Tag: Commodore PET
The dismal state of computing education in English schools
I didn’t get my enthusiasm for computing from school – it was almost something latent: I remember being very excited to see a “microcomputer” for the first time in Brent Cross shopping centre in 1979. But the first one I used – hopelessly – was in school, a Commodore Pet, in 1980. It turned up…
What ever happened to “Comp Shop”?
My brother and I were lucky in one respect in that, after December 1978 (when we moved) anyway, we were living on the doorstep, more or less, of the UK’s most important computer emporium, Comp Shop Ltd, of Station Road, New Barnet. Of course we didn’t know this at the time – we didn’t get…
More computing nostalgia
I stumbled across this collection of covers of “Practical Computing” – or as they styled it Practical Compting – a really great magazine from the early days of “microcomputers” in the UK. It used to have articles which were a bit more scientific and investigatory than others – I particularly remember one talking about how…