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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 ZX81

Sinclair ZX81 Computer
Low Cost Released in 1981 --- as the name suggests --- the ZX81 was designed to be a cheaper and slightly improved version of Sinclair's...

Remembering the Oric-1

Oric 1 Computer
School Rivalry The Oric-1 was a direct competitor the the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and --- like its rival --- it was released in 1982. These...

Remembering the Amstrad CPC 464

Amstrad CPC 464 Computer
In 1984, Amstrad entered the 8-bit home computer market with the CPC 464. When I first read a review of the machine, I was...

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 BBC Micro

BBC Micro Computer
At School After starting out with the Apple II, my high school computer studies class ended up with several BBC Micros as well, making it...

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 Atari ST

Atari 1040STf Computer
Dreaming of the 68000 In 1985, the Atari ST was launched just before the Commodore Amiga. Like the Apple Macintosh, they both used the 68000...