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By Stella Tillyard   December 1999

Like many academic families we were wired up early, acquiring our first PC in 1982, a hulking IBM which eventually suffered a massive system failure brought on by an accumulation of croissant crumbs between the keys. A year later, the better to pursue our ceaseless journeys across the Atlantic, we bought a Compaq portable, carried by a top handle like an old Singer sewing machine.

My enthusiasm for computers and my incredulity when I first saw words materialise on a blank screen now seem as na?vely remote as the anachronistic innocence of postwar movies. None the less, I am convinced…

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