Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....) (angiasaa) wrote,
Angirasa Acharya (aka Jim....)
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Digital Nostalgia

I used to play with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128 way back when I was 6.. (and having graduated from a ZX 64, 128KB of RAM was like a universe of wonder!!)

By the time I was seven and a half years old, I'd worked out the coding structure for Sinclair BASIC and began to program.

I graduated to a Magnavision HC (another BBC Micro, but in my opinion, too oriental in makeup and too Indian to share the same quality level as the ZX Spectrum. Still, I'll admit it was a heck of a load faster, had better sounding speakers, etc.) when I was about eight or so.

By Nine, I was moving pixels across the screen and basically programming graphics. (I remember with nostalgia, how awesome I thought I was..) :(

While I was still Nine, I managed to clear the tests and examinations and various other requirements that had to be passed, to earn an admission into The Scindia School, Indias premier Residential school. I rushed at it like a sponge climbing uphill. I hated the prospect of leaving home and my computers behind.

But there was something interesting about school. They had the latest 386 Machines in their labs and we were gonna be taught how to operate them. The usual Basic and logo (Huh!?) were childs play for me. After having had tons of experience on Sinclair BASIC, It was seriously a white-hot knife slicing through a scoop of soft butter.

I moved on, I raided the school library, learnt about logic and syntax, structures and program/process flows.. I learned more than I could have imagined was possible in a lifetime.

I returned home during one of the (month or so long) vacations to find that Dad had bought us a Home Computer (a 386 DX with 1MB of RAM, a 20MB hard drive, a 5.25" Floppy drive, and a CGA Monitor!!). Yes, it cost us the Earth!!

Time flew by, my 386 DX was upgraded over and over.... We got a 3.5" Floppy drive, upgraded to a VGA monitor, which was later replaced by an SVGA monitor, which gave way to an SVGA Monitor. Later, that was replaced by a Color SVGA Monitor. Added an MB of RAM, then Two more MB of RAM (total 4MB!). Processor and Motherboard upgrades too, from 386 DX, to a 486, then a 586, then a K6..

Hard drive upgrades went from 20MB to 40MB to 120MB to 260MB to 1.2GB to 2.1GB to 4.2GB to 8.4GB. We even got an 8x CD ROM drive shipped in from Singapore and a 14.4 kbps modem. That was replaced by a 32.6 kbps data-fax modem, which finally was replaced by a 56 kbps Flex.

It was all a dream....

I'll miss those days forever!! To them, in unison, my mind goes Kaydeeyoh!


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Tags: digitalia, growing up, life, nostalgia
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