I was fascinated by computer technology, as a child. One encounter really sparked my imagination, though.
It’s hard to remember just how exciting sound, photos and video on a computer were, back in the mid-80s. The Domesday project, of 1986, was astonishing and cemented my love of computers. Although all the multimedia stuff was simply genlocked into the BBC Micro’s video output, it still rocked haaaaaaard, to an eight year old me.
Now, some chaps have reverse engineered the original system and stuck it online, complete with all the photos and ridiculous levels of detail about places like Dipton, in County Durham (near where I grew up … not simply chosen at random). It’s legit, in association with the BBC and National Archives.