This triggered some fond memories of the passion/obsession that put me on the path I am today.
This guy has tweeted from his Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Very creative and probably quite challenging.
and here’s the tweet from http://twitter.com/spectrumero
I remember my first ever computer. It was a picture of a ZX 81 pasted onto a notebook.
I couldn’t afford the actual computer at the time, but it was love at first sight and invoked the passion in me for something that has continued to this day.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I was busy Visualizing…
Every month I would buy ‘Which Micro?’ magazine and ‘type’ out the ‘ROM BASIC’ on the picture of the ZX81 to learn the key combination’s. I would then ‘RUN’ the program in my mind and then write out/draw the results in said notebook, debug the code and re-type any errors I found.
This continued for a year until I convinced the local electronics store owner to let me use a real, live ZX81 every Friday afternoon to code and test my programs. Nirvana!
After another 6 months I managed to purchase my first ZX81 with the expanded memory — a whopping 16k of RAM — heaven!
Later I progressed to the ZX Spectrum which had colour and 32k RAM and life was complete ;-)
I’m sure there’s some term for someone that types on a virtual keyboard pasted onto a notebook for a year, but don’t really care — it’s amazing how that little machine kick-started my IT career and enabled the rewarding life I’ve led so far…
What tipped you over?
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