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View Poll Results: What was your first computer?
Acorn 8 1.74%
Amiga 6 1.30%
Apple 30 6.51%
Atari 19 4.12%
Commodore 83 18.00%
IBM compatible PC 74 16.05%
Sinclair 53 11.50%
Tandy 27 5.86%
TI-99/4A 17 3.69%
Other (please specify) 144 31.24%
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:46 PM   #226
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ordinary windows XP pc, intel pentium 3, 256M RAM(but there were 2 additional ram slots so it was later upgraded to ~1GB~), 50GB hdd, with DSL internet up to 64kb/s download, damn all the computer games back then were awesome.
Old 08-04-2017, 07:49 PM   #227
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First computer

The first computer I used was an IBM 360 at the University of Puerto Rico. This was THE computer on the Rio Piedras campus at the time. It ran OS/360 with primarily card input though a few of us had access to teletypes and TSS/360.

Very shortly after this we got an HP 2000 Time-Shared BASIC system that supported 32 interactive HP smart terminals. This was used primarily for an NSF funded computer aided instruction project. The same project let me get an Alpha Micro AM-100 based on the Western Digital WD16 and 128 KB of memory with two Soroc terminals, two 10MB hard drives and two high-speed Printronix line printers. That experience led to the first computer I owned myself: an Alpha Micro AM-1000 with a Motorola 68K, 128K of memory and a 10 MB hard drive.
Old 08-05-2017, 08:57 AM   #228
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First was a Tandy TRS-80. I expect "Other" category is so high because the young folks weren’t around when most of the computers listed were in vogue.
Old 08-05-2017, 07:03 PM   #229
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The first I "owned" was a Tandy Color Computer ( familiarly known as the CoCo ).
The first I used at work was a TRS80
Programmed on both with basic.

The first I used for business programming was a VAX PDP-11

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Old 08-05-2017, 09:20 PM   #230
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"Personal" computer: Kaypro CP/M no hard drive, 5" floppy disks.
Do IBM PCAMs count?

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Old 08-05-2017, 10:05 PM   #231
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Smile My First Computer

Mine was a Radio Shack Color Computer II, with all of 16k of RAM. Before that, I had learned Basic on the Apple 2+ and machine code on the Heathkit ET-3400a microprocessor trainer. By the time I finished with the CoCo, I had it using 64k of RAM, a 5 Meg SCSI drive, custom book EPROMS (I build the programmer and code myself), an add-on board with two serial and a Centronics parallel port (built for college credit). I housed the works in an old instrument case from a Picker nuclear med camera and powered it with a power supply from a salvaged DEC PDP-8. The system ran OS-9 and used a VT-100 clone terminal for a screen and display. It sure was fun to build!
Old 08-06-2017, 04:58 AM   #232
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Commodore @ 1988-89? didn't have a clue what to do with it when it booted up to black screen with a prompt and didn't want to read the volumes of books that came with it...

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Old 08-06-2017, 05:33 AM   #233
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First computer I owned was a Sinclair Spectrum on which I learned basic!
My first PC was a 386SX16 that I built myself from parts bought from a supplier in PCMart. I still have that MB!
Old 08-06-2017, 07:27 PM   #234
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Smile First Computer

My First Personal computer was a Compaq Presario 2210 Desktop running Windows 98.
As it was my first PC and I knew nothing about it - I first watched the Welcome to
Windows introductory video and then did something of which I have not met anyone
else who has done it.
I read the entire Help File .
Since then I have been addicted to my PC and what I can do with it.
I discovered Linux in the form of a Damn Small Linux download in about 2004 and
have been a faithful Linux user ever since.
I did not however read the entire Manual and Help file for Linux ..... LoL .

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Old 08-07-2017, 05:45 AM   #235
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Digital Rainbow 100

My first computer was a Digital Rainbow 100, with the MS-DOS saved in an EEPROM.

Old 08-07-2017, 08:48 AM   #236
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Was an 8086. Had a math co-processor chip, Do not remember the RAM size. (Wasn't Much!) RAM, I want to say a 40MG HDD, and 51/4" AND 31/2" Floppy drives. It ran DOS. Next thing Iknew I was running DOS 6 (I think it was) and Windows 3.0. I also bought a 2400 baud Modem. She was a fast one! LOL!

I spent many hours on that machine. OLD CAD program mostly. Also frequented bulliten boards. It took forever to download old games.

That was Circa ~1985-1987 if I remember correctly.

Lightening cooked that machine.

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Old 08-08-2017, 05:35 PM   #237
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Old PC from when the family bought a new one.
Old 08-08-2017, 08:44 PM   #238
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I don't remember the hardware details, but it had a version of Windows for Workgroups and it was awful.
Old 08-09-2017, 09:15 AM   #239
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Commodore VIC-20 with a cassette tape.
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High school had a Digital PDP-8, college had a Digital PDP-11/50. Never thought of buying a personal computer in the 70s or 80s.


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