 and of course, the accompanying dot matrix printer.

I didn’t own an Apple (or more accurately for the period, a Macintosh) computer until we bought a Bondi Blue iMac G3 (the Macintosh that saved Apple) for Louisa at school.

I did buy four Macintosh Classics (about 1997-8) at a school fete to use as doorstops, because I loved the design. They didn’t last long as spouses can be intolerant of these sorts of ‘technology as objet’ flourishes…

Google culture vault of computer history



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