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Monday, April 23, 2007

Speccy is 25 today

Who remembered? Not me.
Until I read this link here...

Like many blokes, I do remember even now, the excitement of unpacking my 48K ZX Spectrum.
The slim black case. The rubbery grey keys. The multi-coloured "go-faster" stripe. The promise of mastering those geeky programming commands.

It was on this humble machine (Retailed at £175 - but I think I bought it direct for c. £125) that I first learned to program something more useful than the usual "Hello World" in Basic.

But I also learned how to program at machine code level with those magic "pokes" and "peeks" to make the Speccy do even more. I even learned to write my own code to design 3D wire-frame drawings of geometric shapes and fill-in to make solid bottle-shaped models. Then, to rotate these "bottles" and calculate internal volumes of each design for some course work, as I recall.

Who knew then, how far personal computer technology and the global reach of the internet would travel in those 25 years.

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The iPod in my hand could probably have powered a space mission, back then...?
Hey, Mr.D.
Or even provide the soundtrack to an Iranian gunboat ambush mission.
Yes, yes, I know this isn't a daily diary, but one thought or observation per month isn't too much to ask, is it?
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