My computers over the years

A timeline of my computers over the years. A collection of random facts and photographs to help me reminiscence. Nothing to see here, move along...

ZX Spectrum +2 128K


The humble beginnings of my computing hobby. I've had this computer from the late 80s up to 1993.

I mostly played games on it, my favourites being Gauntlet and Buggy Boy. And I started learning programming on the spectrum with the Sinclair BASIC interpreter built into its ROM.

486 DX2/66


Going from my old 8bit home micro to a 80486 32bit PC was almost a religious experience for me. I remember thinking back then that "now I finally have a real computer".

The power of the 486 brought with it the availability of an order of magnitude more interesting games to play, and a whole universe of programs to explore, to the detriment of my involvment with programming which dropped to a lower priority for a couple of years. I still played around a little bit with GW-BASIC and QBASIC now and then though.

Pentium3 1000 MHz


Around late 2002 to early 2003 I replaced my old Pentium2 350 MHz with when I got a used Pentium3 for free. I switched to GNU/Linux as my main OS completely during the summer of 2003 when I installed Debian on this machine.

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Late 2005 I upgraded to an Athlon64 with some of the first money I got from Track7 Games. Quite a beast back then, re-installed Debian to make it fully 64bit.

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Core2 Duo (macbook)


In january 2008 I got really fed up with my bulky ACER laptop which could run off its battery for about half an hour, and decided to buy a new one. After much deliberation I got an Apple MacBook rev3.1, which was much more lightweight, and could run for about 5-6 hours before recharging. I couldn't really stomach MacOS X, so I almost immediately installed Debian GNU/Linux on it.

During my MSc studies at Hull and the first couple of months of my stay in London, I used it as my primary computer, connected of course to an external monitor and keyboard as seen in the picture.

Core i5 750


While the macbook was a wonderful portable computer, it made a rather lousy desktop. So first thing when I started my PhD in 2010 I bought a monster i5 quad-core machine to serve as my main workstation.