1. sinclair clone called the decibels zx spectrum+ . I still have it even though the membrane keyboard basically oxidised itself to bits http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=1000517 My experience is uncannily similar in my case it was my best friend who had got the original zx spectrum from his aunt in the uk and brought the manual round to my house. shortly after that our next door neighbour went for a visit to the uk and breough back another zx spectrum… needless to say I learnt everything about the machie by rading the manual as I did n’t have access to one. then afte about a year of coaxing my dad I got him to buy me one. I was 14 at the time 🙂

  2. My old man (who died in 2014 at 89) did the same for me with a Radio Shack Color Computer (the CoCo), featuring 64 whole K of RAM, cassette tape-based external storage (later upgraded to a 5 1/4″ floppy), assembler software, and a subscription to Rainbow Magazine… thanks, Pops!

    And thanks to you for the memories, Connor.

  3. I started using computers (Commodore 64c) on 1986, at 10 years. The company my father was working for bought them and they offered employees to buy personal ones at the same discount price (they were not affordable in Argentina). Then came an XT (1990), 386 DX2 (1993) and so on….
    Saint Patrick Day’s is also a great day for me, it was my mother birthday!

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