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#51 2009-06-01 09:42:26

jackbang
#! CrunchBanger
Registered: 2009-05-28
Posts: 244

Re: What was your first computer?

charlie01 wrote:
jackbang wrote:

My first computer was a sinclair zx81 borrowed for a couple of months when I was a kid.  .

Thats awesome,,That was my first too,,Heres a link,,,I can remember trying to program a basic pong game on it,,Lets just say i never got it to work,,,lol
http://oldcomputers.net/zx81.html

Cool - those were the days.  I love the doorstop functionality in your link ... that's about all you could do with them if you didn't try and program it, although I seem to remember one of the computer magazines ran an article about how you could "run a power-station" with your zx81.  Never did try that out.

Some Acorn Atom details here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~fjkraan/comp/atom/
What a great machine (at the time) for learning about computers, with it's fairly easy 6502 cpu, and built-in assembler.

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#52 2009-07-30 06:52:24

IgorP
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From: Zagreb, Croatia
Registered: 2009-07-10
Posts: 338

Re: What was your first computer?

Commodore 128 [1987.] -> Amiga 600 [1993.]-> Custom PC (Athlon 2200+, Windows XP) [2003..present]-> Fujitsu Siemens S7020 [present]

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#53 2009-07-30 07:48:53

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Registered: 2009-06-25
Posts: 28

Re: What was your first computer?

Mine was a Tandy trs-80 bought second hand.
Link the for curious


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#54 2009-07-30 12:07:47

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Registered: 2009-07-23
Posts: 2,812

Re: What was your first computer?

My first machine was an 80286 with 12MHz. One day, i found a strange slot on the mainboard and after some research I learned that it could hold an 8085. So I had my 12Mhz CPU supported by a strange 8MHz coprocessor. It was running fine as a basic office machine until 2001! I had alot of fun with it. Things like doublespace (compressed my 40MB HDD to give me about 70MB free space) and later a 14,4 kBit fax modem from US robotics minted my interest in technology. Besides my laptop, I never ever bought an out-of-the-box computer.


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#55 2009-07-30 14:58:27

Kyte
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Registered: 2009-07-19
Posts: 275

Re: What was your first computer?

Timex Sinclair ZX-81 as above.

Kyte


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#56 2009-07-30 15:18:57

Lorcav
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From: Morden, London
Registered: 2009-07-08
Posts: 36

Re: What was your first computer?

Either a Sinclair ZX81 or a C64. Can't quite remember which we had first.


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#57 2009-07-31 11:37:44

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Re: What was your first computer?

If i can remember that far back, a Packard Bell 286 25mhz running win3.11.


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#58 2009-07-31 18:14:11

AlexMex90
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From: Mexicali, Mexico
Registered: 2009-07-09
Posts: 182

Re: What was your first computer?

I can't remember what computer was, but it had Win 3.1 and I was 3 years old, I only knew how to run NASCAR Racing and play (and crash hehe)


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#59 2009-08-02 04:33:02

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Registered: 2009-06-05
Posts: 21

Re: What was your first computer?

TRS-80 Model 1, with Expansion Interface and a disk drive.  Manufacturer never expected anyone to use it for anything but math/numbers, so they wired the character generating chip to display ONLY upper case.  A simple mod (soldering a wire to a chip, or something similar) allowed it to show lower-case, but they had purchased defective character generators, so some letters (lower case e, I think) floated above the baseline.  There were no true-descenders - the tails of letters like y, j, etc. did not descend below the baseline, so these letters also appeared to float.

Computer was maxed out with 48 K of memory.  I wrote my PhD dissertation on that machine, with a wordprocessing program called NewScript.  Soon after that I switched to PC-Write.

Fun times!

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#60 2009-08-03 09:37:44

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From: St Maur, France & Cambridge,UK
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Posts: 15

Re: What was your first computer?

First computer I ever used was an ICT 1904 in 1965.

It was as big as a dinosaur & lived in a room of its own with a double door to prevent dust getting in.

It was programmed in an assembly language called PLAN & fed programs on punched tape by its keepers (or operators). There was no operating system - just operators who switched stuff around, loaded & unloaded magnetic tape reels & fed it. The console was a tty - screens didn't exist until a lot later.

It was surrounded by lots of tape drives that turned constantly, as its programmes (it was one of the first multiprogram computers & could run 4 programs at once !!!) were constantly being swapped in & out of the computer's 24-bit word 32K word memory (that's 96Kbytes in today's jargon). & there was an entire huge floor full of perforators/verifiers who typed on keyboards to produced & check punched tape.

Many years later, I got to play with the Apple II some friends had been given by the engineering company they worked for. & then there were a lot of different machines for work (DEC with Fortran, Pascal & Prolog), HP3000 & Cobol, Unix on ???, something ghastly on IBM, DOS 3.1 on PC, until I finally got my own computer around 2000.

Currently have a desktop, 2 laptops (1 Mac), & 2 Asus Netbooks.


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#61 2009-08-03 11:12:39

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Registered: 2009-07-22
Posts: 10

Re: What was your first computer?

at the age of 7 my first computer was a commodore c64 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64). today, it has a spacial place at my basement. i am convinced it would still work if i pushed the button.


