Thirty years ago today Alan Sugar (now Lord Sugar) launched the Amstrad CPC464. At £199 it made home computing available to the masses.
A year later the Amstrad PCW 8256 came on to the market. As a dedicated word processing computer (PCW) complete with a printer, it was the perfect machine to help me write up my MA degree thesis: such a change from me travelling back and fore home and university getting my mother to use her type-writer to redo endless updates to my BSc dissertation!
For those who know or care about these things the PCW 8256 had a massive 256KB of RAM and a floppy disk drive. And Amstrad, of course, is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading.
Thank you Lord Sugar!