I like computers!
Yes it's true: I like computers, in all their forms, except Spectrums,
which I have never liked, and with good reason - they're crap. Speaking of crap,
when I was at primary school my dad procured on Oric, one of the blue ones, with
the faulty sound chips. We never got a red one (the more sexy Orics, if I remember
rightly) but we went through a few of the blue ones before a Dragon 32 came our
way. This was a high quality computer for its time (was it Spanish? Tell me.)
This was great, and
we spent our time busily accumulating disk drives for it, and going to
the local computer group. Then, one fateful day in 1985 my godfather
arrived and saw the pitiful state of our home computing (at some point
we had a QL but I can't remember when) and desperately plugging
his product (he was at the time vice president of Commodore
Business Machines, US) he bought us a C64, which in 1985 was bloody
amazing, and actually was the only computer in the history of the
universe to actually get better with age, without hardware upgrades, as
the programmers discovered more and more hacks to get around the
hardware limitations. Amazing. However, some years ago my mum smashed
it up with a lump hammer during an argument about who got to use it and
when, and from that point on its popularity declined.
Since then we have had a 1512 PC and three Viglens - a 386SX25, a
486SX25 and our current 486DX33. With these machines I don't do any
real computing (I gave up programming when I had to deal with Commodore
Basic!) apart from my favourite activity - installing operating systems.
Recently I have installed DOS, various flavours of Windows (frequently,
because it is so utterly shite) OS/2 and I am going to stick Linux on in
the next few months.
I told you it wasn't interesting!