It was 1979, I was a small child at Ruawai Primary School - and we got an Apple ][+ computer. That expanded to 3 Apple ][s. A few years later the principal of Ruawai College pulled me aside and spoke of the schools latest purchase - an Apple Lisa. I was in charge of learning this new technology and passing it onto other students. That was a pretty cool responsibility. I even had a key to the special "Lisa room".
The school tried a few other machines including a BBC model B (which nobody touched - pretty much ever) and Dick Smith machine (which I cannot remember the model). Yes, I was one of the computer nerds who spent lunchtime in the computer lab playing Wizardry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizardry
and Microwave - great memories. The BBC was sold eventually along with the DSE machine.
At home, my parents started looking at a home computer. I had a fountain video console, and had an Apple ][+ from the school from time to time during the holidays, but my father thought it was time to have a full time machine. We settled on a SpectraVideo. I picked up a brochure like this one http://samdal.com/images/svi/docs/docsvinside.jpg
which showed the impressive array of stuff you could get from the SpectraVideo. I had my heart set on the SV318, but my dad ended up buying the SV328. I was happy. I wrote a HUGE amount of BASIC on that machine. I'd say it was one of the most advanced BASICs around at the time, I could do anything. While I could write 6502 assembler (because the Apple ][ BASIC was pretty basic - we had to), I didn't really venture there with the SV328 (Z80 based). I now have several SV328s (with pretty much every peripheral) and even a SVI838 XPress 16 in my collection.
It all became a bit more serious when the school wheeled out the Apple ][s and dropped in Macs. The Mac 128k was our first Mac - and it grew from there. It was a step up, but a lot of the "hacker" feel went out of the computer lab at school and it was now about word processing and using a mouse. Even Lisa didn't have that effect, you had a feeling Lisa was still a bit of a hackers machine. (Now I have one of my own, I understand why).
I also remember going to friends houses for weekends and holidays to use their computers and play games - everyone had different machines back then, so it was fun to visit. Spent hours on friends C64s and Spectrums - and even the odd Atari too.
I have great memories of the 1970s/80s/90s/2000s in computing! Let there be more!