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View Poll Results: What kind of computer did you have at home growing up?
TRS80 0 0%
Atari 0 0%
BBC Micro 1 3.70%
Commodore Vic 20 2 7.41%
Commodore 64/128 0 0%
Commodore Amiga 0 0%
PC - DOS 4 14.81%
PC - DOS + DesqView 0 0%
PC - DOS + MS-Windows 2 7.41%
PC - OS/2 0 0%
PC - Win9x 0 0%
PC - Linux 0 0%
PC - Linux + X-Windows 0 0%
PC - MS-Windows 0 0%
Apple ][ 0 0%
Apple Macintosh 0 0%
Apple iPad/iOS Device 0 0%
Android Device 0 0%
ChromeOS Device 0 0%
Other 5 18.52%
Other 1 3.70%
None 12 44.44%
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Old 10-28-2021, 01:05 PM   #1
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What kinda computer did you have growing up?


Another recent thread someone mentioned they didn't use Apple or Microsoft Windows, and replies showed many people were in similar situations, but with variety of reasons. So for fun I thought I'd make a poll.

What kinda computer/OS, if any, were in your childhood home?

Edit: As far as I can tell the poll only allows one choice and I can't allow multiple, so for those with more than one, pick the one that was available on your 16th birthday

Edit2: "PC - Microsoft Windows" means NT/XP/7/8/10/11

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Old 10-28-2021, 01:32 PM   #2
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When I grew up you did "computing" with paper and pencil, sometimes backed up by a slide rule.
(I had a versalog tripple log with a magnifying reticle cursor!)

My first computer was a programmable calculator, but the first actual PC was the Interact Model J. I note that it did not make your list. It was the first one made by mainframe engineers for the public market. It was also the first one that used digital cassette tape for storage and backup (no disk drives at that time) and linear memory mapped video. I still miss it.

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Old 10-28-2021, 02:33 PM   #3
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Good grief!

TV wasn't even available yet...
 
Old 10-28-2021, 05:50 PM   #4
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The answers are a bit more complicated than the Poll options shown. My Mother had the first computer in our family but I was almost 40 then and obviously not living there. I didn't own my own for 4 more years and it was DOS and a gift. The first OpSys I ever bought (and several more versions after) was OS/2 2.1. The original gift was the last prebuilt I have ever owned as I always built my own from parts.
 
Old 10-28-2021, 06:10 PM   #5
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I started with a "Build-it-yourself" Sinclair ZX81 kit, it took me 8hrs to construct. The ULA (Uncommitted Logic Array) chip inside was manufactured by Ferranti, the company I worked for. When the Spectrum came out we could get company discount because it also contained a Ferranti ULA, though I went a different route and got an Oric-1 which had less support but something closer to a proper keyboard.

From this I graduated to the BBC B Micro, which I still have, boxed, under my desk here. (Sad person!) It got upgraded with a sideways ROM board but I'd have to confess that most of the ROM images eventually fitted were ripped off. Someone in our BBC club had a floppy which played merry little tunes, you ran it on someone's system and, while playing, it sucked all the ROM images out of the machine. Bad lads back in the day! BBC Basic was great to program with even though you were restricted to only 32K of memory.

Nearly forgot! I graduated to Mac Colour Classic (6" screen all on one), still got it, 12 Mb memory, (only 10Mb useable) and I upgraded the HDD from 40MB to 700Mb. Nice little machine.

I never really got into Windows except for work, I bought an old HP Compaq WS2000, twin Pentium Pros, SCSI hard drive with the bonus we got for being on-call for the Millenium Bug issue and stuck Mandrake 9.2 on it (Still got the three install CDs!) I've since run a couple of home brews, one of which still lives and has Mint 20.2 as a test bed on it with my current system being an HP Z400 workstation with a quad core Xeon W3550, 16Gb memory, a 1Tb hard drive and a couple of HP 19" screens. Second hand from a broker, does what I want, nice system.

Play Bonny!


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Old 10-28-2021, 06:32 PM   #6
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What kinda computer did you have growing up?

Tandy Color Computer II and 8088 with MSDOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 with Winsock

Later a 386, 486 and Pentium pc. Ran Windows 3.11, 95, 2000, XP, 7 and 10. Slackware Linux on a 486 to now on a laptop and Raspberry Pi3.

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Old 10-28-2021, 06:50 PM   #7
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First was a KIM-1, then AIM-65, then Apple II, from there Radio Shack CoCo, then on to single board 8086 computer...
 
Old 10-28-2021, 07:22 PM   #8
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My memory regarding this is fuzzy (time & dead brain cells take a toll). I believe I started college equipped with a TI-55 calculator and a fully mechanical Brother portable typewriter. I eventually acquired a commodore64 with a audio cassette tape data drive as main storage (later upgraded a to 5.25" floppy) and a dot matrix printer, it's main utility was a word processor software called Fox something or other (in my case word processors were revolutionary , not evolutionary for banging out college papers expeditiously). In college I took only two computer classes: Introduction to Fortran77, for Engineers and Finite Difference and Finite Element Methods for Engineering Computations. They didn't have CAD yet at my school. I had to learn to do drawings on a drafting table with a T-square, stencils, & mechanical pencil. When I went to work,I didn't need a computer for word processing any more, we would write our reports longhand on a yellow pad and secretaries typed them for us. I was still drafting in pencil and draftsmen inked my blueprints onto mylars for me.After I was working for 4 or 5 years as an engineer,our office got a PC with Windows 3.11. I bought my next computer after Windows 95 came out, it was a Pentium II. I eventually tried to put Mandrake Linux on it , but it was too slow. My next PC was an AMD Duron system I built for myself. Mandrake worked well on that. I got rid of windows on my home computers & never looked back.
 
Old 10-28-2021, 10:49 PM   #9
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Old 10-29-2021, 06:28 AM   #10
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Good grief!

TV wasn't even available yet...
In that case you must be even older than I am. We didn't have a TV set when I was growing up but they certainly existed.
 
Old 10-29-2021, 10:39 AM   #11
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back in the 80's we had an IBM 8080 in the house
 
Old 10-29-2021, 11:59 AM   #12
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Talking That age thing...

Quote:
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In that case you must be even older than I am. We didn't have a TV set when I was growing up but they certainly existed.
I think we got a (monstrous) TV in 1960 or 61... very few had one as the transmitter net wasn't yet fully established.

Btw. got the first "pc" in 85... an (not in the list) Armstrad CPC 6128 with add-on Silicon 256 kB RAM module and a printer. Those $4000 would get me a nice decent water-cooled system today... sigh.


Oh! from 56. Which should make me much younger than you!
 
Old 10-29-2021, 12:15 PM   #13
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When I was at Cambridge we were very proud of the fact that we had not just one but two computers — one in the Maths department and one in Engineering! Not being an engineer, I didn't need a slide rule, but I did eventually get a book of 7-figure logarithms for those astrological calculations where 4 figures weren't enough.
 
Old 10-29-2021, 01:07 PM   #14
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We had black and white TV growing up. I didn't see a computer until I went to college. FORTRAN on IBM mainframe with punch cards.
 
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London University had a mainframe computer in the 60's which I think was called Atlas. A couple of young men in the laboratory where I did my PhD research were working on gas behaviour of some kind and used Atlas for their modelling. You had to book time on it.
 
  


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