LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General
User Name
Password
General This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!

Notices


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%
Tandy 27 5.66%
TI-99/4A 18 3.77%
Other (please specify) 149 31.24%
Voters: 477. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 02-18-2020, 05:57 PM   #286
Richard.Stone
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2020
Location: Colorado
Distribution: Ubuntu, RHEL
Posts: 19

Rep: Reputation: Disabled

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
AlNor
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Rupert, ID.
Distribution: OpenSuse 15.1
Posts: 14

Rep: Reputation: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by punkfeetpete View Post
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.

Last edited by AlNor; 02-18-2020 at 07:23 PM.
 
Old 02-18-2020, 08:03 PM   #288
SteveG_0001
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2015
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
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
Don Littlefield
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2014
Location: Waldron Arkansas
Distribution: Debian 8
Posts: 38

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
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.

Last edited by Don Littlefield; 02-18-2020 at 08:43 PM.
 
Old 03-02-2020, 10:13 AM   #290
falsetti
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: clans france
Distribution: slackware
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
TI 57
 
Old 03-02-2020, 12:33 PM   #291
redneonglow
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2020
Location: PA
Distribution: Gentoo, Slackware
Posts: 48

Rep: Reputation: 17
IBM PC, 286, MS-DOS 4.01, early 90s
 
Old 03-02-2020, 08:14 PM   #292
noordinaryspider
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2015
Distribution: Hyperbola Gnu Linux-Libre Milky Way v.03
Posts: 56

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
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 https://what-is-what.com/what_is/gator.html 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
ehartman
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2007
Location: Delft, The Netherlands
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 1,299

Rep: Reputation: 716Reputation: 716Reputation: 716Reputation: 716Reputation: 716Reputation: 716Reputation: 716
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 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_86

Last edited by ehartman; 03-03-2020 at 07:02 AM. Reason: add wikipedia entry
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Another 'poll'... green_vein Slackware 30 01-29-2015 12:57 PM
Poll: (Without the poll) - How is Linux used in your workplace? SlowCoder General 13 09-11-2007 11:03 PM
Poll itsjvivek Linux - General 0 12-10-2002 10:18 PM
A Poll ! super_me General 1 06-08-2002 06:24 AM
Poll eraser LQ Suggestions & Feedback 4 08-10-2000 01:01 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration