- a fast, collating, stapling photocopier, which I would need for distributing the requirements documents
- an IBM PC AT, with a hard drive, a mouse, and a graphics card. The drive storage was tiny by today's standards, 10 meg. The monitor was still monochrome, an annoying orange-yellow.
- and the reason for the AT, a copy of Excelerator 1.0
Next, I could select a level 0 function, and then draw a new diagram , exploding that function to level 1, keeping a link to level 0. This was like gold for me, so pencil and erasers were now history.
Excelerator did not support Data Models in 1.0, but I used a general diagram to at least draw the diagram and kept definitions and such in a text document.
Looking back, I would have to say that the quality of what I produced was probably low, but I was young, all was new, and there weren't many examples to compare to. I am fortunate to have had the time to learn and improve since then, and it hasn't stopped; there is always room for improvement, and new things to learn.