Not exactly pounding away but using a 'computing integrator' for gas liquid chromatography for 38 years.A large beast with many valves and a 10 digit Nixie tube display. It used a Creed 75 as an in/out device, a very odd device indeed.
I started with an IBM Golf Ball printer connected by Telephone Modem which by a local call to a base station linked to a satellite. The link was to a Mainframe in Chicago and allowed us to use the system during their off time (The time difference of the USA and GB).
rDave13: Good old Clive Sinclair - that was my first venture into computing too. What was it - ZX80 or 81? That led to a TRS 80, a Sanyo (which was stolen by a burglar - may he rot in you no where!), a Ferranti, Dell and so on. The latest being a HP Slimline 3315 - good things come in small packages?
Good idea not doing it at work - preserve your hobby!
I can see that I could be regarded as a newcomer when compared to Peter99co and Wiz-King. Moe power to your elbow