Apparently it was the British Silicon Valley... (Sinclair, Quad, Meridian, Cyrus, all big names with a genius behind)
Our first computer was a ZX Spectrum 48k. In 1983 I think we got it. Told my dad it would help with homework. Instead...all games. Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner, Etc.
Also before that.... I remember receiving a folder at home with ZX81...It made my heart and mind race...as a kid...just the idea that a computer was within my reach.
It is sad. Also the decline of the trades..but I think youtube might be at least a trigger for people to pick up making things...like boatbuilding or making a computer workarea..etc..etc.It's a shame that all that sort of thing has gone (at least, in Western Europe)