My first computer use was a Vic20, bought in..ooh..85/86 I reckon. About the time my co-ordination and motor issues were limiting handwriting, and this new fangled IT looked to offer a solution. Schoolwise, it was a BBC Model A - first SEN pupil on Roll, good reason to dip a toe in the water and get some IT. Spent most of my primary days showing staff how to use WordWise, feed the daisywheel (and rescue it from the inevitable cockups) and save.
In hindsight, I may have brought about the demise of the school's spirit duplicator...haha! Those were just ace. So, yes..85/86 I reckon.
Also known as a Spirit Copier apparently [wasn't aware of that until just now]
Does anyone remember the Saturday lunchtime ITV TV show Whizz Kids? A group of nerdy kids solving crimes using their computer?
Whiz Kids - Theme - YouTube
IIRC it was one of the first shows to do the old "zoom on that part of the grainy blocky picture and enhance"
I remember doom :
I remember that screensaver on Win 95/98 PC's - It was a maze and it had walls etc etc t'was brilliant - don't see it much nowadays since it's not in XP or 7.
Win 95 Screensaver - Maze
Those bloody C64 tape decks, that always needed the azimuth tool to get them to load anything. I had a dodgy copy of a Popeye game which never, ever loaded. Thank Jebus for the cartridge games (buying them them from the Littewoods catalogue store)
Transporting my cherished Acorn A3010 back from John Lewis in Nottingham on the park and ride bus, whilst my Dad was paranoid about being mugged (it was Nottingham after all!)
Never quite made Elite, although I used to pretend as I was flying after jumping to the station that all those ships en route were boardable - I was an only child, there wasn't much entertainment!
Having a 4MB area on the old Acorn Econet, when everyone else just had 1MB! Being taught BBC Basic by the techie at secondary school and helping him find faults in the old coax network. Being allowed to use the schools <schoolname>email@example.com account, and having a key to unlock the phone port to plug in. Borrowing my Geography teachers laptop back in '98 (with permission) and finding out the Careers Library had a phone socket that dialed out :)
Racking up £300 on a monthly phone bill playing Quake 1 online - I was banned for a year (hence the Geography teachers laptop)
C10 and C15 Tapes
I rememeber on the Win 95 install cd, there was a music video on there it went "Good times, bad times...gimme some of that!" Must of been around 15 years ago but can still rememeber that like it was yesterday!
Descent 3d. Yeehah. Concrete Donkey, double yeehah with a side order of laughing my bum off. Carmageddon...*evil laugh*
Buddy Holly by Weezer!