Chris Pirillo asked the question, "When people ask you about your first computer, what do they mean?"

I received my first computer, Timex Sinclair 1000 , as a gift. I was crazy about my uncle's Sinclair ZX-80 kit computer where I first learned to program.

Most of my best programming experiences revolved around typing in games out of program books and then motifiying the code to make the games play better. I still remember staying up to 6:00AM typing in a Star Trek program out of a book only to be disappointed with game play. I eventually re-wrote the game for faster game play, additional fire and movement controls. These coding experiences really got me hooked on programming and playing with computer systems.

I had some good times programming games on that machine. The only thing I really hated was backing up to cassette tape.

Eventually I purchased the 16K RAM expander and the thermal printer for my 1000. I think I paid around $50 for RAM expander.

I still have my Timex Sinclair. I just can't seem to part with it.


UPDATE 23 DEC 2003.
Silicon Valley has an article about users First Computers. Good notes about the Timex Sinclair 1000.
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