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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 08-01-2017, 02:38 PM   #31
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First Computer

Timex 1000
Old 08-01-2017, 02:39 PM   #32
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BBC model B that I only sold ten years ago. Brilliant machine, wish I still had it.
Old 08-01-2017, 02:47 PM   #33
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First Computer

I had (and still have it with all manuals, case, etc...) a Kaypro 2X.

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Old 08-01-2017, 03:01 PM   #34
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2nd hand custom job

I bought a home-built IBM PC-AT clone with i286 overclocked to 12 Mhz (up from 8) from a co-worker who was a quintessential nerd and needed a little cash to complete his new 386 build. It was surprisingly stable and reasonably fast. I think it had a 40 MB HD, which was an expensive bit of kit in the day. Running just some flavor of MS-DOS 3.x with an external modem to get on to Compuserve (mostly).
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Dell Inspiron that came shipped with a Superfish-like root kit cause I have good luck.

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Old 08-01-2017, 03:03 PM   #36
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My first computer was Commodore 128-D (with built-in floppy drive), compatible with Commodore 64. The next was an IBM compatible PC: i386.
Old 08-01-2017, 03:14 PM   #37
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Not until 2001

I didn't own my own computer until 2001 when I purchased a Blueberry iBook from EBay. A year later I built my first Linux box on which I installed Mandrake. Now I use openSUSE Tumbleweed.
Old 08-01-2017, 03:41 PM   #38
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I bought the Commodore VIC-20 as my very first computer while stationed in Germany. Learned some Commodore basic and grew from there.
Old 08-01-2017, 03:52 PM   #39
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It Depends

The first computer I ever got to sit in front of was a Pet CBM. The first one I ever programmed was a Sinclair ZX81 (that my brother purchased before they re-vamped it as the Timex-Sinclair 1000). The first one I ever owned myself was a Commodore 64
Old 08-01-2017, 03:52 PM   #40
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Can't remember the name of the first computer running CP/M as I didn't really do much with it. First one I really used was a Leading Edge 8088 with 512 KB RAM, 10 MB hard drive, 1-360 floppy and a green TTL monitor running DOS 2.? or an early 3.?, can't remember. Good machine, did a lot of work and rarely got shut off.
Also taught a few classes at a community college using the same basic machine except it had 2 floppies and no hard drive.
Simpler days.....
Old 08-01-2017, 04:08 PM   #41
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Ibm 650

IBM 650, then IBM 1620, Univac 1108, IBM 360/67 (CP/67 hypervisor). For me, these were the personal computers of the time, at least during 3rd shift. My first home computer was an s100 using parts from Southwest Technical Products and Cromemco. I did some contract programming with the Intel 4004.
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Compaq 1540DM. My 1st Linux tutorial was done on it.
Old 08-01-2017, 04:09 PM   #43
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what can i say...its in my signature
Old 08-01-2017, 04:10 PM   #44
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PC/AT clone, 80286 CPU, 1MB DRAM, 20 MB HDD, 5.25" floppy, 300 baud modem, Hercules graphics, DOS and BASIC.

Must have been around 1985. It seemed clear to me at the time that Sun would put IBM out of business given how much better their stuff worked.
Old 08-01-2017, 04:17 PM   #45
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I remember it well. It was back in the PC v. Mac wars of the late '80's. I was a graduate student and got my hands on a DTK branded 8088 clone with a pair of 5 1/4 inch floppy drives. Held on to that machine for six years. Upgraded it with a 2400 baud internal modem and eventually added a Tandy 40 megabyte hard drive.

Replaced it with a Pentium-based system from Dell in 1995. I've still got the 8088 in a box on a shelf.

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