Backpack wobble anyone? (only a zx owner will understand)
My first computer.
Insert audio cassette tape wait 25 minutes and if it didn’t crash I could play SpinDizzy, if it crashed just rewind the tape and wait another 25
CPU running at 2 megahertz and a massive 1k of ram. 1K OF RAM!!!
It came with a cassette containing a chess game, how on earth it managed to play chess with 1k of ram I’ll never know, I think uncle Clive must have
gotten help from the Greys.
Chadwickus that was just a joke, I don’t need to prove it
Hacking games was easy, just search the ram for the instruction 169, 3 (Lda,3)
Once found change the 3 to 255 and you got 255 lives
It had FAST MODE too, what a joke that was, every time a key was pressed it blanked the screen so it could work faster, just the thing for people
sensitive to flashing lights
Impressive colour capabilities too, black text on white or white on black.
There was a massive range of software too, it came in the form of a magazine. Yep, that’s right, all you had to do was type it in, thousands of
numbers, all typed by hand and the really annoying part was the people who wrote the magazines would deliberately include a few typo errors to ensure
you bought the following mag which always had an even better game to be typed in and away we went again.
Then came the Spectrum, WITH COLOUR
Then it was an Atari XE followed by an Atari ST520 that had this funny thing on the side called a floppy drive.
Then came my first pc, a DX 100 with 8 megs of ram, I thought I was in heaven, it had everything, mouse keyboard and a 30 meg hard drive with dos and
windows 3 installed on it.
Many years have gone past and I now have a 4 core amd running at 3.7 ghz and 8 gig of ram. Compare that with the zx’s 2 mghz and 1k of ram ;0
So what’s your computer history?
I’m sure some of you can go back further than me, and no, an abacus does not qualify.