My Technology History
I have been enjoying and using computers and technology since I learnt about them at school in the 1980s, gaining a Certificate of Extended Education in Technology in 1985 that included a computer studies course using Commodore PET computers. I purchased my first 48K Oric-
I still have my Oric -
In 1989 I started using word processors and put my typing skills to good use. My father and I shared the cost of our first Windows 3.1 computer in 1991 and I started using Microsoft Office for the first time. We upgraded to Windows 95 and began using the Internet, with Windows 98 came MSN Messenger and Skype, Windows Millennium Edition (Me) was great fun but kept crashing. Windows XP sorted out all the niggles and became easier to use. Windows Vista was great but a bit cumbersome, Windows 7 was one of the best. I bought a Windows 8 Tablet, although never saw the need to upgrade my PC to Windows 8 or 8.1 I owned two phones running Windows 8 and 8.1 -
Windows 10 is the easiest upgrade I have ever experienced, and once a device is configured to your liking it is so intuative and easy to use compared to older versions of Windows or other operating systems from Google and Apple.
It was with some sorrow, following the removal of the excellent Barclays Banking App and because of other inconsistencies as Microsoft reduced their support for mobile phones that in 2017 I gave up my Microsoft Lumia 830 Windows 10 Mobile phone and bought a Lenovo/Motorola G5 Android instead. It does the job but the design inconsistencies of Android annoy me so much! Thankfully Microsoft have made Android a much more enjoyable experience with their amazing Launcher app which synchronises so much with Windows 10, but Cortana is 1/3 as useful on Android as she used to be.
Since the very beginning and as technology improved I have been using computers for…
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The very first computer I owned (Circa 1983) was an Oric-
It had 48K (Kilobytes) internal memory, it had to be plugged into a TV to work, it was necessary to type or transfer programs written in the B.A.S.I.C. Language into it to make it work. Programs were available in books that you could buy to type out, and then later on cassette tape.