Steam powered computer

I first got my hands on a computer back in 1979. It was a Commodore PET and had 8 kB of 8-bit RAM and a speed of 1 Mhz. As for a hard disk, you must be joking. This little baby didn’t even have a floppy disk, so all the programs I wrote had to be recorded onto a music cassette. The Internet is still 16 years into the future. I didn’t get access to a modem for another 3 years. It did go ‘beep’ though :-)

One thing of note is that it took no time to boot up. But that was because the operating software was built into the machine. You did have to wait for the screen to warm up before you could see the PC had started on its 12″ monochrome screen with 80×25 character graphics and a speed of 1 Mhz.

I’m writing this on a 677 Mhz Laptop with 4 Gb of RAM a 24-bit (16.7 million colours) 1280 x 800 screen and a 170 GB hard drive. But I still miss the old Pet.

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