Umfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6557 times:
Can you still remember your first PC? My first one was the Sinclair ZX81, way back in 1982. Thereafter I upgraded to the more advanced ZX Spectrum in 1983. The Spectrum was very nice, it had full colour graphics (the ZX81 only had black and white), and different sound effects. The games and programs for these two computers were all on casette tapes. I can't believe my first computing experience was over a quarter of a century ago! How things have advanced!
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6538 times:
The first PC I had was also my first laptop. It was a Toshiba similar to this one and had a 486DX50 processor, but I don't remember any of the other powerful specs One nice feature was a clip on roller ball pointing device, you sort of cupped it in your hand and rolled the ball with your thumb, clicking with your index finger.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 14015 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6516 times:
My first real computer was an Atari XE. I also had one of those Atari VCS consoles, but that doesn't really count, because with the XE, I got exposed to the Basic interface. Another computer I first used back in the day was a Commodore 64 that we had in our elementary school. We used it mostly to play Hangman on it.
My first personal computer was a no-name 286 desktop system bought at Karstadt, with a 5.25" and 3.5" floppy drive, 40 MB harddrive, 2 MB RAM (can't remember how much RAM it actually had, it was a long time ago), MS-DOS 4.01 (later MS-DOS 5 and upgraded to MS-DOS 6), and it also ran Windows 3.0 and later 3.1.
My first Mac was a Performa 5200, one of those first generation PowerPC Macs, it had a TV tuner, integrated modem, and some other stuff I can't recall rigth now.
My first laptop was one of the early generation Powerbooks, don't know if it was a 150 or a 180. It still had a 68k processor and had a 4 greyscale LCD monitor.
Ihadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6485 times:
woo hoo late 1981 the all powerful commodore Vic 20. Ah the power, the graphics.. Later the fun of my first modem.. hell I still have my old compuserve account from back then and in a drawer is the hard drive from a PC from my mod days that has all 48,000 A.net mod emails that went to a ""CS" email accont (though not on the trusty Vic-20 which has long since turned to dust.. though the 64 is still buried somewhere in the garage. Ah the fun of the commodore 64 cartridge soccer!)
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Oa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 28328 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6480 times:
Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 8): woo hoo late 1981 the all powerful commodore Vic 20.
Haha me also I had that and the 64 . The games used to have to load in a cassette player and sometimes if there was an error you had to rewind the tape and load again . Those were the days !!! After that we got a disc drive .......
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6450 times:
The first computer I owned was an Apple IIVX.
However, I have a good story.
When I worked in the shop and on the test stand one of the things we'd have to do was adjust an EGT compensating resistor, Basically what it did was add in a certain number of degrees so that if all was working properly you'd reach peak torque and temperature more or less at the same time. That's simplifying quite a bit but nevermind.
There were two ways to adjust the resistor. One was called "Dial a torque" and it was a bootleg tweak, usually done by somebody chasing power in a deteriorating engine. The other was called recompensation.
What you'd do is get your engine set up on the test stand with all the instrumentation hung and do a ten point run, recording about eight parameters for each 10 per cent of torque. Then you'd head back in the office and spend the next day with a book of equations and a calculator to arrive at the magic number for adjusting the resistor.
Then, Garrett provided the shop with a Texas Instruments programmable calculator with the tape reader and a bundle of tapes to program the thing with. You'd program it and punch in each data point and it'd chunk the numbers. It took about four hours to run it all.
A guy in the shop owned an Apple II and he brought it into work and programmed it to do the same set of equations. You'd input the data and punch the button and in about fifteen seconds the printer would start spitting out your data points. This was in 1982, I think.
I remember thinking at the time it was going to be big. Little did I know.
A332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6428 times:
Add me to list of folks who had a Commodore 64 as their first computer... I had so many games and utilities for that set up, all on those old school 5.25" floppy disks. I actually ended up using that machine for about 8 years!
My first true PC was a 386 SX 25... can't remember all of the specs, but I do remember it was about $3500 new and resulted in 2 years of payments for my parents!
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6429 times:
First computer I ever used was an Apple II. Owned by the school, they were primarily used to play Oregon Trail.
Then about the time 6th Grade came around, the school district upgraded to the Apple IIgs.
Then highschool came about and we had some model of IBM PC with 286 chips in them. These were thankfully replaced by Gateways with Pentium 133MHz chips and Windows 95 (when that OS was the latest and greatest).
But the first PC I owned was bought in late 1997. It too had a Pentium 133MHz chip, but it was custom built machine by a local computer shop.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4644 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6423 times:
AST 286. Don't remember the CPU specs, but I know it had a staggering 4mb of RAM and a massive 40mb hard-drive It had VGA graphics! Great for playing Space Quest, Police Quest and Battle of Britain 1940
ScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6401 times:
funny story about older computers...
we were talking at work about old computer technology and how it was used to impress clients in the past(engineering/CAD field). One guy said that when computers were first starting to show up in workplaces they got a room full of them that could do basic CAD work. The boss, while bringing prospective clients on tours of the office, spoke about their technology and cost saving measures. He explained that they kept the monitors on monochromatic mode to save energy. Believe it or not, many customers believed it. Also, little did they know that the door the boss never opened contained a large room full of draftsmen and engineers with drafting tables and t-squares.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6400 times:
Mine was a Dragon 32, back in the mid 80s...that I inherited from my nephew!! Bear in mind that my nephew is 10 years younger than me, but his paternal grandmother was rolling in cash, so used to buy him whatever the latest gizmo was! He was gracious enough to give me his Dragon 32 (when he got something better) that had a dodgy tape drive connection, which meant that I had to sit and hold the lead incase the connection went down when I was trying to upload a game. More often than not the game wouldn't load, so in the end I just threw the thing in the rubbish!!
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CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6382 times:
Can't remember too many details, but it was in the mid 90s with an IBM machine, the amazing Windows 95, and if I remember right something along the lines of a whole entire 64Mb of ram, and it was considered to be a gooder at the time.
What could possibly go wrong?
: My family's first computer, in 1985, was a Zenith Data Systems PC. Dad used it to take care of his clients' income taxes, via TurboTax. Once in a whil
: That's exactly it. Oregon Trail on the 5-1/4" floppy disks.
: My first computer was in 1982 and was an Apple 2 with 48k ram, and one floppy drive, no hard drive, every time I booted it up I had to load the DOS di
: My first computer was an HP. Blazingly fast pentium 200mmx, a WHOPPING 4 GB hard drive and a mind numbing 32 MB of RAM which I later upgraded to 64MB.
: If I recall correctly, my first computer had a monotone yellow screen and used those 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. My first real computer was a 400mhz pent
: My biggest obstacle was always crossing the rivers. Good times.....good times.
: I had both of the Sinclair's you posted, with 16KB memory cartridge. We wrote all kinds of cool games with them in their native BASIC, and fooled aro
: Here is my first computer, the Acorn Electron. We never had a disk drive for it, all the games and an data you wanted to save was done on normal audio
: I still have mine in my barn. My brother and myself pooled our pocket money savings and bought it in the early 1980s. Jan