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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 09-19-2017, 02:29 PM   #271
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Oh I was brought up (in computing terms) when you were lucky to get an overnight test and sometimes another in the afternoon.
It made sure you checked things thoroughly before submitting them.
It also meant that you got used to working on several things at the same time.
 
Old 09-19-2017, 03:24 PM   #272
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Hi,

Desk checks were a must so you did not waste resources. Unlike most modern coders who have loads of memory and really do not care as to waste. Big memory footprints and mass storage plus faster multi-core CPU has spoiled the modern coder.

I can remember my first personal system that I built had only 256kB of static memory. No waste but learn to trim tight code. When I upgraded the memory to 1024kB I thought I was in heaven.

Multi-tasking, multi-processing did not come into play until I had a larger system such as the PDP-11. Now I really do not think twice or worry about memory or storage.

My personal Laptop has more power & resources than all the computers in my University LAB years ago. I really do not want to revert to systems of that day let alone think about it.

Just keep all those memories and present when reminded.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 09-19-2017, 04:14 PM   #273
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Just about every program I ever wrote professionally had to run in a 16Mb region of which 12Mb was used by the OS, leaving a useable 4Mb.
 
Old 12-23-2017, 07:53 PM   #274
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Bought a custom 386SX 50MHz with a 40MB HD in May 1992. Bought & installed Windows 3.1 on it with Word 2 & Lotus 1-2-3 and was programming in Clipper back then too.

It had just 2MB of RAM but it was enough then.

I thought it was pretty nippy back then but in '92 it WAS quick!

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Old 12-24-2017, 04:42 AM   #275
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Oh I was brought up (in computing terms) when you were lucky to get an overnight test and sometimes another in the afternoon.
It made sure you checked things thoroughly before submitting them.
It also meant that you got used to working on several things at the same time.
Very cool, multitasking much prior to windoze for workgroups...
 
Old 12-24-2017, 04:58 AM   #276
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First electronic computer I worked on was a pdp11-44. First electronic computer I owned I built myself, using a kit from Intel available to students. Intel 8080A, 8224, 8228, 4k of 2102 static rams, support circuitry. I built the chassis, power supply, circuit boards, and control logic, the started writing software for it in machine language. Good fun
I did a stint in engineering, early 1980's, at ITT on a big DOD project. The guy in the cube next to me, a tech writer, built what was essentially a mil-spec 6800 based computer, all with free engineering samples. Eventually his phone was ringing off the hook with follow-up calls from the numerous sample providers hopeful to make some sales. I thought that was funny as hell. Everyone in the place knew what was going with that...
 
Old 12-24-2017, 12:06 PM   #277
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A Raspberry Pi was my first computer, but not the first I used.
 
Old 12-24-2017, 03:53 PM   #278
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A Raspberry Pi was my first computer, but not the first I used.
OK, now I just feel old. LOL!
 
Old 12-24-2017, 04:21 PM   #279
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First PC in 1993 was a Packaged Bell 486. Had a 14" monitor, 486 DX2-66 CPU, 4 MB ram, 420 MB Connor hard drive and a 2400 baud modem. Was running windoze 3.11 for workgroups and Packard Bell's "Navigator" on top of the hideously ugly microsoft program manager. I remember figuring out how to get rid of navigator and eventually how to get rid of program manager: found some replacement shell that was a little like openbox, oddly enough, no clue what it was called.
 
Old 12-24-2017, 05:49 PM   #280
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OK, now I just feel old. LOL!
Oops...I'm glad I didn't say it was a Pi 3

But yes plenty of the computers mentioned in this thread are before my time.
 
Old 12-24-2017, 06:18 PM   #281
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Science of Cambridge Mk14, 7 segment led display, 512b RAM, 512b ROM, SC/MP 2 4Mz processor, all built from a kit.
 
  


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