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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, 04:20 PM   #46
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First Computer


It was an Apricot Computer (British) It used a version of MS DOS. It would handle share ware programs, but not commercial USA programs. The keyboard snapped on to the CPU and had a carrying handle. The 9" monitor had to be carried separately. It used the Apple hard cased 3" disks. Support was limited and it disappeared shortly. I
 
Old 08-01-2017, 04:47 PM   #47
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Commodore VIC-20

That was the system I cut my teeth on programming. If Commodore was still around today, I'd be a hardcore Commodore user.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 04:53 PM   #48
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Lightbulb My 1st computer was an Altair 8800 ordered Dec 1973

Of course, I had been working on other computers before that, but they belonged to other people, not to me.

The first computer I ever used was an IBM 1620.

Then on to IBM System/360 and /370 mainframes, Burroughs 5500 and 6500.

- Leigh
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:03 PM   #49
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Smile Commodore Pet was my first

... with 8k of memory, a chicklet keyboard, and a cassette drive for storage. My friends would always ask what I was going to do with all that memory, because no one could write a program that big. (We were all assembly geeks back then.)
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:05 PM   #50
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First computer

An Amstrad CPC 464 followed by an Acorn Archimedes A3000. Both of which I still have and are usable.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:21 PM   #51
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Commodore 128D!

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Originally Posted by jnareb View Post
My first computer was Commodore 128-D (with built-in floppy drive), compatible with Commodore 64. The next was an IBM compatible PC: i386.
jnareb, I have a Commodore 128D in my basement right now, hooked up and fully functional! I love the thing, although mostly because it's just a nicer, cleaner way of running my C64 games :-)
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:27 PM   #52
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First Computer was a TRS-80

I picked up a Tandy TRS-80 in 1972 while finishing College after the Military. Was working nights to pay bill as a dispatcher and had plenty of spare time. That thing got me hooked.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:31 PM   #53
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I picked up a Tandy TRS-80 in 1972...
That's a good trick since the TRS-80 wasn't released until 1977.

- Leigh
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:36 PM   #54
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Sinclair ZX81.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:40 PM   #55
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286 by Zenith

It was an All-In-One b/w display with embedded computer. Custom manufactured in a garage, literally. Had two 8" floppy drives. All of 64 kB RAM, no HD. Ran CPM as the OS. Still use the NEC SpinWriter for labels because it has a tractor for continuous forms :-)
Later moved up to a "real" "IBM compatible" Zenith. 286 CPU at something like 3 MHz. Installed an aftermarket "accelerator" chip to get the clock up to about 7.5 MHz. It used a 5.25" floppy drive and somthing like 20 MB HD. Passed it to a nephew, which started him to his PhD in Computer Science. Who knew?
One thing that struck me was that Zenith had a proprietary version of DOS that offered better utilities for communications than MS DOS 2. MS has always seemed little concerned with communications. Remember the modem manager that offered options like dialing a number for an outside line on a PBX or sending the digit sequence to suppress call waiting? For many generations of Windows, if you checked both, call waiting was suppressed before dialing for an outside line :-0

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Old 08-01-2017, 05:54 PM   #56
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First was a custom build 386 with and upgraded to 16mb of ram and the power of Windows 95...
 
Old 08-01-2017, 05:56 PM   #57
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KIM-1 was my first computer. For a computer class at college:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIM-1

I still have it, hanging on the wall.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 06:12 PM   #58
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Slightly cheating, since I did not actually own a machine until I retired; before that, I used machines bought by the University I worked for. The first bought specifically for my own use was a Seals Pup: 2MHz Z80, S100 bus, 32kB RAM, 2 5.25 floppies, 89kB each, Basic, CPM80 OS.Memory boards were 8kB each, populated by 16 4kb chips.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 06:20 PM   #59
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Unhappy The Osborne

I bought an Osborne Hand-held based on the famous AD with the out-stretched hand that Adam Osborne used to get his Basic Language SBC to market for $99. It worked and failed as it pleased. Not a good investment. I eventually borrowed an Atari that worked reliably.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 06:24 PM   #60
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I said Tandy. I had had a Commodore 64, but I hardly touched it and didn't learn anything. A Tandy 386 with DOS 5 and Wind 3.1 was for all practical purposes my first home computer, though I had resurrected an old IBM 286 at work and played with it a bit.

Back in those days, Tandys came with excellent manuals. I hadn't had the thing three days before I was modifying autoexec.bat to free up more memory under 64K. I made my son a special boot disk so he could boot with maximum memory to play his games.

Haven't stopped tinkering since.
 
  


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