Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Days of Future Past; Remember When

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Days of Future Past; Remember When

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Byline: Compiled by Paul Delplanque

IT'S difficult to imagine what the world was like without personal computers and the internet.

Computers, as far as I was concerned, up until about 1982 were the private realm of 'boffins' in white coats who would tend to banks of mysterious machines with whirring wheels of tape on them.

The first home computer many of us bought was probably the Sinclair ZX81 Spectrum, which for the time was an advanced piece of equipment.

We were told it had more memory than the computer on the Apollo Moon Mission. The Sinclair Spectrum in 1982 cost around pounds 125, but money well spent I thought, because although many of us may not have understood computers, we knew for our children they were the future.

While we were pondering this, our kids started playing computer games. Computer games in the 1980s became big business and Teesside was not left behind. Two enterprising young men, Nik Agar and Don McCabe founded Chips on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough in 1986 and fed the growing demand for digital games.

More recently Teesside has seen the emergence of other computer games related companies, notably 3rd Dimension Creations founded by two lads educated at Teesside University, Sean Crooks and Dave Allanson.

Teesside University has also made enormous strides spearheading many innovative projects. Its DigitalCity initiative continues to evolve with the 25-year project generating a fast-growth digital and creative hub.

And the university's new facilities, including the Institute of Digital Innovation, are fostering new talent and demonstrating that Teesside talent can succeed in a fast changing technological world.

Until about 15 years ago our home computers were solitary creatures existing in their own little digital worlds, but not for long.

Do you remember the first time you heard of something called the internet?

From about 1993, coinciding with the advent of Microsoft's Windows system, more and more of us linked up to the internet and with the launch of Google in 1998, things have never really been the same have they? …

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