My initial reason for signing up to this forum was to look for a good home for a couple of classic computers unearthed while helping a friend sort through stored stuff.
I've always been keen on electronics and I guess my career path was defined the day I built a crystal set at age 8 while living in my home town of Nelson. My first real computer was a brand new VIC 20 purchased for the incredible sum of $900 in 1981. Ten weeks wages as a young apprentice back then! What a great learnng tool. It was heavily modified and had all sorts of "growths" attached when I finally laid it to rest. On the vintage computer front, the company I worked for had a Commodore PET for accounts, later upgraded to a CP/M based Osborne luggable!
Since then I've personally had a Hong Kong clone Apple 2E (1984) before finally succumbing to the PC world with a 4.77MHz clone in 1989.
I live in Hamilton and am technical director of a company developing environmental monitoring hardware and software.