I was feeling a little nostalgic yesterday when I came across old-computers.com. This prompted me to rediscover some computers from my past:
- ZX81 – My first computer, complete with 16K RAM pack. Typing in programs from magazines, saving and loading programs to an old tape recorder. You gotta love it…
- BBC Model B – Colour graphics, sound and 32K of memory. What more could anyone ask for?
- Amstrad CPC 464 – I don’t really know why I bought this computer. OK, it had a bit more memory than the BBC Model B, but I can’t remember doing a great deal with it.
- Amstrad PCW 8512 – I needed a word processor in the final year of my undergraduate degree and this fitted the bill nicely. It was cool being able to submit projects that were typed up neatly, without having to fight over computers in the shared computer room.
Also worth a mention are some of the computers I longed to own, but never did:
- TI 99/4A – I spent hours looking at pictures of this and the ATARI 800 in magazines. I needed one, but never got one.
- ATARI 800 – I looked longingly at the display model in Dixons on a weekly basis, but I never owned one.
- Video Genie 1 – I tried desperately to become friends with an older kid at school because I heard he had one of these. Eventually he invited me to his house, but he had lent the computer to one of his friends. I was totally gutted! The harder you chase something, the more elusive it becomes. 🙂
- ATARI ST – This seemed so modern and happening at the time. My love affair with computers was over when this was released, but I liked what it represented.
Of course, there were many other brief infatuations, but those are to numerous to mention. Those were the days… 🙂