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View Poll Results: What was your first computer?
Acorn 8 1.74%
Amiga 6 1.30%
Apple 30 6.52%
Atari 19 4.13%
Commodore 83 18.04%
IBM compatible PC 74 16.09%
Sinclair 52 11.30%
Tandy 27 5.87%
TI-99/4A 17 3.70%
Other (please specify) 144 31.30%
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:18 PM   #16
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My first was the Sinclair Spectrum in 1982, but my first real computer was the Sinclair QL in 1985 — so much nicer than my IBM at work, whose only real asset was the lovely clicky keyboard.

It's nice to see two started with the TI-99/4A — they don't make names like that anymore. I once bought one for fun, complete with the massive expansion box. The Extended Basic was great fun, and I remember a Space Invaders program implemented in one multi-statement line!
 
Old 08-01-2017, 12:30 PM   #17
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:34 PM   #18
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Hi Jeremy,

My last post there only saying TRS-80. I posted it, and "D'Oh!" forgot to capitalize it all.

Edited 2-3 times and it didn't stick.

So ... in one of my edits I shared my frustration ... and then it stuck!

But when I removed my added comments and left only the model ... back to not retaining the caps.

Interesting

(And would have to add that my trusty TRS-80 would never screw that up ... OK since it always used all CAPS )
 
Old 08-01-2017, 12:48 PM   #19
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My first computer was an abacus.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:10 PM   #20
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My first computer that I owned was a KayPro II with 2 single sided 5.25" floppy drives.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:16 PM   #21
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Thumbs up What was my first computer

a Tandy TRS-80 Model 1
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:26 PM   #22
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My first computer was an abacus.
When I was doing my doctorate at Bedford College, we had a couple of chaps in the lab who were doing work on the physics of gases and they used slide rules. We also had a Chinese boy (I think from Singapore) who had an abacus. Just for fun we set up a timing trial, abacus versus slide rule. The abacus won easily!
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:46 PM   #23
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The first computer I used was a Honeywell-Bull Unix back in 1977,
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:53 PM   #24
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The first computer I used was an ICL mainframe with all of 96k of core memory. It ran a proprietary OS called GEORGE 2.

I thought this thread was about the first computer you owned.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:58 PM   #25
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The first computer I used was an ICL mainframe with all of 96k of core memory. It ran a proprietary OS called GEORGE 2.

I thought this thread was about the first computer you owned.
Given the choices for the poll, I would say this assumption is valid, and also shared by me.

Yes I used several models made by Wang, DEC, Raytheon, and Prime.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 01:59 PM   #26
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First I owned was a Sinclair ZX81.
I'd already had hands on experience with a Vax 11, an Apple II and a ZX80.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 02:16 PM   #27
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The first computer I owned was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
An especially nice feature was that the keys on the keyboard besides letters, also had the keywords of the Basic programming language. A real programmers computer!
I remember it was always interesting whether you succeeded loading your games and programs, as they were loaded from a cassette recorder, if anyone remembers what a cassette
 
Old 08-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #28
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First computer was

My first computer was an Ohio Scientific, a metal case with wooden side and two large floppy drives connected to the main body by ribbon cable, 6502 processor. It was prior to the introduction of the IBM PC 8088 processor.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 02:29 PM   #29
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My own first computer was a 1960's manually-operated Digi-Comp--constructed out of plastic, metal, and cardboard...plus rubberbands! Built from a kit purchased at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, it had mechanical flip-flops and could be programmed to do basic arithmetic operations.

My first "recognizable" programming experience was hosted on an IBM System/360 mainframe at the Illinois Institute of Technology, time-shared from my high school (Lane Tech) about 1968 using the IITRAN language. However, affording my next self-owned computer didn't happen until a number of years (and technology versions) later: a desktop PC I assembled out of boards from various now-long-defunct OEMs.

--mhl

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Old 08-01-2017, 02:38 PM   #30
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First PC

My first computer was a UNIVAC 9200 mainframe at a component school of SUNY where I worked as a programmer, complete with card reader and 4 tape drives.
I used assembler, Fortran and COBOL languages using 16K bytes of memory!

My first PC was a SAGE computer. Motorola MC68000 with (I think) 0.5 MByte memory. And storage was a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drive.
I paid $3600 in 1983 ! That's about $9600 today. OS was CP/M-68K. And it had "C" and BASIC languages (others for purchase).

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