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My First Exposure to Computers

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

What was your first exposure to computers?


The Sinclair ZX80 was mine. It was a mail-order kit that my dad ordered in 1980 for £79.95 when I was 13.


It had a mammoth 1K RAM, and I used to spend hours learning how to program BASIC and creating computer games on its flat membrane keyboard, and then hours debugging the code.


It plugged into an old black and white TV, and the programming code was saved on a cassette tape.


It motivated me later to publish my first book of program listings on a Commodore Vic-20 (that had a mammoth 3.5K RAM and colour!) when I was 15.


I wonder how many obsolete/unrecognisable terms I can fit in this post.


It is significant in that it heralded the start of home computer ownership in the 1980’s.

We were seen as geeks back then, and now home computers are the norm.


It's mindblowing to think about how much we have had to adapt since then.

It just reinforces that change is inevitable despite our best-laid plans.


The best thing we can do for ourselves is to be prepared for that change.

It's almost paradoxical - be prepared to not be prepared.



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