How to use a computer


This computer science training video dates back to 1982!

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It’s the start of your computer science subject at the University in 1982. The first IBM personal computer was only released a few months ago in the US, and it will be another three years before the Apple Macintosh is released. Your only prior experience of a keyboard is on a typewriter. And now you are going to learn how to program a computer.

But, first, a few basics. This introductory film was made by computer science lecturer Ed Morris to show first-year students in their first computer lab session. There was just a small TV screen to show the film, so only a few students at a time could learn the basics of keyboard, terminal, loading of punch cards and the basic UNIX operating system commands.