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I started using with windows 3.1. However I was like 5 or 6 so i didn't really learn much. My major interest in computers came with Windows 95. Linux, although the interest is several years old, I've only been able to use it for about a year, but I've learned more since using Linux, then almost 10 years of working with computers on a level of understanding.
My first computing experience was on a Burroughs 512 mainframe. There I learned basic, cobol, and rpg2. Around that time I also got a TI-99/4A, typed in a bunch of games and stuff from Byte magazine, and stored my work on cassettes. Went into the workforce for a couple years, then got my first IBM compatible pc, a 386-40, with 2MBs of ram, 1 meg vid card and 20 meg hard drive running Dr. DOS. It was pretty top of the line at the time as I had to run CAD software on it. Later upgraded to a 40 meg hd, then a 120, 200, etc.. as each hit the aprox $300 mark hehe. In the mid '90s I had the infamous celery 300a, overclockable to 450Mhz hehe. I ran a triple boot 95, linux and OS/2 setup on that machine for a while, with OS/2 being my main environment. I did wear an OS/2 t-shirt to the midnight release of 95, and browsed the OS/2 and linux section with a couple other hardcores that were there to eat pizza and drink cokes on BG's tab hehe.
I'm going to put back together a nostaligia machine, with that 300a, a voodoo card, and a sb AWE card hehe. Stick it on my kvm switch as my "way back game machine" .
BTW here is the site that i learn that can use windows NT bootloader to boot linux and windows NT..
this techniques is mostly for people who wanted to install linux just to try it and if they dont like it they cant just delete the linux partition and wouldnt harm windows booting process http://www.myseng.com/content/view/13/2/
First home computer was a TI99/4A - back in about 1983.. Horrid machine - all my friends had Spectrums which were stacks better (like, you could actually get under the hood and do things.. the b****d TI was completely locked down, and it was *slow*, even by early '80s standards)
First 'proper' computer was a 286, bought for naff-all back in 1993 - endless fun with DOS, batch programs, Q-BASIC and a bit of C. Oh, and Windows 3.0 (3.1 was a no-go) Got me hooked...
I used PET computer to do part-time work outside school.
My first personal computer was TRS-80. I progressed to Mac, then linux.
I never used Windows until Windows 95. I used Windows 98 until I got rid of it today. I have Windows XP Professional for $100x3=$300 (and some other softwares which I most probably paid for as part of hardware cost, worth $200, and I never even opened the cds) but I don't use them. I hope I can get a refund or sell them but they are OEMs. I bet somewhere some people are counting them as legitimate sales. Well, off-topic but ranting about my $500 gone.
forgot what type of pc it was, but it had a turbo button for the ram? it went from 16mb ram and turbo to 32 ( i dont rmmr but i think it was ram, cause what else could turbo from 16 to 32?)
it also had a key so you could lock it better then any password
it ran dos/ norton commander .... the linux midnight commander is a clone of the original norton commander
i loved the game bumpy and goblins quest 3 ...anyone rmmr those?
goblins quest 3 was the best, i got stuck on the level with the queen + where you go thru the fountain to the king...... i still rmmr that i messed up and did something wrong(couldnt reverse it)...and saved over an old game...so i couldn't go back to the old game..so had to start from the very beginning