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Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:55 pm

An Apple II, I built from parts purchased in Akihabara in late 1982.
 
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Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 6:57 pm

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!



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Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:17 pm

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  Smile 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.

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:38 pm



Quoting Umfolozi (Thread starter):
My first one was the Sinclair ZX81, way back in 1982. Thereafter I upgraded to the more advanced ZX Spectrum in 1983.

I started with a ZX Spectrum in 1983 ...



After that, I received a homebuilt Macintosh 512K (yes, it was built from old pieces of a Mac which my dad had in his office, because it got upgraded) connected to an Atari B&W monitor  Smile
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:56 pm

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.
 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:57 pm

Mine was the Orik 1. No games available on disk that I could find so had to spend days typing endless lines of code just to play a stupid game on pong or something similar!
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:47 pm

I know way back then i had a lot of old computers. I cannot recall which came first without looking them up. At one time or another I had an IBM PET, a Commodore 64, and a TRS-80.
 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:49 pm

It was a Packard Bell 75Mhz.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:50 pm



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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Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:59 pm



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 .......
 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 8:59 pm

a white box 300mhz pentium 2 powerhouse, 17 in monitor and SimTown  biggrin 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:17 pm

we had a c64 when i was born, or at least from my formative years. I always had a computer at my house of some sorts.
 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:18 pm

Atari 130XE (128k) with optional 5.25 floppy drive and Atari Daisy Wheel Printer. Replaced by an Amiga 500. 1994 added a 486 based white box PC. Bought new Dell PC's in 2001 and 2005.
 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:29 pm

Commodore 64 here too...
 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:34 pm

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.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:44 pm

I think it was a TI-99 home computer. Shortly after that we got an Apple IIc. The next computer was a Mac LC. And it's been macs ever since.
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:05 pm

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!
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:07 pm

First computer I ever used was an Apple II. Owned by the school, they were primarily used to play Oregon Trail.  Big grin



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.
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:14 pm

The first computer was a Commodore 64 that was used by the family.

My first computer was a 286 which had a green screen monitor (everything came up in shades of green), 20 MB hard drive, 2 MB RAM and window 3.0 and later 3.1.

A far cry from my current Intel Dual Core 3 Ghz.
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:15 pm

AST 286. Don't remember the CPU specs, but I know it had a staggering 4mb of RAM and a massive 40mb hard-drive Big grin It had VGA graphics! Great for playing Space Quest, Police Quest and Battle of Britain 1940 Big grin

 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:15 pm

It wasn't really mine -- the whole department shared it in 1970. The Olivetti Programma 101 -- but it really was programmable -- weighed about 70 lbs.

 
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Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:23 pm

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.
 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:28 pm

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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Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:41 pm



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 17):
Oregon Trail.

You have died of Dysentery.

Always hated when that happened...

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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:00 am

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.


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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:38 am

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 while, I would try MS Flight Simulator (back then, it was the original version), but I ALWAYS crashed my plane! I never got used to "controlling" an airplane with keystrokes!

I started using computers in the late 1990s to type up my papers in university. Before 1996, I typed all my college papers on my old electric typewriter! It was not until 1996 that I started using Word or WordPerfect. In 1996 or 1997, in my physiology lab project, I used MacLab to record neuron action potentials and solute transport across red blood cell membranes.

I did not actually own a computer until late 2007, after I had moved home from London and moved (again that same summer) to San Francisco. Here, I purchased my HP Pavilion laptop, which has served me well--especially for my PowerPoint presentations that I give so many of now at UCSF.

So I was quite a late bloomer regarding computers.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:46 am



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 17):
First computer I ever used was an Apple II. Owned by the school, they were primarily used to play Oregon Trail.  


That's exactly it. Oregon Trail on the 5-1/4" floppy disks.
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:56 am

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 disc first. My printer was a C-ITOH 8510 prowriter. Early Apple’s used the parallel port for printers and then later changed over to the serial port so I was able to use this printer for my PC’s until I replaced it with a color printer.

I then graduated to my first IBM clone PC in 1989, a 286 with a 10 MB hard drive and running Microsoft DOS 5.0, I thought I was in heaven when I added another 10 MB hard drive to give me dual hard drives, I thought this was enough capacity to be able to use this computer for many years.

I have lost track on how many computers I have gone through between myself and my wife over the years, usually every to 3 to 4 years we each will get a new computer.

I am on my 4th laptop, my first was a 386, with a 10 MB hard drive. My second, was a AST 486 notebook with a 20 MB hard drive running Windows 95 which I still use occasionally, when I travel and need to access my faxes, I have a program called Winfax installed in my laptops, I plug the fax phone line into the phone modem of this 486 and it acts like a fax machine and receives all my faxes. On the road to get my faxes I dial my fax number from my laptop and it downloads all my incoming faxes into my road laptop for viewing.

But so far I have not gone over to Vista, still run XP and will do so for many years

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:05 am

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. Oh and it had the TOP OF THE LINE 24X CD-ROM. Came with a 15 inch monitor and canon bubble jet printer.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:07 am

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 pentium I? with 8MB of ram and a 20GB hard drive. It had a 14.4K modem for the first few years, then I got a 56K. I remember waiting 30 minutes with the 14.4 to download Eifel 65's "Blue" on the original Napster!
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:14 am



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 23):
You have died of Dysentery.

My biggest obstacle was always crossing the rivers.

Quoting SAN787 (Reply 26):
Oregon Trail on the 5-1/4" floppy disks.

Good times.....good times.
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:30 am



Quoting Umfolozi (Thread starter):
Can you still remember your first PC? My first one was the Sinclair ZX81, way back in 1982.

