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Free Software Magazine: Why I'm Not a Programmer Today

Jul 21, 2005, 04:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Guard)

"My exposure to computers began at about the age of seven. This was probably mostly thanks to my grandfather being a member of the New Zealand Computing Society and my father always being keen on the latest technology. In the mid eighties, I got my first computer, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum; I recall transcribing code from a book and then recording it to tape so that I could play the games I had produced. I used to love it, and even in those early days it was clear that I had a predisposition to problem solving and an analytical mind. Later on, I had quite an exposure to Amigas too, although that was sadly a fairly short-lived experience. Around '95–'96, when my Amiga 500 finally packed it in, I ended up with my first PC, running Windows 95. Oh joy...!"

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