Chris Batt used a Commodore PET computer
at Croydon Central Library:
"You really had to know
what you were doing all the time;
you had to put in a long string
of typed commands
just to save a file on a disc.
You had to learn by ferreting around
because there was nothing standard.
But it was the first computer
which could be used to write letters
or do databases
so it was a pioneering machine really.
When people look at what
those computers could do now
they just look silly."
"But when the history
of the late twentieth century is written
one of the most
significant phenomena identified
will be the change
from a highly specialised
piece of equipment
through to something
that everybody's got
in one way or another.
If you haven't got one
sitting at home with a keyboard,
you've got one in your washing machine,
in your television,
in your car or whatever."
"The microchip and computer
have just taken over society.
And the Commodore Pet represents
one of the first pioneering steps