BBC Micro (model B) circa 1982, with an Epson RX80 printer and later a Viglen 5.25" floppy drive to replace the cassette player. The screen was a PYE portable colour television, modified by adding a DIN socket for the computer.
In the 1980s this country was in a fantastic position thanks to the micro computer boom and the BBC’s home computing initiative. But all that was squandered and look where we are today.
Wordwise was tricky - one wrong move and you lost [I]everything[/I]. That happened to my history homework just after I started high school 10 years later. It was Sunday night and the work was due in the following morning, so I had to re-type the whole lot from memory in half an hour (I got the only A in the class).
Thankfully a few months later we got a PC - 20MHz 80386 DX with 64KB cache, 4MB RAM, a 65MB HDD, an Adlib sound card and a Star Micronics LC24-200 Colour dot-matrix printer. It came with MS-DOS 4.01 & Windows 386, which was soon upgraded to Windows 3 (virtually unusable) then 3.1.
I could finally start saving documents and used the computer for as much of my homework as possible, and for the next 2 years was the only person in the school using a computer. I hated Wordperfect 5.1, briefly used Word for Windows 1.0 & Windows Write, but Ami Pro 3 was a revelation - the first true WYSIWYG word processor for PCs. To this day I still use its successor Lotus Word Pro.