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Wave Did anybody start their computing career

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BBC News - ZX Spectrum's chief designers reunited 30 years on

If so you're getting old

I started with a ZX81
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I started with a ZX80!
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ZX Spectrum for me!!!! Oh the happy days of waiting 30mins for the tape to load.. and then it instantly crashed when it had finished
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I'm nearly posh
I had a Commodore 64
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I'm sure I had an Abacus when I was in School..............

Ironically, Google have got their logo today dedicated to St George's Day, and the 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum.......
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I started with a ZX80!
So did I

Then went on to BBC Model B

Followed by an Amiga.

Never coded but still ended up in IT
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I feel old. I was the proud owner of a 48k +
My programming skills were limited to Load ""
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I had a Commodore 64
Me too. Although we had to wait 2 weeks for the tape deck to come in so I programmed in a bat and ball game from a magazine and left it switched on for at least a week so we had something to play.
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That was a reall ball ache typing in programms, only to have them crash after about 60 seconds because of a syntax error
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The bat and ball game took a fair amount of de-bugging which was part of the reason why I did not want to switch the 64 off and lose hours of work.

The lack of any sort of save game option also meant the electricity meter spent a fair amount of time spinning while the 64 did nothing but warm the room up.
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I started with a Speccy + shared with my sister. Still in a drawer at my parents I think, as is the tape deck I used with it. Had it years until I bought my Amiga 1200 when I was 16 (still got that towered up in the loft with a 68060) before building my first PC in 2001. Did html at uni a bit but only really done VB/SQL since and only at work really (Amiga was the best to tweak).
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You kids. I started my computing activity programming in Fortran on something like a PDP-8 in 1975 when at Uni. Punched cards for programme input, those were the days.....

I did have a Spectrum and Amiga at home later on, and used PC ATs as soon as they were out in my business career.
 
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You kids. I started my computing activity programming in Fortran on something like a PDP-8 in 1975 when at Uni. Punched cards for programme input, those were the days.....

I did have a Spectrum and Amiga at home later on, and used PC ATs as soon as they were out in my business career.
I was 3!
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Me too. Although we had to wait 2 weeks for the tape deck to come in so I programmed in a bat and ball game from a magazine and left it switched on for at least a week so we had something to play.
I too had a Commodore 64 Used to spend an hour programming it from a magazine, 30 seconds playing the game, get bored, switch off, start again with a different game
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I started with a ZX81, progressed to a Spectrum, then onto a Texas TI-99/4A, before moving into the dizzy world of PCs.

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computer
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This is the cpu from our first pc, a 486 DX 33mhz. There was an overdrive button on the front of the pc to halve the speed as it was so powerful it made older programs run too fast!

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These are the oldest chips i have from Z80 spectrums. I had one with a tape deck and it would save but not load..how frustrating lol.

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You kids. I started my computing activity programming in Fortran on something like a PDP-8 in 1975 when at Uni. Punched cards for programme input, those were the days.....

I did have a Spectrum and Amiga at home later on, and used PC ATs as soon as they were out in my business career.
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I was 3!
I wasn't even born
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You kids. I started my computing activity programming in Fortran on something like a PDP-8 in 1975 when at Uni. Punched cards for programme input, those were the days.....

I did have a Spectrum and Amiga at home later on, and used PC ATs as soon as they were out in my business career.
I had something similar when I first started at college in the early 80's. Writing out BASIC programs then waiting hours/days for the program to appear. Then we got a PDP11 & we could input our own programs. :excited:
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My Mum's neighbour's lad had one. I hated puter's then. He ended up in politics and me IT.

Still hate the ****ing things though
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At home, I started with a Speccy, way back around 1983, then went on to an Atari ST, a Mac LC475, a 486DX2 PC, a Pentium III and am currently using a Pentium Core 2 Q6600 quad processor PC.

Professionally, I have used everything from an original Mac , IBM PC-XT , IBM PS/2 running OS/2 , IBM system 360 mainframe, Novell Netware, Citrix metaframe, and a multitude of PCs (running DOS, Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95, 2000, NT, XP, 7).

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You kids. I started my computing activity programming in Fortran on something like a PDP-8 in 1975 when at Uni. Punched cards for programme input, those were the days.....

I did have a Spectrum and Amiga at home later on, and used PC ATs as soon as they were out in my business career.
Ditto.

I started work in the "Data Processing" department of British Aerospace in 1980 and we had PDP-11s and some early DEC VAX machines which were dead cool back then.

Wrote all my first programme's in FORTRAN and MACRO (which was an assembler language for PDP and VAX). Coding back then was an art form as you had to use every byte wisely when programming for a 16k or 32k environment. The sheer luxury of moving onto a 1Megabyte VAX......

Used punch cards at college too. And paper tape.

If you'd showed us an iPad in 1980 we'd have thought you were Catweazle!
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British Aerospace, FD? Did you have contact with our Dear Friend GJ at all? Not sure if he worked at Hatfield and then perhaps Stevenage? Just interested in the way the world revolves. :
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If you'd showed us an iPad in 1980 we'd have thought you were Catweazle!
Believe me, Stevenage has not changed much: if you showed our IT support an iPad today they'd probably think you beamed down off a Galaxy Class in 'Standard Orbit'.
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