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 around with the machine code a little.

That was -real- programming. A 16KB limit, with no pre-built libraries to depend on. I feel all Comp/Sci students should spend a semester programming that little beast.....it would teach them better resource management.

We played a game called "Kingdom", which was probably one of the first resource management/world building games. I can't believe we'd stay up all night and play it. If we managed to -not- bump the 16KB memory cartridge (thus blanking memory), we'd have to SAVE the game to cassette tape so we could continue the next night. Totally awesome.
 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:42 am

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 cassettes.

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Got it when i was about 7 years old, i can always remember my dad taking an intrest in computers and writing games for it, he managed to write a quiz game about aircraft and my brother and i would play on it for hours!
 
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:18 am

Since I'm pretty young.

 
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:19 am



Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 8):
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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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 5:46 am



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 23):
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 17):
Oregon Trail.

You have died of Dysentery.

Always hated when that happened...

Now it's on Facebook and runs without effort...  Smile And yeah...you can still die of dysentery, like the good ol' days! I remember playing it on Apple back in grade school.

Wow...thanks for the memories, all! Judging by the answers, a lot of us are the same age.

I was in 5th grade back in '83 when the Apple IIC and IIE came on the scene. Every kid went home after using it at school and begged Mom and Dad to rush right out and buy one for home. Marketing at its best. That same company now sells iPhones and iPods...what a success story they are!

We didn't get our first computer at home until 1987...it was an IBM PS/2-30 if I recall. 20MB hard drive, forget the memory size, 8086 processor. MCGA graphics, which were incompatible with CGA, EGA, VGA etc. The computer only had the 3 1/2" drive, which was revolutionary back then...didn't even have the industry standard 5 1/4" drive. It was incompatible with just about everything for a while, until we got a lightning fast 2400 baud modem.

My Dad's union local got him a Dell 80286, and eventually a 386. What speed! When I entered Willamette Univ. in the fall of 1991, by then I had a 286 of my own, and maxed my credit card ($500 limit) so I could upgrade to a 486. Hey...why buy beer when you can upgrade your computer, right? Ha! I remember buying Links and wasted a lot of time playing that.

I've upgraded on my own several times, and still can do it myself, thanks to what I've learned over the years. Have a hard time with networking technology still, but can still make a computer work from nothing.

Fast forward to today and I have a 1.19GHz machine with 2GB of RAM. Of course I'm still behind the times, but I digress.

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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:24 am

The first computer I used in school was the Thomson TO7...

Complete with cassette reader and optical pencil (device with which you would click at stuff on the screen)...



Come to think of it, that optical pencil ws pretty cool although it never caught on.

The rest of it was pure crap, even back then. It made me understand why France never produced personal computers... (apart from the appropriately named 'Bull' brand)
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:32 am



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Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:25 pm

First computer was a C64 from my aunt in 1990, and then a Mac Plus over Christmas that year from my school.

My first computer that we actually owned was a Mac LC in April 1991:

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I was so excited when I got it, would stay up late in the night on BBS systems many times, with a big long telephone exension cord running from my room to the kitchen  Smile I used that computer to send my first internet email in 1992.
 
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:11 pm

Further to my post above, the first PC I used, although it was a communal device was an NCR thingie like this:



We also used an Apple Lisa for producing system layout drawings:

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:41 pm

My first computer was an Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus. I received it as a gift for my 10th birthday. Pretty cool machine for the time.

 
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:43 pm



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 30):
My biggest obstacle was always crossing the rivers.

Mine too, stupid oxen.  grumpy 
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:51 pm

At the University in the very early 70's. The computers would take up a whole room, parts of the room were kept very cool and the computers worked with hundreds of perforated cards that would be thrown away after they were used or some huge reels/tapes to record the instructions.

The computer languages we learned in those days were called FORTRAN and COBOL. No one would ever imagine desktop PCs, even less laptops.
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:11 pm

My first computer was an Amstrad CPC 464. I only had a couple of cassettes for it, and they were games I remember it's green screen and would take upto 30 minutes to load a game.

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Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:38 pm

I've got a 1982 edition of Personal Computing magazine around here that makes hilarious reading, particularly the prices for everything.
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:15 pm

My 1st Comp was the C= Comodore C16 followed by the C64 and then the A500 which i still have with 1 megga Byte of RAM and a Protar External hard Drive with a Massive (for the time) 40 megga Bytes Hard Drive.

Then I had an A600 which wasnt as good as the 500 and finnaly the A1200 which i still have and is still working with its built in SCSI Drive with 40 megga Byttes of hard Drive.

Then on Came the PCs that were so Slow its amazing Computers have Changed so much in so Short a time.

16 MHZ 286 with 4 Megga Bytes of RAM then a 486 that did 66MHZ and had a Huge 64 Megga Byttes of RAM.

Then a Pentium1 Was a bit Dodgy as a lot of the early P1s Caught fire due to to much heat beeing Generated by the Processor so the had massive heat Exchangers and Huge fans on top.  old 
 
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Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:00 pm

Like a mac 7520 or something

No idea - but it was a powerhouse back in its day.
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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:22 pm

I had a Commodore 1200, I think this was in the early 90's maybe late 80's but in comparison to the current sony vaio that i'm running it is truly staggering the progress that has been made, think where we will be in another 10 years

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RE: Can You Remember Your Very First Computer?

Thu Oct 16, 2008 12:00 am

The first one at home was a 286. That's all I can remember about it. I remember playing Sokoban and some Sesame Street kids game and the original Starfox on that computer.

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