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A collection of computer kit
A collection of computer kit

Computers

For some reason people seem to think I like computers. Okay, so I've worked at an ISP, designed games, even worked in a computer games store in the dim and distant past. And I own... well, a few computers. But before anyone decides to burgle the house, there are things that you should know about my tastes...
  1. My favourite computer platform is the Acorn/RISC OS range. Acorn Computers don't even exist any more, although some companies are starting to pick up the pieces and build even better RISC OS machines. They are not compatible with PCs (at least, not without extra hardware and/or software). Consequently, the software I write in my spare time won't run on PCs.
  2. A good chunk of the collection consists of 8bit, 2Mhz (or worse) Acorn kit (BBC B (x2), BBC Master (x2), BBC Master Compact, Electron (x2)). I dig them out occasionally to play, for instance, the original version of Elite.
  3. Most of the computers in my house are at least 10 years old, and many of them were bought for £20 or less. Of the two PCs I now have at home, one is a custom-built black rackmounted server - a 286 NetWare server I'm using as a rather attractive coffee table after handing over my 20 quid for a "used hub". Other highlights include a Mac SE (AKA the bedside table) and a Mac IIsi with 9MB of memory (aka the microwave-worried kitchen news reader). I also bought a Commodore 64 off e-Bay.
Okay, so I do own another "proper" PC. It's running Linux, never sullied by even a pre-installed version of Windoze, and sits in London serving Web pages - including the one you're looking at right now.

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