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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%
Tandy 27 5.66%
TI-99/4A 18 3.77%
Other (please specify) 149 31.24%
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:36 PM   #61
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Apple ][+ !!!

The year was around 1978. The system was 48k, with a 16k expansion card. Single sided 5.25" floppy, about 132k. 110/300 baud modem.
Old 08-01-2017, 06:41 PM   #62
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My 2nd computer was stolen out of my PU Truck.

It was a Itronix 5200 . It ran Windows 3 CE on a monochrome passive touchscreen . You could access the internet through a att&t phone contract.

It could be dropped and dropped and still keep on ticking. It was fast running also.

Ebay still sells them.
Old 08-01-2017, 06:48 PM   #63
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We used commodores at work, but the first PC I owned was an (second hand, $1500)
Acer 486sx, 8mb ram and a 256Mb HDD.
It had a cdrom and was running windows 3.1

I was late, it was 1994!

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Old 08-01-2017, 06:50 PM   #64
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Atari 400...had to solder in my memory upgrade to 48k. Then a Timex-Sinclair 1000, then onto an Apple IIe. Good times...
Old 08-01-2017, 06:52 PM   #65
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First computer...

First computer I had at home was a 3B1. First computer used was a PDP11/45 running Version 6 UNIX.
Old 08-01-2017, 07:39 PM   #66
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Talking My First computer

My first computer was a Zenith desktop
Old 08-01-2017, 07:45 PM   #67
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:45 PM   #68
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Voted Commodore. First was a Commodore 64, then Amiga 500 and Commodore 128. Later, added an Amiga 3000 and then Amiga 4000.
I still have a C64, C128, A500, and A4000. Love those machines. Also have boxes of software and hardware for the machines.
Old 08-01-2017, 08:01 PM   #69
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First computer I actually owned.

was a Sinclar ZX80 built from a kit. Had a video modulator on UHF channel 36.
Old 08-01-2017, 08:12 PM   #70
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Exclamation Acorn computer is ambiguous

My first home computer that I owned, was a BBC model B, a 2MHz 6502 (an 8 bit cpu) with 32KB RAM and 32KB ROM with the O/S, it was produced by Acorn. It ran a lovely structured BASIC, and ran BASIC programs 5 times faster than either an Apple II or a Commodore 64.

My last computer from Acorn, was an Archimedes computer running an 32 bit 8MHz ARM2 which I upgraded to a 24MHz ARM3.

These are 2 very different beasts. Strictly speaking the BBC Model B should have its own entry, as it was sponsored by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).

There was also the Acorn Electron, which was like a cheaper cut down version of the BBC micro computer, but not sponsored by the BBC.
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My first computer was a DigiComp:

But My first electrical computer was a TI99/4A And I miss it.
Old 08-01-2017, 08:57 PM   #72
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Sanyo running DOS. Used single sided 5" floppy. This first real computer, prior to that an Intel board with 8085 cpu running machine language.

Unlike others here, I did not have any formal training on digital matters, I had to teach it! Was a technical trainer in a Government Department and one of our associate organisations - The Weather Service - purchased new radar upper wind radars which contained fairly basic data processing modules. Nobody had any related experience so found myself teaching binary techniques in 1964 after a very short period of self-learning - hence the Intel 8085 PC board. Five years later was programming in Pascal on an elderly IBM, and making video training modules for Civil Engineers getting to grips with COBOL and FORTRAN in IBM 360's. I guess that dates me?

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Old 08-01-2017, 09:13 PM   #73
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My First Computer

Panasonic Business Partner with 8086 processor and 64K of ram, two floppy drives, and a yellow monochrome display.

I took night classes for computer science. We were programming on an IBM 360. I want to share what a very kind professor said to me, after successfully making an small program work. It was a late Friday evening and it was well known at least by me, that if you did not make the program right and it failed you would get a large ream of paper back from the computer room. The compiler would really throw a fit. At that time the system admin would bring out the program results on a cart with baskets that held each persons program results. This night I got a basket with about 14 pages and the correct answer. I was pretty pumped and maybe cocky about it.

The professor came by to look at my results and my code, his statement that I will never forget "Dick you went around the block to go next door."

Anyway this all dates me, but I don't ever regret chunking down $2500 for my first computer.
Old 08-01-2017, 09:34 PM   #74
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My first personal computer was an IBM PC-XT, with 20MB of hard disc, and IBM-DOS as the operating system. I think it had 500k RAM. In 1960 I started programming on IBM 1401's and IBM 7070's, converting systems from an IBM 650 which had a 2000 word drum memory--a 'word' could contain 10 numeric digits and a +/- sign, or 5 alpha characters (51=A; 52=B, 53=C, etc.) with an "alpha" sign. Input/output was all in 80-column punch cards, except that a VERY SLOW printer could be attached, but seldom was. And if a program aborted, you printed out memory and 'read' the code, i.e., you took a memory dump. You could run one program at a time. In my early days, many of my friends had "Trash-80's", officially they were TRS-80's from The Radio Shack. I had the pleasure of NOT using one.
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Hypovac III (Hypothetical Variable Access Computer), used as a learning tool in Mr. Ashler's computer club at Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1961-1962 school year. This machine was simulated (not by me) on an RPC4000 at the University of Pennsylvania Moore School of Electrical Engineering.

My first real computer was an IBM 1620, programming in Fortran II, as an assistant to a grad student during a summer program at Penn (I believe in 1963).


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