20 years with a PC

It’s 20 years this month since I got my first personal computer. I bought it from a company called ESCOM in Cheltenham. I remember the excitement of taking it back to my new home in Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire.

It was an Intel 486 machine – a far cry from today’s amazing computers and tablets, but a revelation after my much-loved Amstrad PCW word processor. I used to pour over the manual to get to grips with Windows. (Windows 3.11 for Workgroups. I had no idea what workgroups were.) The biggest challenge was that Word for Windows as it was called back then didn’t prompt you to save a document with a name as soon as you created it.

Over the coming years I had a lot of eureka moments with my computers: sending and receiving faxes from the computer in the days when work involved a lot of faxes. Printing quickly in colour. Scanning and copying on the printer. And the wonder of the internet. November 1994 was the beginning of my computer revolution.