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Really enjoyed reading this
Similar to me in many ways, but I never went into Dev. It wasn't so important to me as you, but it completely introduced me to what we would consider IT in its basic form. Great story mate.
the one with the built in tape deck.
he read the manual and wrote '10 PRINT "Hello"'
i remember thinking 'that's rubbish. give it here; let me have a proper go.'
he brought home a bunch of usborne 'write your own...' programming books, and that was me lost for hours writing my own games. they were crap, so i expanded on them - making the monsters move around the mazes on their own, creating fight routines...
i had zx81 game code in books and figured out how to convert them for my zx spectrum. i built my own library of games with a menu for selecting between them.
i went from there to an atari stfm, with stos basic (which let you do sprites far more easily) and an amstrad cpw word processor of some sort before i got my hands on an actual x86 pc (an 8086, i think, before cpus needed fans to keep them cool). i remember writing batch files to switch the mouse into himem on boot to play certain games, and having a load menu to pick the system config to save time, and even running automated decompression and re-compression to save on the limited disk space.
but mostly i remember going back to basic coding at university and screaming through all of the assignments and being asked to help other students out when they got stuck. i remember picking up the likes of pascal and fortran and doing all of the assignments in one night because i forgot it was due in and still getting the highest mark in the class. i remember a programming lab where they asked if they could use my code as an example for future labs.
these days, i'm working with computers on a daily basis. i've worked in publishing to teach people about new languages and new software. i've written code in the-gods-alone-know how many different languages on a raft of different platforms. i've built websites and embedded software and services and smart homes and mentored newbie coders and eventually became the head of development for a travel company.
my entire career (and most of the things i do for fun) is basically entirely due to sir clive's drive to get a computer into every household.
and it all started with
10 PRINT "Hello"