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  • Tom Riley,

    Happy birthday, RB!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Stevens,

    Happy Birthday ! And many more

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 229 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Are the good old Amstrads, also my first coputer although mine wa a tape drive and oh so slow to load
    I tried your survey and had trouble entering the 1 to 7 sections, well more than a couple of entries

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 537 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Happy Birthday RB.

    I particularly like question 25- should we have asked any other question- have your say....

    In this particular instance, I didn't have anything to add myself, but so many surveys DO leave me wanting to say more, and I've never seen one of those before... I wish more surveyors would include one, well done.

    I had a Commodore Vic 20 !

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Wow, even with Claire gone, there seem to be so many people with July birthdays. Maybe we should just declare it a mid-Winter month of partying?

    Have a good one Russ!

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 886 posts Report Reply

  • barnaclebarnes,

    If anyone wants to I submitted the video to Digg so dig it here

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    Many Happy Returns Mr Brown!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Am I the only person mildly surprised to find he's tempted to lie about his age on an anonymous survery? There goes the delusion that vanity isn't one of my character flaws...

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11910 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I tried your survey and had trouble entering the 1 to 7 sections, well more than a couple of entries

    It's forced, so that you can't tick the same ranking for more than one line. Would that be the problem? You should be able to go back to it and amend your answers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18827 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Dubber,

    Happy birthday.

    That email from me in your inbox is work. You can ignore that until after all of your own festivities have subsided.

    A gathering of New Zealand radio academics raised their glasses and said nice things about you in Lincoln last week. Let's pretend that was related to your birthday in some way.

    Have a great week.

    Birmingham, UK • Since Nov 2006 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Wow. Just checked - lots of good responses already. Survey Monkey rocks.

    Best answer to "what should question 25 be?":

    Q. 25 please fill in the address you would like your prize sent to!

    Heh.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18827 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Yeah WIFM? I'd fill it out for an SJD CD.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    happy bday!

    and let me say that i am gadzumped to know that i had my first computer before you did!

    zx spectrum, 1982 (or 83? i forget).

    mum bought it for me </blush>

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Nigel Caughey,

    Happy Birthday !!!

    P.S. That video is just fantastic.

    Paihia • Since Nov 2006 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Sinclaire ZX80 came out in 1980.... most people never heard of it or saw it... a friend had one.
    Sinclair ZX81 came out in... hard to believe, 1981. Huge success, millions sold...
    ZX spectrum replaced the 81.... I dont remember what year it was, but I'm pretty sure the 81 was on the market for at least a couple of years before the spectrum came out... so I doubt 82?

    Also, a lot of those early home computers,... you can guess about when you bought it if you can remember the price.... they frequently started out in excess of $1000 and ended their retail lives at sub $200 about five years later :) (much like playstation, X-box, etc. I guess?)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    must have been 83 or 84. i remember programming at school and at home.

    $400 if i remember right.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Tauhei Notts,

    Housie callers shout out "four five, half way."
    23 July; a great day; yeah I'm 59 today.

    Morrinsville • Since Jul 2007 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye,

    Happy Birthday!

    My family's first computer was a grand ol' Dick Smith VZ200, about 1981. I was jealous of my uncle's ZX81, and then my best friend got a Spectrum... WOW! Made our VZ200 look like a relic. Heh.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • nic.wise,

    My blogging will be light this week. Rest assured that, come the end of the week, I aim to misbehave.

    Fantastic!

    Many happy ones, Russ! Enjoy it!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    My family's first computer was a grand ol' Dick Smith VZ200

    Hey, me too, about 1983 or 4 I think. I learned some very basic BASIC trying to teach that thing to do stuff. No memory, of course, so you had to start all over again next time and I couldn't leave it switched on cause it interfered with the TV reception.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4354 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Housie callers shout out "four five, half way."
    23 July; a great day; yeah I'm 59 today.

    Yay! You, me and Haile Selassie!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18827 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    So you'll be getting a telegram from Nandos then?

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    ...to tag along with the Chills in Europe...

    I remember reading the account of that in Rip It Up, it really captured the obvious sense of adventure of that tour and the trail-blazing The Chills did in Britain and Europe for Flying Nun in that era.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 600 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    So you'll be getting a telegram from Nandos then?

    Why would a takeaway chicken franchise send me a telegram?

    But yeah, that did always go down very well with the 12 Tribes people ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18827 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Why would a takeaway chicken franchise send me a telegram?

    Well, I suppose you could owe them a lot of money ... telegrams are basically a debt-collection tool for NZ Post now :-)

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2999 posts Report Reply

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