In the last three weeks (since my Dad passed away), I have been reflecting a lot about where it all started, my passion and love for digital technologies.

In 1982, as a young girl, my father brought home a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. This was pretty huge as I didn’t know anyone at the time with a computer.

The original ZX Spectrum is remembered for its rubber keyboard, diminutive size and distinctive rainbow motif. It was originally released on 23 April 1982 with 16 KB of RAM for £125 or with 48 KB for £175.

To be fair, I was 6 or 7 and the computer was bought mainly for my older brother Ged. But it was this book ‘Games for your ZX Spectrum by Peter Shaw‘ that probably was the catalyst that changed my whole life and turned me into the nerd I am. Sitting in the kitchen typing out lines of code for hours to create ‘Breakout‘…one of the best games in the book…I thought it was just magical.

I am so thankful that I was lucky enough to have been exposed to this technology from such a young age. Dad, you are a total legend.

Cath Ellis

About Cath Ellis

Cath Ellis is an eLearning Instructional Designer and Developer from Melbourne, Australia. Cath specialises in Articulate Storyline, Adapt and Evolve authoring tools and Totara LMS. Cath is passionate about Gamification, Mobile Learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Learning.

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