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View Poll Results: What was your first computer?
Acorn 8 1.72%
Amiga 6 1.29%
Apple 30 6.44%
Atari 19 4.08%
Commodore 83 17.81%
IBM compatible PC 76 16.31%
Sinclair 53 11.37%
Tandy 27 5.79%
TI-99/4A 17 3.65%
Other (please specify) 147 31.55%
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:29 AM   #241
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Talking I guess I'm too old.


This poll is for youngsters.

My first computer was an Altair 8800 which I soldered together in 1975.
There weren't many personal/hobby computers before that.

After that, Atari 800 briefly, then Amiga for some years.
The Amiga was the first one I ran Linux on.

That's answering what I've owned. The first computer I USED was a mainframe via an ASR-33 teletype in 1968 writing Fortran.
(geez I feel like a frickin dinosaur now)

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Old 08-17-2017, 05:15 AM   #242
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Beat you by a year!!
IBM 1130 and punch cards.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 06:51 AM   #243
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i386 or i286, it was my fathers puter but i used it all the time, i remember that he had computer book that i read and scripted minor programs (.bat), it could have been ms-dos book, dont remember anymore.
 
Old 08-17-2017, 12:21 PM   #244
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digital beginnings

The very first machine I was exposed to was a PDP-11 at George Brown College in Toronto, about 1973 or so. Didn't really stick with it at the time. Later, when ownership became possible, I purchased one of the very first Amiga1000 machines. My brother had had C64 for several years and I knew this was 'dachit' .. but I was too young and needed more of my attention involved to really get motivated. Amiga's OS design was complex enough to simulate my earlier experiences in terms of architecture, and fast&small enough to provide the attention grabbing GUI and real time colour graphics processing. It was the perfect support machine for me when I returned to school to get my degree.. Except the VAX-VMS based institution I wound up attending failed to deliver on the UNIX credits promised, because this OS had been planned to run on MINIs which the tech crew was unable to configure properly. I was pretty miffed, but I finished the program anyway.

By the time I was out, the A1000 was significantly hot-rodded with home built memory expansions and a 68040 CPU upgrade, and then the A2000 appeared. I mounted Linus' OS in early '93.... Slackware, as I recall....

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Old 08-17-2017, 12:29 PM   #245
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first computer I used was an IBM PC/XT, first computer that was mine was a mac Performa 405
 
Old 08-17-2017, 10:40 PM   #246
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Used them well before I owned one

My first chance to use a computer was running basic programs via timesharing on an IBM mainframe (maybe Dartmouth BASIC?) in 1969 -- via punched paper tape and my school's Teletype Model 42 connected via acoustic coupled modem. The first machines I "touched" was a PDP-8, the first on which I was a sysadmin a DECsystem 10.

But the first time I actually owned a computer it was a little Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 -- used the built-in BASIC, but mostly it served as a remote terminal with offline editing capabilities -- a big step up from my company issued TI thermal printing portable terminal.
 
Old 08-18-2017, 01:56 AM   #247
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Apple II in 1983...

Still miss that tiny green screen!
 
Old 08-21-2017, 03:11 AM   #248
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I have mine on a shelf here and used it a few years ago to code some basic to a walkman (cheap from a thrift store) in my* never ending quest ta be able to play anything... the eII was $2 from a rummage.

Brings to mind: https://www.crowdsupply.com/sutajio-kosagi/novena

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Old 08-22-2017, 09:05 AM   #249
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My first computer was a Radio Shack Tandy laptop with two 3.5 floppy drives, 640k memory and no hard drive. It came with a DOS v3.3 disk. I bought it around 1989 or so after learning PCs at a vocational school. I was a batch writing fool back then.
 
Old 08-22-2017, 01:53 PM   #250
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An Apple II
 
Old 08-26-2017, 06:16 PM   #251
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I, too, found no place to enter my "Other" first computer. It was an '84 Kaypro 2X with two (!) 56k double-sided, double density floppy drives. What I miss most of it was the MBASIC with the older line numbering system (I've yet to figure out "GO TO" in the newer version if I don't have line numbers!). Something also sorely missed is the beginning/end text block command in Wordstar.

Ah, for the good old days.

Oh... I've got downloaded a copy of the old MBASIC. Anyone know how to install/run it in Linux? I'm not into spreadsheets for writing math problems. I once got a patent on a aircraft propeller design based on research I did in a 1500 line program with many lines containing multiple commands separated by colons. BASIC is flexible and bog-simple to use.

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Old 08-26-2017, 09:16 PM   #252
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Oh... I've got downloaded a copy of the old MBASIC. Anyone know how to install/run it in Linux? I'm not into spreadsheets for writing math problems. I once got a patent on a aircraft propeller design based on research I did in a 1500 line program with many lines containing multiple commands separated by colons. BASIC is flexible and bog-simple to use.
MBASIC? Well, you would have to install a Z-80 emulator running CP/M to be able to use that on a Linux host...

Ralf
 
Old 09-01-2017, 02:16 PM   #253
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My first was a 'Big Board'. Built it from a pile of parts. A z80 and 64k with dual 8in floppies and CP/M. You should have heard it doing a tiny c compile, those two floppies would be seeking for all they were worth.
 
Old 09-04-2017, 07:34 PM   #254
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I clicked "Tandy" but I wondered why Tandy is the only IBM compatible that gets it's own line.

Then I remembered that while my "Tandy 1000" was IBM compatible, there was also the TRS80 and Color Computer that were not. (Though maybe those were labeled RadioShack brand.) (RIP RadioShack!)

That Tandy 1000 seemed absolutely wonderful at the time. I didn't have a hard disk and I only had one floppy, so I created a RAM disk. I would boot DOS and then copy my compiler to the RAM disk so I could compile programs without switching floppies.
 
Old 09-04-2017, 08:01 PM   #255
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Oh... I've got downloaded a copy of the old MBASIC. Anyone know how to install/run it in Linux? I'm not into spreadsheets for writing math problems. ... BASIC is flexible and bog-simple to use.
My disto has a "bwbasic" package. Haven't tried it, but you can see if it's available and install it.

Otherwise, here's a list of BASIC interpreters. Haven't tried any of them either.

I haven't used BASIC in decades. Today I use shell scripts for anything I would have previously done in BASIC.
 
  


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