Welcome to WWW.GATESHEAD.PLUS.COM
This is the website of John Bone. 2015/10/11 (11th Oct 2015)
In 1975 Pocket Electronic Calcualtors
were all the techie rage, so I bought
the Texas Instruments SR-58 , which was progammable in that you
could put in a formula, and it would repeatedly prompt you for the input
variables "A, to E" give you the result and 'loop' the calculation once again.
Not cheap, as It cost me £50, or about two
"spare cash" from my then modest wage. It was a start!
And I have been (trying to) use micro-computers since 1978.
This is how it all started, when I bought
PCW Issue 1, in 1978, at the Victoria
Coach Station, London, for something to read, on the way north to my pearents
home in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
having built several Sinclair ZX-80's
and ZX-81 kits, for folk afraid
of a small but hot, soldering iron! I bought a TRS-80 Mk1 from Tandy.
By 1982 I had swoped the TRS-80) for a VideoGeanie (a all-in-one-box TRS-80 clone).
Note the fablous built-in cassette deck, for loading and saving software.
Thereafter I also had a Amstrad-CPC664
I kept the records of the BACC (British
Association of Computer Clubs) on
this CPC664, onto cassettes, and a friend who had a printer, dumps these to
paper for us, so we could use the big paper list at 'computer shows'.
Steve Townsley has one of these Amstrads witha 3 inch FDD ,... nice !
In 1985 I was loaned aIBM_PC clone, made by UNISYS plc to run a "dail-up" Computer Bulletin Board.
I had to buy a HAYES compatible modem that would work on the UK phone system, initself not a easy or
cheap task, but with help I managed it.
Using the free "Fidonet"
software from Tom Jennings of California. "Log-On-The-Tyne BBS" when
shortly after that years PCW Show in Lonond, in September 1985.
Thanks Tom Jennings ! And all the
other FidoNet BBS System Operators and code hackers who made such
progress in automating simple PC-to-PC file transfers, electronic messages (email) become a real service all
around the world for us all to use. Fidonet all happened around 3am in the morning when the PC's rang up each
other and swoped text messages, picture files, newsletters and data files, software updates, etc.
All while us mere mortal SysOps slept
in our beds. Well, sometimes you stayed up to watch it work, just to
prove to yourself that it was...!
I have to personally thank, Steven Townsley, John Rawson, and many more Fido SysOp's around the UK.