The Amstrad CPC 464
Pretty much where is all began, the Amstrad CPC 464, my first big league gadget. It's fair to say there had been others before the 464, some of which will be mentioned here soon, but they were just toys in comparison to the sheer geek factor of my first home computer.
I have my mum and dad to thank. Though they never really said so, they had to save for quite some time to be able to afford this piece of gadget history. They ordered it from a catalogue company some 6 weeks before it had even been launched, hence began the seemly agonising routine of coming home from school everyday expecting it to have arrived only to find that it hadn't.
Then, one Wednesday morning, it arrived, some 20 minutes before I was due to leave for school! I remember taking the manual to school with me and reading it through most of English and all of Maths! Ah, good times. When I got home that night I had more waiting to do, waiting for my very own computer guru to arrive - dad! With the touch of a computing demi-god dad unfolded the wonderful world of personal computing right before my very eyes, tears of joy followed. The future had arrived and it was all mine!