I'm Chris and I'm from Nottingham, England. Recently turned 40 (as in yesterday!)
I started my computer life back in 1986, when I was given a huge powerhouse for Christmas....a Sinclair ZX81
'Upgraded' to a Spectrum 48k rubber relic job, the following year. Happy days they were...tape loading games & spending hours typing programs/games from the magazines of the day (Your Sinclair, etc). And then having a mardy, because they wouldn't run!! (Normally a typo error -- either me, or in the mag)
Moved up to a 128k+ with built in tape deck & not long after that, bought a 128+3 with the built in floppy disk drive. I was 'reet chuffed' with it.
Zooming on a bit, I bought my first 520ST when I was 17. Cacked me pants on the bus bringing it home, 'cos of all the envious looks I was getting
Kept my little monster for years & years & bought just about every book & magazine available at the time. I couldn't wait for Saturday mornings to come round, so I could catch a bus in to town and go along to the ST Club. I've still got some of their disks...and they still work!
I bought a 520STE a few years later and then I bought a 1040STE, which I upgraded to a whopping great 4MB RAM....I felt like Superman when I switched it on
I then dabbled in the dark side for a while....no, not fags, booze & marriage, i mean Amigas
. I never really enjoyed/understood them like ST's and by this time I had bought my 1st PC, with Windows 98, 256MB RAM, 40GB H/D, for a staggering £1800
I carried on using me ST on & off and even bought a job lot of Atari ST stuff off ebay (Peugeot 405 estate filled from top to bottom. front to back). I spent quite some time sorting through this little lot and sold most of it on. In the meantime, I was upgrading/replacing the PC and eventually the ST got boxed up & left in a corner.
A few years ago, I got the urge to dig the ST out & play a few of my old favourites.... loads better than faffing about with emulators, methinks. Also, ran a few of the more serious things I used to use daily, like Personal Finance Manager....How long did I spend copying my bank statements over, line by line?
I dabbled with a Mega STE last year that proved to be suffering with old age & 'rust/mould infection'. I am currently running a 520STE with 4MB RAM and enjoying playing all the games I kept & looking through the stack of floppies, for nostaligic purposes.
520 STe 4MB / Ultrasatan with 2GB SD card / Third Coast 1GB Hard Drive/CD-Writer combi unit
Print Technik Professional Scanner II (Flatbed type)
HP Deskjet 960c Inkjet / Citizen Swift 240c Colour Printer / Brand Spanking New Star LC-10 printer