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old Commodore PET computer (complete with tape deck for loading and saving programme and a built in monitor). I think this model was the very first home computer (as we know them) that I ever saw, when I was a wee boy, late 1970s. My dad's friend was an amateur meteorologist, had a room full of (for the time) hi-tech equipment like a HAM radio, a print out that fed him data right from a weather satellite and the like. He got himself one of these and knowing I like science fiction he thought I'd like it so he got dad to bring me round. Two or three years late I'd have my own home computer, a Texas TI-99 4/a and I've pretty much had a
computer of some sort right through till today.
UPDATE: the view for this went insane, two and a half thousand in one day, turns out when I shared it on the BoingBoing Flickr pool Xeni ran it on the main BB blog, my views went mental: boingboing.net/2011/10/12/commodore-is-beautiful.html Seems a lot of folks have memories of this old machine! They had an early Apple, the one you built yourself (this one had the circuit board built inside half a briefcase!) and a ZX81, but they were in a very dark corner and my pics didn't come out (and behind glass so flash no use). Ah well, got this one anyway...