Adam Ainsworth

A indulgent little waffle about me.

I grew up in Poole in the 1980s, and some of my first memories are around my dad’s computers; playing and writing games (probably very badly!). I was upgraded to my own Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2 in 1987 and never looked back. I graduated through my Commodore Amiga 600 until I inevitably moved to my first PC in my A-Level years.

I moved to Exeter in 1998 to study computer science at university, and loved the city so much I remained for a few years afterwards. However, the lure of the capital was too much and I moved to the South East in 2004, remaining long enough to call myself an honorary Londoner.

In 2014, my wife and I welcomed our son into the world and decided it was time to change the metropolitan lifestyle for something a little more chilled, and coming back to Exeter was the easiest choice in the world. Six years on (as of 2021) and we still love the place; Devon is truly a jewel in Britain’s crown.

My early years with computers have carried on into adulthood. Sites such as eBay, Gumtree and even Facebook are entirely responsible for the huge collection of retro hardware I have acquired, and also the friendships I have made with thousands of other enthusiasts. Whenever I can, I am cleaning, breaking, fixing and sometimes even using my hardware within the space I am lucky enough to hide.

My passion for technology – old and new – still burns brightly and I am as excited for the next big breakthrough as I am for an obscure piece of hardware with less power than the most primitive smartphone.

Outside of my silicon pursuits, I love watching sport (especially AFC Bournemouth, Exeter Chiefs and Hampshire CCC), exploring hidden landscapes with my wife & son and – very occasionally – playing guitar.