- 11 Jun 2021
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My start in modern computing was with BBC too. But my real start was "Merlin" - a school-build in 196?3/4. We think it was the first digital "computer" in an English school. Bedford were ahead of us - but theirs was mechanical, using telephone switching gear.I never went down the ZX route, instead, BBC Micro.
No keys, membrane or wobbly rubber. Just punch tape. You fed in a long strip with a calculation. It replied with a shorter one that said, "ERROR".
And it consumed around 1.5kW. Mostly by the fans we put in to blow away the heat generated by... the other fans!