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Diary Of An 80s Computer Geek: A Decade of Micro Computers, Video Games & Cassette Tape

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From bright colours and big hair to synthesized songs and day glow wardrobes. The 1980s were certainly loud, often garish and utterly fabulous - no matter how embarrassing the outfits were.

There are so many elements, which made the 80s a truly great decade, but one of the greatest contributions, if not the greatest, is the mass introduction of affordable 8-bit home micro
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Kindle Edition, 69 pages
Published April 25th 2014 by Steven Howlett
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Themistocles
This is nothing special, really. The author goes nowhere near getting deep into the subject matter and mostly fails to convey any nostalgia. However, you can't complain much after paying less than a euro for it - it really kept me good company during a trip, but that's just about it.
Preeva Tramiel
Oct 02, 2016 Preeva Tramiel rated it it was amazing
An hour of pleasant nostalgia for less than two bucks



A great little snapshot view of an exciting decade in computing. The style of writing was far from artistic, but as it was honest and heartfelt, I quickly dove into to the mind of the teenager and young man who became a small game developer. The historical vignettes at the beginning of each chapter were very helpful, and this book is great for people like me, who lived with computer geeks. I hope the author's mother read the book. The micro co
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Richard
Nov 17, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing
Diary Of An 80s Computer Geek is, as the title suggests, a diary-like visit to the early years of home computers in the UK from the perspective of a boy growing up with computers at home and school.

The author is now a grown-up working within the IT industry and his diary, which spans years, not only follows technology trends at the time but also the authors own progression from owning an 8-bit computer through to writing and selling games for the platform, to moving on to working in the fledglin
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Trevor
Dec 27, 2014 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was OK, nothing to particularly write home about! The tense of the writing changes from past to future, which is odd given that it's supposed to be written as a diary rather than look back....

There is some nostalgia offered but not a great deal, and it's littered with shocking typos (It seams, this was the brake I had been waiting for etc.)

It's OK as a toilet book but don't expect to get too much from it.
Iain Brown
Dec 31, 2015 Iain Brown rated it did not like it
Not the best read...

The book is generously littered with spelling and grammatical errors and is very brief.

The Author's ego also shines through his prose and the tone is occasionally distracting - not the best of reads and I don't feel that the diary structure works...
Gary Boyer
Jul 15, 2015 Gary Boyer rated it really liked it
Nostalgic


A fun read for anyone who spent time growing up with computers in the 80s. A quick and interesting read.
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