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what was your first computer?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by GQgeek, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    @Labelking

    Yeah right ! but was that YOURS ?


    my first one was a Sinclair ZX80 with an amazing amount of 1KB RAM !

    i had to buy the 16KB expansion to run my basic programs, and it was as expensive as the main unit [​IMG]
     
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    Lets see, I was raised on a Atari 800 for our serious computer.

    [​IMG]


    Yup, that was mine as well. Had any number of external floppy drives, none of which were reliable. Computer probably had a bad parallel port, though at that time I doubt it was easily serviceable. My, how things have changed.

    But my own first computer was a re-furb custom job from work. Well, I had company-issued desktops and laptops, but did not want a computer at home. I finally relented and took an old box from work, upgraded the innards, and called it mine. Done that a few times now.
     
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    The 64K Macintosh. Still have it, for nostalgia's sake.
     
  5. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    ^^^ Holy orthopedic shoes Batman! Cool outfit otherwise.
    Those are authentic Earth Shoes. In 1975, I was awarded the prestigious Anne Kalso award, for selling the most pairs of Earth Shoes in all of North Dakota![​IMG]
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    I prefer the Curta, which has an endearing mechanical decadence despite its Rolex-like price.

    [​IMG]


    I still have and use my hand-me-down Curta. I guess it might count as my first computer, if not, my first computer was a:

    [​IMG]

    Jon.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    Ti-35
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    This is what I use now:

    [​IMG]

    Jon.
     
  9. Get Smart

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    My first computer class in HS was on a TRS-80 (aka Trash 80)

    My first time on a home computer was my best friend's Apple II

    My first computer was the Atari 800...started with a cassette drive, then upgraded to disk drive
     
  10. spertia

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    I too started with a TRS-80.
     
  11. lakewolf

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    Here is the man himself... Clive Sinclair

    [​IMG]
     
  12. GQgeek

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    I still have and use my hand-me-down Curta. I guess it might count as my first computer, if not, my first computer was a:



    Jon.


    Oregon trail was one of the coolest games I ever played.
     
  13. magnus_h

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    Shared a Commodore 64 with my brother at first. A couple years later I got my own Amiga 500+.
     
  14. eg1

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    Inevitably, the C64, followed by a CPlus/4. I then took an extended holiday from computer ownership straight through to 2002, when I succumbed to a Dell deskstop.
     
  15. skalogre

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    Amstrad CPC 464. Green screen monochrome monitor [​IMG]
    Shared a Commodore 64 with my brother at first. A couple years later I got my own Amiga 500+.
    The 500 Plus was my first Miggy, too! I have a (mildly) tricked-out black A1200 next to me right now [​IMG] Most responsive and efficient machine I have ever used. I have not actually enjoyed using a computer since then...
     
  16. GQgeek

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    Amstrad CPC 464. Green screen monochrome monitor [​IMG]



    The 500 Plus was my first Miggy, too! I have a (mildly) tricked-out black A1200 next to me right now [​IMG]

    Most responsive and efficient machine I have ever used. I have not actually enjoyed using a computer since then...


    You should join the "we're getting out of IT while we still can" club. I had some of my best times on the Compaq Portable III. My friends had Nintendos but I felt suprior with my computer. Sierra games actually required thinking and problem solving skills. I actually replayed HQ and KQ3 (my favorite of the series) a couple of years ago on a dos emulator.
     
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    I had a 286 that a friend of my uncle's set me up with, that was 8mhz but had a Turbo switch to pump it up to 10 whole MHz. It had an add-on ISA card with a crapload of little ICs soldered on that upgraded the ram to something like 800-ish Kb, and the full-height 5-1/4" hard drive was 68Mb. I did everything on that computer. I wish I still had it.

    After that I configured and bought a 486 DX/66 when I was around 13, then an AMD "P2" (whatever the equivalent was then) - 200 MHz that I had until college, then an AMD 700MHz which is still in the corner of my living room running movies and stuff, and a couple after that.

    I remember when I was running a BBS off the 486 and went to Future Shop (now gone) to buy a Supra 28.8 Kbps modem which was about the fastest thing anyone would connect with at the time. It cost me like 250 bucks.

    My friend got his dad to buy him a 3.5" floppy drive, and it was $70.
     
  19. warlok1965

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    I played all the "Quest" games on the Compaq up until KQ4, which was the first sierra game that needed VGA iirc. I can still remember the switch to VGA. It was beautiful. Long after I stopped using it I had intended to hold on to it for posterity's sake, but when our house got cleaned-out by burglars it was gone forever. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Wow that brings back memories of sleeping over at my friend's house sometime in the 80's and staying up all night playing (and solving) Space Quest 2 on his dad's Compaq. The tiny monochrome plasma was so cool! Who would have thought you would be able load and play all these games on a tiny iPhone or PDA in 2008.

    The first family computer was an Osbourne my dad got to bring home from work occasionally in like 1980. It kind of looks like a suitcase nuke:

    [​IMG]

    Our first actual "PC" was a PCjr. 128K of RAM, one floppy, no HDD, a cassette extension, 16 colors of eye popping graphics in glorious 160x120 resolution plus enhanced sound capabilities. And a wireless keyboard to boot.

    [​IMG]

    If you didn't boot a DOS floppy the ROM defaulted to a BASIC language environment, which I learned how to use and eventually programmed some primitive graphics and games. I still have my old BASIC programs from 25 years ago and they can still run in a BASIC emulator on my PC.
     
  20. c3cubed

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    At first I thought you said Tallulah(Bankhead), which wouldn't necessarily be inappropriate.

    And a cheers to you too.


    Ah - but droll (not drawl) you know the difference of course.
    The confusion would only exist if every sentence was punctuated with "dahling".
    On the other hand, Lynn Fontaine couldn't have said it better either.
     

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