Revolutionary times: In with the new school

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It was 1981 and I was 11 years old. I convinced my parents to buy me my first computer: a Commodore VIC 20. [1] It cost $300 and I paid for half of it with my paper route earnings. It was a computer built into a keyboard. All I needed was a small colour TV hooked up to it and I could… what?

A guest article by R. David Cummins, co-founder of the Hacker School UG

I don’t remember why I wanted it and I don’t remember everything I did with it, but I do remember typing in code for games from magazines. I remember spending hours looking for my mistakes. I remember programming an extension to a fantasy board game I had invented. But there were several things I didn’t know. I didn’t know that, with the addition of a modem, I could have joined a million other people on an interconnected network (I don’t think my parents would have allowed the phone bills, if I had). And I didn’t know that I was living in a revolutionary time.

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