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Old 12-04-18, 10:12
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Some of our older readers might find this of interest.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/from-p...rst-computers/

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Old 12-04-18, 10:40
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My first computer was a Sinclaire ZX80. Then I had a Sinclaire ZX81. Then I had a Sinclaire Spectrum. Finally I could draw circles and squares on my screen in full colour.
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Old 12-04-18, 16:40
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Yes, I bought my son who was a teenager, an "Acorn" I believe it was, it cost me an arm and leg but it was worth it as he eventually got a good job writing programmes and earning a good income. I told him that these new fangled computers were a thing for the future and he took it on board. I seem to recall something called "Asteroids" they played on but it was on a cassette and often went wrong.

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Old 12-04-18, 17:59
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All of those computers that I first had had to be coded in machine code. I couldn't write any code then, still can't wish I could. I used to obtain tapes from friends and copy stuff out of a magazine at the time. First computer that I could actually use in a productive and gaming way was a Commodore Amiga 500. I was on the internet, such as it was in those days, with that. Brilliant machine much much better than the IBM clones of that era. Did a fair bit of video editing on that and loads of graphic stuff.
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I had an Acorn.
The OS and UI was just like Windows.
I've always thought Microsoft stole it from them !
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The windows etc (WIMP) interface was developed by Xerox in the early seventies and was used by Acorn, Macintosh, GEM and Windows at various times during the 80's. I think the first time I saw a mouse in action was on TV (I think in Tomorrow's World) and I have to say I was converted instantly.

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Started at work with the early 8 bit micros and for my own use purchased the forerunner to the ZX80 , the Sinclair Mk14 micro on a board which was programmed using machine code like Pete mentions.
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Old 12-05-18, 10:27
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Basic, cobol and fortran. Thats what I tried to get into
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Anybody remember "Hunt the Wumpus".
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I had a version of Pong. It was a simple small metal box that plugged into the aerial tv socket and had two stick controllers attached . Only played the one game, but at the time, it was awesome to make something move yourself, on the tv screen.
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