Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.
I saved up my pocket money and bought a ZX81 kit, my mother paid half of the cost. I then taught myself BASIC and machine code.
At home I was stuck with the cassette deck, but I had a weekend job working for a liquidator, repairing and refurbishing the computers they got in. A lot of Apple IIs, but also a lot of CP/M and a Z80 based UNIX box! :-O
The best thing I had to "play" with was a Shelton Signet with a 2 or 5MB hard drive! It also had Collosal Cave on it.