The lives of '80s kids were inevitably going to be guided by, then dominated by personal computing. 1982 was a particularly significant year for technology - the Commodore 64 was born. For current pupils who are unfamiliar with the Commodore experience, think PlayStation for your grandparents. The C64 was invented to do important stuff, but became a rudimentary games console. By 1994, when it was eventually discontinued, 22 million machines had been sold. Not bad for what would now be considered an oversized calculator. Not surprisingly, the 1982 edition of Inis Dúinn was littered with references to the relatively new concept of personal computing, which was fully embraced in CCS; the school was a leader of the revolution at local level. The computer termonology of the early days would leave present day users scratching their heads. The era of "paper tape input" and "visual display units" is gone but not forgotten. Hats off to those who embraced the "silicone revolution" in Carndonagh CS. The prophets of doom and non-believers assured us that the grand experiment in personal computing would fail, and anyone who upgraded to Windows Vista would agree. 1982 was the best year computing ever had...

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