A paean for all who have loved their computers, written by the late David Lochhead:
“What makes a computer loveable?” Let me explain my question. Ever since the day — nine years ago now — that I bought my first computer, I have been obsessed by them. The moment I typed in my first simple program — and it actually worked –I have had what I can only describe as a passion for the technology. From the experience of my own love affair with the computer, I have been able to recognize it when it happens to others. A friend will buy a computer — usually for a good (i.e. sensible) reason– like word processing. He will take it home, turn it on, load the word processing tutorial and suddenly, he is hooked. The next time you see him there is a glint in his eye. He begins to spend his time wandering through computer stores. Word processing gets forgotten. He starts talking about disk utilities and serial ports and extended RAM. He many even begin to write his own programs. Sooner or later he begins to declare that computer programming is a spiritual discipline.