About My first exposure to programming was in 1977 when my school’s maths department bought a PDP11/64. I learnt BASIC looking over someone else’s shoulder and soon graduated to K&R C.
In the summer holidays of 1979 I was working as a cleaner at a local garage earning the princely sum of 60p an hour. A neighbour put me in touch with a company that was writing accountancy software using compiled BASIC on the Apple II. I got the job and a 500% pay rise - £3 an hour. I worked for them every holidays all through school and university. My record collection benefitted enormously.
After graduating from Edinburgh I went to work for Linn Smart in Glasgow on the Rekursiv project. It was here that I