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Reflecting On My Computing History

Reflecting On My Computing History
By Ian Wootten • Issue #14 • View online
When I was at primary school, my first foray into using computers was taking books from the library that were far beyond me and copying all the code I could find from them to the BBC Micro in our classroom. I once spent a full day in BASIC animating a boat going along a canal (mostly to avoid what the rest of the class were up to). I didn’t know the commands for saving said code anywhere outside its internal memory, so once the day was up and the machine was switched off, it was all lost!
Our family didn’t own a machine at home as at £335 in the 80’s it was far too expensive for us. In this issue, I link to a book I was really taken with which details how the Micro came to be in many classrooms across the UK. I owe a lot to the Micro and later the Acorn Archimedes - But there’s also many other exciting stories of machines I never got to play with.
In other news I’ve been enjoying the summer holidays with my family, whilst simultaneously looking forward to when they are no longer in the house all day.
Until next time, keep on shipping!
Thanks to trevkj for this weeks thumbnail image.

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