• Steve Bailey

What was your first personal computer?

Was it a laptop or was it a desktop? Were you able to start your computing lifestyle with an Apple? Did you have an all in one machine? Or were you a windows user with a tower that started upgrading your machine a little at a time? Please let me know how you started getting tuned in to the computing world and if you have any questions I’ll happily answer, Ace Computing techs are always available for helpful advice and now you can chat to us live on the website www.acecomputingtelford.co.uk

My first machine was a ZX Spectrum and I thought it was simply amazing with 16KB of RAM (yep you heard that right) this thing was a beast with a game loading time of just 30 - 40 minutes (yep you heard that one right too) it was next level and I was all about my ZX 81 so I’m gonna quote Wikipedia here as they give you the history quickly and very well written:

The Spectrum was among the first home computers in the United Kingdom aimed at a mainstream audience, similar in significance to the Commodore 64in the US or the MO5 in France. The introduction of the ZX Spectrum led to a boom in companies producing software and hardware for the machine,[7] the effects of which are still seen. Some credit it as the machine which launched the British information technology industry.[8] Licensing deals and clones followed, earning Clive Sinclair a knighthood for services to British industry.[9]

The Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Oric-1, Oric Atmos, BBC Micro and later the Amstrad CPC range were rivals to the Spectrum in the UK market during the early 1980s. The machine was officially discontinued in 1992.

So there you have it the ZX 81 or Spectrum was my first and I remember it so fondly to this day, jump into the comments and tell me what yours was or if you have one sitting around you wanna get rid of in the Telford area give Steve a call at Ace Computing 07949 719686 and before I sign off my favourite game was jet set Willy

Peace and love guys.

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