Say to Thorin "carry me"
I saw my first computer in 1981 at primary school, when they were brought round for the kids to look at as part of a national programme. I was captivated and spent the next 2 years drooling over computer magazines, code listings etc. Every small town in the UK seemed to have its own computer shop and every time my folks took us on a day trip I would find myself with my nose pressed against a window, speculating on the relative merits of Dragon 32, Vic 20, and Spectrum.
Spectrum won out, and I loved it. Perhaps not the highest level of quality - 6 passed through my hands in the early months of 1983 (including 2 in one day). It absolutely led to my career in IT, and Speccy No. 6 sits in a cupboard behind me as I write this.
I won a modem for it in a Blue Peter competition, along with a year's subscription to Prestel, which I used for a space MMO and my dad used for Bank of Scotland Home Banking. This was around the time of the Duke of Edinburgh hacking scandal.
From the code listings in magazines like Computer and Video Games and a bit of graph paper I figured out how to create and move 8 bit sprites. I sometimes wonder if programming a sprite of a helicopter to buzz over the screen and fire a missile at a sprite of a tank might be the best thing I have ever achieved in IT.