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  • September 20, 2014

Where it all began...

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Probably like most software-oriented people of my generation, I started out with a ZX Spectrum, purely as a game computer. One memory I have is of the "z" and the "x" keys on the keyboard being worn down to invisibility because we (my brothers, sister, and I) would use them excessively to move forward the little running guys in 'Daley Thomson's Decathlon'. 

And possibly unlike most of that generation I have an actual photo of those early days. It must have been around 1989 and I was around 18:

Notice the attributes of the time, including the tapes on the left, each containing a game, and the tape recorder on the right with which the tapes (i.e., actual casette tapes) were loaded, with a staticky high pitched squealing sound that is more than anything the soundtrack of my youth...

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Comments ( 6 )
  • guest Saturday, September 20, 2014

    so you wear contact lenses now :-)

  • David Bolsover Saturday, September 20, 2014

    For me it was a PDP8 - pre-dating ZX Spectum by well over a decade!

  • guest Sunday, September 21, 2014

    About those casettes. :)

    I had a Schneider Amstrad CPC464 (with a colour monitor :)) ) back then. It also used tapes. One tape that I didn't need anymore I used to record music on and took it to the class dance we had in school. But the actual music only started couple of seconds late, so you could still hear the squealing sound. :) One of the girls (she didn't have a computer at home at that time) said to leave the great music on. :)

  • guest Monday, September 22, 2014

    Commodore C64(BASIC), Amiga(E,C/C++), ...

  • Constantin Monday, September 22, 2014

    So cute !

  • guest Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    In 1983 I bought a Camputers Lynx - 48k memory! Wow! Started learning Lynx Basic. Of course, every one of these tiny machines used a different language. :-)

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