What was your first computer?

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    Jul 06, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    venue35 saidapple IIc 1985


    Same here. And my MacBookPro is only my 4th computer of any kind, all Apple!
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    buymeasoda said486 !! with 2mb hard drive ... apparently that was all i would ever need.... lol


    you had a harddrive? lucky!
  • chi_rock

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    Jul 06, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    1st used - DEC PDP-11 in 1976.
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    Jul 06, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
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    TI 58, sweep floor for three weeks to buy it, got it stolen after three month
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    Jul 06, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Brought up on proper computer.... basic, extended basic, assembly language icon_smile.gif but you could get games on a cartridge (Chess)
    And even ended up with the speech synthesiser , with skill you could chop up the sounds and create your own words

    Texas instruments TI99/4A

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    Jul 06, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    First... I had an account on (if I remember correctly) a PDP Cyber 660 that was accessed with old Honeywell terminals scattered around campus.

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    You had to wait in line in a hallway for about an hour to get a shot at the terminal. Input was typed out on brown paper towel rolls that were generally illegible. Output was printed at a remote line printer. If you got up to go to the line printer, you had to go to the back of the line again. And it was uphill both ways.

    The first one I owned was an Apple + I kept it around for ages but finally traded it for some old windows boxes to use in the lab.

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    Oh, and forget that TI garbage - had one for a while but the keys wore out in a year and threw it away. My HP 11C is still going strong after 30 years. I still use it every day. (Although I have the 15c emulator app for iPhone too.)

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    Jul 07, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    theantijock saidedit again: my very first computer actually was completely plastic. it was a toy my father got me that I had to assemble and then basically all it did was generate 0s & 1s. Can't seem to find a pic of it on the web, sadly.


    Found it. Recognized it as soon as I saw it.

    My very first computer circa 1960s, beat that bitches.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digi-Comp_I

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    Jul 07, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Vic 20 then commodore 64
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    IBM PS2-50 It was a 286 chip. Before that, I had a dumb tube that connected to work via 1200 baud modem. That was way before most of you guys were born.
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    Jul 07, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
  • MCIC

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    Jul 07, 2012 2:09 AM GMT
    The TRS-80 Color Computer 2. I think the damn disk drive weighed almost as much as I did at the time.
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    Jul 07, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Mac Classic
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    Jul 07, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    My very first computer was an RCA COSMAC VIP

    http://oldcomputers.net/rca-cosmac-vip.html

    My first PC was an AST PowerExec monochrome laptop with a 25 MHz 386 CPU.
  • Machina

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    Jul 07, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
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    Had a case that looked almost exactly like this, except it was beige and the disk drives were turned the right way. Rocked a 386 SX w/o a math coprocessor, 4mb RAM, 180 mb HDD, 5.25 floppy, 3.5 floppy, and a "Turbo" button (so you could downclock the CPU to 25MHz if 33MHz was too fast!

    Had MS DOS primarily but you could get into Windows 3.1 if necessary.
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    Jul 07, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    My high school had an Altair 8800. You had to enter a "bootloader" program with toggle switches to boot from the 8" floppy drives. I think that was the original Microsoft Basic interpreter. It sat next to a Commodore Pet in the classroom. http://oldcomputers.net/altair.html

    My parents were cheap and expected any computer they did get to be out of date within a year, so they waited until I moved out before they bought a Dell.

    My first, was a franken-PC of the first order. Cloned motherboard, cloned monochrome vid card (CGA?), floppy adaptor. Cheap keyboard. And a Radio Shack 300baud modem. A vertiable cornucopia of porn, it was not. Forgo a clone case to buy a second floppy drive. Mounted it on a sheet of aluminum I pilfered from my dad.

    I take this back. Actually, my first computer was the Sinclair ZX-81.

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  • waccamatt

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    Jul 07, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    I had a Commodore Vic 20, lol.
  • kew1

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    Jul 07, 2012 10:18 AM GMT
    mindgarden said My HP 11C is still going strong after 30 years. I still use it every day.

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    Still have one as well, it's great when someone asks to use it , RPN confuses them.
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    Jul 07, 2012 10:27 AM GMT
    Commodore 64

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    It's mad to think the video games were stored on cassette tapes ! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 07, 2012 10:55 AM GMT
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    Jul 07, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    A SEGA SC-3000 It was really flash as it had a keyboard with hard keys instead of the rubber keys that the earlier model had.

    A WHOPPING 16k of memory which came in a huge cartridge, and all the programs were loaded with a casette - took ages and screached like a banshee!

    Plugged into the TV - Very classy!


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    Hard Keys - how awsome is this!
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    Jul 07, 2012 11:11 AM GMT
    Besides the 1983 Apple IIe home computer I pictured above, I was using office computers years earlier in the Army. The Wang OIS (Office Information System) was common, with networked terminals at each workstation, that mainly gave you word processing and a data base.

    They had greenish low-res characters on a black field, that would screw up my eyes when I worked late into night under fluorescent office lights. I'd go out to my car around midnight and my dashboard lights would look all yellow to me for about 10 minutes.

    When I traveled I was issued another kind of terminal, one of the Texas Instruments Silent 700 series, that had a cradle to receive a phone handset, consisting of 2 rubber ear muffs. Resembling an oversized portable typewriter, everything was printed out onto a roll of thermal paper, no screen.

    I'd log into an Army mainframe over ordinary phone lines, and from there I could also redirect to other computers over the Arpanet using text commands. All of which got printed out on thermal paper, meaning you needed to have lots of extra rolls with you. I mainly used it for messaging, and sending & receiving reports relating to my field work.

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    Imagine, only 25 pounds, and $2595 USD in the 1970s! And no, those are not my own hands in the pic.

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    Best of all, it was so portable!

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    Jul 07, 2012 11:15 AM GMT
    TI 99/4A, with cassette tape drive! I had fun learning to program in BASIC on that thing!

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    Jul 07, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    some kind of old run down E machines...
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    Jul 07, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    I think it was an IBM computer with DOS on it.

    I must have been about 5, my dad would load up some Formula 1 game but I'd always ask to play Mortal Kombat, which he refused (my mum would sneak it on for me afterwards though).
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    i bought a laptop in 2008
    Dell Vostro A840

    its old but i got it upgraded with all new hardware last month