Thursday, 30 June 2005 - 07:41 BSTName: Joanna
Wow. All the prep for the new computer sounds like a young couple getting ready for the new baby.
And I am amazed that your son still has his Commodore 64 and all the games. Lydia had one of those, too, but I have no idea what happened to it. I think I remember that it took about half an hour to load a game.
Friday, 1 July 2005 - 00:27 BSTName: Tessa
What I'm really looking forward to is a tidier sitting room without my computer clutter! Initially, it was just a laptop that I could shut away in the roll-top desk. Then I got the printer, a joystick, the scanner (which has to be shoved backwards and forwards whenever I want to use it) plus various other peripherals. The desk is now permanently open because of all the wires. The printer and html reference books decorate the top shelf and it is definitely an eyesore!
I don't think my son has touched the Commodore 64 for years! He transferred a lot of the games to his machine with a special programme and gave them to me as well! However, I am not very good at shooting aeroplanes or navigating obstacles and I got bored very quickly. I suppose it all still works - he must have been 15/16 when he got it. My daughter had a super holiday with the Girl Guides when she was 15. They went camping and stayed with guides in Washington and New York. My son was booked on an educational cruise so he didn't feel left out but the cruise got cancelled because of the Falklands war in 1982 - the boat was requisitioned! The supposed trip for the following year also got cancelled. So, it came down to a choice of a computer or a holiday and he chose the computer! Set him on the course of his career as he taught himself programming on that machine.