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Memorable 1980s Home and Personal Computers

Vintage Computer Collage
I've gathered together a list of computers which meant something to me when I was growing up during the 1980s. In some cases I...

Comparing the Speed of BASIC on the Amiga 500, ZX Spectrum...

Amiga vs C64 vs ZX Spectrum BASIC Speed Comparison
I recently came across the remains of a pad of A4 paper, dating back my college days in the mid-80s. It seems that I...

Remembering the Sinclair ZX Spectrum

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K Computer
First Computer At Home The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a particularly significant 8-bit computer for me, because it was the first computer that I ever...

Remembering the Original Apple Macintosh

Apple Macintosh 128K from 1984
Early Days The original Apple Macintosh was released in 1984, but it wasn't something I was really aware of until 1986, when I started work...

Remembering the IBM PC and Compatibles

IBM PC 5150
Immediately Successful The original IBM PC was released in 1981, and it was popular right from the start. One reason for its popularity was the...

Remembering the Sinclair QL

Sinclair QL Computer
Leaping Ahead Standing for 'Quantum Leap', this was Sinclair's attempt to move upmarket. The QL was released in 1984, and featured more advanced hardware than...

Remembering the Commodore 64

Commodore 64 Computer
The Need for SID The second computer that I ever owned was a Commodore 64. By the mid-1980s, I'd become increasingly frustrated by the limitations...

BBC micro:bit — First Steps (Part 2)

First Steps with the BBC micro:bit Part 2video
Random Numbers and Temperature After getting a BBC micro:bit at Christmas, and displaying some simple images to prove it can be programmed, I wanted to...

Comparing SSD Write Speeds: Samsung 860 EVO vs SanDisk SSD Plus

Tempted by SSD Storage Earlier this year, I finally upgraded the storage on my PC. Since 2009, it had been running with the same six...

Roland Mobile Cube Battery Powered Stereo Guitar Amplifier Review

Roland Mobile Cube
The Roland Mobile Cube is a small battery-powered portable stereo amplifier, with built-in speakers. Initially, I bought it for use with a laptop and Propellerhead...