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#62 2009-08-03 11:52:14

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From: Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
Registered: 2009-05-20
Posts: 238

Re: What was your first computer?

i was not fortunate to grow up in a tech-savvy (nor affluent) family; my step-father's idea of "high tech" meant me getting up to turn the television dial for him. so in my earlier years my only computer experiences were at the homes of friends who were luckier, and all i remember are Apple IIe's and C64's (and LodeRunner and Ultima haha).
---fast forward from the mid-80's to 1998--
my own "first computer" was a desktop that i picked the parts for with the advice of computer savvy co-workers. as i remember, it was a blazing fast PII or PIII packing 800Mhz, with a hugantic 128Mb of RAM, a Creative Soundblaster audio card,  and a 3Dfx Voodoo video card. adequate for it's era running first Win98 and then WinME, and #! probably would probably work a charm on the same rig today.


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#63 2009-08-03 12:52:25

craigh
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From: UK
Registered: 2009-08-02
Posts: 209

Re: What was your first computer?

My first computer was a pentium 1 pc when i was 6. I can't remember the specs of it but i know it ran windows 95.


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#64 2014-01-28 02:10:27

g33zr
#! Die Hard
From: Never Never Land
Registered: 2013-02-19
Posts: 635

Re: What was your first computer?

My first computer was a slide rule, which I still have but haven't used in a few decades.  lol

My first PC was an Apple IIC, which I bought in 1986, I think.  8)


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#65 2014-01-28 02:27:12

saneks
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Registered: 2009-10-01
Posts: 1,020

Re: What was your first computer?

a 1982 C=64, I got it ca. 87/88 and it is still working fine.

commodore_64_ad.jpg

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#66 2014-01-28 02:41:57

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Registered: 2013-09-03
Posts: 2,256

Re: What was your first computer?

HP Pavilion ze4300, That thing was actually quite nice back in its day.

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#67 2014-01-28 02:59:01

Copper0
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Registered: 2013-07-02
Posts: 149

Re: What was your first computer?

First Computer I bought with my own money was a 486DX (I don't remember if it was the Intel part or the AMD, I do remember that after that I bought a Cyrix).
The first computer I used? It was either a PET or perhaps an Apple II

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#68 2014-01-28 04:09:54

Ozitraveller
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Registered: 2011-04-26
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Re: What was your first computer?

Microbee 1982/83

600px-Microbee_Computer-In-A-Book.jpg

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#69 2014-01-28 04:53:56

Random Access
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From: vor dem Gesetz
Registered: 2013-11-02
Posts: 91

Re: What was your first computer?

I bought an Interact Model One with the money I saved working as a grocery clerk in HS.  http://oldcomputers.net/interact.html
Interac

I guess it was in  1981, because it was after the original company was bankrupt.  It used a tape deck to load programs, and the magnetic heads would always slip out of alignment.  It had an assembly language program.  I remember writing some simple assembly code and running out of space, so I started using the space allocated for the screen buffer.  I was horrified when I came home from college to discover my mom had thrown it out.  I imagine it would be worth something today, since only a few thousand were made.

Hey, this was fun.  They even have the magazine ad I responded to

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#70 2014-01-28 07:52:44

xor
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Registered: 2012-01-11
Posts: 775

Re: What was your first computer?

ZX81
CPC6128
486DX33
P2/400mhz/256mb
P4/3ghz/2gb
LX800/500mhz/512mb
T2330/1.6ghz/2gb notebook
ARM Cortex A8/500mhz/16gb tablet
X20 notebook

i still have all of those and they still all do run...  cool

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#71 2014-01-28 08:07:49

sqlpython
#! Die Hard
From: New England
Registered: 2011-11-28
Posts: 931

Re: What was your first computer?

Well,  smile  as this Necro thread has come back to life I will add
Timex_Sinclair_1000.jpg
The Timex Sinclair 1000 is the North American version of the Sinclair ZX-81
I added the 16k mem expansion module that you see with a cassette to save my BASIC programming work.


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#72 2014-01-28 08:11:12

nore
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Registered: 2009-11-28
Posts: 740

Re: What was your first computer?

A PC/AT clone with Intel 80286 processor made by Mikrolog and sold under Osborne brand. With a monochrome screen and a dot matrix printer it cost more than my two months salary.

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#73 2014-01-28 12:41:30

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#74 2014-01-28 13:24:53

Random Access
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From: vor dem Gesetz
Registered: 2013-11-02
Posts: 91

Re: What was your first computer?

nore wrote:

A PC/AT clone with Intel 80286 processor made by Mikrolog and sold under Osborne brand. With a monochrome screen and a dot matrix printer it cost more than my two months salary.

My, that article was unexpected. Makes the NASDAQ bubble of the late 1990's seem mild by comparison.

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#75 2014-01-28 15:17:01

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Registered: 2013-09-30
Posts: 382
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Re: What was your first computer?

i am loathed to admit it, but my first computer was an apple II gs. my mom was a school teacher, and apple was giving them away so teachers could learn to use computers in the classroom. i ended up learning stuff, then teaching it to her ;D

my first pc was a dyi box. i got a kit from tigerdirect when i was in middle school and my uncle taught me how to build it. i've been diy (or laptops) even since.


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