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Technical Information

I have worked in the computer industry for many years now, but even before that I had a microcomputer. My first micro was a Commodore PET bought back in the 1970's. It was not quite the top of the range but it did come with a whole 8k of ram [yes, 8 kilobytes] but no disk drive, not even a 5.5 inch floppy disk, you used a tape recorder instead. I spent many a happy hour typing in machine code and even more hours debugging it.

My next micro was a BBC model B which was a vast improvement. It had 32 K of ram and a floppy disk drive. It could also do colour! And you didn't need machine code since it came with BBC Basic and assembler. This was a major improvement and I again spent many happy hours writing and debugging programs.

I then acquired a number of different micros each of which I had for a brief period. Eventually I purchased my first IBM PC clone, which has been upgraded many times since.

As part of my job I had to write a number of 'How To...' guides for our users. Later I updated these and posted them to the web for the Re-boot! Column. Some of these are now available here in their original form.

A few of the original columns have been quickly rewritten but remember these are quick rewrites of old articles for a PC Game site and so are all about PC's and games, and in some cases pre-date the wide spread use of Windows.

Original Re-Boot! Articles
What happens when you switch on your PC
All about your PC's memory
The inside of your PC
How to change bits inside your PC
All about Interrupts
The Year 2000 Problem
Slightly re-written articles
Some notes on computer viruses
Jottings on Binary
Trouble Shooting
Totally new articles
Some musings on backups and archives