My First Computer

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 10, 2005

in Blog

The other day, I posted about finding an archived copy of the very first internet email I sent to the world. Ever since I hit my 30's I've noticed that I have a lot of preoccupation with my childhood. I've been thinking about a lot of the things I did as a kid that I would love for my own kids to experience and things like that.
However, today, I was thinking about my very first computer. Okay, so it wasn't really mine. My mom bought a Commodore VIC 20 for my dad all the way back in early 1981. I was eight years old at the time. I had played on a IBM PC which was had a small green monocrome monitor, but this thing was going to be in color! I remember the excitement as I watched my parents open the box. Of course I jumped right in and offered to hook it up to the tv. Within about 10 minutes, we had turned our television into the ultimate home computer.
Come to think of it, I don't recall my dad ever really using this computer for anything. However, I recall sitting for hours reading the manuals that came with it. I recall learning how to make my own programs using the “BASIC” computer programming language. IT ROCKED! I thought I was really cool when I could write a script that would make my computer play a familiar song. It didn't take me long to find out that this this computer could also play games. This computer sparked something within me. Ever since that first day that computer was brought into our home, I've had a deep love for all things computer/technology related.
Wow… computers sure have come a long way.
Here's a few pictures of other computers I've spent a great deal of time with in the past…

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