Do you have a memory of your father and computers? Or maybe you are a father and have a story to share about you and your kids and computers? I'd love to hear it.
I started learning how to program a computer a little over 30 years ago when as kid in 1977 my father bought a big old Cromemco Z2d
(which looked exactly as it does in that picture).
The computer had no games for it, and I was desperate to play video games on it -- so my father bought me some early books on BASIC and writing basic computer games
(for the kids of today you will find it hard to believe that these "games" involved no graphics or action, but were all text based; in those days game listings in basic used to be printed in magazines). The joke in the family was always that my father deliberately bought the one computer that had no games available for it so i'd have to learn to code myself.
My father was a consistent encouragement in learning how to program for the decades that followed. He used to give me assignements, talk with me about programs, let me stay home from school if i worked out a plan of something new to learn. When the IBM PC came out we were on the waiting list and we used to spend hours walking to and visiting the few computer stores that were in manhattan at the time, and browsing the bookstores checking out computer books. He was always buying great books on computer programming and encouraging me to learn new languages. that's how i discovered my love for programming.