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View Poll Results: What was your first computer?
Acorn 8 1.68%
Amiga 6 1.26%
Apple 30 6.29%
Atari 19 3.98%
Commodore 86 18.03%
IBM compatible PC 80 16.77%
Sinclair 54 11.32%
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TI-99/4A 18 3.77%
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Old 02-18-2020, 05:57 PM   #286
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Sinclair ZX81, purchased as a kit and assembled by myself, since I was too poor to get anything else or even get it assembled (which was $50 extra then). It even worked, but had some intermittent problems, so I eventually ended up getting it traded for a factory-assembled replacement for just the postage cost. Later put a massive 64k memory expansion on it and moved on to Z80 asm when BASIC lost its thrill.
Old 02-18-2020, 06:53 PM   #287
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IBM 360 mainframe in college using keypunch cards.
Dang but that brings back really old memories! Back from Vietnam and was assigned the MARES-FORSTAT operator on an IBM 360. Yup! Used punch cards for data entry. If it crashed (not very often), had a manual to set switches so it would read the paper tape to boot up with.

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Old 02-18-2020, 08:03 PM   #288
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My first computer was my own brain, I added external storage by learning to write.
My second computer was a slide rule, and then an abacus, may be the other way around.
This question is ill formed.
The first electronic computer I used was a Farranti Pegasus. Valves (tubes) and magnetic core. The first electronic computer I owned was home built from parts sourced from the junk stores on the Tottenham court road in the late 60s early 70s. I had to pre load the meter with a lot of 2 shilling coins to get it to boot strap.
Old 02-18-2020, 08:38 PM   #289
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My first computer

My first computer was a Heathkit H89 all in one. It was a Z80 chip 8 mhz, with 48k of ram. Storage was on a single 100k 5 & 1/4" floppy disk. I had DOS and CPM for operating systems. Cant remember the versions. I just recently got rid of my D0S 6.0 disk set of 6 disks. and my Win3.0 version. And yeah that makes me old. The modem that I got later to get on the internet was a 300 baud super fast dialup. I was also a member of the HUG (houston user group), and they had a server to get on the net so my service was with them. My first Linux was Red Hat 7.0.

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Old 03-02-2020, 10:13 AM   #290
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Old 03-02-2020, 12:33 PM   #291
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IBM PC, 286, MS-DOS 4.01, early 90s
Old 03-02-2020, 08:14 PM   #292
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A 386 from the back of a friend's closet in 2000 unless you count my Cidco Mailstation or don't start counting until I plunked down $200 for my dear departed Garetway P-166 with 32 MB of RAM and a 1.5 gig hard drive that came preinstalled with Win98, M$Office 2000, and Gator after the anthrax scare following 9/11 dragged me kicking and screaming off of my portable manual typewriter.

She absolutely FLEW on D*SmallLinux a few short years later, especially after I maxed out her RAM. Everybody was disgusted with my absurd attachment to this piece of old iron until she finally bit the dust due to a power surge and stupidity on my part.

May she rest in pieces. A few of them are still in the back of my closet even though others had to go to eWaste.
Old 03-03-2020, 04:09 AM   #293
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My first (own) computer was a Advance 86b PC from Ferranti, IBM PC compatible, with dual drive (5.25") floppy and 256 KB of RAM. It had NO harddisk controller and a built-in (on the motherboard) CGA video adaptor (and it DID have ROM Basic like the real IBM PC.
I used it with an amber (monochrome) monitor and a Star matrix printer.
This was in 1984 and it survived about 4 years when the floppy controller gave up.

PS: it was running MS-Dos 2.11
Here is an image for that computer on wikipedia

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