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July 31st, 2008
July 31st, 2008

My First Computer

Heathkit H89 Computer
Heathkit H89 Computer
I just found a photo online of my very first computer (now I feel old) it was called the Heathkit H89 (kit because you build it yourself) and was given to us by a friend of my father who built it.

The thing first came out in 1979 (I was 5) and we got it that year shortly before my 6th birthday. I was hooked from the start - despite the fact that it had no software and if you wanted it to do anything you needed to program it yourself. To a six-year-old this meant learning BASIC from the off... To a six-year-old this meant a lot of FOR loops making words scroll off the screen and giggling About having done that.

Yes, I have always been a geek ;)

Anyway the photo brought Back a Flood of memories and recollection to the time when you purchased a computer rather then series of components that get stuck together to create something that in turn gives you a wide array of choices in operating system and software. Not to mention that the processor in my cell phone or Ipod can do About 100 times as much as that Heathkit could. Gotta love Mooreīs Law!

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